Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Early Offer: Orgeron building momentum
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Top recruits out West are starting to like the idea of Ed Orgeron as the next head coach at USC; despite his commitment to Missouri, fast-rising receiver Nate Brown has become a wanted man with two of the top programs in the SEC; and lost in the disappointment of a tough loss to UCLA was the news of Washington landing a pledge from one of the nation's top 2015 prospects.
Trojans red hot on and off field It could be argued USC is the hottest team in the country after beating No. 4 Stanford this past Saturday. All of the success on the field also has given the Trojans a ton of recruiting momentum. In front of a packed house of recruits, including No. 7 overall prospect Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Alabama four-star offensive tackle commit Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial), the Trojans put on a show that brought back memories of the glory years of Pete Carroll. The victory generated a lot of positive comments from recruits, and now it's cool to have USC on your list again. It will be interesting to see how seriously USC looks at Ed Orgeron as a candidate for the Trojans' coaching position, because recruits certainly are warming up to the idea. "If Coach O isn't there, then I'm not looking at USC anymore," one top prospect said. "I would follow that guy anywhere."
Gwinnett (Ga.) North Gwinnett three-star receiver Nate Brown has been a longtime Missouri commitment, but his strong play as a senior has generated new offers from Georgia and South Carolina. When he originally committed to the Tigers in September, he selected Mizzou over Georgia Tech, Louisville and Vanderbilt, but the new attention is causing him to take a step back and look at his options again. "I have to give Georgia a look," Brown said. "I don't know when I would get up there for a visit, because we're focused on the playoffs, but it's something I certainly want to do before it's all over."
UDub lands coveted 2015 DT Washington assistant Tosh Lupoi has been known as one of the best recruiters in the nation for years now, and he flexed his recruiting muscles when he scored a significant pledge from Jacob Daniel (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North). Daniel, the nation's No. 36 junior prospect and No. 9 defensive tackle, pledged to the Huskies over offers from Cal, Oregon and Stanford and had been leaning toward UDub ever since an unofficial visit to Washington this past spring. Daniel said he grew up a Husky fan and also was sold on the school's academics. "I really like Coach Tosh, and he was excited because I committed," Daniel said. "I think we're going to do great things up there."