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Friday, October 11, 2013
Early Offer: OU-UT important for recruits

By Jeremy Crabtree

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.

Red River Rivalry big for recruiting
Texas and Oklahoma are rivals on the field and on the recruiting trail. Bob Stoops and Mack Brown have battled for years over recruits, and both schools will do their best to make a big impression during Saturday’s Red River Rivalry. RecrutingNation’s Will Wilkerson has a great look at 10 players for whom the game truly matters. The inclusion of four-star defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) was a good call, because college sources have yet to get a good handle on what he’s thinking. Some coaches believe Stanford is in the driver’s seat, but others believe Oklahoma and Texas (if the Horns turn it around on the field) are in the thick of things, too. Either way, Saturday’s game is a good opportunity for both programs to make a big impression on the nation’s No. 31 player.

Horns on verge of losing commit?
According to a report from Bleacher Report, Texas commitment Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas/Newton) is having some serious second thoughts about his pledge to the Longhorns. Shorter’s commitment to Texas was surprising at the time, as many expected him to end up at Texas A&M or Arkansas. But now with many people questioning Mack Brown’s future in Austin, he said his recruitment is now “wide open.” If he does indeed officially back away from Texas, keep a very close eye on Arkansas. The Razorbacks have remained in constant contact with Shorter, and his cousin D.J. Dean is currently a freshman in Fayetteville. Shorter, a three-star athlete, said he is also considering A&M, UCLA, Georgia and Baylor.

Schedule setting up for Prince
Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara High School four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince does not have any official visit dates lined up, but he has a few schools in mind that will for sure get visits. Prince, an Under Armour All-American, said Florida and Florida State will definitely get trips, and Ohio State, Alabama, Arizona, Miami, Maryland and South Carolina are also under consideration. Prince is the nation’s No. 3 tackle and the No. 22 player overall.