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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: No team in America is more on fire than the Alabama Crimson Tide and they’re not done yet; UCLA gets two major DB commits and make an impression with new uniforms, and juco linebacker Errol Clarke II is quickly becoming a wanted man with Big 12 and SEC coaches.
CALERA, Ala. -- Spring practice just wrapped up for ESPN 150 athlete Ronnie Clark, and he put an exclamation point on it last week with three rushing touchdowns for Calera High School in the first half of their spring game.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete is playing quarterback this year for the Eagles, but he is being recruited as a defensive player for the next level, either as a linebacker or a safety.

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MOBILE, Ala. -- The scholarship offers are beginning to come in on a daily basis for Faith Academy quarterback Malik Rosier. With baseball over, he’s back on the football field and his first two days of spring practice have resulted in two new offers.

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Coveted OLB names a top five 

March, 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Outside linebacker Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) isn’t exactly sure of how many offers he has. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior has not counted them. Once he had received over 30 offers to the top programs in the nation, there really seemed no point in doing so. Pugh is more concerned about the five that he has on top.

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KincadeJared ShankerChandler Kincade remains committed to Pitt but recently visited Alabama and Tennessee.
Following two days of visits to Alabama and Tennessee, quarterback Chandler Kincade (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) added a few physical and mental exercises he can take back to Western Pennsylvania with him.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

November, 30, 2012
Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

Five for '14: Quarterbacks 

November, 28, 2012
Brandon DawkinsTim Haddock For ESPNLA.comWestlake Village, Calif., quarterback Brandon Dawkins is one of the QBs in the 2014 class who has visited Alabama.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quarterback is a difficult position to recruit. If you miss on a kid, it could set you back for years to come. You normally only get once chance with each class.

That’s why the University of Alabama is so selective when taking recruits at the position. The general rule is that Nick Saban has to see a kid throw in person before the Crimson Tide offer a scholarship. That’s why no 2014 signal callers have received an offer from Alabama yet.

However, with players committing earlier and earlier, the Tide broke their rule last year by offering Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City/Utah) a scholarship before he had the opportunity to attend Alabama’s camp and throw in front of Saban.

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Watch List QB Wilton Speight being patient 

November, 6, 2012
If Wilton Speight is as patient in the pocket as he is in recruiting, he'll be just fine.

The ESPN Watch List quarterback prospect from Richmond (Va.) Collegiate still doesn't have his first scholarship offer despite several recruiters telling him he's toward the top of their recruiting board. And Speight just takes it in stride.

"I'm remaining patient and trusting that if I keep doing what I am doing things will fall into place nicely," the 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior said.

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2015 QB O'Connor talks Bama before visit 

October, 26, 2012
Michael O'Connor is willing to be patient with Alabama. Good thing. He has to be.

While other schools have offered the sophomore quarterback a scholarship -- most notably Michigan State, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt -- Crimson Tide recruiters are taking their time as they always do. It's long been coach Nick Saban's policy to only offer a scholarship to a prospect he and his staff have evaluated in person. O'Connor, who could be one of the top prospects in the 2015 class, is no different.

"They told me that all players they want to offer, they want to evaluate in person," the standout from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor on Friday just before a visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend. "They told me that they want me to send my film into them after my year is over and then get some one-on-one evaluation time in the spring."

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QB Luke Ward with strong interest 

September, 28, 2012
It seems just a matter of time until Luke Ward receives that first scholarship offer.

The quarterback from Decaturville (Tenn.) Riverside has received strong interest from several top schools, namely Duke, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Cinncinnati, Alabama and Florida State.

"Good football program. Good relationship with the coaches," the ESPN Watch List prospect stated via text message when asked what he's looking for in a school.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ward might have a decision to make concerning his athletic future. He's also a standout baseball player.

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Alabama eyes rising ESPN 100 PG 

June, 13, 2012
If you ask Rashawn Powell (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) he’ll tell you he’s got a little Russell Westbrook in his game. The ESPN 100 prospect and the Oklahoma City Thunder star both play the point, and both know to score when they need to.

“I like to get my team involved first, but if the team’s not hitting shots, that’s when I go ahead and do my own thing,” Powell said. “I’m still going to get the team involved, but sometimes I’ve got to focus on scoring to get my team to the win.”

When Powell’s AAU coach, Diane Neal, was watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, she saw Westbrook make a move against the Miami Heat that was reminiscent of her own point guard. She even texted Powell’s father to let him know.

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MEMPHIS -- Three more suitors are beginning to court Bobby Billingsley.

Georgia Tech, Cincinnatti and North Carolina State have begun recruiting the interior offensive lineman from Memphis East. While Billingsley still has plenty to learn about each school, he does have a working knowledge from afar.

Georgia Tech: “I know they've got good tradition and a good program. They've got an option offense. I like that. It gives me a chance to get downfield. That's what I feel like I'm good at, getting downfield and getting to the linebackers, going to that next level.”

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Sandy Creek (Ga.) teammates visit UA 

February, 24, 2012
The University of Alabama received some surprise midweek visitors on Thursday when Sandy Creek (Ga.) High School teammates Shaquille Wiggins (2013), Demarre Kitt (2014) and Cole Garvin (2014) made their way to Tuscaloosa.

Wiggins has already committed to Georgia but continues to look at other schools. For Kitt, a sophomore wide receiver, his recruitment is just starting to take off, and he expects to receive an offer from the Crimson Tide in the near future.

“We talked to all of the coaches,” Kitt said. “It was good because they were with us the whole time, so we got more attention. They said they liked me a lot, and that an offer was coming soon. That felt good.”

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Junior Marshall committing Jan. 31 

January, 18, 2012
One of the top juniors in Ohio will come off the board and make his commitment public on Thursday, and another will follow suit less than two weeks later.

Middletown (Ohio) junior athlete Jalin Marshall, an ESPNU 150 Watch List member, will announce on Jan. 31, he confirmed to in a text message.

The finalists for arguably the state's most dynamic playmaker in any class are Alabama, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.

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2013 OL Denver Kirkland has four offers 

December, 13, 2011
It was a disappointing Saturday night for Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) junior offensive lineman Denver Kirkland.

After dominating the Class 4A championship game for three quarters, Booker T. Washington struggled in the fourth and gave up 21 points in a stunning 33-25 loss.

“I feel at some points we played good but we didn’t do enough, and we left them with too many opportunities,” Kirkland said. “We’ll try again next year when I’m a senior. I thought we had (it) and everyone might have let up a little.”

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