Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Early Offer: Recruiting’s postage problem
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Georgia suspended its recruiting director over minor NCAA violations but several of his peers question why they’re violations; No. 1 receiver Malachi Dupre said he has talked with one of the nation’s top players about attending the same school together; and the rosters to one of the top all-star games in the nation are set.
Georgia handed director of on-campus football recruiting Daryl Jones a five-day suspension over a number of minor recruiting violations it reported to the SEC. According to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald, the suspension was a result of violations with a number of mailings to high school juniors. The violations occurred after recruiting staffers mailed letters to prospects two days before the Sept. 1 date when NCAA rules say juniors may receive first mailings and because some mailings featured Georgia’s new secondary logo, the Nike swoosh and labels promoting the upcoming South Carolina game. I reached out to a few folks in the same position of Jones at another schools in the SEC to gauge reaction from his peers. Based on the reports, everybody I visited with agreed Jones did violate NCAA rules but all were quick to defend him. “Rules are rules,” one SEC West on-campus recruiting coordinator said. “However, it’s crazy to think you can’t put a sticker on an envelope, but it’s OK to send 100, 200 letters a day to a kid if you want to. Something’s wrong with this picture.”
Prime-time package deal?
After spending time this past weekend at LSU with five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), River Ridge (La.) John Curtis receiver Malachi Dupre talked with Jackson for the first time about playing at the same school . “I think it’s a possibility now,” Dupre, the nation’s No. 1 receiver, said. “LSU has always been in the picture with me, and it’s with Adoree' now after his official visit.” Dupre and Jackson were around each other at The Opening earlier this summer and will get another chance to build a further bond at the Under Armour All-American Game in January.
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic roster set
The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic has developed into one of the better postseason all-star games. The Alabama roster features four players each who have already committed to Alabama and Auburn and also includes five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) the top player in the state. The Mississippi roster has 20 players who have already made a commitment, including Florida State WR pledge Markell Pack, LSU DB commit Devin Voorhies and Oklahoma DB recruit Tito Windham. The game is set for Dec. 14 in Montgomery, Ala.