Thursday, September 26, 2013
Early Offer: SEC still king of recruiting
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The numbers continue to show the SEC dominates college football recruiting; North Dakota State could be a thorn in the side of Big 12 teams on the recruiting trail; and even though NC State lost to Clemson last week, it made a big impression with one of the nation’s top defenders.
The Class of 2014 recruiting scoreboard continues to show the dominance of the SEC. So far SEC schools have commitments from 83 recruits in the ESPN 300. To put it in perspective, you would have to combine the ACC (39), Big 12 (25) and Big Ten (24) to get more ESPN 300 commits than the SEC. The SEC also has an astounding 106 four-star recruits committed to its schools, which is 44 more than ACC, 62 more than the Big 12 and 77 more than the Pac 12. The ACC -- headlined by impressive hauls by Florida State and Miami -- is the conference closest to the SEC. The ACC and the SEC are the only conferences at this point that have two five-star recruits committed to league teams.
Bison in the spotlight
The exposure North Dakota State received by having College Gameday in attendance before last Saturday’s 51-0 victory over Delaware State will certainly pay off on the recruiting front. While it’s not easy to track FCS recruiting, the Bison have five known commitments, including two steals out of Nebraska from receiver R.J. Urzendowski (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) and corner Jalen Allison (Papillon, Neb./Papillion-LaVista). Two Big 12 coaches I talked to recently said they have noticed the Bison becoming more aggressive over the six months with recruits in the Midlands that would traditionally end up at places like Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Minnesota. I can see why with four straight victories over an FBS opponent after wins against Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Colorado State.
NC State makes an impression
Even though he wasn’t able to make it to NC State’s game against Clemson, four-star defensive end Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose) liked what he saw on ESPN. Street, the nation’s No. 33 player, is leaning toward NC State, and the Pack’s defensive line was outstanding in the loss. Street has talked about wanting to play on a defense line that’s fast, aggressive and dominating, and NC State was all of that last week against one of the best teams in the country.