Recruiting's latest sensations

Way-early offers, two coaches everyone wants to play for highlight Four Downs

Updated: June 11, 2013, 12:19 PM ET
By Jeremy Crabtree | ESPN RecruitingNation

Editor's note: Every week in Four Downs, we'll tally up the recent winners and losers from the football recruiting world to tip off your week in proper form. We'll set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the water cooler conversations around the office.

This week, the recruiting world got to know the latest eighth-grade sensation, Nathan Tilford of Upland (Calif.) High School. After earning a scholarship from USC and appearing close to an early commitment, Tilford could be both a winner and a loser because of his early stardom. Texas A&M and Penn State are big winners this week after landing blue-chip quarterbacks. With the Aggies, it's another case of coach Kevin Sumlin showing he can recruit with anybody in the country, and at Penn State it's Bill O'Brien continuing to prove doubters wrong.


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Jeremy Crabtree

RecruitingNation, Reporter