Monday, October 14, 2013
Early Offer: Wild Saturday
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Saturday’s victories by Texas, Missouri, Penn State and Utah shook up the national championship race and also could change fortunes on the recruiting trail.
Shakeup Saturday in college football altered the fates of a number of programs on the recruiting trail. The biggest winner has to be the Texas Longhorns. Everybody -- including this writer and a number of recruits -- was writing Mack Brown off, but after beating Oklahoma the Longhorns are 3-0 in the Big 12 and are in a good position to pick up some major recruiting momentum. Judging by the reaction from recruits and the commitment from ESPN Junior 300 prospect Jordan Stevenson (Dallas/South Oak Cliff), the Horns have gone from afterthoughts with many uncommitted prospects to right back in the ball game after the performance against the Sooners.
Mizzou gets shot in arm
Another big winner Saturday was Missouri after a 41-26 victory over Georgia. It’s taken a little while for the Tigers to get a foothold in the ultra-competitive SEC recruiting territories of Florida and Georgia, but Saturday’s victory garnered attention in the important Atlanta market and gives the Mizzou coaches something to recruit off of when they walk into high schools throughout the area. MU already has three Georgia commits, but don’t be surprised if the Tigers are able to capitalize off the victory over the Dawgs in the Peach State.
Penn State, Utah should get a nice bounce
Judging by the buzz Sunday from recruits, Penn State’s 43-40 victory over Michigan and Utah’s 27-21 upset over No. 5 Stanford also generated a lot of positive vibes from prospects. “The atmosphere was incredible,” linebacker Reagan Williams (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson), who is No. 245 in the ESPN Junior 300, told RecruitingNation following Penn State's win. “It was the loudest stadium I've ever been to. The best part of the trip had to be the way the game finished.”
Utah’s victory paid off with a big-time commit from Florida. According to Rivals.com, four-star running back Dacorius Law (Haines City, Fla./Haines City) pledged to the Utes while on his visit this weekend.