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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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The dead period is over, and this was the first of three official visit weekends remaining before national signing day on Feb. 5. Several top prospects visited SEC schools, there were some commits, and there will be a few announcements this week. Here’s a closer look at the latest recruiting news from around the SEC:

Biggest commits: Georgia is already feeling the effects of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs were able to land two ESPN Junior 300 commitments, Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School) and Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), over the weekend.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The nation’s No. 1 player, Leonard Fournette, took an unofficial visit to LSU this past weekend and it looks like he liked what he saw; Saturday’s victories by ASU and Arizona could have a lasting impact on the Pac 12 recruiting race, and Alabama, Florida State and Louisville are trying to change the mind of one of Miami’s top commitments.


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Early Offer: Mixon all mixed up 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Just when it seemed clear on what four-star running back Joe Mixon was thinking, an official visit to Florida State has seemingly brought his decision back to square one; two of the top recruits in Ohio were hoping to make a decision in early January, but the success of their high school teams might change those plans; Missouri and Tennessee made nice climbs in the latest RecruitingNation class rankings.

Mixon mixed up

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DALLAS -- The idea of playing the recruiting game by ear seems to be coming to an end for ESPN 300 defensive back Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne).

Watkins has made it a priority to direct his undivided attention to being a leader for his team. The nation’s ninth-ranked cornerback and the No. 62 player overall is now ready to bring noticeable focus to his recruiting process -- and, ultimately, ending it. While he still hasn’t announced a favorite publicly, Watkins said he and his family have talked about narrowing down official visits -- and as many as nine teams have a shot at landing an official visit during the fall.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the linemen challenge and the 7-on-7 pool play, it was a good day to get a good look at all the prospects at The Opening. Here's our take on who had a good day and who struggled.


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Safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) has a plan.

Right now, it’s cutting his list down to eight. By the time football starts, it’ll be down to three.


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The 2015 quarterback class in California is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory, and Tyler Hilinski (Upland, Calif./Upland) is well on his way to putting himself in the middle of that conversation.

The 6-foot-3 quarterback led his team to the finals of the Gamebreaker Classis this past weekend, as he put together a terrific performance on the second day. In a tournament filled with 2015 talent, Hilinski stood out as one of the most productive underclassmen in attendance.


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Sunshine State OT names leader 

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Michigan offensive lineman commit Denzel Ward (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academies) was one of the standout linemen at Saturday's Orlando NFTC.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior offensive guard Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was in the middle of speed training when his head coach informed him that Alabama had called and wanted him to call back. That got the 6-foot-5, 340-pound prospect pretty excited.


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Georgia quick to offer Watch List RB 

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Many high school prospects are evaluated for months or even years before a college program extends a scholarship offer. Highlights from sophomore seasons are compared to those of junior seasons to see progression and potential. Players who make a name for themselves as juniors are visited as seniors to gauge their possible impact at the next level. And then there are prospects like Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) for whom the entire process takes three or maybe four days.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When Eldridge Massington decommitted from USC last week, Alabama moved to the top of his list. After taking his official visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend, nothing has changed. The Crimson Tide still lead for the ESPN 300 wide receiver.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comEldridge Massington declared Alabama as his leader, but will there be room for the ESPN 300 WR?
“It went great,” Massington said. “I love Alabama -- the atmosphere, the players, everything.

“Friday, we ate a lot. I got to talk with Amari Cooper. Saturday, same thing, we ate more. I got to talk to Coop a little more. I toured the campus and stuff, talked to the strength and conditioning coach. Sunday, we went over to Nick Saban’s house and got to ride down his trail.”

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TideNation recruiting writer Greg Ostendorf brings you another edition of The O-zone, a confidential look inside Alabama recruiting. Get the latest updates from the gridiron and the hardwood as it pertains to the Crimson Tide.

Tide on top

It’s been a crazy week for ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington. After finding out he could no longer enroll early at USC, he reopened his recruitment, and now he already has a new school at the top of his list. On Wednesday, Massington told TideNation that Alabama is his No. 1 choice as of right now. The Crimson Tide was right behind USC when he committed in May. He said he’s also going to also consider Arizona State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA, but this weekend, the Texas native plans to take his official visit to Tuscaloosa. If all goes well, the Tide could be in good position as long as they have room in the class to take him.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

Once thought to have all five official visits set, ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) said Wednesday night that he will take four visits and leave his fifth visit open for a later date.

Hunter, No. 50 in the ESPN 150 and the No. 8 receiver in the country, said he will visit Notre Dame next weekend and take in the Irish’s matchup against Michigan. The following week, he will visit Nebraska for the Cornhuskers’ Big Ten clash against Wisconsin.

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