LSU Tigers: North Carolina Tar Heels

Cameron RobinsonGreg Ostendorf/ESPNFriday's decision by offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the No. 3 prospect in the ESPN 300, between LSU and Alabama could foreshadow the last five months of the 2014 cycle.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Cameron Robinson announces on Friday and his pick could go a long way toward determining who has the No. 1 class, TE DeAndre Goolsby is quickly climbing the charts of many recruiters, and Elijah Hood’s decision could help UNC lure one of nation’s top surprise classes.

Decision day set for Robinson
One of the most significant recruiting battles of the 2014 class will come to close Friday when the nation’s No. 3 overall player Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) announces his decision. Robinson, a five-star prospect, is a franchise offensive tackle that only comes around once every few classes, and the battle between LSU and Alabama is one that could set the tone for the rest of the recruiting season. If LSU lands him, then it could help the Tigers run the table with other high profile in-state recruits like No. 1-ranked Leonard Fournette. That type of run could help the Tigers unseat the Tide from the top spot in the class rankings that it’s held for the last two years. If Alabama lands him, then the Tide basically locks up another No. 1 class with more than five months left in the recruiting calendar. Most projections, including RecruitingNation’s Hot Board, have Robinson leaning towards Alabama.

A picture is worth a thousand words

For quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), the schedule book is starting to fill.

The first day to mark off the calendar is Thursday, when his Parkway team scrimmages Alexandria (La.) Senior High to conclude spring drills. He'll play in front of coaches from several major colleges. At the end of the scrimmage, sometime around 7 p.m, he'll announce which six schools he plans on visiting this summer.

"It's going to be a big day," he said. "I can't wait."


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#BlueChipBattles: ESPN 150 release edition

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Speedy Noil, Adoree Jackson, Da'Shawn HandStudent Sports, ESPN, ESPNSpeedy Noil, Adoree Jackson and Da'Shawn Hand are three of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2014.
#BlueChipBattles Insider: RecruitingNation summoned its writers from around the country to outline the recruiting battles for the ESPN 150's top 10 prospects.

Plus, rank the battles in SportsNation.

#TopFBMixtapes: Athlete mixtapes are all the rage in this highlight-crazed era of sports. We reached out to our Twitter followers to find out which 2014 football stars had the best highlight reels on YouTube, then had our staff rank and comment on the top submissions.

Tom Luginbill writes Insider: After talking to many coaches across the country and hearing their frustrations, here are their five biggest complaints about homemade highlight videos.
ZACHARY, La. -- Brandon Harris didn't just attend the NUC Five Star Baton Rouge camp, he claimed it.

The 2014 quarterback smiled and chatted up seemingly everybody there. He looked like a leader on the field. He'd focus on the task at hand, make good throws but not take it too seriously.


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A week ago, DeShone Kizer sat down with his parents to discuss his future. The three of them were planning to end the Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic quarterback’s recruitment.


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It's been quite a February for John Battle (Hallandale, Fla./Hallandale).

No less than five of his eight total offers have come in during the last 12 days -- from schools such as Florida State, West Virginia, South Florida, South Carolina and Rutgers.


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LSU commit Lawson in limbo 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was a bombshell that Denham Springs, La., head coach Dru Nettles wasn't expecting.

LSU informed one of Nettles' players, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tevin Lawson, on Monday that he no longer had a regular scholarship offer from LSU. Instead, the Tigers were asking him to grayshirt and join the program for the 2014 spring semester.

The issue, Nettles said, was a summer school class Lawson took at Denham Springs, a course LSU contends will not pass NCAA clearinghouse muster.

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UA Combine Notebook: South Carolina 

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More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for the Under Armour All-America Combine, several of which are from South Carolina.

Top LB hopes to earn UGA offer

ESPN 2014 Watch List linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), the son of former NFL linebacker and Gamecocks standout Corey Miller, had a monster season as a junior.


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More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for registration to the Under Armour All-America Combine, several of which are from Georgia.

Massive OL looking to visit Wolverines

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comOrlando Brown Jr. is looking forward to visiting Michigan and other northern schools.
ESPN 2014 Watch List prospect Orlando Brown Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) should have no problem finding a place to play at the next level. At 6-foot-8, 370 pounds, the mammoth offensive lineman boasts offers from 36 programs, although he maintains eight of them are at the top.

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Will Grier talks LSU and UNC visits 

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Will Grier did not visit North Carolina as previously planned. The quarterback from Davidson (N.C.) Day said he will now visit Chapel Hill for the North Carolina State game on Oct. 27. More visits are on the way.

“I'm going to try to get to as many games as I can,” Grier said.

Since Davidson has an off-week this weekend, Grier is considering a trip further from home. LSU is a likely destination, he said. LSU plays Towson on Saturday.

Grier was at his best on Friday. In just the first half, the junior completed 16-of-20 passes for 282 yards and ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns on Friday as Davidson pounded Asheville (N.C.) High on Friday.

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ESPN 150 WR North outlines visits 

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Thursday afternoon, Ramondo North, the father of ESPN 150 wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) told ESPN there are five programs his son is hoping see on official visits.

"Here are the five schools that Marquez would like to use for his official visit to go see: Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee," Ramondo North said.

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Top five uncommitted: North Carolina 

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More than 50 prospects in North Carolina signed with FBS programs in the 2012 class, and more than 60 already claim offers in the 2013 class. In this feature, RecruitingNation takes a look at the top five remaining uncommitted prospects in North Carolina.

Tyrone Crowder, OL, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, 6-foot-2, 325 pounds
No. 1 prospect in Nouth Carolina
Frontrunner: Clemson

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Lewis to announce; names finalists 

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Tyquan Lewis will announce his college decision on Sept. 20, the defensive end from Tarboro (N.C.) told ESPN via text message.

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Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) made it official.

At least he made official the day on which he will announce his decision on where he will continue his athletic and academic career.

With his choices whittled down to Ohio State, North Carolina and LSU, Lewis has said he knows where he wants to go. It’s just a matter of days now before he makes that decision public.

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LSU commitment Lewis Neal told ESPN via text message that he is considering taking an official visit besides his pending trip to Baton Rouge.

“Not sure yet but maybe an in-state school,” Neal stated.

That would indicate that the defensive end from Wilson (N.C.) Hunt is considering a visit to North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina or Duke. Either school would surely welcome the opportunity to woo Neal, who is considering the 19th best prospect in the state.

Neal committed to LSU in July. He originally committed to Ohio State before changing his mind.

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