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Early Offer: Mixon all mixed up 

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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 regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: What a difference a few months make for the Missouri Tigers and their efforts to land top talent in St. Louis; one of the nation’s top tight end prospects is slated to announce on Friday, and he still has everybody guessing; is Tennessee in line to steal a commitment away from one of the best defensive tackles in the junior college ranks?

Missouri comes up big in St. Louis
There has been a lot of grumbling by Missouri fans over the last year about a perceived lack of success in St. Louis by Gary Pinkel and the Tigers. However, after the Tigers’ fast start on the field this season many of those worries diminished. They have all but evaporated now after St. Louis DeSmet four-star offensive lineman Andy Bauer committed on Monday. The Under Armour All-American had been a long-time commitment to Ole Miss after originally committing to the Tigers early in the process. He decided again on Monday to reverse course for what looks to be the final time, helping give the Tigers their first ESPN 300 commitment and second four-star prospect.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer join Twitter, demonstrating the power the social media vehicle has on recruits; Cameron Robinson’s decision is pushed back to next week, and one team is feeling better about its chances; and former four-star athlete Chase Abbington is making a big splash in the junior college ranks.

Welcome to Twitter Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer
Twitter has become one of the biggest recruiting tools for college football coaches. Not only do they use it for communication with prospects, since the rules on electronic communication are more lax than phone calls. Tweets are also a great way to share recruiting propaganda and are more likely to be read compared to letters that pile up in a recruit’s mailbox. The latest coaches to embrace the new recruiting world order are Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. “My good friend Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff -- let’s see how it goes,” Meyer tweeted Tuesday after opening an account and quickly gaining 30,000 followers. Stoops has had his own Twitter account for about a year but it had always been set to private -- until Wednesday. One of his first tweets was about going after national championship No. 9. It was recruiting through social media at its finest.

Robinson pushes back announcement date

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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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IRVING, Texas -- Oklahoma is waiting on a decision from top quarterback target Justice Hansen. So is Foster Sawyer.


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OKPreps 14 for '14: TE Trenton Ball 

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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.

TE Trenton Ball (Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert, 6-6, 210)
2012 stats: 6 catches for 80 yards, 1 touchdown.


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Juco 100 DT pushes back decision 

February, 1, 2013
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The nation’s top undecided junior college prospect will remain that way longer than he orginally planned.


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When Missouri made a strong run at ESPN 150 wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) last year, all Oklahoma fans could do was hold their breath.

Would it happen again? Not this time. Neal stuck with the Sooners, easing some of the pain caused years ago by another Missouri high school product who initially committed to OU before ending up with the Tigers.


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For a while it has looked like Watch List linebacker Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) was going to get an Oklahoma State offer.


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Sooners, OL Josh Outlaw on same page 

January, 28, 2013
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Oklahoma never forgot about four-star offensive lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle got in touch with the four-star lineman late in the summer and things have progressed since then.


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Tight end Jason Reese (Euless, Texas/Trinity) decided to part ways with Arizona State a little over a week ago. Many thought Missouri would be Arizona State’s replacement.

There’s a new player in Reese’s recruiting. Reese said Oklahoma has come on strong, and the Sooners and Tigers are neck and neck in the race for his services.

Reese, a three-star tight end, said that while Oklahoma hasn’t offered, he’s been in contact, and he’s confident that the Sooners will offer soon. Now 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, Reese is looking to set up a visit to Norman, Okla., next month.

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Juco DT Johnson weighing options 

December, 18, 2012
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A lot of top junior college prospects will be signing Wednesday, but four-star defensive tackle Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson CC) is not one of them.


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Q&A: 2014 Texas RB Xavier Turner 

December, 12, 2012
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Oklahoma was the first to notice Class of 2014 running back Xavier Turner (North Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville). But after the junior season he just had, it won’t take long before a bevy of other schools enter the race.

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William Wilkerson/ESPN.comClass of 2014 RB Xavier said 'OU has always been my favorite college.'
Turner was an unknown when he visited OU for its spring game in April but people are going to know his name now.

He had 207 carries for 1,586 yards and 31 touchdowns despite missing time with a high ankle sprain early in the season. He also had 22 receptions for 358 yards and four more scores.

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Q&A: Hansen watches coaching moves 

December, 5, 2012
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It wasn’t going to be easy for ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) to top his 2011 season in 2012. But he did.

Hansen, who has offers from Missouri and Arkansas, threw for 2,558 yards with 25 touchdowns and rushed 529 yards and eight scores as a sophomore. As a junior? Hansen was 185-of-318 for 3,079 yards with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 773 yards and 14 scores in leading Edmond Santa Fe to the state quarterfinals.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comClass of 2014 signal-caller Justice Hansen has offers from Missouri and Arkansas.
Now the recruiting game will start back up for Hansen, expected to be on the wish list for many top schools, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Florida State, among several others.

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DE Dimarya Mixon, Sooners part ways 

November, 27, 2012
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Timing in recruiting is almost everything. Three-star defensive end Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) found that out on Monday night.

Mixon, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, was told by OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright the Sooners are full at defensive end and were no longer considering accepting a potential commitment.


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