Oklahoma Sooners: Washington Huskies

Semper Fi notebook: Day 3 

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

Delp to announce on Sunday

3-point stance: First impressions

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Three-Point Stance, It’s Only One Game, But … Edition

1. … Washington backed up the confidence that head coach Steve Sarkisian placed in a team that has been 7-6 for the last three years. The Huskies moved back into their home after a $280-million renovation and looked as if they couldn’t have been more comfortable. The 38-6 victory over Boise State, the Broncos’ first loss by more than six points in six years, is evidence enough. But the 592 yards of offense without suspended preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a sign that the Pac-12 North may be the best division in the FBS.

2. … the union of LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger appears to be a success. Mettenberger completed 16-of-32 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown, nearly doubling his raw QBR of a year ago (74.6/3did 9.3). Moreover, Mettenberger put up those numbers against TCU, year in and year out one of the toughest defensive teams in the nation. Mettenberger made big, precise throws, putting them in places where defenders couldn’t reach them. That’s what NFL quarterbacks do.

3. … Oklahoma may be out of its long defensive slump. The team that allowed at least 34 points in four of its last five games whitewashed Louisiana-Monroe, 34-0. That’s the Sooners’ first shutout in three seasons, and came against a team that went 8-5 last season and has eight returning offensive starters, including four-year starting quarterback Kolton Browning. The Sooners allowed 166 total yards and only 2-of-16 third-down conversions. In other words, they looked like a Bob Stoops team.
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Michigan isn’t the only Big Ten team to make waves with 2015 recruits, as Ohio State landed a big junior commitment Monday; Garden City C.C. Dontavius Blair could be the most heavily recruited juco lineman in the nation; and Joe Mixon’s big reveal becomes a social media event.

No need to wait
After watching rival Michigan make a lot recruiting noise in the 2015 class, it was Ohio State’s turn to make news Sunday night. ESPN Junior 300 standout Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) had been leaning toward Ohio State for quite some time and decided to pledge to the Buckeyes. Glover-Williams, who is ranked 29th overall and fourth at athlete, had double-digit offers, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, but he said he could only see himself playing at Ohio State. "It means a lot to me, to come in and help them build Ohio State toward winning a national championship," Glover-Williams said. "Most definitely I'll be involved in recruiting. I want the best of the best to come to Ohio State. I'll get the best players I can to Ohio State."

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ESPN 300 RB Mixon trims list to 10 

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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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Heading into the spring, it was difficult to imagine any duo in the West region stealing the recruiting spotlight from Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Adoree' Jackson and Dwight Williams. And while the five-star cornerback and four-star linebacker still rank as two of the more highly-recruited players in the country, some of the buzz has shifted to another set of teammates in Southern California. You won't hear much complaining from Jackson and Williams, however, as they share a locker room with the new dynamic duo.

Outside linebacker John Houston and defensive end Rasheem Green -- stars of the 2015 recruiting class -- didn't step into the recruiting process this spring; they dove in. For both, it was outstanding performances at the Los Angeles Nike Camp that catapulted them onto the radars of college coaches. UCLA offered both shortly after the event and they have been on a roll since then.


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The 2015 quarterback class in California is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory, and Tyler Hilinski (Upland, Calif./Upland) is well on his way to putting himself in the middle of that conversation.

The 6-foot-3 quarterback led his team to the finals of the Gamebreaker Classis this past weekend, as he put together a terrific performance on the second day. In a tournament filled with 2015 talent, Hilinski stood out as one of the most productive underclassmen in attendance.


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videoIt's possible that few players helped their stock more than Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) during this past weekend's NLA 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas.


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Na'Ty Rodgers to visit UW, then not sure 

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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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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

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Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.
Junior college offensive tackle Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley) has been talking to Oklahoma offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle for several months.

This weekend he was finally able to put faces to the voices. St. John was one of several top recruits on official visits for OU’s showdown with Notre Dame.


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#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

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Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.

Watch List WR Denson taking his time 

October, 18, 2012
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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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With football season under way, Fresno (Calif.) Central will receive attention from virtually every college defensive backs coach in the country. The trio of safety Hatari Byrd and cornerbacks L.J. Moore and Johnny Johnson could rival any group at this level.

Oklahoma has already struck at Central, getting a commitment from Byrd. But the cornerbacks said they would like to take their time with the process, and Johnson’s recruitment is becoming clearer.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback said Stanford and UCLA top his list at this point. The Cardinal offered Johnson early in the process and the Bruins have been working hard on all three players.

Johnson added that he's sure of four official visits so far: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington. He hasn’t set dates yet, but it would be somewhat surprising if he doesn’t accompany his teammates on visits to Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and Oklahoma on Oct. 26.

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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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