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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Early Offer: Robinson's impact

By Jeremy Crabtree

Cameron Robinson
Friday's decision by offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the No. 3 prospect in the ESPN 300, between LSU and Alabama could foreshadow the last five months of the 2014 cycle.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Cameron Robinson announces on Friday and his pick could go a long way toward determining who has the No. 1 class, TE DeAndre Goolsby is quickly climbing the charts of many recruiters, and Elijah Hood’s decision could help UNC lure one of nation’s top surprise classes.

Decision day set for Robinson
One of the most significant recruiting battles of the 2014 class will come to close Friday when the nation’s No. 3 overall player Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) announces his decision. Robinson, a five-star prospect, is a franchise offensive tackle that only comes around once every few classes, and the battle between LSU and Alabama is one that could set the tone for the rest of the recruiting season. If LSU lands him, then it could help the Tigers run the table with other high profile in-state recruits like No. 1-ranked Leonard Fournette. That type of run could help the Tigers unseat the Tide from the top spot in the class rankings that it’s held for the last two years. If Alabama lands him, then the Tide basically locks up another No. 1 class with more than five months left in the recruiting calendar. Most projections, including RecruitingNation’s Hot Board, have Robinson leaning towards Alabama.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Take a peek #Top5

— DeAndre Goolsby (@thebasedone30) August 25, 2013

DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby) isn’t a fan of talking about his recruiting status, so he let a picture on Twitter do his talking for him. Goolsby announced that his top five of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Arkansas, Kansas State and Florida through a tweet and his coach, Brandon Clark, said Goolsby plans to take official visits during the season this fall and a commitment should soon follow.

“I’ve been around some great tight ends from my time when I played at K-State, and I can tell you we never had a guy like DeAndre in Manhattan,” Clark said.

Even though he’s the nation’s No. 11 ranked tight end prospect, one SEC coach said they have him as the top player at the position on their board.

Tar Heels making splash
Everybody knew it was coming after he backed away from Notre Dame, but it doesn’t diminish how important the commitment of Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Christian) was to UNC. Hood is a special back that should give ACC defensive coordinators nightmares. Plus, his decision further cements Larry Fedora and Co. as one of the top recruiting staffs in the ACC. There are still quite a few top uncommitted local players, so the Heels could still do even more damage before signing day.