NCF On The Trail: byron cowart

The Big 12 was turned upside down by West Virginia and Kansas State, and both are being led by former juco recruits. Plus, it was no surprise that many of the nation's best recruits walked away impressed with Florida State following Saturday's victory over Notre Dame.

SEC's top recruiting visits 

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There are once again some big games around the SEC this weekend. The Texas A&M at Alabama game looks to be loaded with big-time visitors. Ole Miss will have several recruits on hand for its game against Tennessee. LSU is also hoping to capitalize on its big win over Florida last week by bringing in several recruits for its home game against Kentucky. Here’s a closer look at some of the top visitors in the SEC this weekend.


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Pac-12 North recruiting roundup 

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At the halfway point of college football's regular season, there is still plenty to be decided both on the field and on the recruiting trail. The Pac-12 placed six programs among the top 40 recruiting classes in Wednesday's updated class rankings and conference recruiting classes contain as many as 24 -- Arizona -- and as few as nine -- Stanford -- verbal commitments. This update offers a look at where each Pac-12 North program stands with its 2015 recruiting class, including its top prospect and position of strength, as well as a look at where things are going well, and not so well, for each class.

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Total number of commitments: 10

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The Texas A&M-Alabama game on Saturday is sure to be one of the top games in the country this weekend. The teams have had much success on the field since the Aggies joined the SEC, and that success has led to tremendous success in recruiting. This year is no different as both teams rank in the top four of the RecruitingNation class rankings. Here’s a closer look at how the schools match up in recruiting and who some of their remaining targets are.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. There were a few big commitments, key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Alabama, FSU, UF, Maryland and Oregon fans are going to have to wait on five-star DE Byron Cowart. Plus, Oregon State has made recruiting in LA a priority, so that’s why a good showing against the Trojans on Saturday is important.


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ACC's top recruiting visits 

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This weekend kicks off the meat of the big visit weekends for the ACC with the marquee matchup of Clemson at Florida State taking center stage. Not to be outdone, Virginia Tech has a very big weekend on the horizon featuring the nations top ranked prospect.


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Florida Gators have talent to compete 

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When Alabama and Florida square off on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS), the two teams will display some of the top talent in the country. In fact, according to the expected two-deep depth charts, Alabama and Florida will showcase 56 players that were ranked in the ESPN 300 (changed from ESPN 150 to ESPN 300 in 2013) and the ESPN JC 300 coming out of high school or junior college.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

September, 16, 2014
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Penn State picked up some good news from the NCAA, which resulted in more positive news on the recruiting trail this weekend. Ohio State solidified its spot in a top target's list, and a few new offers were extended this week.

Here is a look at the latest happenings on the recruiting trail within the Big Ten.


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UA jersey tour: Jashon Cornell

September, 10, 2014
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video Jashon Cornell, a five-star defensive end from Minnesota, took a different route with his recruitment and his all-star game selection than his former teammates.

Cornell hails from Cretin-Derham Hall, which has tradition, history, and has sent plenty of recruits on to the next level. The Under Armour All-American wanted to blaze his own path, which is partially why he chose to play in the Under Armour game.

“At my school it’s a tradition where everybody goes to Notre Dame or Miami and I wanted to start new traditions at my school,” he said. “This was different for me and that’s part of why I’m going to Ohio Sate as well. The Under Armour game is more exciting and it’s out there now.”

Cornell is excited to get to the game, especially after seeing the notable past players, including former No. 1 NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. The ESPN 300 prospect opened up about who he wants to go against in the prestigious game, and a little about himself on and off the field.

Q&A with Jashon Cornell:

What is one player are you looking forward to competing against?: Lester Cotton. I beat him one time before and then the second time he caught me.

If you could start a team with any other player in your class who would it be?: Byron Cowart. I think me and him at defensive end, he just knows the game really well. He’s a great defensive end.

What was your earliest football memory?: It was actually kindergarten. I was playing with third and fourth graders and I started crying. They told me to grow up and this was big boy ball now. I got hit really hard in the Oklahoma drill. I was little and one guy just smacked me.

Which football player did you idolize or want to be like when you were a kid?: My cousin Terrell Suggs. I think that’s one of the people I look up to because he made it out of Minnesota and became successful. He became one of the bset defensive ends and outside linebackers in the game.

If you could take on any pro player in their sport who would it be?: Lebron James. Just to play against him. I know I’m not going to win, but just for the chance to play against Lebron James.

Why do you wear your number?: I wear 9 now. I wore 16 the past two years, but growing up as a kid, from kindergarten to my freshman year I wore the number 9. My sophomore and junior year there were upperclassmen wearing it, so I couldn’t. But now I brought back the number 9. I already requested it at Ohio State, too. They said no one is going to be wearing it so I might be able to.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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Despite the weak slate of SEC football games over the weekend there was still a lot of news in the world of recruiting. From commitments, to big offers, to decision dates to sick one-handed interceptions, this weekend was full of news. Here’s a closer look at the latest happening from around the SEC.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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There were several key SEC games over the weekend and plenty of recruiting news to go along with them. From Texas A&M’s impressive victory over South Carolina to Georgia’s dominating second half performance against Clemson, recruits from all over the country had a chance to finally see teams they are considering in action. Here is a closer look at some of the top recruiting news around the SEC.

Texas A&M catches the attention of top recruits

Even though Texas A&M has put together a tremendous recruiting class this year, many expected it to be a down year on the field for the Aggies. After all A&M lost three first-round draft picks including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Much to the delight of the Aggie faithful, Texas A&M dominated SEC East opponent South Carolina last Thursday evening.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news across the country. Today's offerings: Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart is closing ranks and instead of focusing on the more than 50 schools that have offered him scholarships, he's zeroing in on four schools leading up to his late September decision. Plus, Oregon fans can rest a little easier knowing the Ducks' star running back recruit didn't suffer major damage in his first game of the season, and we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.


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CeCe Jefferson set to visit Georgia 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville area has been very kind to the Georgia Bulldogs in recruiting over the past several years. Players such as offensive lineman Brent Benedict, cornerback Bryan Evans and current offensive tackle John Theus have all come from the First Coast area. The Bulldogs are now hoping to reach into Northeast Florida this year and grab one of the top defenders in the nation.

Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson still has yet to list his favorite schools but will take an unofficial visit to Athens to watch Georgia take on Clemson next Saturday.

“I’m going to Georgia-Clemson next weekend,” Jefferson said. “That will actually be my first game at Georgia. I heard between the hedges is pretty wild, so I’m just looking to go get a good experience -- have a good time, see some good football.”

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While one recruit will never truly make or break a recruiting class, some come closer than others. Every Pac-12 program has a must-get recruit in mind, whether it's a national standout whose commitment would rock the recruiting landscape, a star at a position where that program simply cannot miss, or a local prospect who can't be allowed to leave the area.


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