Thursday, September 12, 2013
Early Offer: Criticism of Kiffin trending
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Several recruits in Los Angeles took to Twitter on Wednesday to criticize Lane Kiffin, sparking a heated debate with Trojan fans; how Florida losing a four-star offensive line commitment is a good thing, and Oklahoma sends out offers to two of the nation’s top juniors.
Recruits critical of Kiffin
Four-star Palmdale, Calif. running back Demario Richard riled up USC fans on Wednesday when he tweeted that USC “might have a shot at getting him if Lane Kiffin was no longer the coach.” Richard is one of the West’s most heavily recruited rushers, but multiple sources indicate he does not have an official offer from USC. His comments really struck a nerve with Trojan fans who were already fired up after last week’s loss to Washington State. By the time the social media smoke had cleared, USC fans had become extremely personal with their replies to Richard, and three other local recruits who also didn’t have USC offers joined in on the criticism of Kiffin. “About time a recruit speaks,” Arizona cornerback commitment Naijiel Hale, who also doesn’t have an offer from USC, tweeted during the exchange. “I love USC and USC football. Don't ever get me wrong, that's my hometown school. Just not what I remember growing up watching.”
Gators losing commit a good thing?
College coaches are not able to publically talk about recruiting, but sometimes their actions speak loud and clear. Four-star offensive lineman Ben Knox (Deland, Fla./Deland) decommitted from Florida on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-6, 259-pound tackle prospect claimed Louisville as his leader, but the most important piece of the story was that he said he had not heard from the Gators in more than a month. That likely indicates how confident the Gators feel about their chances to land the nation’s No. 2 tackle, David Shapre (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence Christian). Will Muschamp is personally recruiting Sharpe and the RecruitingNation Hot Board projects him to end up in Gainesville. The Gators are also heavily pursuing ESPN 300 tackle Jordan Sims (Birmingham, Ala./Homewood). So this might be a case of addition by subtraction for the Gators.
OU gets aggressive
Oklahoma sent out two significant scholarship offers on Wednesday to junior prospects DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) and DT T.D. Moton (Shreveport, La./Calvary Baptist Academy). Cornell is the nation’s top junior prospect and Moton is the No. 27 prospect, so the competition will be fierce. Defensive line is a position of priority for the Sooners in 2015 after some swings and misses at the position the past two recruiting classes.