Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Early Offer: OSU's turn to make noise
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Michigan isn’t the only Big Ten team to make waves with 2015 recruits, as Ohio State landed a big junior commitment Monday; Garden City C.C. Dontavius Blair could be the most heavily recruited juco lineman in the nation; and Joe Mixon’s big reveal becomes a social media event.
No need to wait After watching rival Michigan make a lot recruiting noise in the 2015 class, it was Ohio State’s turn to make news Sunday night. ESPN Junior 300 standout Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) had been leaning toward Ohio State for quite some time and decided to pledge to the Buckeyes. Glover-Williams, who is ranked 29th overall and fourth at athlete, had double-digit offers, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, but he said he could only see himself playing at Ohio State. "It means a lot to me, to come in and help them build Ohio State toward winning a national championship," Glover-Williams said. "Most definitely I'll be involved in recruiting. I want the best of the best to come to Ohio State. I'll get the best players I can to Ohio State."
Jayhawk Conference’s most wanted Garden City (Kan.) Community College outgoing recruiting coordinator Merci Falaise believes the Broncbusters have at least eight players who will play some level of Division I football. When asked who the most heavily courted player on the roster right now was, Falaise plopped a large pile of mail on his desk to show the answer. The mail from schools all over the country, including Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Washington, Texas A&M and Georgia, was for all 6-foot-8, 307-pound offensive tackle Dontavius Blair. “I think this shows you how many schools want him,” Falaise said. “It’s like this almost every day for him. His recruitment will be one of the most intense battles in the entire Jayhawk Conference, maybe the entire country. Everybody in the South wants him.” Blair has offers from Auburn, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, USF, Tennessee, USC, West Virginia, Texas A&M and others. Garden City coaches say Auburn, Florida State and Texas A&M are his front runners.
More examples of mail received from schools all over the country sent to Garden City CC's Dontavius Blair. pic.twitter.com/QGXnjjnNHD
Mixon’s top five reveal Oakley (Calif.) Freedom four-star running back Joe Mixon revealed his top five on Twitter Monday, and the announcement became an event on its own as fans from all over the country pleaded with Mixon to include their school on the list. Some of the fan tweets were downright funny as they begged him to include their school, but when he announced his five of Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Oregon some fans turned negative and criticized him for not including their favorite school. In the end, the list didn’t have too many surprises as the Gators, Bears, Sooners, Badgers and Ducks have been high on his list for quite some time.