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Jordan Howard rushed for 1,600 yards at UAB this season, and now that the program has been shuttered, recruiters are lining up to get his transfer. Plus, with the Brady Hoke news, Michigan lost four-star tight end commitment Chris Clark. So where do recruits think he’ll end up?

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: One of the best 2015 prospects in Kansas City learned a lesson about how to handle the recruiting process by watching his teammate go through it this past fall; Iowa picked up commitments earlier this week from twin offensive linemen, helping the Hawkeyes make recruiting waves in the Big Ten; and a West Coast running back is starting to move up the charts with coaches.

Moore savvy about process

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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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Beavers add three-star DB Soesman

September, 27, 2013
Safety prospect Adam Soesman (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan) committed to play in the Pac-12 for Oregon State, according to multiple reports.

Arizona State, Fresno State, Houston, Northwestern, San Jose State and Washington State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 188-pound three-star safety. California showed interest.

This offseason, Soesman posted an electronically-timed 4.87 40-yard dash, 4.39 20-yard shuttle, 33.9-inch vertical, 31-foot power throw and 70.17 SPARQ at a Nike combine.

Oregon State has 13 commitments.

Cougs land three-star lineman Krepsz

September, 25, 2013
Offensive tackle Sean Krepsz (Riverside, Calif./King) has committed to sign with Washington State, according to multiple reports. He made an official visit this past weekend during the Cougars' 42-0 blowout win over Idaho.

Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-4, 293-pound three-star. Other programs -- including Arizona State, California, Utah and Washington -- showed interest.

Krepsz posted an electronically-timed 5.74 40-yard dash, 4.80 20-yard shuttle, 20.4-inch vertical, 42.5-foot power throw and 77.67 SPARQ. His power throw score is one of the top marks for the 2014 class.

Washington State now has 13 commitments. All 12 high school prospects are considered three-stars. Their lone junior college pledge, defensive back Joseph Turner (San Francisco/College of San Mateo), will be evaluated this fall.

Beavers dip into Texas for Ugwoegbu

September, 16, 2013
Three-star safety Bright Ugwoegbu (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) is on board with Oregon State, according to multiple sources.

He made an official visit to Corvallis, Ore. on Sept. 7 for the Beavers' 33-14 victory over Hawaii.

Arkansas State, Fresno State, Houston and Illinois also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior. Colorado showed interest.

Ugwoegbu is Oregon State's 11th pledge for 2014.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Notre Dame losing ESPN 300 running back Elijah Hood stings but things will be just fine, could Cameron Sims pull the recruiting shocker of the year and turn down Ole Miss and Alabama, and how are some non-BCS programs that are in talent-rich areas doing on the trail.

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More defensive juco help for Zona

August, 3, 2013
Jeff Worthy (Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana College), a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle, has elected to continue his career with the Wildcats, according to multiple reports.

Colorado, Fresno State and Texas State also extended scholarship offers to Worthy.

He's the fifth defensive prospect from the junior college ranks to select Arizona during this recruiting cycle.

The Wildcats have 22 total pledges and the nation's 32nd best class at this time.

Weekly commitment roundup

July, 12, 2013
American Athletic
Luke Callahan OT Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty
HT: 6-foot-4 WT: 271 pounds
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arkeel Newsome RB Ansonia, Conn./Ansonia
HT: 5-8 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Dae'Juan Funderburk S Washington/Friendship Collegiate
HT: 6-1 WT: 187
Positional Rank: #40 S
Stars: 3

Boston College
Richard Wilson RB Beverly Hills, Calif./Detroit Country Day
HT: 5-10 WT: 221
Positional Rank: #72 RB
Stars: 3

Justin Falcinelli OT Middletown, Md./Middletown
HT: 6-4 WT: 300
Positional Rank: #25 OT
Stars: 3

Florida State
Treon Harris ATH Miami/Booker T. Washington
HT: 5-11 WT: 186
Positional Rank: #30 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#250)

KJ Williams WR Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Positional Rank: #76
Stars: 3

Virginia Tech
Colt Pettit OG Hamler, Ohio/Henry
HT: 6-4 WT: 250
Positional Rank: #22 OG
Stars: 3

Big 12
Bobby Evans TE-Y Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 6-3 WT: 240
Class of 2015

Big Ten
Julian Hylton ATH Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #85 ATH
Stars: 3

J-Shun Harris WR Fishers, Ind./Fishers
HT: 5-8 WT: 162
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mick Ellis K Allen, Texas/Lovejoy
HT: 5-10 WT: 182
Positional Rank: #23 K
Stars: 3

Larenzo Stewart RB Klein, Texas/Klein Oak
HT: 5-6 WT: 165
Positional Rank: #77
Stars: 3

Noah Westerfield OLB Frisco, Texas/Wakeland
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Positional Rank: #65 OLB
Stars: 3

Gelen Robinson DE St. John, Ind./Lake Central
HT: 6-2 WT: 231
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

D.J. Gillins QB-DT Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault
HT: 6-3 WT: 181
Positional Rank: #13 QB-DT
Stars: 4

Evan White S Aurora, Colo./Cherokee
HT: 6-2 WT: 192
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kyle Christiansen DT Hyrum, Utah/Mountain Crest
HT: 6-3 WT: 315
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Tristan Vizcaino K La Verne, Calif./Damien
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Zach Rogers OG Carrollton, Texas/Hebron
HT: 6-2 WT: 297
Class of 2015

Tyler Queen QB-PP Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb
HT: 6-2 WT: 237
Class of 2015

T.V. Williams WR McKinney, Texas/McKinney
HT: 5-8 WT: 148
Positional Rank: #75 WR
Stars: 3

Ole Miss
Rod Taylor OG Jackson, Miss./Callaway
HT: 6-3 WT: 323
Positional Rank: #2 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#56)
Under Armour All-American

Michael Sawyers DT Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth
HT: 6-2 WT: 290
Positional Rank: #24 DT
Stars: 4


Malik Crossdale RB Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Prep
HT: 5-11 WT: 190

New Mexico State
William Clement OLB Houston/Kinkaid
HT: 6-3 WT: 195

Notre Dame
Grant Blankenship DE The Colony, Texas/The Colony
HT: 6-5 WT: 230
Positional Rank: #37 DE
Stars: 3

Conference USA
Middle Tennessee
Robert Behanan OG Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield
HT: 6-4 WT: 281

Preston Gordon DT Frisco, Texas/Heritage
HT: 6-1 WT: 271

Southern Miss
Darian Yancey OLB Auburn, Ala./Auburn
HT: 6-1 WT: 213

Chris Hudson OT Ocala, Fla./West Port
HT: 6-5 WT: 277

Ball State

Damon Singleton OLB Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt
HT: 6-1 WT: 210

Quentin Turner CB Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove
HT: 5-9 WT: 171

Bowling Green
Ben Hale S Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles
HT: 6-1 WT: 190

Northern Illinois
Martayveus Carter RB East Chicago, Ill./Central
HT: 5-11 WT: 200

Mountain West
Fresno State
Tobenna Okeke S Missouri City, Texas/Elkins
HT: 6-2 WT: 194

San Jose State
Rueben Leasau OLB La Mesa, Calif./Helix
HT: 6-2 WT: 205

Sun Belt
South Alabama
Malcolm Buggs S Opelika, Ala./Opelika
HT: 5-9 WT: 192

Western Kentucky
Nick True TE-Y Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands
HT: 6-5 WT: 240

Arizona grabs sleeper Tony Ellison

June, 27, 2013
Three-star athlete Tony Ellison (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay) committed this week to play in the Pac-12 for Arizona, multiple sources report.

Ellison announced his decision on Twitter:


Fresno State and Wyoming also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 162-pound prospect, considered the nation's No. 68-rated ATH.

The Wildcat now have 11 players on board for 2014.

Texas State camp: WR Zamora competes 

June, 11, 2013
KATY, Texas -- As one of the 18 commits -- and counting -- in Baylor's 2014 recruiting class, Houston Elsik receiver Ishmael Zamora has little, if anything, left to prove.

With nearly a dozen offers and five from power-conference schools, the 6-foot-4, 201-pound prospect secured his college football future when he committed to the Bears on May 21.

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SDSU lands Buck, Griffin for front seven

May, 14, 2013
Donavin Buck (Brawley, Calif./Union) and Cameron Griffin (Los Angeles/View Park) committed to San Diego State for 2014, multiple sources report.

Arizona, Oregon State, Rutgers, San Jose State, Southern Methodist and Washington State were Buck's other scholarship offers. Minnesota, Oregon, Pittsburgh, UCLA and Washington also recruited Buck, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end/linebacker.

Griffin, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker, also holds a scholarship offer from Fresno State.

San Diego State's three other 2014 verbals are also from California: outside linebacker Jay Henderson (Victorville, Calif./Serrano), cornerback Maurice McKnight (San Bernardino, Calif./Arroyo Valley) and running back William Walker (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill).
Senior athlete Jeff Farrar and wide receiver Trevor Wright are bringing college coaches to Upland (Calif.) High School this spring. But they're getting some serious help from the underclassmen in keeping those coaches around for the entire practice.

Coaches from Fresno State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, USC and Utah State were at Upland for spring ball practice this past Tuesday and each stayed well into the evening, as it seemed a new young standout made his presence felt during each drill.

In addition to Farrar -- who was put to work by the Upland staff at both defensive back and wide receiver -- as well as Wright, who was forced to miss the practice with a broken scapula, 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski is a known product at this point and generating serious interest from big-time programs such as Alabama, Oklahoma and USC. But he isn't the only junior-to-be making noise this spring.

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OT Johnson has Pac-12 interest 

April, 11, 2013
Every year during the 7-on-7 season, it seems as though offensive linemen take a back seat with the recruiting process. But college coaches who know how important that position is are constantly scouting the nation's big men.

One offensive tackle ready to make a recruiting impact this spring is 6-foot-4, 270-pound tackle Bobby Johnson (Carson, Calif./Carson).

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Tales from the Road: West 

April, 3, 2013
Tales From the Road spotlights players who stand out to RecruitingNation writers at camps, combines and various events. Here is a look at a few prospects from the West who recently performed at a high level:

WR Erik Brown
Vital stats: 2014 / Fontana (Calif.) Summit / 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Considering: Brown holds six offers -- three from the Pac-12 -- but a recent offer from UCLA has the Bruins comfortably in the driver's seat. He has said he would like to take his time with the recruiting process.

Where we saw him: Gamebreaker Classic

What impressed: Brown was easily the most productive wide receiver at the event and showcased why schools see him both as a threat out wide and in the slot. He hauled in several deep touchdown passes, but also worked well underneath coverage and caught virtually everything thrown his way.

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