Early Offer: Notre Dame's lucky charm?


The Early Offer is a RecruitingNation regular feature that gives you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Friday's offerings: Social media is an effective recruiting tool, but when a recruit receives more than 260 letters in one day from a school that can make a lasting impression; an SEC power joins the offer list for one of the nation's top junior QBs; and defensive tackle is always a priority position, and Craig Haubert gives you a look at some of the best of the best in the 2014 class.

Irish go postal with Elam

Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin) promised his Twitter followers he would have something special for them on Thursday, and he didn’t disappoint. Elam, the nation’s No. 24 defensive tackle and the No. 292 player in the ESPN 300, eventually tweeted a picture of 262 letters he received in one single mailing from Notre Dame. The Irish staff dubbed the shipment a “pot of gold” intended to make an unforgettable impression on Elam, and it certainly worked. The pictures went viral instantly, but most importantly it impressed Elam. “It shows you how much they care and want me,” Elam said. It will be interesting to see what Kentucky, another one of his main suitors, does to compete with the mailing. The Wildcats have notoriously letter bombed prospects ever since Mark Stoops arrived in Lexington.

Kansas City junior on national map

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian offered ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Drew Lock (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit) a scholarship on Wednesday night. Lock said he was “pretty excited” about the offer. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound Lock ranks as the No. 4 pocket passer in the 2015 class, and he already has picked up offers in football from Indiana, Louisville, Missouri and Tennessee. But what makes Lock’s recruitment so interesting is that he’s also being heavily courted in basketball. He has landed basketball offers from Missouri, Oklahoma, Wofford and Wichita State.

Prime-time DTs

In case you missed it from Thursday, RecruitingNation national analyst Craig Haubert had a fascinating breakdown of some of the top defensive tackles in the country. I absolutely loved his comparison of five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith) to LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. It’s right on the money. There is no more premium of a position than defensive tackle, and this is a great read for anybody who is looking for some of the best names to follow out of the 2014 class.