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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Early Offer: Texas-sized statement game

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: the LSU-TCU game this weekend in the Metroplex has major recruiting implications for both the Tigers and Horned Frogs; Florida State QB commit J.J. Cosentino is working to bring even more Pennsylvania talent to Tallahassee; and Washington will unveil the new Husky Stadium to a host of impressive visitors.

LSU, TCU have chance to make Lone Star statement
On Monday, I wrote about the top college football games recruits will watch closely each week, and one game that I had a tough time leaving off the list was the LSU-TCU tilt Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. LSU has always recruited well in the Lone Star State, and a victory against a quality team in front of a lot of Texas recruits surely will give the Tigers even more fuel for future efforts. For the Horned Frogs, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a major statement to recruits that they’re ready for prime time. Gary Patterson is one of the best recruiters in the nation, and the way he can find under-recruited kids in Texas is something to marvel at. But since arriving in the Big 12, Patterson has won some bigger recruiting battles against the upper-echelon Big 12 programs. A win against LSU will make it easier to win more of those battles.

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— JJ (@double_J16) August 28, 2013
FSU’s prime-time PA recruiter
Florida State four-star quarterback recruit J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) is doing everything he can to convince another highly-ranked Keystone State player to head to Tallahassee with him. Cosentino, the No. 3 player in Pennsylvania, asked Florida State fans to show some love for ESPN 300 athlete Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), the fourth-best player in the state. Nicholson does have a Florida State offer, but is also being heavily courted by Miami, Virginia Tech and Pitt. The Panthers are doing all they can to keep Nicholson at home, but don’t count out the Noles, especially if Cosentino keeps personally recruiting him like this.

Washington's grand opening game
Washington will unveil a $250 million renovation to Husky Stadium Saturday when it hosts Boise State, and there will be quite a few quality players on hand to witness the grand opening. The Huskies are scheduled to get unofficial visits from uncommitted targets Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale), John Plattenburg (Lamar, Texas/Lamar) and 2015 standout Chico McClatcher (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way). The Huskies and Broncos are also heated recruiting rivals for any top Pacific Northwest players, so both teams hope to impress top targets in the 2014 and 2015 classes.