Thursday, October 10, 2013
Early Offer: FSU rolls out carpet for Dupre
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Malachi Dupre is the nation’s most coveted receiver, and Florida State is going out of its way to make sure he knows he’s wanted; Washington will use Seattle as a big lure with recruits visiting this weekend for the Oregon game; South Carolina is expected to add one of the nation’s top guards on Friday.
Winston wows nation’s No. 1 receiver Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a lot of things for Florida State, but the record-breaking redshirt freshman signal caller added a new job to his resume -- recruiter. After throwing for nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns against Maryland, Winston reached out to Malachi Dupre, the nation’s No. 1 receiver out of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis. “I’ve met him before, so we already know each other a little bit,” Dupre said. “But the texts were very much unexpected. It was hard to believe it was him. But after talking with him, he’s very cool. He was telling me about how everything was like at Florida State, how he sees me coming there and being a big-time player in their offense.” LSU is where Dupre is projected on the RecruitingNation Hot Board, but Florida State is part of a large group of schools jockeying for official visits.
Seattle sells for Huskies Washington will play host to a number of recruits for this weekend’s battle against Oregon, and those on an official visit, like heavily-recruited junior college defensive tackle Claudeson Pelon (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa C.C.), will get the full Seattle experience. “We sell Seattle right after we sell academics,” Washington linebacker and recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon said. “For how you can get here and things you can do when you compare it to a Corvallis or Pullman, Tuscon, Eugene, there's a lot of positives for Seattle,” Sirmon said. “It's easy for parents to get on a flight. It's cost effective. There are things to do up here. You can go on the lake. You can go on the sound. You can go to a Mariner game. You can go to a Seahawk game. There are a lot of different things that we can sell once we get people up here. Seattle’s one of the best cities in the nation, and it’s something we really embrace with recruits.”
Big commit on the way for Gamecocks? Donell Stanley, the nation’s No. 197 player and No. 12 offensive guard, is scheduled to announce his decision on Friday, and all signs continue to point toward South Carolina. Stanley would be a very welcome addition to the South Carolina class that ranks No. 31 overall in the nation. As long as Stanley doesn’t shock everyone and pick another school, the Gamecocks would have two of the SEC’s best guards with Stanley and in-state commitment Malik Young (Piedmont, S.C./Woodmont).