- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Friday's offerings: One new recruiting rule was met with negative feedback from coaches but another was met with high praise; Texas Tech will play host to around 20 key official and unofficial visitors this weekend when it plays Oklahoma State in an important Big 12 matchup; and Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State game will matter to 2015 prospects.
New visit rule a big step forward
When the NCAA adopted new recruiting rules on Tuesday, most of focus was on the change that prohibited coaches from being able to attend all-star games or activities associated with those games. Many coaches were not happy with that update, but one new rule most were pleased with was the ability now to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit. “So many recruits want to bring their parents and brothers and sisters, but schools could only pay for meals for the parents,” an SEC recruiting coordinator said. “This caused some of the most important people in the recruit's life to be left at home in many cases. Now this allows schools to make it a truly family experience. That’s what most every school tries to sell anyways, but this new rule allows you to make it more of a reality now.”
Texas Tech’s opportunity to impress
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech cross paths on the recruiting trail, so this weekend’s matchup on the field is a perfect opportunity for the Red Raiders to make a big impression with prospects. The Red Raiders will host a large group of visitors this weekend, including cornerback Jamarcus Howard (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville C.C.), outside linebacker Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) and Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) on official trips. At least six Red Raiders commits will be in town to help recruit the official visitors, so it’s a big chance for Tech to make a move higher than its No. 34 spot in the class rankings
Michigan state championship game matters
The Michigan-Michigan State game has always mattered both on and off the field, and Saturday’s game is no different. Both teams are pretty set for the 2014 class, but both the Wolverines and Spartans are trying to make an impression on 2015 prospects. Highly recruited in-state prospects including ESPN Junior 300 athletes Brian Cole (Saginaw/Heritage) and Tyriq Thompson (Detroit/Martin Luther King), offensive lineman David Moorman (Northville/Northville) and running back Avonte Bell (Lansing/Sexton) will be there. The winner will have in-state bragging rights for the year and could use that to gain momentum on the trial.
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