- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Is there anybody hotter on the recruiting trail than Auburn after its success with junior-college recruits?; Arkansas needs talent at receiver, and the Hogs received good news when one of its former commits returned to the fold; Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy can’t wait to get a juco playmaker in the lineup.
Auburn scores big with juco recruits
The junior college midterm signing period opened on Wednesday and Auburn came away the big winners. Despite relentless pursuit by LSU, Auburn signed receiver D'haquille Williams, the nation’s No. 1 player out of Mississippi Gulf Coast College. The Tigers also announced the signings of his teammate, four-star linebacker/safety Derrick Moncrief, defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College), and offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer from Wesson (Miss.) Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Lambert, the No. 6 player in the ESPN JC 50, flipped from Tennessee to Auburn and gave the Tigers three of the top 14 players in the country. The Tigers are poised to crack the top 10 of the ESPN Class Rankings with more than a month left before signing day.
Hogs get one back
In less than a week, Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian wide receiver Jared Cornelius has come full circle. Last weekend he was supposed to take an official visit to Arkansas but instead announced he was flipping his commitment from the Hogs to TCU. On Wednesday, however, he came back into the fold for Arkansas. “I had some concerns about how much they’re going to pass the ball, and TCU really sold me on how they’re going to pass it,” Cornelius, a three-star prospect, said. “I talked to coach (Bret) Bielema, and he and (Arkansas quarterback commit) Rafe Peavey convinced me they’re going to throw the ball around.”
Hill big for OSU
Oklahoma State also secured a big piece of its recruiting class Wednesday with the signing of running back/receiver Tyreek Hill, the No. 4 player out of Garden City (Kan.) Community College. Hill had flirted with Texas and even took an official visit to Austin last weekend but in the end he stuck with the school he committed to early in the process. Hill is one of the fastest players in the country, with a 200-meter time of 20.14 seconds and a 100 time of 10.19. Cowboy coach Mike Gundy has to be fired up to get Hill in the wide-open OSU offense for spring practices.
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