Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Early Offer: Show Me State resurgence
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: What a difference a few months make for the Missouri Tigers and their efforts to land top talent in St. Louis; one of the nation’s top tight end prospects is slated to announce on Friday, and he still has everybody guessing; is Tennessee in line to steal a commitment away from one of the best defensive tackles in the junior college ranks?
Missouri comes up big in St. Louis
There has been a lot of grumbling by Missouri fans over the last year about a perceived lack of success in St. Louis by Gary Pinkel and the Tigers. However, after the Tigers’ fast start on the field this season many of those worries diminished. They have all but evaporated now after St. Louis DeSmet four-star offensive lineman Andy Bauer committed on Monday. The Under Armour All-American had been a long-time commitment to Ole Miss after originally committing to the Tigers early in the process. He decided again on Monday to reverse course for what looks to be the final time, helping give the Tigers their first ESPN 300 commitment and second four-star prospect.
TE ready to announce
After returning from his final official visit this past weekend, Derby, Kan., tight end DeAndre Goolsby will announce his decision Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Goolsby has visited Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio State, Arkansas and Kansas State and handicapping where he will end up has been next to impossible. Sources have been all over the map on his recruitment, but many agree that Arkansas and Kansas State are likely the two in the best position heading into the final week of his recruitment. However, Goolsby has been notoriously quiet about his true feelings, even with those that are recruiting him, so there likely will be some true suspense when he announces later this week.
Butler CC DT still a top target
Even though he remains committed to Texas Tech, Butler (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Owen Williams remains a wanted man. The 6-2, 285-pound Williams pledged to the Red Raiders on Oct. 23 but his dominating play has attracted other schools like Tennessee, Kansas State and Penn State. On Sunday, Williams played a key role in Butler’s 38-7 victory over Highland C.C. in the NJCAA Region VI playoffs. He had five tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss. Even though he’s committed to Tech, Butler sources indicate he will take an official visit to Knoxville and the Vols could be in great shape to land him because he’s originally from Macon, Ga.