Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Early Offer: UT aggressive with QB offers
By Jeremy Crabtree
RecruitingNation's The Early Offer gives you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: By offering the top signal-caller in the 2015 class, Texas proves it is serious about fixing its issues at the quarterback spot; Arkansas hopes to make a big impression with four key official visitors slated to visit this weekend; and a NJCAA region VI playoff game will feature some of the best junior college players in the country.
No. 1 junior QB picks up Texas offer
Many have pointed to misses at the position as the central factor in the ups and downs Texas has suffered on the field, but Mack Brown is looking to rectify that. Texas offered a scholarship Tuesday to Josh Rosen, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the 2015 class out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Rosen is ranked No. 17 overall in the 2015 class and the top player in California, so there’s no question he’s a wanted man. He already has a slew of major offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Cal, USC, UCLA and several others, but it was noteworthy that Brown extended an offer to Rosen this early in the process. It’s also interesting he offered Rosen when in-state quarterback Chason Virgil (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) already had a UT offer. The offers signal Brown is serious about fixing the ills at the quarterback spot.
Hogs ready for huge weekend
Arkansas is preparing for one of its most important recruiting weekends of the year as it hosts Auburn on Saturday. The Hogs are expected to host at least four official visitors, including highly-coveted running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central). Cook is a long-time Florida commitment, but he’s continued to look around at other schools and the Hogs are hoping their running attack impresses. Arkansas is also hosting official visits from ESPN 300 safety Steven Parker (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks); four-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) and four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain IV (Olathe, Kan./North). Swain is committed to TCU, but the Arkansas coaches haven’t stopped pursuing him.
Butler-Highland game loaded
Sunday’s NJCAA Region VI first-round playoff game between Highland (Kan.) Community College and Butler (Kan.) Community College will feature about 20 FBS recruits. Some of the biggest names include Highland defensive end Joe Keels, a Wisconsin commit who recently received an offer from Oregon, Butler offensive tackle and Kansas State commit Luke Hayes and Butler defensive tackle and Texas Tech commit Owen Williams.