Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Early Offer: Third time the charm?
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Texas A&M has long been on the hunt for a junior college offensive tackle to help add depth at the position, and the Aggies got their guy on Monday when blue-chip offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor committed; Oregon went hunting for defensive help in Texas, and came away with a major steal with a fast-rising prospect Justin Hollins; and whoever is hired at USC will shape West Coast and national recruiting for sure.
Hogs’ loss is Aggies' gain
Highly-regarded junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor of Rockaway (N.J.) Lackawanna College flipped his commitment from Arkansas to Texas A&M on Monday afternoon, continuing the strong momentum the Aggies have built recently on the recruiting trail. This was the third school Eluemunor has committed to during the recruiting process, originally choosing UCLA on June 9 before switching to Arkansas on July 26. “I have decided to flip my commitment to the Aggies for more than one reason,” Eluemunor tweeted. “It felt like home, and I like where the program is headed.” The news was obviously well received in the social space, but not everybody liked it. Razorback commitment Bijhon Jackson, the No. 80 player in the country and a longtime Arkansas recruit, wondered out loud on Twitter whether or not the definition of commitment has changed.
Ducks on the hunt
Many have talked about the invasion of SEC schools into Texas, but several Pac-12 schools, and Oregon in particular, have long understood the importance of recruiting the Lone Star State. The Ducks have seven players from Texas on its roster, and they added another big recruit on Monday when defensive end Justin Hollins (Arlington, Texas/Martin) committed. Hollins, who is 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds, had seen his stock blow up this season, and he selected Oregon over Oklahoma and other offers from Baylor, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Oregon State. The Ducks have signed at least one player from the Lone Star State since 2010, including stars such as LaMichael James, Bralon Addison, Lache Seastrunk, Josh Huff and Tra Carson.
In case you missed it, Gerry Hamilton had a tremendous breakdown of what is on the horizon now that signing day is less than 100 days away. It helps even the most hard-core recruitniks get an understanding of the names, games and storylines they need to know as Feb. 5 approaches. I’m particularly interested in the situation at USC. I agree with Gerry’s take that whoever is hired as the next Trojans’ head coach will shape West Coast and national recruiting on a grand scale. There are so many undecided prospects out West and the USC name is still awfully appealing to a lot of national recruits. If the right person is hired, the talent will flock back to the Trojans.