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Friday, October 25, 2013
Early Offer: Missouri's chance to impress

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Nobody projected the Missouri Tigers to be the No. 5 team in the country, but the Tigers have impressed on the field and now they have a chance to impress off of it with a large contingent of players visiting this weekend; can Alabama change the momentum in the recruitment for Da'Shawn Hand; Oregon is hoping to wow key targets with College GameDay in town.

Mizzou preps for big recruiting weekend
Missouri is one of the nation's hottest teams, and with a key game this weekend at home against South Carolina, the Tigers are expected to host a solid crew of visitors. For the most part the recruits coming in are players already committed to the Tigers, including offensive tackle Paul Adams and receiver Thomas Richard from Nashville (Tenn.) Christ Presbyterian and defensive back Logan Cheadle and defensive tackle Kevin Pendleton from Lee's Summit (Mo.) West. Two ESPN 300 prospects are also scheduled to visit -- Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central four-star linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed and four-star defensive end Dewayne Hendrix of O'Fallon (Ill.) Township. Getting Rhaheed to visit is a big coup for the Tigers, because he originally was scheduled to visit Oregon this weekend, and he also said his favorite player is former Mizzou star Aldon Smith.

Can Tide become a factor for Hand?
All signs point toward Michigan being the clear leader for five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), but there's something every recruiting fan can't forget -- never count out Nick Saban. Hand will take his official visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend, and the Tide will pull out all the stops to impress Hand and his family. Hand also has a visit to Florida scheduled on Nov. 14, but this weekend is Alabama's chance to turn the tide. Hand has talked at length about academics being a major issue in his decision-making process, and it definitely will be stressed by Alabama on the visit. But the Tide also have a lot of other positives to sell, and Saban is one of the best recruiters in the nation for a reason.

Ducks hosting key recruits
With UCLA and ESPN's College GameDay in town this weekend, Oregon is using the opportunity to bring a number of key recruits to campus. The headliner is ESPN 300 athlete John "Juju" Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), but he'll be joined by fellow ESPN 300 athlete Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and offensive tackle Braden Eggert (Napa, Calif./Napa), a Washington State commitment who recently picked up an offer from the Ducks.