- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Josh Malone, one of the nation’s best receivers, will announce his decision today, so will he be singing Rocky Top, calling the Dawgs or heading to Clemson? In-home visits are taking place all over the country and social media is providing us with an inside look at life on the trail; and we’re less than a week away from finding out where the top player in Pennsylvania will end up.
Will Rocky Top be home sweet home?
Four-star receiver Josh Malone, the nation’s No. 48 player out of Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp, has already signed financial aid agreements with Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Florida State, but he will announce his decision at noon ET Wednesday on NBC Sports Network. The RecruitingNation Hot Board has Malone projected to select Tennessee. The Volunteers were smart and were the first to use the signing of the financial aid paperwork as a tool in the recruiting process. Because he was technically “signed” UT coaches were able to have regular contact with him. Shortly after, the three other schools followed suit.
It’s visit season
In case you weren’t aware, Sunday was the first day college coaches were allowed to start making in-home visits with prospects. The first few days have already provided some great tweets from coaches on the road and players they’re meeting. Five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) said a photo shoot broke out at his school Tuesday when Alabama coach Nick Saban showed up for his visit. If you scour social media, there are plenty of other pictures and instant analysis tweets from prospects after the visits are over.
Flight, Flight, Rental Car, Build the Foundation, Hotel, repeat! Recruiting season is here. #GoHogs
— Charlie Partridge (@CoachPartridge) December 2, 2013
PA’s best ready to decide
We’ll know next Monday where Aliquippa (Pa.) High star Dravon Henry is going to end up. The No. 17 athlete and top player in Pennsylvania will be committing to either Pittsburgh or West Virginia next week. Henry, a four-star athlete ranked No. 136 in the ESPN 300, has essentially been down to nearby Pitt and West Virginia for quite some time, despite naming a top five only a few weeks ago. Louisville, Maryland and Miami are now officially eliminated, and ACC recruiting writer Jared Shanker has been reading the tea leaves enough to be project Henry to commit to West Virginia on the Hot Board with full confidence.