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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- News and notes from the West team on Day 3 of practices for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, including previews of two commitments coming Sunday.

Joyner ready to announce

ESPN 300 running back Austin Joyner has been committed to both Washington and Washington State at various points during his recruiting process, and there's a chance that he could commit to one of those schools yet again when he announces during Sunday's game.

Joyner, the nation's No. 268 prospect, will choose between Boise State, Washington and Washington State, and said he finalized his decision sometime last week.

Joyner has taken official visits to Boise State and Washington, adding that he didn't need to take an official visit to Washington State because he is so familiar with the campus. After he originally committed to Steve Sarkisian when he was at Washington, Joyner pulled away from that commitment when Sarkisian left for USC. Joyner then committed to Washington State, but backed away from that pledge when the Cougars fired their defensive coordinator. Now, Joyner said he's ready to make a final call.

"It's going to feel good once I have it done because I feel like I've made the right decision this time for a bunch of different reasons," Joyner said. "The coaching staff, education and everything that you look at. Before, I wasn't really sure what I should be looking for, but now I'm positive."

Joyner said that his primary position will be cornerback, but he'll be worked into other spots on offense, such as running back.

Folau will make the call

Three-star linebacker Christian Folau plans to announce his decision during the game on Sunday, but there could still be a few twists and turns in his recruitment. Folau, a former Stanford commitment, has had a top three of Oklahoma State, Utah and Wisconsin, but a few coaching changes have thrown a wrinkle in that.

With Gary Andersen moving from Wisconsin to Oregon State, the Beavers are now one of the teams in the mix for the 6-foot, 241-pound linebacker. But that's not the only Pac-12 program that could throw a late wrench in this recruitment. Folau has also been hearing from Oregon, and though the Ducks have yet to offer, they could actually be in the best position for Folau right now. Folau, in fact, still isn't sure which school he wants to commit to.

"I'm still trying to weigh options, solidify offers and see if programs with the coaching carousels that have been going on still want me," Folau said. "I have a feeling Oregon might come in late. I'm still trying to talk to them."

Folau said he understands that the Oregon coaches have been busy with the season continuing for the Ducks, but if an offer comes in from Oregon -- no matter when it happens -- it will alter his recruitment.

"That will change things," Folau said of a possible offer from the Ducks. "They started recruiting me as a sophomore but didn't offer because I was committed to Stanford."

Day 3 standouts

Big Ten teams need to find a way to increase athleticism through recruiting and Wisconsin is working hard in Florida to make that happen. Plus, UCLA quarterback commit Josh Rosen continues to be the gift that keeps on giving for the Bruins on the recruiting trail.


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Early Offer: Why MSU going big in 2015 

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What happens when you have a large senior class about to graduate? You target a large recruiting class like Mississippi State is in 2015. Michigan’s recruiting remains in chaos, as another Wolverine commit is having second thoughts.


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A rival recruiter believes Kevin Sumlin’s not-so-subtle message to former Texas A&M pledge DaMarkus Lodge could come back to haunt the Aggies. Plus, one of Florida’s top defensive commitments appears to be looking around.


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States of strength: Texas RBs 

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When it comes to running backs, the state of Texas is loaded. Ten running backs represent the Lone Star State in the ESPN 300. Of those 10, five are committed. A total of seven running backs in the state have reported FBS commitments.

ESPN 300 RBs from the state:

No. 50 Ronald Jones II: Ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back, Jones is an explosive, game-changing back who -- as scary as it might sound -- will only get better. Jones committed to Oklahoma State on April 6 and finished his junior season with more than 2,400 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.


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The quarterback dominoes continue to fall out West, as Brett Rypien, the nation's No. 132 overall prospect and No. 6 pocket passer in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300, announced his commitment to Boise State over the weekend.

It marks an important commitment for Boise State and new head coach Bryan Harsin, who made a strong run for Kyle Carta-Samuels late in the 2014 recruiting cycle but eventually lost him to Washington. Now, Harsin grabs a commitment from the No. 1 prospect in Washington and is able to make a significant dent in the Pac-12's attempt to run the table in West region quarterback recruiting.

Already the Pac-12 holds commitments from the nation's No. 1 (Josh Rosen, UCLA), No. 2 (Ricky Town, USC) and No. 7 (Jake Browning, Washington) pocket passers in the 2015 class, and Rypien looked destined for Washington State after Washington landed a commitment from Browning. Rypien's uncle, Mark Rypien, was a star for the Cougars before beginning a successful NFL career.

The younger Rypien also held offers from Arizona State, Mississippi State, Oregon State and Washington State, but the 6-foot-2, 176-pound quarterback was swayed by the new coaching staff at Boise State, which has already shown it won't hesitate to go after the top recruits in Pac-12 states, as well as Texas.

Rypien set the Washington state record with 613 yards passing in a game last season. He is commitment No. 4 for Boise State and will now turn his attention to recruiting other prospects from Washington. With his commitment to Boise State, Washington and Washington State could have a fight on their hands for in-state prospects, as Rypien has already reached out to recruits such as Chico McClatcher in an effort to bring more talent to Boise State.

Five of the top six quarterbacks in the West region have made their commitments in what is a stellar year for quarterback recruiting in the area. Brady White is the top pocket passer left on the board in the West. Dual-threat quarterback Sheriron Jones and pocket passer Kyle Kearns join White as the West region ESPN Junior 300 quarterbacks still uncommitted.
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Monday’s offerings: After a few weeks to recover from the holiday that was signing day, it’s always interesting to analyze the data to get a better understanding of what really happened. This past Friday, I took a look at the teams that saw the biggest gains from 2013 to 2014. But what were some of the teams that were on the other end of the spectrum?

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ESPN 300 DB talks flip to Boise State 

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When Marcel Yates left Texas A&M to take the defensive coordinator position at Boise State, there was immediate chatter.

Would Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) follow Yates?


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Flowers says no to BSU, yes to Sooners 

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Dimitri Flowers (San Antonio/Churchill) needed about as much time as it takes to microwave a cup of coffee to find a new home following his decommitment from Boise State early Wednesday evening.


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WR Fields commits to USC

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The white sleeves three-star receiver Shay Fields Jr. (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) wore on his arms throughout the spring and summer were not only a fashion statement, but they were also indicative of where his heart was.

The sleeves, with a USC Trojans logo plastered front and center, were a visible representation of his goal. Yet, for Fields, heading to USC was not a possibility until he landed the coveted scholarship offer earlier this month.

It did not take long for Fields to jump on the offer, as he announced his commitment to the Trojans on Thursday.

"I feel great now," Fields said.

The process developed quickly. Shortly after the firing of Lane Kiffin, USC coaches Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron attended a St. John Bosco game in which Fields caught four touchdowns. A couple days later, Fields had the offer he had hoped for. He visited the Coliseum for USC's game against Arizona on Oct. 10 and came away impressed by the newfound intensity.

Fields visited Boise State this past weekend and announced his decommitment from the Broncos upon returning home. His sights were clearly set on USC.

For the Trojans, who signed only one receiver in the 2013 class in four-star prospect Steven Mitchell (Pasadena, Calif./Bishop Alemany), it's an important step following recent decommitments.

Fields became the eighth member of the 2014 class and second from St. John Bosco, joining four-star defensive end Malik Dorton.

Early Offer: Starks back in action 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: After transferring to Cherry Creek in Colorado, four-star running back Nathan Starks was finally able to get back on the field last Friday night, and that could help his recruiting stock; USC continues to make a strong local push; and the battle for one of the nation’s top defensive backs is getting heated.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: the LSU-TCU game this weekend in the Metroplex has major recruiting implications for both the Tigers and Horned Frogs; Florida State QB commit J.J. Cosentino is working to bring even more Pennsylvania talent to Tallahassee; and Washington will unveil the new Husky Stadium to a host of impressive visitors.

LSU, TCU have chance to make Lone Star statement
On Monday, I wrote about the top college football games recruits will watch closely each week, and one game that I had a tough time leaving off the list was the LSU-TCU tilt Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. LSU has always recruited well in the Lone Star State, and a victory against a quality team in front of a lot of Texas recruits surely will give the Tigers even more fuel for future efforts. For the Horned Frogs, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a major statement to recruits that they’re ready for prime time. Gary Patterson is one of the best recruiters in the nation, and the way he can find under-recruited kids in Texas is something to marvel at. But since arriving in the Big 12, Patterson has won some bigger recruiting battles against the upper-echelon Big 12 programs. A win against LSU will make it easier to win more of those battles.

videoThe Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Florida pulled off a trifecta Monday that established Travaris Robinson as a leading candidate for recruiter of the year, Baylor landing K.D. Cannon is not a small thing, and who has the respect of recruiters in the Mountain West.

Big Monday for Gators


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ESPN 300 DT Poona Ford commits

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Highly-coveted defensive tackle Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head) pledged to sign with Louisville Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

"I guess I just had a feeling. The feeling you get when you know you're welcome," he told The State. "I went up there for a visit, and they talked to me about coming in my freshman year and playing my very first game at home against Miami."

Ford selected the Cardinals over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Marshall, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, UCF and Utah State.

Last fall, the 6-foot, 285-pound four-star terrorized opponents to the tune of 154 total tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Ford, ranked No. 275 nationally, is now Louisville's highest-rated defensive pledge. The Cardinals have 24 verbals for 2014.

Busy Saturday for Arizona

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The Wildcats picked up four pledges on Saturday. According to multiple reports, Darrell Cloy Jr. (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), J.R. Hunt (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler), Kwesi Mashack (Norco, Calif./Norco) and Trevor Wood (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) committed.

Cloy is a 6-foot-3, 226-pound tight end-H, rated as a three-star prospect and the 14th-best player at his position in this class. Colorado and Colorado State were his other scholarship offers. Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and Washington expressed some interest.

Hunt, a 6-3, 199-pound safety, selected Arizona over offers from rival Arizona State and Montana. ESPN RecruitingNation rates Hunt as a three-star.

Mashack also carries a three-star grade. Hawaii was his other offer, while California, San Diego State and UCLA showed interest in the 5-9, 182-pound athlete.

Following his evaluation, Wood might end up as the highest-rated prospect of the group. The 6-6, 240-pound rising senior tight end was also offered by Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington.

Arizona's class has grown to 18 following the flurry over commitments this weekend.

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