Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Early Offer: Just another manic Monday
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Mondays sometimes can be slow for recruiting news, but not this week. The day started with two major decommitments from Pac-12 programs, one of those decommitments later committing to another Pac-12 program, and ended with a pledge from one of the nation's top 2015 prospects to a SEC team.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Despite a surge under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, USC lost a significant piece of its 2014 recruiting class Monday when ESPN 300 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) backed away from his commitment to the Trojans. The decision had been brewing for weeks, so the news wasn't completely out of left field. Calhoun made an official visit to Arizona State over the weekend, stayed in Tempe, Ariz., through Monday and opted to re-open his recruitment altogether. USC will remain in the picture if assistant coach Clay Helton is retained, and Calhoun, the nation's No. 16 outside linebacker, said he will visit UCLA and possibly Nebraska.
Four-star WR switches Pac 12 teams Calhoun's teammate, Jalen Harvey, announced mid-day on Monday he was backing away from his commitment to California and then later in the evening went public with a commitment to Arizona State. The 6-foot-1, 181-pound Harvey ranks as the nation's No. 31 receiver and the No. 220 player in the nation and was the second-highest ranked player in Cal's class. He now joins a Sun Devils class that is red hot and picking up a lot of momentum after a big victory over Washington.
Top 10 junior heads to College Station Defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) was the most wanted man in the Lone Star State for the Class of 2015, but Monday he took himself off the board by pledging to Texas A&M. It's a rather significant pickup for Texas A&M. The Aggies defense is ranked 118th out of 123 teams nationally, and Kevin Sumlin has put a major priority on recruiting defensive talent in the 2014 and 2015 classes. Mack's pledge comes just three days after A&M landed one of the top defensive players in 2014, ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett. After signing Texas' top defensive tackle in the 2013 class, ESPN 300 prospect Justin Manning, and adding the top defensive lineman in the 2014 class in Garrett, Mack continues a trend with the Aggies building a strong defensive line that will be asked to bring the Wrecking Crew back to its former glory.