Monday, January 20, 2014
Early Offer: Wooing Dupre
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Monday's offerings: The nation’s No. 1 receiver visited LSU over the weekend, but it’s just the first part of his tour throughout the Southeast this week; Derrick Griffin is back in Texas after a short stint at a prep school, and it will help him get back on the recruiting map; and Nebraska’s loss is Kansas State’s gain.
Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian), the nation’s top-ranked wide receiver, has been to LSU so many times the only thing that was new about his visit this past weekend was the hotel he stayed in. However, the No. 17 prospect overall was pleased with his time at LSU, especially since he got an opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with Tiger coach Les Miles. “He just let me know how much I was needed, and that I have the opportunity to make an immediate impact at LSU,” Dupre said. Many expect Dupre to end up in Baton Rouge, but he’s not tipping his hand at this stage. He is currently at Alabama for an official visit with the Crimson Tide, visits Florida State on Friday and UCLA on Jan. 31.
Home sweet home Remember Derrick Griffin? The 6-foot-6, 228-pound prospect dual-sport star with loads of potential on the gridiron? Last February, the ESPN 300 tight end/receiver from Rosenberg (Texas) Terry signed with Miami but didn't qualify. After a brief stint at a prep school, Griffin is set to enroll at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, according to his uncle, Scooter McGowan. Blinn is a program that has sent numerous players to FBS schools over the years, most notably Cam Newton. This is good news for Griffin and if he takes care of business off the field, it's good news for whoever lands him once he wraps up at Blinn. McGowan said he expects Griffin to spend the next three semesters at Blinn. The school that originally gained his commitment in the recruiting process, Texas A&M, is a school that Griffin still likes and will be high on when the time comes, if the Aggies decide down the road that they're open to recruiting him again.
Top 20 JC player flips Nebraska entered the race to land Dodge City (Kan.) Community College four-star defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales relatively late, but the Huskers were rewarded with a commitment. Kansas State was one of the first schools to offer Clinkscales, and the Wildcats never gave up pursuing him when he committed to the Huskers. K-State was eventually rewarded for its persistence when Clinkscales, the No. 17 player in the ESPN Junior College 50, reversed course and pledged to the Wildcats on Sunday. “They are big on family, and with me bringing my fiancée, I think it will work out best for me as far as my family goes,” Clinkscales said. For the Wildcats’ it’s a big get because it fills a major need. For the Huskers, it’s been a tough few days. Nebraska needs defensive line help and losing three-star defensive end Darius Slade (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) to Michigan State last week and Clinkscales doesn't help.