Texas Longhorns: Washington Huskies

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Texas not making the top four for 2015 star Daylon Mack is an interesting -- and troubling -- development; the top player in Texas is scheduled to announce next week and everything is looking good for the Aggies; and Washington adds a four-star lineman, which could help give the Huskies recruiting momentum before Oregon comes to town.


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There are times where it seems as though defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran) is playing a video game out on the field, as the 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end can be a terror on both sides of the ball. Off of it, Lucier-South said life has begun to reflect a virtual reality as well.

It began this past December, when the sophomore made contact with his first college coach. But rather than the usual feeling-out process recruits and coaches go through, Lucier-South was thrust immediately into the ranks of the early offered. That first offer came from Boise State.


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If it wasn’t clear before that the days of Texas staying within its borders to recruit was long gone, then maybe its latest defensive end offer amplifies that point.


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SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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videoSAN ANTONIO – ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) has drawn plenty of attention for his play through two practices for the East team in preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

He’ll garner even more eyes his way on Saturday when he announces his commitment during the game.

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comESPN 150 WR James Quick is set to decide between Ohio State, Louisville and Oregon on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said he is down to Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon. Though his decision will come Saturday, it could be finalized by Wednesday morning, as he sits down to discuss his options with his parents, who are in town for the event.

“I am basically going to ask them which coach they have the best relationship with,” Quick said. “There has to be a relationship with the head coach and family as well.”

When asked if there was a head coach among his finalists that was stood out to him the most, he said no. But Louisville coach Charlie Strong and his tendency of playing freshmen is intriguing to him and is one of the main reasons that Louisville is in the mix.

The sales pitch for all of them is pretty much the same: Join our program, and early playing time will likely be there.

“They are all basically saying that I am going to get early playing time. Some are saying that I am going to get the ball more than others,” he said. “It’s all about early playing time, really.”

Quick has taken official visits to Louisville and Ohio State. He wasn’t able to make it to Oregon for an unofficial visit but has the Ducks squarely in the mix because of his relationship with the coaching staff.

“I have built a good relationship with their coaches and the offense that they run. It’s up-tempo, which really excites a player of my caliber,” he said.

Newsmaker: Last week, offensive tackle Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) wasn’t expecting to play football over his break. On Tuesday, he was preparing for a nationally televised appearance in a U.S. Army All-American Bowl uniform.

Campos, a three-star Iowa State commit, was called Sunday afternoon as a replacement for injured lineman Chris Fox (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa). By 6 a.m. Monday, he was on a flight to San Antonio. At the end of Tuesday, he was fully taking on the responsibility of fending off stud defensive linemen such as Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) and A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights).

“I was shocked at first, but then, I got really excited,” said Campos, a 6-7, 250-pound tackle who said he’s “110-percent committed” to Iowa State.

“It was so out of the blue, but it’s great to be here. At first, learning the plays was tough, but I got those down now. I’m just adjusting to right tackle. I was still working the kinks out, that’s all.”

Superlatives: The East defensive line really stepped up in afternoon practice during 11-on-11 action. Alabama defensive end commit Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) was unstoppable. Virginia Tech defensive end commit Wyatt Teller (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) also stepped up his game from Monday, intercepting a pass in the morning session from Auburn-bound quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and playing even better in the afternoon. … The best hands on the West team may not be on a wide receiver. ESPN 150 tight end DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) made some great catches on Monday, and he continued to shine on Tuesday. Smith an LSU commitment, is the No. 5 tight end in the country. … The catch of the day from the East goes to ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), who ripped a ball away from Florida defensive back commitment Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian). An uncommitted, four-star athlete, Boyd is expected to announce his college future on Saturday. … ESPN 150 running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) continued to be the best running back for the East. He shined in the early morning practice, with help from a very good offensive line.


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#BlueChipBattles: Dec. 21

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Dee Liner, Reuben Foster, Tray MatthewsESPN.comReuben Foster (center) is torn between good friends Dee Liner (left) and Tray Matthews (right).

No. 1 ILB Reuben Foster has voiced his desire to play with at least one of his SEC-bound friends next season. But will he follow Tray Matthews to Georgia or hook up with Dee Liner wherever the ESPN 150 DL settles? It remains to be seen, but the mystery surrounding his recruitment keeps Foster at the top of our #BlueChipBattles.

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

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Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

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The Longhorns have already targeted their top inside linebacker prospects for 2014 in ESPN Watch List members Raekwon McMillan, Hoza Scott and Zac Whitley.

But there are a few others worth keeping an eye on, which includes tackling machine James David (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale). David (6-foot-2, 217) had a breakout sophomore season with 118 tackles and has continued his strong play in the early part of this season. Last week against Hillsboro, David claims to have had at least 20 tackles, three forced fumbles and a pass deflection.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comClass of 2014 linebacker James David has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma and Washington.
Those types of numbers have gotten the attention of a few of the Longhorns’ conference foes, in particular Baylor and Oklahoma, which have both offered. Washington has as well, but those three certainly won’t be the last.

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Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorn commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:

William’s game: Lancaster vs. Tyler John Tyler
Max’s game: Bastrop vs. Gonzales

1. Fantastic finish in Lancaster
The Tigers felt disrespected coming in to this one. There were some out there, they said, that had them losing to Tyler (Texas) John Tyler by over 30 points on their home field. But Washington State athlete commitment DeMarcus Ayers, Washington defensive end commitment Daeshon Hall and 2014 athlete Nick Harvey, who has a Texas offer, proved doubters wrong with a thrilling 26-21 victory.

Long story short, Lancaster held that lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as John Tyler inched closer to the goal line. The Lions converted a fourth-and-2 with 28 seconds left inside the 15 and looked like their running back may have crossed into the endzone as time expired on the scoreboard. But one side referee marked the ball down at the inch line, which prompted Lancaster to rush the field thinking the game was over.

Nick Harvey
William Wilkerson/ESPN.comNick Harvey, a 2014 defensive back with an offer from Texas, had a strong game in the win over Tyler (Texas) John Tyler.
However, the main official cleared the field and announced that he had given John Tyler a timeout with two seconds left. Lancaster’s sideline went from overjoyed to nervous in the snap of a finger.

All John Tyler had to do was move the ball an inch forward for the game-winner but Houston-bound quarterback Greg Ward fumbled the snap in the shotgun prompting Lancaster to celebrate all over again.

– William Wilkerson

2. Davis making most of senior season
We’ll have more on Antwuan Davis on HornsNation later this week. For now, know this: He’s back.

The ESPN 150 cornerback and Texas commit did a little bit of everything for Bastrop in the Bears’ 28-27 win over Gonzales on Friday night.

Davis grabbed a critical interception in the fourth quarter, on the first play after Gonzales had recovered a Bastrop fumble. It was only the second pick he’s made since the start of his junior year, at it came at a big moment.

The 6-foot, 180-pound corner also recovered a fumble and recorded four tackles. And he got four carries for 16 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run on a key fourth and goal.

After a back injury cost him much of his junior season, Davis says he’s 100 percent healthy and highly motivated to make the most of this year.

With all the Texas commits or target that have suffered injuries lately, though, I had to ask Davis how much he worries about his health.

He admitted he hadn’t heard about Ricky Seals-Jones, Darius James and Erik Huhn going down. Davis was a bit taken aback by the news. But he’s not going to play cautious or fearful. Not after missing so much time last season.

Every snap matters to him this year, and he’s as motivated as ever to prove he’s one of the nation’s best cornerbacks.

- Max Olson

3. Alexander goes catchless
It’s no secret to the type of talent Class of 2014 wide receiver Nick Alexander possesses. He wouldn’t have offers from the Longhorns and Sooners if his abilities as a playmaker were in doubt.

But his numbers at the end of this season might not be what you would expect from one of the best receivers in the state given Lancaster’s offensive philosophy.

The Tigers are predicated by the run, which often stems from DeMarcus Ayers’ quarterback keepers or the bruising running ways of Joseph Paden, who rushed for 125 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.

They don’t throw the ball much at all. In fact, through two games, Lancaster has put it in the air 28 times.

Alexander didn’t catch any passes against Tyler (Texas) John Tyler and only had two receptions for 14 yards a week earlier.

There wasn’t any noticeable frustration on Alexander’s face after the game. He was as excited as anyone that Lancaster had survived a late scare from the Lions.

You just wonder if that will continue to be the case if he doesn’t get more involved as the season progresses. I expect he will. He’s too good not to become a major factor, especially if Lancaster wants to fulfill its goal of contending for a state championship.

– William Wilkerson

4. Hall a haul
You can’t help but look at the somewhat slender frame of Class of 2013 defensive end Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) and just imagine what kind of speed-rushing demon he can become once he spends some time in a college weight room.

I say “somewhat slender frame” even though he is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. But if you’ve seen Hall in person you’d probably agree with me. He’s going to be a headache for years to come.

Think about this for a second: Hall isn’t from Texas. He’s from Washington. So unlike the majority of the players that grew up in the Lone Star State with a football in their crib, Hall grew up as a basketball player.

This past offseason was his first full offseason devoted to football. It was his first true summer spent in a weight room. He’s only just beginning to tap into his talents, which goes to show just how naturally gifted he is at defensive end given his performance on Friday.

Hall bullied John Tyler’s defensive line. He had at least three sacks and countless quarterback hurries. Washington is going to have to fight to keep him committed. But if it does Steve Sarkisian is going to be one happy coach.


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WR Devon Allen lands Texas offer 

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Texas is getting serious about its recruitment of two-sport star Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep).

The three-star receiver prospect told HornsNation he officially received an offer from Texas and receivers coach Darrell Wyatt nearly two weeks ago.

That’s a significant move for the Longhorns, who already have commitments from two touted 2013 receivers and continue to chase No. 1 receiver and former UT pledge Ricky Seals-Jones.

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U-19 Team USA notes 

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Team USA knocked off American Samoa 27-6 late Saturday night for its first win of the U-19 World Championships at Burger Stadium in Austin. Here's a few notes to chew on this morning:

DeMarcus Ayers impresses

If there was any question as to whether DeMarcus Ayers (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) should be playing receiver when he gets to college, he answered it on Saturday.

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One day after announcing his decommitment from Texas, Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) found his way to a school a little closer to home.

Though he made a name for himself in Texas, Hall is originally from Washington, still has many friends and family members in the area and was looking for a way to get back to the Pacific Northwest. On Friday, he confirmed what many expected and announced his commitment to the Washington Huskies.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end is another big pickup in a day full of them for head coach Steve Sarkisian’s program. Hall mentioned taking visits to other Pac-12 programs Oregon and USC, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come home and play for the Huskies staff. Hall originally committed to Texas in February after a Longhorns junior day, but rumors of a decommitment swirled since then and the Huskies staff was able to reel him in.

Washington is recruiting Hall for football as well as basketball, but Hall has said he might want to focus solely on football at the next level. He is the first defensive end commitment for Washington’s 2013 recruiting class.

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The state of Texas is absolutely loaded when it comes to 2014 defensive backs. And Edward Paris might be the best of the best.

The Mansfield Timberview safety already hold well more than a dozen offers and has established himself as one of the nation’s top sophomores.

“I’m getting offers almost every other day,” Paris said Wednesday night. “Today was Notre Dame and Washington. I’m starting to lose count. It’s a blessing.”

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ESPNU 150 Watch List wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline) is expected to miss as many as four months after fracturing his left fibula during Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp in Irving, Texas. If rehabilitation goes in his favor, he could be back on the football field and competing in three months.

That would be just enough time for him to make his return in Beaverton, Ore. Samples was invited to participate in The Opening, a four-day training and competition event that will feature the nation’s top 150 players at the Nike headquarters. The event will take place July 5-8.

“I’m just thanking God,” said Samples, who is wearing a hard cast on his left leg. “It’s an honor, and I plan on balling. I get another chance to show why I’m the best wide receiver in the state.”

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