- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Bryce Dixon, the nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect, has committed to USC, but that hasn’t stopped UCLA from pursuing him; Clemson’s receiver class is making a case for the best in the country; and junior college cornerback Darius White was afraid he wasn’t going to find a home after he wasn’t able to enroll at midterm, but that changed this weekend.
Trojans, Bruins duking it out for Dixon
Things have certainly gotten interesting in the battle to sign Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon. The nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect committed to USC at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, but since then rumors have continued to swirl about Dixon’s pledge. One Pac-12 coach told me Dixon publicly is telling people he’s still with the Trojans but privately he’s looking very hard at UCLA. “The key is going to be whatever team ends up stepping up and taking his teammate, cornerback Davonte Nunnery,” the coach said. “They’re a package deal.” Dixon is scheduled to visit USC this weekend, likely with Nunnery in tow, and UCLA is scheduled to get a visit on Jan. 31. Don’t be surprised, however, if some wrangling occurs and USC tries to push the visit back to the final weekend of the recruiting calendar.
Tigers stockpiling receivers
When talking about which school has the best receiver group in the Class of 2014, Clemson has a legitimate argument. It was already strong with Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), No. 83 in the ESPN 300, Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), No. 167, and four-star prep-school receiver Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Fork Union) in the class. But it become even stronger over the weekend with the addition of Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside), the No. 20 receiver and No. 152 player. Thompson is the third top-25 receiver commit for Clemson in the 2014 class.
Good things come to those that wait
Itawamba (Miss.) Community College cornerback Darius White committed to Kansas State in early December, but when it became clear he wasn’t able to enroll at midterm the Wildcats parted ways. It seemed for a while that many schools might pass on him, and he had to remain patient through the process. In the end, the wait was worth it. White took an official visit to Cal this past weekend and committed while on the visit. The nation’s No. 7 junior college cornerback is a big get for the Bears, and he should provide immediate depth for a defense that needs as much help as it can get.
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