- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Friday's offerings: We’re getting closer and closer to the start of festivities for the Under Armour All-America Game, and there are plenty of major questions heading in; Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has to be happy with class he’s assembling; and we’re going to take a break next week because of the holidays.
Many questions entering UA Game week
Next Friday the first batch of players will begin to arrive in Orlando for the Under Armour All-America Game. Official player registration begins on the 28th and RecruitingNation will have coverage of all the arrivals and practices, leading up to the game on Jan. 2. There are some tremendous story lines heading to the week I’m excited to learn more about. How solid is Jabrill Peppers with the Wolverines? What’s Marlon Humphrey thinking, and is there a good chance he could truly end up at FSU? What does Keller Chryst think of Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Sanford’s expected departure to Boise State? And what’s going to happen with Dalvin Cook and Laurence Jones?
Spartans strengthen class
I’ve said a number of times on Twitter I think Michigan State’s class is sneaky good, and it got better with a big commitment Thursday from Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), the No. 249 player and No. 31 athlete. I know the Spartans aren’t ranked in the top 40, but I truly like a lot of the pieces in the class. They have two running backs -- Vayante Copeland (Dayton, Ohio/Marshall) and Madre London (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) -- that are great fits for their program, and the addition of Nicholson shows the Spartans are a major player in Western Pennsylvania.
Happy New Year
The Early Offer is going to be off next week for the holidays. With midterm junior college signing day behind us, things should slow down some during the dead period leading up to the marquee national all-star games. We’ll have reporters at all of the big events and plenty of coverage of the major news and who starred in the practices. But until then from everybody at ESPN’s RecruitingNation, we want to wish you happy holidays and here’s hoping your favorite team gets what it wants on the recruiting trail for Christmas.
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