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ASHBURN, Va. -- If there was an award given out for the most physically gifted quarterback at Friday’s Elite 11 regional camp at the Washington Redskins' practice facility, Brandon Wimbush would undoubtedly be a runaway winner.

The No. 107-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 showed impressive arm power, a strong frame that can carry 225 pounds, and the feet and balance that have earned him offers from the likes of Penn State, Virginia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, LSU and a host of others. The news of the day Friday was the offer list might soon be growing, and one could be a game-changer.

Getting to know Jashon Cornell 

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video Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile a number of ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.

When you attend a school as prestigious as Cretin-Derham Hall, as No. 16-ranked recruit Jashon Cornell does, you are bound to have connections. The Minnesota school has produced its share of college and NFL players over the years, including associate dean of students Marcus Freeman, who played for Notre Dame.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: California wide receiver Trent Irwin showed he’s among the nation’s best players at Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp, and UCLA has a major need at the running back spot and will probably have to look all over the country to fill it.


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3-point stance: Petrino's do-over

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1. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino told Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio last week that he never should have left the university. Since he went to work at Louisville the first time, Petrino almost went to Auburn, then went to the Atlanta Falcons (a disaster), Arkansas (ended in disaster) and Western Kentucky. Petrino isn’t the only one to realize what he once had is worth having again. UMass rehired Mark Whipple, the coach who took the Minutemen to the 1998 FCS championship.

2. James Franklin, speaking at his introductory press conference Saturday at Penn State, made a point of acknowledging “the great Joe Paterno.” He also thanked Joe’s widow, Sue. All of which served as a cleansing wind after the last two years, up to and including Bill O’Brien’s exit rant. Joe Paterno wasn’t perfect. He would be the first to say so. But he didn’t deserve the blame shoveled on his grave. Here’s hoping Franklin kickstarted a belated recognition that Paterno never stopped being great.

3. No one at Stanford believes two-time All-America guard David Yankey will return to the Farm for a fifth year. Yankey is on track to graduate this spring and is expected to go in the second round. The jury is still out on Yankey’s classmate, three-year starting tackle Cameron Fleming. The aeronautics and astronautics major is leaning toward coming out. Another year of experience would push Fleming up the draft ladder. Over a career, it could mean a lot more money. But it’s tough to argue with a dream.

Cornell, No. 1 in 2015 class, narrows list 

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Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin Derham-Hall), the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, has narrowed his top list. After much deliberation, Cornell has cut the list of schools in the running down to 15.

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Early Offer: Wild Saturday 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Saturday’s victories by Texas, Missouri, Penn State and Utah shook up the national championship race and also could change fortunes on the recruiting trail.


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ESPN.com's preseason power rankings

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Not surprisingly, the back-to-back BCS champions are again preseason favorites and top ESPN's power rankings. But a number of elite programs are ready for their chance to dethrone the king.

Top 15 breakdown
No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Ohio State
No. 3 Oregon
No. 4 Stanford
No. 5 Texas A&M
No. 6 (tie) Georgia
No. (tie) South Carolina
No. 8 Louisville
No. 9 Clemson
No. 10 Florida
No. 11 Florida State
No. 12 LSU
No. 13 Notre Dame
No. 14 (tie) Michigan
No. 14 (tie) Texas

Wilkins hoped for different future 

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Football was a second option for Christian Wilkins. The ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle out of Suffield (Conn.) Academy with offers from Florida State, Ohio State and Stanford would have preferred a nobler path protecting the streets.

“It’s kind of funny, I wanted to be a Power Ranger,” says Wilkins, who at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, would have had little problem restoring peace as possibly the Green Ranger.

Despite tipping the scales at nearly 300 pounds, Wilkins, ranked No. 107 nationally, has a résumé with several prerequisites for a superhero ninja.


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Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), the No. 2 prospect in the country, has set his decision date.

The No. 1 defensive back will make his decision live on ESPNU on May 26. With almost every program in the country targeting the talented prospect, Peppers has narrowed his list down to LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers and Stanford.

He still plans on taking his visit to Penn State on May 18, and has already been out to Michigan, LSU and Ohio State. There might still be a surprise visit in store before the announcement as well. The five-star prospect has turned heads with his play on the field and will undoubtedly be a game changer for whichever school he picks.
video Jabrill Peppers' coach at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic said his star player is inching closer to a decision and it's fair to say he's now down to just four schools: Michigan, Stanford, Penn State and LSU.


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#BlueChipBattles: ESPN 150 release edition

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Speedy Noil, Adoree Jackson, Da'Shawn HandStudent Sports, ESPN, ESPNSpeedy Noil, Adoree Jackson and Da'Shawn Hand are three of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2014.
#BlueChipBattles Insider: RecruitingNation summoned its writers from around the country to outline the recruiting battles for the ESPN 150's top 10 prospects.

Plus, rank the battles in SportsNation.

#TopFBMixtapes: Athlete mixtapes are all the rage in this highlight-crazed era of sports. We reached out to our Twitter followers to find out which 2014 football stars had the best highlight reels on YouTube, then had our staff rank and comment on the top submissions.

Tom Luginbill writes Insider: After talking to many coaches across the country and hearing their frustrations, here are their five biggest complaints about homemade highlight videos.
When Ole Miss offered Watch List offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) on Monday, the Rebels became the 29th team to extend a scholarship. As of now, all of them are technically in contention for Nelson’s commitment.


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Vanderlinden keeping close tabs on Burke 

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Tyler Burke (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) had to pause a few moments when asked just how often PSU assistant Ron Vanderlinden has driven out to his high school. He's lost count.


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Jersey RB Hilliman plans several visits 

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With more than two dozen offers, Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) has the attention of schools all over the country. He knows some point over these next few months he will have to begin whittling his list down.


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2015 LB/TE Gordinier has strong interest 

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Schools from all over the country are showing interest in a sophomore linebacker from Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic.


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