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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Early Offer: Mixon all mixed up

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Just when it seemed clear on what four-star running back Joe Mixon was thinking, an official visit to Florida State has seemingly brought his decision back to square one; two of the top recruits in Ohio were hoping to make a decision in early January, but the success of their high school teams might change those plans; Missouri and Tennessee made nice climbs in the latest RecruitingNation class rankings.

Mixon mixed up
There was a time when most recruiters believed four-star running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) was a heavy lean toward Oklahoma and the Sooners’ biggest competition was just Pac-12 schools Cal and Washington. But after an official visit this past weekend to Florida State -- a trip he called his best visit of the five he took -- Mixon is all over the map. He has become as unpredictable as any recruit in the country. One day it seems like he wants to leave home, then the next he wants to stay closer and now, well, nobody truly knows. This is going to be an interesting battle to the end with fans of Arizona State, Cal, Florida State, Oklahoma, UCLA and Wisconsin all hanging on to the edges of their seats.

A good problem to have
Cleveland Glenville is one of the favorites to advance to Ohio’s Division II championship game the first weekend of December and that could put a wrench in the plans of highly recruited teammates Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore. Both would like to announce their decisions at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January, but they’ve not taken any official visits yet. With the playoffs potentially eliminating one visit weekend and no third visit weekend in December this calendar year, there could come a time when they have to postpone their decision or make a decision without taking an official visit. Lattimore, the nation’s No. 6 athlete, and Smith, the No. 15 safety, have slightly different lists, but the five schools appearing for both prospects are Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State.

Moving on up
Welcome the Missouri Tigers to the most recently updated RecruitingNation class rankings. After the addition of No. 8 offensive tackle Andy Bauer (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet), the Tigers debuted at No. 40 in Wednesday’s update. Tennessee also continued its climb up the charts and now finds itself as the No. 2 class. The Vols leaped over Florida State and Miami after adding No. 290 recruit Evan Berry and three-star OLB Elliot Berry.