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The Early Offer: Pac 12 race tightens

8/23/2013

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The Pac-12 race got a whole lot more interesting after Arizona picked up a pair of ESPN 300 commits this week; Texas A&M is just one of the teams getting a head start on locking down top 2015 talent; and Beyonce wearing a Texas jersey creates social media excitement for the Longhorns.

Arizona pushing toward top in Pac 12

The race for the top recruiting class in the Pac 12 is heating up, especially after Arizona scored two ESPN 300 commitments on Wednesday. Los Angeles Salesian teammates Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb pledged to the Wildcats, helping bolster an Arizona class that already was ranked No. 32 overall. The additions of Ware, the No. 120 prospect and No. 15 athlete in the nation, and Cobb, the nation’s No. 185 player and No. 13 outside linebacker, will narrow the gap between Stanford and the Wildcats.

Currently the Cardinal holds the top spot in the Pac 12, but UofA is only five spots behind. While most of the attention is focused on the recruiting race in the SEC, the battle is just as compelling out West between Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Washington, Oregon and UCLA. Rich Rodriguez has quietly put together a sneaky good class that’s loaded with high-quality offensive skill players.

Head start on 2015

The running back position looks to be rock solid for the future at Texas A&M. The Aggies added a commitment from ESPN 300 Junior prospect Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas/Splendora) late Wednesday evening. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Bradford became the third commitment in Texas A&M's 2015 class and the second ESPN 300 Junior running back. He joins Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy) to give the Aggies a nice head start on next year’s class.

Texas A&M isn’t the only school that has gotten off to a head start in 2015, though. RecruitingNation’s Gerry Hamilton said the six teams that have gotten out of the gate the best for 2015 are Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.Insider

 

#HookemBeyonce

It’s nothing new for schools to use good looking women as recruiting hostesses on visits. But the official Texas football recruiting Twitter account took that pitch to the social media masses when it posted a picture of Beyonce, a Houston native, wearing a Longhorns jersey. It also was tweeted out by Patrick Suddes, the Longhorns' director player of personnel, and then retweeted by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Those tweets were favorited and retweeted by a number of fans and also by a number of recruits all over the country.