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Ultimate ESPN 300: The overachievers 

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The Ultimate ESPN 300 is RecruitingNation's ranking of the best prospects since we began evaluating high school athletes in 2006. Here are five players who exceeded expectations:

QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor): Schools and evaluators missed on Griffin because they were quick to classify him as an athlete because he was an elite hurdler. We stated that "he has the arm strength to make all the throws and is an amazing athlete.” However, Baylor coach Art Briles deserves credit -- he was the only coach to offer Griffin a scholarship at quarterback early in the process while at Houston, where Griffin committed despite already having talented QBs such as Case Keenum on board. When Briles took the Baylor job, Griffin followed because he was sold on Briles' system.


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Army Bowl notebook: Dec. 31 

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SAN ANTONIO -- The second day of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl -- on the last day of 2013 -- has come to a conclusion. Here is Tuesday’s notebook featuring some of the nation’s elite athletes:

LB Williams: Law and order equals '98 percent'


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RecruitingNation's The Early Offer gives you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: By offering the top signal-caller in the 2015 class, Texas proves it is serious about fixing its issues at the quarterback spot; Arkansas hopes to make a big impression with four key official visitors slated to visit this weekend; and a NJCAA region VI playoff game will feature some of the best junior college players in the country.

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WR Jalen Brown goes green and yellow

October, 14, 2013
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Four-star wide receiver Jalen Brown (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe) did a good job of keeping his recruitment quiet throughout the process, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete spoke loudly on Monday evening, as he announced his commitment with a resounding, "QUACK QUACK," on his twitter account.



Brown, the No. 1 wide receiver in Arizona and the No. 7 overall player in the state, is a big addition for the Ducks, as he was a target for a number of programs, including Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin. Brown took official visits to see the Badgers, Beavers, Commodores and Ducks before announcing his decision.

Early in the process, it looked as though Brown was leaning toward the pro-style offensive systems of Vanderbilt and Oregon State, which highlight specific receivers and allowed the top two pass catchers in those offense to put up impressive numbers last year. But Brown raved about his visit to Oregon, which might have begun as an excuse to check out the Ducks' football facilities and watch a game in Autzen Stadium but ultimately allowed head coach Mark Helfrich and his staff to make a big impression on the receiver.

While Arizona looked to make a late charge for Brown, his commitment to Oregon pokes another hole in the fence the Wildcats and Sun Devils were hoping to put around the state. As the region seemingly produces more and more high-quality recruits each year, programs from across the country continue to export them. Seven of the top 10 recruits in the state of Arizona now have made their commitments, and only two of those seven will stay home.

Oregon also continues to flex its muscle in the Grand Canyon State, as Brown joins defensive tackle Jalen Jelks (Phoenix/Desert Vista) as Oregon commitments in the 2014 class. The Ducks signed wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) in the 2013 class, Reggie Daniels (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) in 2012 and the trio of Andre Yruretagoyena (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), Tyler Johnstone (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Sam Kamp (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) in the 2011 class.

Brown is commitment No. 10 for Oregon and the fourth four-star commitment in this class. He is also the first wide receiver commitment for the Ducks in this class.

3-point stance: Seems like old times

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1. At Utah State last season, with the running/passing threat of Chuckie Keeton at quarterback, Gary Andersen’s Aggies ran the ball on 53 percent of their plays. Now that Andersen is coaching Wisconsin, where he has three very good backs and a veteran line, the Badgers are running the ball on 63 percent of their plays. That nearly matches the 66 percent that Bret Bielema’s Badgers ran the ball last season. It’s official -- Andersen has gone native.

2. After weeks of practicing and playing, five Pac-12 schools on the quarter system are just now starting classes. It can be quite an adjustment, especially for freshmen, to become students and athletes. Oregon, which begins class on Monday, brought in a time management expert to talk to the Ducks. Added Stanford football ops director Matt Doyle, “When you constantly emphasize things like time management, responsibility and organization, the first week of school really isn’t that big of a deal.”

3. You don’t have to be Brian Kelly to figure out that Notre Dame is not playing as well as it did a year ago. During the 2012 regular season, the Irish allowed only eight touchdowns in their opponents’ 33 drives into the red zone. This season, in four games, Notre Dame has allowed nine touchdowns in 15 drives. That they are 3-1 as they welcome No. 14 Oklahoma shows the benefit of knowing how to win. But that only works in close games.
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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The choices are narrowing for ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), who holds 50 offers but trimmed that list to a final five on Monday.


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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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Several visits are on the docket for Somerset (Wis.) High School tight end Gaelin Elmore, and a decision will likely come soon after.


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Twenty-two offers are in for Jarrett LaRubbio (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East). The 23rd-ranked player in Ohio is hoping offer No. 23 is his biggest yet.

Two programs the three-star offensive guard believes could offer soon are Notre Dame and Oregon.


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With a top three set a few weeks ago, Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) was setting up visits to his top three in hopes of closing in on a decision.


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Juco QB McEvoy makes his commitment 

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Junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, N.J./Arizona Western College) was one of the most sought-after uncommitted recruits at his position as signing day approached. A quarterback with three years to play three seasons, capable of stepping in and pushing for early playing time, McEvoy narrowed his choices to a final four that included Florida, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

After official visits to Wisconsin and Florida last week, McEvoy announced his decision on Monday.


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Thomas TynerCourtesy of Tiffany FiekenThomas Tyner is set to sign with Oregon despite late pushes from other schools.


Recruits, their families, coaches and football programs from around the country are holding their breath in hopes the right decision is made on national signing day. The truth is, no one knows what will happen between now and the time the pen hits the paper at high schools nationwide next Wednesday. What we do know is that both publicly and privately, the biggest decisions of recruits' lives are about to be made official.

For the Oregon Ducks, it appears as if their current commits are locked into the decisions they already have made. Now, the Ducks hope that their latest recruiting efforts provide a boost to an already strong class.

Here is where things stand for the Ducks and what their class might look like by the end of the day on Feb. 6.


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With news flying around faster than a Mark Helfrich-led offense, DuckNation has gathered the latest developments from the recruiting trail. Coaching changes, official visitors, canceled visits, rescheduled visits and commitments taking trips elsewhere are just some of the developments in the past few days.

ESPN 300 members Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Torrodney Prevot (Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor) and Zach Cunningham (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley) were all in Eugene over the weekend and all three liked what they saw. Prevot, the No. 235 player in the ESPN 300 -- who could play defensive end or linebacker -- remains committed to USC, but visits to Texas A&M and Notre Dame await. He will make a final decision on signing day.

Hunt -- No. 275 in the ESPN 300 -- remains committed to California, but the offensive lineman will wait until signing day to decide. He will be in Berkeley this weekend and then return home to examine his options. Cal, Ohio State and Oregon, are the three programs he will likely choose from, as Michigan appears to be out of spots on the OL.

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Tyree Robinson, Tyrell RobinsonBlair Angulo/WeAreSC.comSan Diego twins Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson are on an official visit to USC this weekend.

There is a silver lining in most situations -- sometimes you just have to take a step back and look around. For the Oregon Ducks and their fans, it has been hard to find that since head coach Chip Kelly and assistant coach Jerry Azzinaro left for the Philadelphia Eagles.


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