Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Early Offer: Duke has quality class
By Jeremy Crabtree
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.
Blue Devils score ESPN 300 WR
David Cutcliffe continues to do big things at Duke both on and off the field. Cutcliffe landed his first ESPN 300 prospect for 2014 on Monday when four-star receiver Trevon Lee (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) pledged to the Blue Devils. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Duke has put together a quality class in the ACC. Lee’s commitment gives Duke four four-star recruits, and now the Blue Devils have more four stars than six teams in the Big Ten, six in the Pac-12, five in the ACC and four in the Big 12.
Just when Oklahoma fans thought it was safe to stop worrying about No. 6 running back Joe Mixon's (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) commitment, Sooners fans were sent into full panic mode Monday after reports surfaced he had taken an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend. The Bruins were long thought to be the biggest threat to Oklahoma, and the visit made a number of OU fans worry that bad news was on the way. Mixon, one of the class of 2014’s most prolific tweeters, went eight hours between postings, further fanning the flames. But he finally reassured Sooners fans of his intentions when he had a tweet that had OU spelled out with emojicons.
Other under the radar classes
Over the past few days I’ve been asked a lot about classes that have gone under the radar and aren’t getting the attention they deserve. One class I really like is N.C. State. I think Dave Doeren has assembled a class that should help them start to turn things around, headlined by No. 7 defensive end Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose). South Florida also falls into this category. Nobody is talking about the job Willie Taggart is doing, but the Bulls have five four-star prospects coming their way and a group that fills a number of needs. How about the job Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck has done? The Broncos have two four-star prospects and 12 three-star recruits -- numbers matched by nobody in the MAC. And I still like Oregon State and Kansas State’s classes despite them being ranked toward the bottom of their respective conferences. Both schools develop players so well that you can throw out their overall rankings.