#ESPN300 chat with Josh Sweat (noon ET)

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Recruiting Nation's experts join to chat with top recruit Josh Sweat, and answer all of your #ESPN300 questions.

To put it mildly, James Franklin has Penn State rolling on the recruiting trail. Not only do the Nittany Lions currently have the No. 5 ranked class in 2015 according to RecruitingNation, but they are off and running in 2016 as well. On Wednesday, Penn State picked up a second ESPN Jr300, and it’s a big one -- No. 30 Shane Simmons.

Best cross-conference recruiting battles 

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Some recruits get attention from all over the country. Whether it’s their prowess or proximity to multiple teams, top prospects will have schools from multiple conferences pursuing them. ESPN.com’s conference recruiting reporters look at five players in the recently updated ESPN 300 who have different conferences after them and have recruiting battles that could carry throughout the fall.

NOTE: For battles with multiple teams, reporters chose reported leaders or best fits.


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video Josh Sweat, the nation’s No. 1 prospect, has lined up all five of his official visits. Sweat said he turned down more than 50 scholarship offers to focus on Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. He also said Texas A&M and Auburn are also still under consideration.


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Shane Simmons announcement

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ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Shane Simmons is set to make his college decision. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound prospect has a litany of offers from power programs all over the country. Simmons will announce his decision live on ESPN.com. Tune in at 2 p.m. ET for the announcement.

 
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Defensive end Josh Sweat's performance earlier this month at Nike's The Opening was one of many impressive outings for the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Chesapeake, Virginia, prospect. We’re going inside the scouting report to take another look at the new No. 1 player in the 2015 ESPN 300.


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While one recruit will never truly make or break a recruiting class, some come closer than others. Every Pac-12 program has a must-get recruit in mind, whether it's a national standout whose commitment would rock the recruiting landscape, a star at a position where that program simply cannot miss, or a local prospect who can't be allowed to leave the area.


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In every class there are must-get recruits for schools. They can be a top uncommitted prospect or even a pledge who is essential to keep in the fold.

Here are the picks for the teams in the ACC, with the prospect's overall ranking.


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With the Big 12 football season kicking off in a few weeks, college recruits will be focused on setting up official visits and also narrowing their college lists in preparation for a commitment. As important as this time will be for recruits, it’ll be equally important for schools, as they prepare for a season that, with solid performances in home-game environments, can assist in landing some of the best uncommitted prospects around.

Here are some names that the Big 12 schools will be pursuing throughout the fall.


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The SEC already has commitments from 77 prospects in the ESPN 300, but there are still several key targets available. Whether it's a current commit, a position of need or just the best available player, here is a look at the top must-get recruits for each SEC team.


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The Big Ten programs have done a nice job filling out their 2015 classes so far. There aren’t any teams that have closed out all their available slots though, which means there are still some big targets on the board.

As commitments and decommitments happen, this list could change, but here is a look at a few remaining must-get targets for the conference.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings.

Today’s offerings: Josh Sweat was recently promoted to the No. 1 player in the country Insider and it looks like we won’t have to wait too much longer for the five-star defensive end to announce what schools will make the cut for his top five list. Plus, with an addition of another ESPN 300 prospect on Tuesday, Miami’s class continues to climb the charts.

Handling it the right way

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The Miami Hurricanes got help in the trenches with the addition of ESPN 300 offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis.


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ESPN 300 RB Ty'Son Williams has the potential to be a true bell cow at the next level for North Carolina.


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The tailback recruiting picture got a little clearer for the USC Trojans on Monday night with the verbal commitment from Aca'Cedric Ware.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian had stated at the beginning of the recruiting cycle for the Class of 2015 that he would be looking to take two tailbacks, and that was before the transfer of Ty Isaac at the end of spring ball. With only one underclass scholarship tailback on the roster (Justin Davis), there was a definite need at the spot and it figured the Trojans would have their pick of players to choose from.


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