Friday, October 4, 2013
Early Offer: UW has chance to make move
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Washington has a chance to turn its 2014 recruiting efforts around with key Pac 12 games; Texas Tech running back commit Justin Stockton found himself in a problem this week; and will the New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr duo of Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis III visit Gainesville this weekend?
Washington’s big opportunity
Most Pac 12 recruiting headlines have been focused on the coaching turnover at USC and top 40 classes for Arizona, Stanford and Arizona State. However, Washington has yet to truly make national waves with only eight pledges and commits from only three four-star recruits. But the Huskies (4-0) have a chance to send a signal to top uncommitted prospects they’re for real over the next three weeks. UDub travels to Stanford, hosts Oregon and then heads to Arizona State in a series of games that could make or break the 2013 season. Washington often battles Oregon, ASU and Stanford over the same recruits in the West, and a good run could give the Huskies some much-needed recruiting momentum for a class that needs a shot in the arm.
A good problem to have
Texas Tech commit and four-star running back Justin Stockton (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) has rushed for 836 yards and nine touchdowns this season. His 213 yards against rival Converse Judson sparked one of his teachers at Steele to include his name in a math problem, displayed above. For those that are into math, his 836 yards on 69 carries is good for a 12-yard average.
Florida on hold for Edna Karr duo?
Earlier this week, highly regarded defensive lineman Gerald Willis III tweeted about how excited he was to visit Florida this weekend. However, conflicting reports surfaced Thursday on whether or not he and five-star teammate Speedy Noil were actually going to make it to Gainesville. If they don't take the visit, it marks the second time they've pushed back scheduled trips. If the delay does happen, Florida insiders insist it's not a bad sign for the Gators. Florida is hoping they can get them to come in for the Florida State weekend (Nov. 29), where the atmosphere is expected to be one of the best of the season. Another option is the Nov. 8 weekend, when Vanderbilt is in town.