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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: Duke is quietly putting together a solid 2014 class, which got a whole lot better Monday after landing a pledge from an ESPN 300 receiver; Oklahoma commit Joe Mixon has long been the center of rumors about how solid his commitment is, and an unofficial visit to UCLA this weekend only fanned those flames even more.

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Semper Fi notebook: Day 3 

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News and notes from Day 3 of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

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And then there were 10 for ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), who narrowed his list of 50 scholarship offers to a more manageable group on Friday.


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It was around November when four-star cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) thought there was no chance he was ever going to commit to Oklahoma.

Moore, who is 6-foot and 164 pounds and ranked No. 29 at cornerback, had a lot of OU interest in the summer and had planned for an official visit in October. When the visit never materialized, he thought it was over.


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For a while, it looked like four-star cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) and Oklahoma never were going to get on the same page.

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Sooners 17th in Way-Too-Early Top 25

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Alabama CheerleadersStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAlabama, with three of the past four national titles, is No. 1 in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

There are still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. Oklahoma will try to make it back to the top from the No. 17 spot.

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Quarterback David Cornwell (Jones, Okla./Jones) came out of nowhere to have an exceptional junior season and is now unquestionably one of the top in-state prospects for the Class of 2014.

Problem is, though, neither Oklahoma nor in-state power Oklahoma State have shown much interest. Cornwell camped at OU and had good contact with former OSU quarterbacks coach Todd Monken.

With Monken’s departure to become the Southern Mississippi head coach combined with little interest from OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel thus far, right now it looks like one of the state’s best prospects will have to look elsewhere.

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Notre Dame held up its end of the bargain. The Fighting Irish squeaked past BYU to remain undefeated, providing an opportunity for eighth-ranked Oklahoma to make a BCS statement on Saturday.

By beating the fifth-ranked Irish, OU also can take out another obstacle between it and the national title game. But other obstacles still loom for the one-loss Sooners.

SoonerNation breaks down those five obstacles:

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The state of Arizona is loaded with top-tier talent in the 2014 recruiting class. One of those players, wide receiver Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) already holds eight scholarship offers from some big-time programs, including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete has done a big of everything for the Lancers this season. He has completed 29 of 36 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 56 times for 944 yards and 18 touchdowns, and caught 14 passes for 215 yards and another score. He's also added a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns.

And while he's one of the more highly-recruited juniors in the region, Denson hasn't done much with the recruiting process at this point. He did however, take an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend.

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Q&A: 2014 ATH Cedric Dale on the RRR 

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Last week it looked like 2014 athlete Cedric Dale (Keller, Texas/Timber Creek) was going to spend his Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, for Texas Tech-West Virginia. But toward the latter part of the week his destination switched to Dallas for Oklahoma-Texas.

Dale was blown away. A frequent visitor to OU in the last six months, Dale has become familiar with the Sooners and is hopeful of making another trip before the season is over.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comClass of 2014 athlete Cedric Dale will miss the rest of his junior season with an injury.
Unfortunately for Dale, his junior season is over. He suffered a broken radius a couple of weeks ago and will not play again. In limited time, Dale rushed for 518 yards on 49 carries with seven touchdowns.

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CB L.J. Moore changes visit plans 

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Erik McKinney/WeAreSC.comL.J. Moore will visit Texas Tech this weekend to watch the Red Raiders play Oklahoma, another school on his list.
Cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central) was scheduled to take an official visit to California this weekend, but the 6-foot, 164-pound athlete said on Monday that his plans had changed. Now, Moore will take his official visit to Texas Tech this weekend, which is a school not previously included in his top five or six choices.

"I can go to Cal on unofficials because it's close," Moore said via text. "But I wouldn't be able to get out to Tech, so I want to go see what Texas football is like."

It won't just be Texas football that Moore will get an opportunity to watch this weekend. The Red Raiders host the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, which will give Moore -- who has an official visit scheduled to Oklahoma later this month -- his first opportunity to see the program where his good friend and teammate, Hatari Byrd, is committed.

Moore took his first official visit to Notre Dame two weeks ago and hasn't been shy about volunteering the Fighting Irish and UCLA Bruins as his top two schools. But he plans to allow his entire recruiting process to play out before making a decision. Moore also has official visits scheduled to Oregon State in October and UCLA on the first weekend of November.

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Cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his top group of schools. Though he announced it as a top five, he couldn't cut out a sixth school, so the final two are tied for fifth.

He listed, in order, Notre Dame, UCLA, California, Oregon State and a tie between Arizona State and Washington.

"Notre Dame is a great, prestigious program and Coach [Mike] Denbrock and I have a great relationship," Moore said via text message about why the Irish are out front. "They said I will have a chance to compete for a starting spot as soon as I get there."

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Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) could easily be considered a blank canvas.

Although he’s only been playing defense for two seasons, the safety prospect recently picked up an offer from Oklahoma. Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops watched Foreman work out and then offered the 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect.

“He said he could tell I’m really explosive at a young age, because I’m only 16,” Foreman said. “He said I have time to grow into my body, I’m going to be really big and I’m going to develop.”

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At 6-foot-10 and 280 pounds, Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) is a wanted individual. His size and length alone make him an intriguing candidate for a BCS offensive tackle.

Skipper currently holds nine offers and is receiving interest from several other high-major programs. Colorado was his first offer picked up the beginning of February. Since then, he has received offers from Colorado State, Vanderbilt, Duke, Arizona State, Utah, Oregon State, Wyoming and Missouri.

“This is definitely different from what I’m used to. It’s very exciting,” Skipper said of the extra attention via the recruiting process. “Everything kind of hits at once, and it’s different from anything I’ve ever done. It’s just great knowing that my parents won’t have to pay for college.”

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Per West Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas) recruiting coordinator Kyle Ward, 2013s Kameron Miles, Eldridge Massington and Will Earley all are set up for multiple junior days.

Miles, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete, will be at Saturday’s Texas A&M day and Sunday’s Baylor day. He also will be at Oklahoma on Feb. 4 and Texas’ first junior day on Feb. 12. He has offers from UCLA and Oregon State.

Massington, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver, will attend Baylor on Sunday and join Miles at Oklahoma on Feb. 4. Massington additionally will attend Texas’ second junior day, set for Feb. 25. He has offers from Baylor, Colorado and Oregon State.

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