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Top position classes: TEs 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and Big 12)
Oklahoma addressed many needs with its top-15 recruiting class, and that certainly includes the tight end position. Coach Bob Stoops and his staff signed a trio of tight ends, including ESPN 300s No. 277 Carson Meier (Tulsa, Okla./Union) and No. 295 Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), as well as three-star junior college prospect Isaac Ijalana (Mount Holly, N.J./Pierce College). All three players have terrific size of at least 6-foot-5, and Meier and Andrews possess the frame to add mass and strength. Meier has good initial burst and above-average ball skills, while Andrews has excellent hand-eye coordination and the ability to beat linebackers and safeties with regularity.

The Sooners had the nation’s best tight end class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:


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Early Offer: It’s a wrap 

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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: Alabama’s 2014 class is special, but is it the best class ever? Who were my biggest winners Wednesday, and what can we look forward to with the class of 2015?

Special class for Bama


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Programs off to fast start in 2015 

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While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:


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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: The Red River Rivalry always has recruiting implications, and this year’s game is no exception; Texas’ loss could end up being Arkansas’ gain; and one of the nation’s best offensive tackles will take trips to Florida and Florida State.


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Orlando Brown Jr.'s recruitment is coming to an end.


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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.
When offer No. 31 came in for Washington (Pa.) running back Shai McKenzie last week, he figured it was time to start cutting his list. It sounds simple, but McKenzie had a harder time when it came to putting pen to paper.

“He struggled to make a list,” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said. “He’s really unsure.”


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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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Na'Ty Rodgers has an idea what he'd like to see in Washington this weekend. After that, his recruitment is a bit more uncertain.

"Just see the campus," the four-star offensive tackle from Pomfret (Md.) McDonough said when asked about his visit this weekend. "And learn more about the program."

Rodgers told ESPN on Thursday that he doesn't have any other official visits planned. He took an official visit to Oklahoma in September.

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The last time 2014 Sekou Clark (Denton, Texas/Ryan) was in attendance for the annual Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma, he was working a concession stand. Last year Clark helped his uncle, who was running one of the concessions for his track and field team.

Saturday gave Clark a different kind of game experience at the Cotton Bowl. As a guest of Oklahoma, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end sat on the home side and watched Sooners fans celebrate a 63-21 rout over the Longhorns.

“It was crazy how the entire stadium was so loud. It was never quiet at any point,” Clark said. “No one was sitting down. Everyone was into the game. It was a lot of fun.”

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Video: Latest on ESPN 150 RB Greg Bryant

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On ESPNU's RecruitingNation show, SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon discusses the latest with former Oklahoma commit Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca-Delray).
The name Cale Gundy hadn’t meant much to ESPN 150 running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) in recent months.

Bryant, ranked No. 30 in the ESPN 150 and No. 2 running back, said in the past he didn’t have a stronger bond with a coach than with Gundy, Oklahoma’s running back coach.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comAfter decommitting from the Sooners in late July, top running back Greg Bryant says he will not visit OU.
Bryant surprised many, including himself, when he committed to the Sooners on an unofficial visit March 31. But most agreed it would be a tough chore for OU to hang onto him until national signing day.

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For years, four-star offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers (Owings Mills, Md./McDonough) had heard the stories about Oklahoma's greatness.

His father, Tyrone, was a defensive lineman for the Sooners in 1988. But Na’Ty had never seen the campus and could only base things off what his father and his father’s friends had been telling him.

That all changed this weekend as Rodgers made his official visit to OU. What helped Rodgers even more was the fact his high school game was Thursday, allowing him to come to Norman on Friday and experience the full visit.


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ESPN 150 running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) says Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are the four schools he's looking at, and he has no leader.

"Alabama just began talking to me a little bit recently," Bryant said. "None of the programs have jumped out front right now."

The 5-10, 195-pound senior had tough sledding Saturday in a ESPN-televised game against Cocoa. Bryant rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries but struggled to break off any big runs.

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ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has narrowed down his list of top schools down to six. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Under Armour All-American announced his decision on RecruitingNation's weekly podcast Verbal Commitment on Friday.

Harris, the No. 7-ranked safety in the country, talked about each of his final schools which are in no specific order.

Oklahoma: "The coaches, Bob Stoops and Mike Stoops, those are some great coaches. They have built a great program and they have been consistently delivering guys to the NFL. It's a great staff and you can never take them lightly."

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