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Recruits watching: OU at Oklahoma State 

December, 6, 2013
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Bedlam. Normally, it’s the hottest ticket in Oklahoma.

This year, it’ll be one of the coldest. Literally.

With temperatures in Stillwater, Okla., expected to be in the teens -- and wind chills making temperatures feel below zero -- Saturday’s battle between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be one to watch. For many recruits, watching it in person may not be an option this year. Several areas around the region are expecting icy roads, and for those getting around, many will be focused on competing in a playoff game.

Still, the show must go on, and when the Sooners and Cowboys collide, fireworks are expected. The game arguably is bigger for Oklahoma State than Oklahoma, as the Cowboys clinch the Big 12 championship with a win. Here are five players who will be keeping an eye out on the results:

ESPN 300 CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra): The No. 7 player in the country has Oklahoma high on his list. While LSU, Tennessee, USC and Florida State are also up there, the Sooners can make an impression in a big rivalry game -- particularly as the road team. RecruitingNation’s Hot Board has Jackson headed to Oregon, but the Sooners have a good reputation of landing elite players from the west coast.

Recruits watching: Stanford at ASU 

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Saturday offers the final game of the Pac-12 season, as Stanford visits Arizona State in the conference title game. The Sun Devils and Cardinal sit at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in the Pac-12 class recruiting rankings, and this weekend will give both a chance to impress recruits on a national platform.

Many recruits from the 2014 and 2015 classes will have their attention focused on the Pac-12 title game, but here are 10 seniors who likely will be paying especially close attention.

OG Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch): The three-star offensive lineman is a priority target for a number of Pac-12 programs, with Arizona State among them. Delp has taken official visits to Arizona State and Washington State, while UCLA remains the likely leader. A conference championship for Arizona State would send a strong message to recruits -- Delp included -- and there is plenty of room for the big lineman in ASU's class, as the Sun Devils hold commits from just two offensive linemen so far.


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Recruits watching: Big Ten title game 

December, 6, 2013
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The Big Ten championship game has plenty of implications for both Ohio State and Michigan State. The Buckeyes could end up in the national championship game, and the Spartans could land in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.

There won't be visiting recruits in Indianapolis for the game, per se, but here are 10 prospects who will be impacted by this game on Saturday.

LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): The No. 12 prospect in the country makes his decision Dec. 16. That will be only nine days after Ohio State plays in the Big Ten championship game. If the Buckeyes win, there is a good chance they end up in the national championship game, which could be a point of emphasis for McMillan. If he knows he can win championships at Ohio State, it might make it easier for him to head North away from home.


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Recruits watching: Missouri-Auburn 

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All eyes around the college football world will be watching the Auburn-Missouri SEC championship game on Saturday afternoon. There are some recruits, however, who will be paying a little bit closer attention than everyone else. Here’s a look at 10 recruits who have a vested interest in the game this weekend.

DE Dante Sawyer (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett): Missouri, Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina are schools near the top of Sawyer’s list. Sawyer, No. 91 in the ESPN 300, will be paying close attention to Missouri’s sack leader Michael Sam along with Auburn’s talented freshmen defensive end Carl Lawson. Both schools are looking to make a positive impression on the ninth-ranked defensive end in the country.

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