NCF On The Trail: Dylan Moses

Early Offer: B1G's losses will hurt 

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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: Ohio State and Michigan State likely won’t see any effects of their defeat’s this weekend, but two Big Ten recruiting coordinators believe others like Michigan, Purdue and Northwestern could be hurt by the non-conference losses. Plus, USC should be able to gain some momentum against Stanford after beating the Cardinal. We also continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.

Best of the visits: SEC

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The slate of games in the Southeastern Conference weren’t overly impressive this weekend, but there were several prospects who did take unofficial visits. From five-star defensive ends Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson making a return trip to Florida to watch the Gators dismantle Eastern Michigan 65-0 to new Kentucky commit Jeremiah Dinson witnessing the Wildcats beat Ohio 20-7 — several recruits used social media to show highlights from their trip. Here’s a closer look at some of the top social media posts from recruits around the SEC this weekend.

Dinson, a 6-foot, 180-pounds cornerback from Miami (Fla.) American announced he was committing to Kentucky during an unofficial visit to Lexington. Dinson also had offers from Arkansas, Connecticut, NC State and several others.
Tennessee picked up a big commitment from ESPN Junior 300 defensive back Marquill Osborne. The product of Hough High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the 130th-ranked player in the class of 2016 and committed to the Vols during an unofficial visit to Knoxville. Arguably the top sophomore in the country, Dylan Moses, visited LSU on Saturday and his father, Edward Moses, tweeted a picture of his son and current LSU running back Leonard Fournette who scored his first collegiate touchdown on Saturday night. Moses, a Baton Rouge native, is already committed to the Tigers. Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson visited Florida for the second consecutive week and took a selfie in front of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. Jefferson won't announce his decision until signing day but the Gators appear to be one of his favorites. Another ESPN 300 prospect, Ryan Davis, also visited Florida on Saturday. Davis was impressed by Florida's offense, including freshmen Treo Harris who threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns on only two completions.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard

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Here's the latest on recruiting around the Big 12 as we enter the summer camp season:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 9
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: Baylor did not sign a quarterback for its 2014 class and has yet to find one for 2015, but Art Briles made a big move late Sunday night by accepting a commitment from 2016 quarterback Zach Smith of Grandview, Texas. The 6-foot-4 junior-to-be is the Bears' first verbal pledge for next year's class and looks like a perfect fit in his sophomore highlights -- a pocket passer with a big arm and an ability to execute in the read-option run game.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones are in good shape entering the summer with one of the more underrated defensive backs in the state of Texas, CB Darrell Miller of state champion Cedar Hill. He's expected to take an unofficial visit to Ames this summer and holds nearly a dozen other offers.

KANSAS
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: One in-state running back who's high on the Jayhawks' radar is Alex Barnes of Pittsburg. He reportedly clocked a 40-yard dash of 4.31 seconds at a combine this weekend and currently holds offers from KU, Minnesota, Rutgers and Tulsa. He's one guy worth keeping an eye on while Kansas still sits at one commit for 2015.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Kansas State might have its solution for filling the hole left by transferring QB Daniel Sams. Junior college standout Taylor Laird of Sacramento City Community College could be close to making a commitment and would join the program immediately, according to GoPowerCat.com. He was responsible for this wizardry, The Bouquet Pass, during his days at Oakmont (Calif.) High School.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 4
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Sooners have a chance to impress two big-time defensive talents from the state of Texas this month in ESPN 300 ILB Anthony Wheeler and three-star S Kahlil Haughton. Both are reportedly planning to visit Norman for OU camp, though neither is expected to participate. Oklahoma will be in a tough fight for both, but its coaching staff has to like its chances if both do show up for unofficial visits.

OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 5
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: One guy the Cowboys would love to get in camp this summer, and most likely will, is ESPN 300 OG Jalin Barnett. The No. 36 recruit in the ESPN 300 from Lawton, Okla., is the nation's top-rated guard and will play in the Under Armour All-America Game. He'll also make a return trip to check out the Sooners, and several out-of-state schools are fighting to get in the mix.

TCU
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: As TCU searches for its QB take in the 2015 class, don't sleep on Dallas Jesuit's Bo Schneider. The 6-3, 215-pound pocket passer picked up an offer from UCF on Friday and has quietly collected a few more good ones so far. TCU coaches did visit him this spring, so he is on the radar.

TEXAS
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The event wasn't as star-studded as usual, but Texas hosted its first summer camp on Sunday and did get a few big names on campus, including 2017 LSU commit ATH Dylan Moses from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab and 2016 DT Kendell Jones of nearby Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker. Moses, a 16-year-old phenom who already has been on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, has visited UT three times and wants to attend the Red River Showdown game against Oklahoma.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: If you thought this Texas Tech class was already off to a great start, it got even better this weekend when No. 1 rated WR Tyron Johnson named the Red Raiders his No. 1 school. The New Orleans Warren Easton stud is No. 26 in the ESPN 300 and is reportedly high on LSU and Oklahoma State as well. If Kliff Kingsbury and his coaches beat out the in-state Tigers for Johnson, that would be an incredible coup.


WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Mountaineers have hit the state of Florida hard this spring and that could yield another big pledge in three-star QB Lamar Jackson. The 6-3, 202-pound dual-threat quarterback from Boynton Beach, Fla., has West Virginia high on his list and it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up being WVU's top target at that position.
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Dylan Moses is growing accustomed to being first.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman sensation was the first prospect in the 2017 class to be offered by both LSU and Alabama.

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Miller Safrit/ESPNDylan Moses, a 2017 LSU commit, was the first freshman to be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
He was also the first commitment for LSU in the 2017 class.

Those are just two of the more publicized firsts for Moses, who doesn’t turn 16 until May 25.

Time to add another milestone to the list.

On April 22, Moses became the first freshman to be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

"Well, to be honest it's a dream come true," he said. "I've been watching the Under Armour Game since I was a little kid, and to now get the chance to play in it ... it really is a dream come true."

While Moses will have to wait until January, 2017 to take the field in the prestigious game, the decision to accept the invitation was an easy one for a prospect who wants to compete against the nation's best.

"I went to the Under Armour Game in January. That was the first time I had gone to the UA Game. The atmosphere was great. Seeing all of the top players in the country go against each other -- that's what I want to do. I want to play against the best players."

When Moses does take that field in three years, he will follow the long line of top prospects that have played in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Past players include Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, Jadeveon Clowney, Trent Richardson, Luke Joeckel and Robert Nkemdiche -- to name a few.

In the 2014 class, all 15 five-star prospects in the ESPN 300 played in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Moses posted a jaw-dropping 176 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and six forced fumbles as a freshman for University Laboratory School. He added 475 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, averaging 16.45 yards per carry. Both the total tackles and yards per carry are school records.

Moses first burst onto the national recruiting scene in July, 2012 after posting a 4.46 40-yard dash time at LSU's camp at age 14. His stunning performance quickly earned a scholarship offer from Tigers head coach Les Miles.

Dallas NFTC superlatives 

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DESOTO, Texas -- The Dallas area was the seventh stop in the 2014 Nike Football Training Camp tour. As is annually the case, this stop brings out a bevy of talented prospects from the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Despite a chilly day and track meets that kept some talented prospects from attending, the group of talent on hand eclipsed a number of other stops due to sheer numbers of prospects with FBS and BCS offers on hand. Here are some of the event’s most notable performers in the RecruitingNation NFTC awards.


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Dallas NFTC notebook 

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DeSOTO, Texas -- Rain flirted with the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday, but held off long enough for seven athletes to earn invitations to The Opening this summer.

Quarterback Kyler Murray, linebacker Malik Jefferson, wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, offensive lineman Patrick Vahe (Texas commit) and defensive backs Justin Dunning (Texas A&M commit), Will Sunderland Jr and P.J. Mbanasor. all earned golden tickets after stellar performances at DeSoto High School. Murray, Jefferson, Lodge, Vahe and Sunderland were named camp MVPs of their respective positions.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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As expected, this was one of the busiest weeks in the Big 12 from a recruiting standpoint. Teams were looking to fill in last-minute vacancies, and players were looking to finalize their college plans. TCU proved to be the big winner in the conference, landing six 2014 commits and two more commits from the 2015 class. Kansas wasn’t far behind, as the Jayhawks got verbal commitments from five three-star players for the 2014 class.

Here are some of this past week’s highlights:


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Key recruiting visits -- Big 12 

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With less than two weeks remaining until national signing day, every official visit is huge -- for the athlete and for the program. Some schools are in need of elite athletes more than others.

Here are 10 names to keep an eye on as they take their official visits to Big 12 schools:

1. ATH Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper)
Visiting: TCU


A two-hour trek eastbound to Fort Worth is making some Longhorns fans wonder -- and, perhaps, worry. Joe, an ESPN 300 athlete, has been committed to Texas since August 2012, but with the coaching transition from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong, Joe has checked out other options just to make sure Texas is the place for him. Look for TCU to roll the red -- or purple -- carpet out for him.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla. Here’s a look at who stood out among the 150-plus competitors.

Campbell steals the show
George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) showed why he is ranked as the No. 2 player in the ESPN Junior 300. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Campbell tested off the charts with a 4.36-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 4.06 shuttle. He then backed it up with a strong performance in the one-on-one and seven-on-seven portion of the combine. Defensive backs lined up to face him and, in most cases, he burned them with either his speed or his ability to go up get the ball at its highest point. “I felt good about what I did today,” Campbell said. “I wanted to test myself against the best-of-the-best.” Consider the test passed. On the recruiting front, Campbell recently backed away from his commitment to Michigan and said at Wednesday’s registration he’s slowing down the process.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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There was plenty of recruiting news in the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There were a few key commits and several top high school performances. Here is a look at the latest news around the SEC.

Biggest commitment: ESPN 300 offensive tackle Donell Stanley (Latta, S.C./Latta) committed to South Carolina on Friday. The 197th-ranked player in the nation chose the Gamecocks over rival Clemson, Alabama, USC and UNC. South Carolina now has 13 commitments including 5 if the ESPN 300.

Auburn picked up a commitment from three-star athlete Myron Burton Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge). Though listed as an athlete, Auburn is recruiting Burton as a wide receiver. He announced his decision on Twitter on Saturday after visiting the Tigers for their win over Western Carolina:
Best weekend performances: Many SEC commits were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances:

  • RB Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy), Alabama commit: Ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushes in a 49-3 win.
  • RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), Georgia commit: Chubb accounted for 355 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 42-34 win on Friday.

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Big 12 recruiting storylines: Oct. 10 

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The Big 12 has a big weekend ahead in Dallas and Texas Tech is surging. Here’s a look at some of the Big 12’s top recruiting storylines.

Big names set to attend Red River Rivalry
There is never a season, regardless of what type of shape either program is in, that the Cotton Bowl won’t be filled with some of the most desirable recruits in the country.

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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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AAC
Louisville
Ross Trail | QB-PP | Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3
Class of 2015

ACC
Duke
Shaun Wilson | RB | Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg
HT: 5-9 WT: 170
Positional Rank: #45 RB
Stars: 4

Florida State
Ryan Izzo | TE-Y | Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII
HT: 6-6 WT: 215
Positional Rank: #18 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Georgia Tech
Gary Brown | OG | Tampa, Fla./Alonso
HT: 6-1 WT: 284
Positional Rank: #71 OG
Stars: 3

Big 12
Iowa State
Colin Downing | K | Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay
HT: 6-0 WT: 170
Positional Rank: #18 K
Stars: 3

Texas Tech
Keland McElrath | DT | Clarksdale, Miss./Coahoma CC
HT: 6-5 WT: 290
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Iowa
Marcel Joly | ATH | Forestville, Md./Forestville
HT: 5-11 WT: 175
Positional Rank: #145 ATH
Stars: 3

Michigan State
Jake Hartbarger | K | Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne
HT: 6-3 WT: 171
Positional Rank: #4
Stars: 3

Wisconsin
Lubern Figaro | S | Everett, Mass./Everett
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #98 S
Stars: 3

Pac-12
Arizona State
Brendan Landman | TE-Y | Danville, Calif./Monte Vista
HT: 6-5 WT: 220
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Sean Krepsz | OT | Riverside, Calif./M.L. King
HT: 6-4 WT: 293
Positional Rank: #84 OT
Stars: 3

Chandler Leniu | OLB | Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco
HT: 6-0 WT: 216
Positional Rank: #113 OLB
Stars: 3

SEC
Georgia
Keyon Brown | DE | Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County
HT: 6-3 WT: 235
Positional Rank: #19 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#210)

LSU
Blake Ferguson | LS | Buford, Ga./Buford
HT: 6-2 WT: 240
Class of 2015

Dylan Moses | ILB | Baton Rouge, La./University Lab
HT: 6-1 WT: 213
Class of 2017

Missouri
Ishmael Witter | RB | Tampa, Fla./Alonso
HT: 5-8 WT: 184
Positional Rank: #107 RB
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Preston Williams | WR | Lovejoy, Ga./Lovejoy
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3
Class of 2015

Mountain West
Hawaii
D.J. Riggins | RB | Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian
HT: 5-11 WT: 170
Positional Rank: #148 RB
Stars: 3

San Jose State
Trevon Benton | OLB | Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
HT: 6-0 WT: 180

Sun Belt
Texas State
Chris Bradley | DE | Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 255
The Early Offer is a RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Dylan Moses' commitment to LSU sent shockwaves throughout the college football recruiting world; you have to tip your hat to Mark Stoops and Kentucky once again for another creative recruiting mailer; and Oregon, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee are battling down the stretch for a four-star WR.

The story of Moses
Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) deciding to end his recruitment before he even was halfway through his freshman year of high school football sent a tidal wave of response throughout the college football world late Sunday and throughout the day on Monday. As expected the news was well received by LSU fans, but fans in general and even several college coaches were highly critical the Tigers’ decision to accept the commitment. “I can’t be critical of the kid himself, because he’s jumping on an opportunity placed in front of him,” one ACC recruiting coordinator said. “But schools offering a scholarship to a 14-year-old and then actually accepting it is everything that’s wrong with recruiting today. It’s hard enough to project the future of seniors accurately, but it’s impossible to do it with freshmen.” My colleague Tom Luginbill was right on the money when he said it’s a high risk, high reward scheme for coaches. The more it happens the more we’re going to see calls for even more regulation from the NCAA, because there’s just too much gray area for coaches to maneuver in.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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With football season now in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From Georgia's big win over South Carolina with several top prospects in attendance to some impressive high school performances, here is the latest news around the SEC.


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Virginia offers 2018 QB prospect

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Tyler DeSue hasn't started his final year of middle school yet, but he's already attracting major-college interest.

DeSue, a Class of 2018 prospect, is reportedly the latest in a recent trend of middle-schoolers who have received a college football scholarship offer. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound quarterback recently earned an offer from Virginia, as was first reported by Youth1.com and confirmed by ESPN.com.

Clearly, the Cavaliers are high on his current skills and his ability to develop as a player. For schools, there is little downside to offering early: neither the offer nor the commitment is binding. Offering extra early is merely the latest way for schools to get in early with players they believe could become big-time prospects. USC made headlines by offering QB David Sills an offer as a seventh-grader, but the Trojans are not alone. LSU and Alabama are among the programs that extended offers to then-eighth grader Dylan Moses.

Such an early offer from a school like Virginia is uncommon, considering the academic standards in Charlottesville. DeSue has yet to record a single high school credit.

Whether the early offer phenomenon pays off for schools remains to be seen. But there seems to be no slowing coaches looking for the next playmaker.

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