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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Early Offer: Florida’s best meet

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Plenty of elite talent will be on hand for Saturday’s Florida-Miami game, but Will Muschamp knows it’ll take more than one Saturday to make a difference; Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ohio State recruits showcased on national broadcast, and 2016 running back target Robert Washington taking a national tour this fall.

Sunshine State showdown
Everybody who is anybody in the Florida recruiting world will be at Saturday’s Florida-Miami game. Miami is going to have a large group of visitors, including ESPN 300 prospects Dalvin Cook, Joe Yearby, Travis Rudolph, KC McDermott and Anthony Moten. The Canes will also be hosting four-star receiver Braxton Berrios on an official visit. Berrios was at Oregon this past weekend, and UM is right in the thick of things with him. Miami will also host Torrance Gibson, Jordan Scarlett, Devante Peete, Devonarie Clarington and CeCe Jefferson, who all rank in the top 10 of Florida for the 2015 class. While the game and atmosphere certainly will make an impression, Florida coach Will Muschamp knows it will take more than that to reel in the elite players. “I would hope that a recruit isn’t making a decision about where they go to school on who wins a specific game,” Muschamp said. “While a recruit might have an emotional swing, based on the outcome of any game, they should consider what the best fit is for them academically, athletically, socially and for their future. We feel strongly that what we have to offer there is bigger than just one Saturday.”

Virginia recruits on national stage
Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech fans will get a chance to see some of their most important commitments for themselves when Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith faces Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor at 8 p.m. ET Friday in a game on ESPNU and also available on Watch ESPN. The matchup features Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown, the centerpiece of UVa’s recruiting class, and teammate Jaylen Bradshaw, a three-star receiver going to Virginia Tech. Oscar Smith also has 2015 four-star defensive end Josh Sweat, who already has offers from Florida State, Nebraska, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and others, and 2015 four-star running back DeShawn McClease, who has offers from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Buckeye fans will get to see Lake Taylor four-star defensive end Jalyn Holmes, the nation’s No. 159-ranked player.

2016 back making the rounds
After backing away from an early -- and we mean early -- commitment to Mississippi State, 2016 running back prospect Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C./Southlake Christian Academy) says he’s going to take his time the second time around before making another pledge. Washington took an unofficial visit to Duke this past weekend and will take trips over the next month to Vanderbilt, Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina. He claims he has offers from Akron, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Syracuse and UCLA. In the first game of his sophomore season, Washington rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries.