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Top position classes: RBs 

February, 11, 2014
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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
Tennessee went into the 2014 class with a gigantic future need at running back, and coach Butch Jones and staff delivered for Volunteers fans in a big way. The Vols' running back haul includes not only ESPN 300 backs Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech) and Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) but also four-star Treyvon Paulk (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton). With different body types, styles and strengths, Tennessee added talent and depth for years to come as well as many different skill sets within the position. Hurd is tall, lean and chock-full of speed, athleticism and versatility, and Scott is a slasher with excellent ball skills out of the backfield. Paulk is a compact, downhill back with leg drive and power.

The Volunteers had the nation's best RB class; here's which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:


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The dead period runs through Jan. 15, and some recruits have said they will use that to take a break from recruiting, but that doesn't mean it will shut down for everyone. Coaches are still able to contact recruits during the dead period -- just no in-person contact -- and a number of recruits will be making commitments during this time. Over the next few weeks and through the holidays, Pac-12 recruiting fans will have a number of things to keep an eye on, including these five topics.

Who sets January visits?

With the dead period wiping out an entire weekend normally dedicated to official visits, recruits will have just three January weekends available to take visits -- the 17th, 24th and 31st -- if they'd like to commit and sign on signing day. Every Pac-12 program is looking to load up on official visits during those weekends. Stanford and USC look as though they will be very busy on Jan. 17, and Oregon is always able to grab a few late official visitors -- ESPN JC 50 WR Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College) is scheduled for Jan. 31. There are plenty of Pac-12 targets saying they will likely set up January officials to various schools.


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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

October, 9, 2013
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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Pac-12, check out our conference rankings:

1. Arizona, 24 commits: The Wildcats check in at No. 23 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that includes four ESPN300 commitments, including No. 120 overall Marquis Ware and No. 185 Jamardre Cobb of Salesian High in Los Angeles. Arizona will take its shot with No. 17 overall Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), and teammate Dae'Juan Funderburk (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) in December.


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A change at the top in Troy, the Ducks making a recruiting push and a hot new look in the desert are just a few of the top storylines in the Pac-12 this week.


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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

October, 2, 2013
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There was no movement again from Pac-12 programs in the updated team recruiting rankings, as Arizona held firm with the top spot in the conference and the No. 23 class in the country. Stanford checks in right behind the Wildcats, at No. 24 overall, while Arizona State checks in at No. 35.

Trending up: Oregon

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

September, 30, 2013
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There was plenty of news on and off the field in the Pac-12 this past weekend, as several conference teams separated themselves with huge wins, Oregon landed a big verbal commitment, and USC made a head coaching change.


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Oregon adds another ESPN 300 RB 

September, 29, 2013
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ESPN 300 running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) had an idea of what he wanted to see going into his Oregon official visit this past weekend.

The nation's No. 164 overall recruit got that and plenty more, as James made a verbal commitment to the Ducks.


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Official Visits: Sept. 27

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Arkansas
Georgia
  • Five-star Under Armour All-American ILB Raekwon McMillan (No. 14 in ESPN 300; Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
  • Four-star WR Josh Malone (No. 99 in ESPN 300; Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
Minnesota
Ohio State
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American ATH John Smith (No. 41 in ESPN 300; Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
  • Four-star WR Johnnie Dixon (No. 42 in ESPN 300; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American WR Travis Rudolph (No. 65 in ESPN 300; West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman)
  • Four-star OG Demetrius Knox (No. 166 in ESPN 300; Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) – Committed: Ohio State
  • Three-star TE DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan.)
  • Three-star TE-H Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional)
Oregon
  • Four-star ATH Michiah Quick (No. 43 in ESPN 300; Fresno, Calif./Central East)
  • Four-star RB Tony James (No. 164 in ESPN 300; Gainesville, Fla.)
  • Three-star TE-H Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit)
Oregon State
  • Four-star WR Erik Brown (No. 187 in ESPN 300; Fontana, Calif./Summit) – Committed: Washington
  • Four-star CB Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – Committed: Cal. Originally committed to Arizona State
Pittsburgh
  • Four-star ATH Montae Nicholson (No. 252 in ESPN 300; Monroeville, Pa./Gateway)
Washington
  • Four-star RB Joe Mixon (No. 100 in ESPN 300; Oakley, Calif./Freedom)
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Georgia scored a major recruiting victory on Thursday when it landed an ESPN 300 defensive end; Ohio State is hosting more than just the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend in Columbus; and Oregon hosts a ESPN 300 speedster who would be a great fit for the Ducks’ offense.

Dawgs land key defensive commitment
With a monster SEC matchup against LSU on Saturday, Georgia received some positive recruiting news on Thursday when ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) committed to the Dawgs.


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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

September, 25, 2013
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It was a relatively quiet recruiting week in the Pac-12, which seemed to mirror the rest of the country. There was no movement in the newly released team recruiting rankings. The Pac-12 held steady with three teams listed, led by Arizona and Stanford -- at No. 23 and 24 respectively -- followed by Arizona State, at No. 35. The conference did land two commitments, as Arizona State and Washington State added recruits, while a desert showdown awaits Pac-12 fans on Friday night.


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Best available: All-purpose backs 

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There is only one running back category, but that doesn't mean all RBs are created equal. Within this group are prospects that you could classify as more of all-purpose backs, players who might not typically be able to carry the load but whose athleticism and versatility can allow them to contribute in multiple ways. Regardless of how you might classify them, many of the top running backs in the 2014 class have already made a commitment, with only 11 of the top 50 currently undeclared. There is still some talent available -- here's a look at the top five "all-purpose" backs still out there.

Joe Mixon
Mixon
Mixon
(Oakley, Calif./Freedom) | Highlights Video | List of schools considering
6-1, 209 pounds| ESPN 300 rank: 100 | RB rank: 9 | Grade: 83 | Stars: 4

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Weekend wrap: SEC 

August, 19, 2013
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SECThe college football season is nearly upon us but there was still some big recruiting news throughout the Southeastern Conference this past weekend. There was an ESPN 300 commitment, a big decommitment and several other top storylines throughout the SEC.

Here's a look at the weekend that was in the SEC.


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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Florida's coaches are recruiting and the prospects making headlines.

This week's targets: Along with a few in-state targets, the Gators have visited or will visit several out-of-state targets this week. Florida coaches headed to Illinois on Monday to check in on inside linebackers Clifton Garrett and Nyles Morgan, then headed to New York to check out athlete Curtis Samuel.

The coaching staff then headed up the East Coast and stopped in on Maryland defensive tackle Damian Prince, Washington D.C. cornerback Jalen Tabor, Virginia defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and North Carolina defensive end Lorenzo Featherston. Georgia insider linebacker Raekwon McMillian will also get a visit from Florida coaches. Committed offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey and uncommitted offensive tackle David Sharpe will have Florida coaches at their spring games this week.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Watch List running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) picked up an offer from the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday afternoon.


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There are few who once believed Tony James (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) would be an effective quarterback. There are now few who question him.

The undersized 2015 athlete, a slot receiver at the start of the season, took over the starting quarterback duties for Keaton Perry, who went down with a season-ending injury in the second game of the season. Since then, the 5-foot-8, 150-pound James has been beyond impressive. He’s undefeated as a starter and he’s thrown for 1,651 yards and 20 touchdowns with only six interceptions in roughly 8 games. James also has rushed for 900 yards and 14 touchdowns.

James’ most recent big-game performance came Saturday in a 31-14 victory over El Paso (Texas) Franklin in the second round of the Texas Class 5A playoffs. Rather than using his arm, James used his speed (he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 at a TCU camp over the summer) to rush for 146 yards and three touchdowns and led Bowie to 399 total yards.

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