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Defensive back Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), the No. 5-ranked prospect in the ESPN 150, has narrowed his list to 10 schools.

Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC all made the cut, Jackson told ESPN's RecruitingNation in a text message.

Jackson, the second-ranked cornerback in the country, is planning visits to Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame over the summer. He doesn't have a timeline for his decision, but this cut gets him closer to his final choice.

Jackson breaks them down


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Just as Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) was ready to trim his list to just a handful of schools, his world was turned upside down Wednesday -- twice.


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#BlueChipBattles: ESPN 150 release edition

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ATHENS, Ga. -- For most high school players, the end of practice means they get a break from the incessant nagging and ceaseless instruction of their coaches. They go home, eat dinner, study and enjoy the respite until the whistles start blowing next time. For ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), that is not the case.

Wilson’s father is the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach at the University School, so Wilson jokes that he gets no respite.

“Oh no, there’s no break, there’s no break,” Wilson said. “Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, I get it at practice, before practice, after practice, in the car, at the dinner table ...”

The talented junior laughed about the nonstop instruction but he also credited his father with making him the player he is today -- one of the most coveted safeties in Florida.


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Chicago De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon was careful not to name a leader, but he said one team sticks out as having the best résumé among his double-digit offers.

“Everybody is the same but as far as résumés and what schools have to offer, probably Vanderbilt is the best because it's ranked in the Top 25 in education, football and recruiting and that’s the only school,” Wilbon said of his 11 offers. “Vanderbilt is looking good right now, but they’re not leading, though.”

Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi State and Purdue are Wilbon’s other offers.

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McLean's first offer is a big one 

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Adam McLean was a bit surprised when he received his first scholarship offer. Understandably so.


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New York is a basketball city, but in the small borough of Staten Island, football is on the rise. In the 2013 class, that is due in large part to a handful of talented prospects, including dynamic receiver Malique Belfort (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville).

Through eight games, Belfort has 45 catches for 830 yards and nine touchdowns while rarely playing all four quarters. Major BCS programs have taken notice, and he holds offers from 14 schools with Arizona State, Michigan State and Penn State among them.

A handful of programs continue to show interest, including Florida State, which recently offered his teammate Augustus Edwards, a running back committed to Syracuse.

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Rathan-Mayes will choose from three 

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One of the best and arguably most complete shooting guards in the country, regardless of class, is ESPN 100 SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ontario/Huntington Prep), who is No. 23 overall in the rankings.

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Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio SportsFlorida State-bound guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes took over with Andrew Wiggins sidelined with the flu last Wednesday, tallying 21 points and nine dimes
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Rathan-Mayes is a shooting guard in every sense of the word. In my opinion, he is a triple-threat scorer, which is the best kind of bucket-getter. He can score in transition by getting to the rim, where he finishes through contact. He can also stop and pop or spot up along the arc. In the half-court set, he can knock down 3-pointers by spacing on the side of dribble penetration and come off screens or from ball reversal.

Most importantly, his midrange game is smooth and efficient. Jumpers inside the arc off the catch or dribble going right or left are no problem for him. He also makes floaters with touch and body control.

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Dual-threat quarterback Treon Harris (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) won't settle for anything less than a championship this season.

Falling just short a season ago to Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles in the state championship has left a bitter taste on all of the Tornadoes' tongues. And all that hard work in the offseason is about to be put to use as Harris and his teammates get the new season going this week.

"We are working hard and competing good," said the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Harris.

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Miami Norland defensive end Paul James III earned an offer from Florida State after a strong effort at the Jimbo Fisher football camp last week but the 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior has long said he wants to get away from Florida for college.

James, ranked 198th in the ESPN 300, likes several programs including West Virginia, Illinois, Texas A&M and Alabama but admitted that he enjoyed his time at FSU camp.

"It was a lot of fun working with Coach [D.J.] Eliot and being on campus," James said. "It was very nice to be there and get a chance to see the area and hang out with the coaching staff.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Cornerback Chris Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) picked up his first offer at the beginning of May and has seen his recruitment start to catch fire. On Wednesday, while taking ion a 7-on-7 tournament, he spoke to DawgNation about all the increased attention.

“I have offers from the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt,” Murphy said. “I think Purdue is going to be the next offer. Illinois is coming close to offering and UCLA too.”

The Boilermakers did extend Murphy an offer the next day and more are likely on the way.

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CB McCollum takes in more camps 

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North Miami (Fla.) defensive back Troy McCollum spent two days at Florida State last week and could participate in South Florida's SuperBull showcase this weekend.

The 6-foot, 185-pound junior worked out last Thursday at FSU and hung around Friday to take extra time on his visit.

"I enjoyed working out with the coaches, especially coach [Mark] Stoops because he taught me a lot," McCollum said. "I like FSU and I'm hoping to get an offer still. Every time I go to an event I'm working to get an offer if the school hadn't offered me yet."

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