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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Early Offer: Contact period is here

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The fall contact period got underway with college coaches using the long holiday weekend to get a head start on reaching out to 2015 prospects; Notre Dame and Michigan get a chance to make a big impression this weekend; and top-25 player Jamal Adams has given recruiters a small window to woo him.
2015 RB Jacques Patrick said Al Golden messaged him at 12:01 last night. #Canes

— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) September 1, 2013

 

No off days in recruiting
While most people were enjoying a three-day weekend, there were no days off for college recruiters. Sunday marked the beginning of the fall contact period for 2014 prospects and the first day 2015 recruits could receive written materials from schools, and coaches all over the country labored to make a good first impression. Many elite 2015 prospects were bombarded with electronic communication via Facebook and Twitter on Sunday and Monday, including Kevin Toliver II of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy. The LSU commitment said despite his pledge his inbox kept blowing up. “It made me shake my head,” said Toliver, the nation’s No. 2 prospect in 2015. ESPN Junior 300 athlete Jacques Patrick told ESPN’s Derek Tyson that Miami reached out to him the earliest than anybody -- at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Notre Dame-Michigan big for Midwest recruiting
Michigan and Notre Dame battle over the same kids throughout the nation, which makes Saturday night’s game between the Wolverines and the Fighting Irish even more important. While one game won’t likely cause a recruit to commit on the spot, it certainly could give either the Wolverines or Fighting Irish early momentum with quite a few elite 2015 prospects and some remaining 2014 players who will be watching in the stands. Defensive end Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) and 2015 defensive tackle Tim Settle (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) confirmed over the weekend that they will both be in Ann Arbor for a visit. McDowell is the No. 67 prospect in the country, while Settle is ranked No. 7 overall in the ESPN Junior 300. Settle is coming up with good friend Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), the No. 4 overall prospect in 2014. The No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2015 class, Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall), is also slated to make the trek to Ann Arbor, and Michigan and Notre Dame are believed to be two of his favorites.

Adams still on track for November
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron four-star safety Jamal Adams tweeted that his decision is still on track for some time in November. The tweet reaffirms what Adams, the nation’s No. 25 player, has hinted at in the past and gives recruiters a three-month window to officially win him over. Adams has narrowed his focus to five teams -- Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Texas -- and will take official visits to each school before making up his mind. The RecruitingNation Hot Board still has Adams projected to end up at Florida, but Adams has said openly that his trips will be huge in his final decision.