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Notebook: IMG 7v7 Championship 

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The IMG 7v7 National Championship held at IMG Academy over the weekend featured some of the top 7-on-7 teams from all over the country and even a few teams from Canada. The event, which included 12 prospects ranked in the top 50 of the ESPN 300, showcased some of the best talent you will find in a single tournament. Led by Alabama verbal commits Calvin Ridley and Shawn Burgess-Becker, the Florida Fire from South Florida defeated Tampa’s Unsigned Preps 20-18 in the championship game to take home the title.

Quarterbacks shine

There were several high-profile quarterbacks in attendance, and they lived up to the hype for the most part. Deondre Francois, who recently transferred to IMG Academy, made numerous impressive throws. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound signal-caller has a top three of Oregon, Auburn and Florida State and is planning to make his decision at the end of July.

Early Offer: Mixon all mixed up 

November, 7, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Just when it seemed clear on what four-star running back Joe Mixon was thinking, an official visit to Florida State has seemingly brought his decision back to square one; two of the top recruits in Ohio were hoping to make a decision in early January, but the success of their high school teams might change those plans; Missouri and Tennessee made nice climbs in the latest RecruitingNation class rankings.

Mixon mixed up

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Da'Shawn Hand changing his visit schedule up is good news for Wolverine fans and bad news for Alabama fans; Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M fans can see big pieces of their 2014 recruiting classes on television Friday night; and one of the top juco recruits in last year’s class is going to redshirt at Kansas.

Looking good for the Wolverines
Five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) was set to visit Florida on Oct. 4 for its game against Arkansas and Alabama on Nov. 8 for its game against LSU with national title implications on the line. However, the SAT is on Oct. 5, causing Hand to alter his schedule. Hand is still ironing out the final details, but it looks like he will visit Alabama on Oct. 25 when its hosts Tennessee, and he'll trip to Florida on Nov. 8 when the Gators host Vanderbilt. He’s already taken a visit to Michigan and will announce his decision on Nov. 14. The Wolverines have been his leader for quite some time with Florida and then Alabama next in line. Some observers have long-worried what a visit to Alabama for what could be the game of the year would do to Hand’s process. But a college coach close to the situation believes the change now gives Michigan a major edge and puts Bama clearly third in the pack. “I would say this puts it at about 80 percent for Michigan,” the coach said. “The biggest question left is whether or not Florida can wow him enough right before his announcement to get him to change his mind.”

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By now, college coaches are very familiar with the path between their campus and the Peat household. Todd Peat was a four-star defensive tackle in the 2011 class who signed with Nebraska. Andrus Peat, a five-star offensive tackle, signed with Stanford in the 2012 class after a long recruiting battle. Now, another Peat is making waves on the recruiting scene, as 2015 outside linebacker Cassius Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) already has two scholarship offers and plenty of attention.


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Christian Kirk has always been ahead of schedule.

This spring, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro sophomore went toe-to-toe with the West region's top juniors on the field and on the recruiting trail. But that's nothing new for the 5-foot-10, 190-pound wide receiver.

Kirk began playing football at 5 years old, but don't tell that to the administrators of the league he played for.


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2014 OT Denzel Ward, U-M part ways 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Even though most of the focus recently has been on Michigan’s 2013 class and its more than a year until the 2014 signing day, Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class was the one with news on Tuesday.

Offensive tackle Denzel Ward (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) and the Wolverines decided to part ways. It's possible the Michigan coaches had observed some red flags along the way that didn't sit right going forward.

Ward told WolverineNation why he felt the change was necessary.


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Michigan to visit ESPN 300 OT Hunt 

November, 27, 2012
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When Jeff Tedford was let go from his position as head coach at California, offensive tackle Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) didn't rush into any decision, but did say he was happy to have plenty of options available to him. The nation's No. 220 recruit could be close to adding yet another possibility to his long list of scholarship offers as Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk will make an in-home visit Tuesday.

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Mason KelleyESPN 300 OT Cameron Hunt, a Cal commitment, is seeing a lot of attention this week.
"As of right now, he just wants to meet with me, visit with me and see what type of person I am," Hunt said. "He said he likes a lot of my film and said I don't need to send him any more -- especially playing against Jojo (ESPN 300 DE Joe Mathis) last week, I did pretty well against him. It kind of showed him that I could play at a major DI level and compete early."

A scholarship offer from Michigan would likely give Hunt plenty to think about as he continues through the recruiting process, but the Wolverines aren't the only program pushing hard to steal the 6-foot-4, 267-pound tackle away from Cal.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

November, 16, 2012
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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

OL Mason Cole planning his visits 

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Though he himself doesn't garner all the headlines, Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) anchors an offensive line that serves as a catalyst for a high-flying offense.

Teammates like quarterback Pete DiNovo and wide receiver Artavis Scott continue to put up prolific numbers and light up the scoreboard. But as the nature of the position suggests, Cole's efforts aren't necessarily categorized.

He's not looking for that, though. The wins and the good performances are what he's happy about.

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Video: 2014 QB Coleman Key

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SoonerNation's Bob Przybylo talks with uncommitted junior quarterback Coleman Key, who recently transferred to Broken Arrow (Okla.), about Key's busy summer on the camp circuit.

Allen trims list to 15 

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Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) knows it’s time to start narrowing things down.

The three-star receiver has trimmed his list of favorite schools down to 15, and he plans to take five unofficial visits later this month.

Allen told HornsNation his top 15 are, in no particular order: Arkansas, Arizona State, California, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC and Washington.

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Latest recruiting buzz out west 

January, 10, 2012
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With just a few weeks to go before signing day, there is a lot going on and a lot of news coming out on some of the top prospects out west.

Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) gave some thought to committing at the U.S Army All-American Bowl last weekend but decided to hold off. The buzz was if he did commit, Cal was the likely choice. A decision could still be around the corner and the family continues to mention Oregon and Notre Dame as having a real shot at this time as well.

Offensive lineman Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) will visit USC but is still trying to figure out the date. His original plan was to visit this coming weekend (Jan. 13) and then commit the following Monday. Now Banner is saying he’ll likely visit (Jan. 20) and decide the following week. Oklahoma, Washington and USC are in his final three.

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Two stand out for Powe 

October, 18, 2011
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Lakewood, Calif., wide out Darius Powe has five schools on his list and said a pair of Pac 12 schools are recruiting him the hardest right now.

Powe, one of the state’s top receivers and an Under Armour All-American, was set to visit Michigan last month but had to cancel the trip at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict.

“I still want to visit Michigan but that will probably be after the season now,” Powe said. “I still have the same five schools on my list, Michigan, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Arizona State.

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Oregon now a major player for Thompson 

October, 17, 2011
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Safety Shaq Thompson of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant took an official visit to Oregon last weekend and the Ducks are now a major player for the talented defensive back.

The trip to Eugene was the second official visit Thompson has taken, after visiting Wasington a few weeks back.

“Man, I loved it,” Thompson said. “Those were the craziest fans I’ve ever been around and they were in to the game from start to finish. I would say the whole game day experience was the best part of the visit for me. Seeing ESPN GameDay and hanging out with the other players at the game, it was really a lot of fun. Terrence Mitchell, who’s a NorCal guy like me, was my host and he was real cool and I clicked well with all the guys on the team.

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