Florida State Seminoles: Mark Richt

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: The Class of 2014 will go down as one of the wildest recruiting rides in recent memory. With so many players switching commitments and some elite prospects still left on the board, here are five things to keep an eye on heading into recruiting’s biggest day.

Does Bama have the best class ever?

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: If USC is going to close strong, landing some of this weekend’s 11 official visitors are key; even though neither are going to land him, Alabama and Oregon earned high praise for their recruiting efforts with offensive lineman Braden Smith’s coach; and Lorenzo Carter has become priority No. 1 for several of the Southeast's top teams.

11 recruits set to visit USC


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1. Georgia coach Mark Richt is raving about kicker Marshall Morgan, and not just because the sophomore already has made field goals of 56 and 55 yards. Richt loves Morgan’s kickoffs. “He was kicking 4.1 or 4.2 [seconds] hang time, which is a long time to hang a kickoff,” Richt said. He asked Morgan to kick to the goal line rather than get a touchback, hoping to pin returners inside the 20. Then Brelan Chancellor of North Texas took one 99 yards for a touchdown. Morgan had five touchbacks at Tennessee.

2. Yes, the ACC Atlantic showdown between No. 3 Clemson and No. 6 Florida State is a week away. But given the upgrade of play in the league, I wondered when the last time two ACC top-10 teams played one another. You have to go all the way back to ... last season, when the Seminoles beat the Tigers, 49-37. Prior to that, however, the last ACC top-10 game was six years ago, that great Thursday night game when No. 2 Boston College and Matt Ryan came back to beat No. 8 Virginia Tech, 14-10.

3. BC is showing signs of a renaissance under new head coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles, 3-2, already have surpassed last season's win total (2-10) as they prepare to play at No. 3 Clemson on Saturday. The Eagles are more physical at the line of scrimmage, and they are taking better care of the ball. Last season, they lost 11 fumbles in 12 games. This season, they are tied for the FBS lead with one lost fumble. Overall, BC is plus-four in turnovers after being minus-five last season.
Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) has not been shy about telling the world he wants to play in the SEC.

Well that presents a little bit of a problem for Florida State. As an in-state target at a position of relative need, Wynn is naturally high on their board.

But does he have the Seminoles high on his?


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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) said he wanted to win a state championship before he would deal with his recruitment.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) toured the University of Georgia campus for the first time since November. The No. 3 player in the nation is highly coveted by the Bulldogs and the Georgia coaching staff had a simple message for Tunsil.

“They need me,” Tunsil said.

To that end, Tunsil was given the red-carpet treatment during his stay in Athens.

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UGA offers juco OL Trenton Brown 

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The Georgia Bulldogs have not had a lot of luck building depth on the offensive line, and this most recent recruiting class is a prime example. The Bulldogs were able to sign only three linemen since Chester Brown had to decommit due to a new immigration rule.

With an emphasis again on building up the offensive line for the 2013 class, the coaches in Athens have turned to juco offensive lineman Trenton Brown of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

“They offered me about 30 minutes ago,” Brown told DawgNation. “I came in the athletic facility to get some treatment and Coach [Joe] Windon told me they offered. It is a blessing, and I give all the honor to God. It is my second offer, and Georgia is in my top five. The others are Florida State, Alabama, Texas and LSU.”

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