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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) said he wanted to win a state championship before he would deal with his recruitment.

2014 RB Racean Thomas gets USC offer 

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Class of 2014 running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) received quite the treat on Halloween.

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Greg Ostendorf/ESPN.com2014 RB Racean Thomas earned a USC offer on Wednesday to go along with offers from Alabama, LSU and Florida.
The ESPN Watch List member picked up a verbal offer from USC running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu, adding to a list that already included SEC powers Alabama, Florida and LSU. Thomas was close to committing recently, but with more schools entering the fold, that's no longer the case.

"This USC offer means a lot," the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Thomas said. "It's just another school that I can consider going to, really. It feels good to have another opportunity. It's not a big deal in my decision because in my mind, I was thinking I was going to wait it out, anyway. Earlier this season, I was feeling like I was ready to commit but as of right now, I'm probably going to wait it out."

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Schlabach: USC-Oregon vs. LSU-Alabama

October, 29, 2012
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On The Mark with Mark Schlabach takes a look at this week's two marquee games -- USC-Oregon and LSU-Alabama. If you could only attend one game, which should it be? Well, that all depends on what you're looking for.

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USC offers 2015 RB Jacques Patrick 

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After sending out his highlight tape to schools, Class of 2015 running back Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) had been waiting to hear back from USC for quite some time.

Patrick heard back from the Trojans on Monday night, receiving a verbal offer from assistant coach Tee Martin.

"USC is one of the offers I really wanted," Patrick said. "To finally get it is a blessing. I've been patient and been trying to get in touch with them. They reviewed my film and said they'd love to have me. They believe I can dominate the Pac-12, and they think I can play right away. They run a pro-style offense. My style is downhill running, and that's what they run. That's a plus for sure."

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On The Mark: BCS title contenders

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The initial BCS standings come out next week, so there's a little time for teams to make up some ground that they might have lost. Mark Schlabach breaks down a handful of title contenders, including Alabama, Oregon, Florida, LSU and USC.

Haney: Potential breakout players in 2012 

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Every season the stars of college football change. The crop is turned over and we meet the new faces of the sport. Sometimes those players jump out and surprise us, rising from part-time role players to the feature of an offense or defense. Who will those players be in 2012? Travis Haney looks at 30 potential breakout players this season.

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Watch: Herbstreit on weaknesses

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Kirk Herbstreit discusses the weaknesses of USC, Alabama and LSU.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Cornerback prospect Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) is one of two 2014 prospects competing at the Champions Gridiron Kings this weekend.


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Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) recently named Florida State his leader, and as he arrived Friday at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Champion Gridiron Kings event, his recruitment remains unchanged.

"I am still open, but Florida State is still my leader," Thomas said. "They told me I could come in and compete for a starting job my freshman year. After them it is Alabama, Georgia, USC and Miami."


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FULLERTON, Calif. -- A bevy of attributes make Tyler Luatua of La Mirada (Calif.) an elite prospect, but it’s one you can’t see that stands out above the rest: His dissatisfaction.

He’s physically imposing, yes. He’s strong, quick and versatile, too. Scouts rave on and on and on about the class of 2014 athlete’s advanced skill set. He’s smooth enough to play tight end, yet gritty enough to play linebacker.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete received his first scholarship offer from UCLA in February and, in a matter of weeks, had gone national. At least locally, no underclassman had a bigger spring. Luatua piled up offer after offer, and is considered one of California’s top recruits in next year’s class.

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