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ESPN 150 targets: Penn State 

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With a relatively small 2014 class, the Nittany Lions' big board isn't brimming with talent in the ESPN 150. But there are still more than a half-dozen targets here -- including at least one recruit who has PSU near the top of his list.

Here are the ESPN 150 recruits whom PSU has offered:

1. CB Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic)
6-foot-1, 205 pounds
ESPN 150 rank: 2

Why PSU wants him: Where to begin? He's the top overall player on Penn State's big board for good reason. He boasts incredible top-end speed, can play offense or defense, and ESPN's scouts used the term "playmaker" three times in a brief scouting report to describe his talents. He could make an immediate impact in his first year.

Who else wants him: Just about everybody. He holds offers from the who's who in the college football world: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, etc. It's hard to see any team turning down Peppers.

Odds PSU gets him: It's a big longshot. Peppers came away impressed during an unofficial visit in February, but his excitement with the Nittany Lions has died down considerably. PSU isn't one of his top schools at this point, and it would take a tremendous recruiting effort for the Lions to slide into his top 5 -- let alone persuade him enough to commit.

ESPN 150 targets: Washington 

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With the release of today's ESPN 150, here's a look at 10 of Washington's top targets from the 2014 class.

1. CB Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

Why they want him: Washington isn’t going to take a back seat to any Pac-12 team on the recruiting trail, which means the Huskies are going to go hard after the top player in the West, in California and in the Los Angeles area. It just so happens that Jackson is all of those things. Like Shaq Thompson is the 2012 class, Jackson can play a number of positions on either side of the ball and would give the Huskies another instant-impact player.

Who else wants him: It’d be easier to list who isn’t going after Jackson. At this point, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC are 10 schools standing out, but it’s still very early in his process.

Odds they get him: 5 percent


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ESPN 150 targets: Oregon 

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With the release of today's ESPN 150, here's a look at 10 top targets for Oregon in the 2014 class.

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

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Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.comWhether he's lining up on offense or defense, Adoree' Jackson has game-breaking speed that calls to mind De'Anthony Thomas.
Why they want him: Probably the smoothest athlete in the West since Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas, Jackson could be an elite corner or a game-changer in the slot. A truly elite two-sport athlete, he has said he won't even look at a school that tells him he can't run track. He can at Oregon and would be a huge boost for the Ducks on the field and the track.

Who else wants him: Arizona State, Boise State, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington

Odds they get him: 10 percent

2. LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
6-2, 249
ESPN 150 Rank: 15

Why they want him: The Ducks are looking to get bigger on the second level and McMillan fits the bill. His size doesn't take away from his athleticism in the least, which is why he holds offers from the top programs in the country.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC

Odds they get him: 1 percent

3. WR Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East)
5-10, 180
ESPN 150 Rank: 22

Why they want him: Along with Jackson, Quick is the best athlete in the West. He could fill the role of De'Anthony Thomas in the slot or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu at corner. Quick has yet to receive an offer, but the Ducks are keeping tabs on him. An offer is likely at some point, but the Ducks better make a move on the talented two-way star sooner than later.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Arizona, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington

Odds they get him: 20 percent

4. RB Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford)
5-10, 202
ESPN 150 Rank: 35

Why they want him: Thomas is among the top backs in the country and has the Ducks in his top five. He would be a great complement to the all-around running of Byron Marshall and game-breaking abilities of Thomas Tyner. He is tough to bring down in space or in traffic, yet has the speed to break a long one every time he touches it.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Tennessee, USC.

Odds they get him: 10 percent


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ESPN 150 targets: Ohio State 

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DeShaun WatsonTom Hauck for Student SportsDeShaun Watson is the only quarterback the Buckeyes have offered, and Ohio State is in it for the long haul in his recruitment.
The first release of the ESPN 150 for 2014 isn't the best news for Ohio State. Only one of the Buckeyes' seven commitments appears on the list.


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LSU's ESPN 150 targets 

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How about this for a tailor-made banner recruiting class.

Of LSU's 10 most prominent recruiting targets, eight are from Louisiana and all 10 are in the top 100 of the ESPN 150. The other two? One is already committed to the Tigers and the other, while out of state, lives about 15 minutes from the Louisiana state line.

So yeah, LSU has a chance at a pretty good recruiting class if the Tigers can close the deal on these 10 targets:

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Greg Ostendorf/ESPN.comRunning back Leonard Fournette is the No. 1 prospect in the ESPN 150.
1. RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) 6-foot-1, 232 pounds
(ESPN 150 Rank: 1

Why they want him: Whether or not Cam Cameron opens up LSU's offense, the Tigers will still build around a power running game. And when Louisiana produces a talent like Fournette, there's no way LSU doesn't move mountains to bring him aboard. LSU clearly put its eggs in the Fournette basket by not signing a single RB in the 2012 class.

Who else wants him: Everybody, headlined by Alabama.

Odds they get him: 70 percent. Alabama leads the pack of out-of-state suitors, but we like LSU's chances given its history of using running backs and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson's long relationship with Fournette's family.


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ESPN 150 targets: Florida State 

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With the release of the ESPN 150 today, here are some of Florida State's top targets on the list:

1. David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) 6-foot-7, 280 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 12

Why they want him: Sharpe has all the size and athleticism colleges are looking for in their offensive tackles. As a basketball player, he's got the footwork to go along with a great frame. He's a slam dunk for any team that lands him and should be a rock on the offensive line for years to come.

Who else wants him: Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State are considered the frontrunners for Sharpe at this point. He's also got offers from Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Odds they get him: 25 percent


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ESPN 150 targets: Oklahoma 

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The first ESPN 150 has been released with one of Oklahoma’s four commits making the cut in Under Armour All-American Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).

That doesn’t mean it’s a weak class for the Sooners as the list is peppered with top targets. Adding some of these 10 prospects -- listed from highest to lowest rank -- would be a great way to get OU back up in the recruiting rankings:

1. ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East)
6-foot, 170 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 22


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ESPN 150 targets: Texas A&M 

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Myles GarrettWilliam Wilkerson/ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive end Myles Garrett is feeling strong, as his offer list is a who's who of elite Division I football programs.
Texas A&M has three commits in the 2014 ESPN 150, which was released today. Here's a look at the Aggies' top 10 targets in the ESPN 150, listed from highest to lowest ranked:

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

Why they want him: Speed and athleticism. Jackson has most of what coaches want in a cornerback. His fluid hips, foot quickness and natural athleticism make him an elite prospect. Could wind up on the offensive side of the ball and said some schools are recruiting him as a receiver.

Who else wants him: Plenty of power programs have offered Jackson, including Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC.

Odds they get him: Jackson said he intends to visit Texas A&M this summer, so the Aggies will have their chance to impress the five-star prospect. USC and UCLA are also schools that the Illinois native is interested in but Aggies' secondary coach Marcel Yates has experience recruiting the West Coast from his days at Boise State and landed 2013 ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue for the Aggies earlier this year.


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ESPN 150 targets: Texas 

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The Longhorns have two commits in the 2014 ESPN 150, which was released today. Here's a look at Texas' top 10 targets in the ESPN 150, listed from highest to lowest ranked:

1. RB Leonard Fournette
6-foot-1, 232 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 1

Why Texas wants him: Why wouldn’t Texas want the nation’s top prospect? The Longhorns are a dark horse right now but have a chance to land a No. 1-ranked back for the second time in three years. His short list is heavy on SEC schools, but Fournette did take an unofficial visit in March and two New Orleans St. Augustine teammates are UT commits.


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