NCF On The Trail: Texas Christian Horned Frogs

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Snapchat is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of social media around, but college football coaches won’t be able to use it as a recruiting tool; keep an eye on Indianapolis, because the city again will be one of the top spots in the Midwest for recruiters; and one of the top 2015 prospects in Missouri has a busy spring on tap.

Early Offer: 2015 begins now 

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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: The ink was barely dry on the letters of intent for 2014 class when one of the best for the 2015 class came off the board; and what schools and recruiters have jumped out of the gate with success with players that won’t sign for another 360-plus days.


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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: If USC is going to close strong, landing some of this weekend’s 11 official visitors are key; even though neither are going to land him, Alabama and Oregon earned high praise for their recruiting efforts with offensive lineman Braden Smith’s coach; and Lorenzo Carter has become priority No. 1 for several of the Southeast's top teams.

11 recruits set to visit USC


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla. Here’s a look at who stood out among the 150-plus competitors.

Campbell steals the show
George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) showed why he is ranked as the No. 2 player in the ESPN Junior 300. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Campbell tested off the charts with a 4.36-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 4.06 shuttle. He then backed it up with a strong performance in the one-on-one and seven-on-seven portion of the combine. Defensive backs lined up to face him and, in most cases, he burned them with either his speed or his ability to go up get the ball at its highest point. “I felt good about what I did today,” Campbell said. “I wanted to test myself against the best-of-the-best.” Consider the test passed. On the recruiting front, Campbell recently backed away from his commitment to Michigan and said at Wednesday’s registration he’s slowing down the process.

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The beginning of the month didn't start out so hot for Oklahoma, who was routed in a highly-anticipated game at Baylor on Nov. 7. But the Sooners have rebounded well on the recruiting trail with a handful of commitments since the calendar turned.

We'll take a look at who exactly those recruits are as well as talk about the big weekend ahead in Stillwater in this week's edition of Big 12 recruiting storylines.

OU on a roll


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RecruitingNation's The Early Offer gives you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: By offering the top signal-caller in the 2015 class, Texas proves it is serious about fixing its issues at the quarterback spot; Arkansas hopes to make a big impression with four key official visitors slated to visit this weekend; and a NJCAA region VI playoff game will feature some of the best junior college players in the country.

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In the past week, the top players in Texas for 2014 and 2015 announced their commitment to the same school. One of the top playmakers in the Lone Star State switched his commitment to a Big 12 school. West Virginia got a visit from an athlete committed elsewhere.

We’ll take a look at those topics and a few others in this week’s edition of Big 12 recruiting storylines.


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Big 12 recruiting class rankings 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings and its conference rankings.

Texas coach Mack Brown may be under some fire, but the Longhorns are coming off a big win in the Red River Rivalry and still lead the Big 12 class rankings. Baylor has impressed recruits with its potent offense, resulting in the Big 12’s second-ranked class. The Bears are recruiting more offensive firepower with commits like WR K.D. Cannon. West Virginia recently slipped out of the national rankings but still sit at No. 6 in the conference.

1. Texas, 24 commits: The Longhorns check in at No. 7 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with the headliners being No. 79 overall Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/Williams J. Brennan High), No. 119 Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City High) and No. 138 Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer High). Texas, which currently has seven ESPN300 commits, has its sights set on No. 31 overall Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell High), No. 13 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High) and No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewiville, Texas/Hebron High).

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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The talk of the Big 12 circled around the meltdown of the Texas defense, which ultimately led to the dismissal of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. While that went on, Baylor put up 70 points and a school-record 781 total yards against Buffalo, and Oklahoma topped West Virginia in the only interconference battle of the week.

While Big 12 teams had their storylines, a few conference recruiting targets also managed to make headlines. Here are some of the highlights from the weekend.


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College football is in full effect, but high school football opened with a bang as well. From SportsCenter-worthy catches to conflicting reports about a Big 12 commit -- or decommit, depending on which side you believe -- the weekend is expected to provide a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.

Here’s a look at some of the Big 12 storylines:


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What’s the most critical position in the Big 12? It depends on who you talk to. In a conference that rides its offensive reputation, some coaches are hoping to land players that will help them score points, while others are looking for the prospects to prevent points.

As official visits become finalized and uncommitted players get closer to announcing their commitments, here is a look at some of the most critical positions in recruiting for the Big 12 teams.

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Big 12 recruiting mailbag

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This week’s Big 12 recruiting mailbag takes a look at one of the nation's top defensive ends, the thoughts of a possible Sooner State connection with Texas' largest city and more. We encourage all to send questions each week, either via Twitter to @DamonSayles or @ESPNWilkerson or via email at dsaylesespn@gmail.com or wilkerson.espn@gmail.com.

From @taylormidkiff: How realistic is it that TCU lands Myles Garrett?

While TCU is high on Garrett’s list, I don’t know if the Horned Frogs are high enough on the totem pole. The nation’s No. 7 player is planning on visiting Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida State and Ohio State before making a final decision. If TCU can lure Garrett away from those four powerhouses, it'll be one of the program’s biggest moves in recruiting in years. At 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, Garrett is the real deal and could be a valuable member of the defensive line. The one advantage the Horned Frogs have is that they’re very close to Garrett’s home in Arlington, Texas.

From @Roberrttthom: What will the addition of Chris Hardeman, Keenen Brown and Josh Mabin do for the Cowboys recruiting in the Houston area?

First off, Oklahoma State scored three power players in Hardeman, Brown and Mabin, and all three can see playing time early in their college careers. The commitments can do nothing but help Oklahoma State’s popularity in the Houston area. The Cowboys have done fairly well in the Dallas and San Antonio areas in previous years, but Houston has belonged to other programs. Assistant coaches like Van Malone, Tim Duffie and Glenn Spencer can help to change that.

From @MichaelW_OKST: Does it appear that OSU is surpassing OU as the football school on Oklahoma?

Our own Tom Luginbill likes to talk about programs having a “cool factor.” Right now, Oklahoma State has the cool factor over Oklahoma. Offensive players want to play in a fast-paced, high-scoring offense, and defensive players want to make their names in a Big 12 conference loaded with high-octane opponents. I think Oklahoma is still the place where many players -- particularly within the state -- lean to first. The conference championships and learning under coach Bob Stoops is reason enough. However, keep an eye out on the Cowboys for the next couple of years. Mike Gundy has this team on a mission.

From Jeff Martin: What is Solomon Thomas going to do? Does Texas have a shot?

Texas has a very good shot at the nation’s No. 5 defensive end. That’s the good news for Longhorns fans; the bad news, however, is that Stanford, Alabama and several other schools have a good shot, as well. Right now, Thomas is focused on doing his part to win football games for his team. Look for Thomas to finalize some official visits soon, and don’t be surprised if Texas is in his final two or three schools. Whether or not the Longhorns will land the 6-3, 256-pound bookend still remains something of a mystery.

Big 12 class rankings analysis 

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Spikes by Arizona and North Carolina didn’t do much damage to Big 12 teams in the latest ESPN class rankings, but two teams did drop one spot.

Arizona skyrocketed from No. 32 to No. 23, and No. 20 North Carolina rose three spots to crack the top 20. While Texas and Baylor stayed put at the No. 7 and No. 17 spots, respectively, Oklahoma (No. 22) and Texas Tech (No. 31) each fell one spot. Oklahoma State remained at No. 29.


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A slow week of recruiting took a turn for the better for Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The Cowboys landed a 2014 commitment and also found out a 2013 three-star player was transferring from the East coast.

Oklahoma State highlights this week’s Big 12 storylines, but there’s also news about West Virginia and top 2014 and 2015 players who could be big-time Big 12 assets.


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As we inch closer to the start of the college football season, wins and losses are going to be important -- not only for bowl-game consideration but also to keep current commitments interested.

Several 2014 athletes have pledged to Big 12 programs, and it’s up to the conference's schools to keep those athletes committed. Here are must-keep recruits for each team, athletes who can impact their respective classes.


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