Early Offer: Targeting top Texans


The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Wednesday's offerings: Some of the best football in the country is played in East Texas, so it’s no surprise to see two of the area’s top uncommitted prospects have become hot targets with recruiters; RecruitingNation played 20 questions with five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan on Tuesday, and it might surprise you to find out where he said he enjoyed visiting the most; and will four-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow stay in the Midwest?

East Texas stars become hot targets

Longview High four-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson and three-star athlete Kevin Shorter of Newton are two of the best players in East Texas and are emerging as two of the top remaining prospects on the board in the Lone Star State. Henderson, who is the No. 36 defensive tackle, has already visited Texas Tech officially, and he tweeted Monday that his top three schools are Texas, Baylor and Tech and then said he had no order. Shorter, a longtime Texas commit, also took to Twitter and said he would be taking official visits despite his pledge to the Longhorns. Shorter, the No. 54 athlete, said he was going to visit UCLA, Arkansas, Texas A&M, UT and FSU. While he does remain pledged to the Horns, insiders believe Arkansas is a major threat in his recruitment.

Ohio State sticks with McMillan

In case you missed it, Gerry Hamilton had a great interview with five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) on Tuesday. McMillan, an Under Armour All-American, is considering Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Florida, but I thought it was interesting to see Ohio State was the school he said he enjoyed most so far. “When I went up there, I wasn’t expecting to like the cold weather or the atmosphere, but when I first visited I was like … dang, there is something special about this school right here,” he told Hamilton.

Ragnow ready for FSU

The deeper we go into the recruiting process, the more and more it looks like the Southeast will be the home for four-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen). After already visiting Arkansas, the nation’s No. 23 offensive tackle will be at Florida State this weekend. A source at a school recruiting Ragnow said he would be “surprised” if he stayed in the Midwest and picked in-state Minnesota at this point. I don’t know if I would go that far yet, especially with the way Minnesota has played this season, but it is definitely tough when you’re going head to head against FSU.