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CLIFTON, Va. -- Five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, No. 10 in the ESPN 300, will not be making an early commitment, that much has been known from the start. What is also known about Settle is that he intends to go through the entire process and take all five of his official visits.

What wasn’t known is that Settle has started to think about what schools will make the cut.

“I’m going to trim it down in August to 14,” said Settle, who earned an invitation to The Opening Saturday after a stellar performance at the Nike Football Training Camp at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va. “The reason I’m going to trim it down in August is two-a-days and getting ready for the season. I don’t want a lot of pressure on me. I just want to play and have fun my senior season.

While Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) makes it look easy every time he steps on the field, the recruiting process off of it has become anything but.

With 12 schools -- Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and USC -- remaining in the hunt for the nation's N0. 5 overall player, the next step for Jackson will be choosing which five will receive official visits.


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TEXAS CITY, Texas -- These days, it's all smiles for ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman.

Life is good for the Texas City (Texas) High School star. Offers are coming left and right. He's preparing for a banner senior season with his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman. He's enjoying the final weeks of his junior year of high school. On Tuesday, Armanti was sprinting past defensive backs and juking defenders out of their shorts, showing the playmaking ability that has so many colleges at his doorstep.


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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.

OKPreps 14 for '14: QB Coleman Key 

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Is the Class of 2014 crop of in-state talent the best Oklahoma has seen since 2006? With six recruits in the ESPN Watch List, it’s shaping up to be a busy recruiting year in the Sooner State. For the next three weeks, SoonerNation is going to profile the OKPreps’ 14 for ’14: a look at some of the top names and where they stand with OU.

QB Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow, 6-4, 199)
2012 stats: 129-of-234 for 1,510 yards with 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions.

Sometimes you’re born in the wrong year. If you’re a Texas high school defensive back, it’s tough to become noticed for the Class of 2014. With 15 defensive backs in the ESPN Watch List, it’s a loaded group.


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Three-star Kyle Meadows visiting Sooners 

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Three-star offensive tackle Kyle Meadows (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) walked into school Wednesday with news for his coach, Larry Cox.

“Kyle walked in today and said ‘I’m going to visit Oklahoma on Friday,’ ” Cox said.

Earlier this week, Cox spoke with Oklahoma offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle, and that really got the ball rolling in the Sooners’ pursuit of the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Meadows. The Oklahoma staff has tried to get in contact with Meadows for several weeks but could never hook up with the tackle, who is ranked No. 42 nationally.

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Laquon TreadwellZach Perry/intersportLaquon Treadwell seems to have added Illinois and Notre Dame to his list of possible destinations.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan will need a big, athletic receiver next season, especially if Devin Gardner winds up at quarterback.

One of the bigger names remaining on Michigan's 2013 recruiting board would fit the bill perfectly.

Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) has kept track of recruiting classes as well as shifts in depth charts. The 6-foot-3 four-star receiver wants to play early, so both will likely affect his decision. He's also looking at how teams are playing, and while the Wolverines are running a quasi-spread offense with Denard Robinson, he's well aware of their plans to move to a pro-style offense, so he has read up on that.

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DT Maquedius Bain ready to visit Sooners 

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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Maquedius Bain (Davie, Fla./University School) will be taking a trip to Norman, Okla., this weekend to visit the Sooners pending some ACT paperwork.

"I just needed to get a couple of things in hand and I'll be visiting Oklahoma this weekend," Bain said. "They reached out to me back in July and I'm looking forward to the visit."

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bain, who committed to Florida State as a junior and re-opened his recruitment earlier in the year, appears to be leaning towards a future playing outside of the Sunshine State.

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PSU's Brown still considering transfer

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Senior wide receiver Justin Brown said he was still mulling a transfer Wednesday night and wasn't sure whether he would remain at Penn State.

"I haven't made a decision yet," he said in a brief telephone interview. "I just don't know."

Brown said he doesn't have a timetable for his decision, although preseason practice starts Monday. His high school coach, George Kosanovich of Concord (Del.), said Brown fielded calls from about three or four schools, including Cincinnati, Illinois and Oklahoma.

As the Nittany Lions' top returning wideout, Brown's decision could prove critical to Penn State's offensive success -- especially without starting tailback Silas Redd, who announced his transfer to USC on Tuesday.

If Brown leaves, unproven receivers Shawney Kersey, a redshirt junior, and sophomore Allen Robinson -- who combined for just eight catches last season -- would battle for the top spot.

Brown finished last season with 35 receptions, 517 yards and two touchdowns.

Five Penn State players have already announced their intent to transfer since the sanctions: Redd, linebacker Khairi Fortt, safety Tim Buckley, defensive lineman Jamil Pollard and tight end Kevin Haplea. Quaterback Rob Bolden was released from his scholarship prior to the sanctions, according to a source.

ESPN 150 WR Treadwell names top 7 

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), the top uncommitted prospect in the Midwest, has more than 20 offers, but the ESPN 150 receiver handicapped the race at the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday.

“Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Notre Dame and USC,” Treadwell said.

The four-star receiver is planning to make it to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this summer after he had to cancel his plans in April. Treadwell was on his way to visit the Cowboys and the Sooners on the same weekend, but a tornado warning forced him to go back home. He ended up visiting Michigan instead.

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LaQuvionte Gonzalez picks up OU offer 

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Before athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) could even leave school Wednesday, he knew it would be a busy rest of the day.

Because while in class, the junior picked up offers from Oklahoma and Illinois, his head coach Joey McGuire told him.

Gonzalez, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, is an amazing athlete and can play several positions, according to McGuire.


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