College Football's Most Important Offers of the Week

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystFebruary 9, 2015

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No team has had more success recruiting standouts in the secondary than Alabama has in recent years.

Over the last two cycles, Nick Saban has signed a pair of 5-star corners.

Last week, the Tide offered two of the best lockdown corners in the 2016 class.

Saban and his staff already hold a pledge from 5-star corner Shyheim Carter, who rates as the No. 3 corner in the 2016 class.

The top two corners—Florida native Saivion Smith and Virginia standout Levonta Taylor—both earned tenders from the Tide.

Smith, who is rated as the nation’s best player at the position, already holds more than 20 offers after a junior season in which he burst onto the recruiting scene at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU and UCLA are among his early group of suitors.

Taylor, who has Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia among the programs drawing his interest, was among the standouts at the Elite 50 Underclassmen camp held last month during the week of the Under Armour All-American Game, according to 247Sports.

While the Tide has been piling up top-rated corners, Saban’s reputation for developing defensive backs is sure to catch the attention of Smith and Taylor.

Regardless, with Carter already in the fold, it will be interesting to see how heavily Alabama pursues Smith and Taylor and how receptive the nation’s top corner duo is to the Tide.

Alabama and LSU Offer Elite 2016 QB

Another player who earned a Crimson Tide offer last week was 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Fellow SEC West power LSU also offered the 6’2”, 185-pounder, who rates as the fifth-best pro-style passer in the 2016 cycle.

Among the other schools pursuing Haskins include Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Penn State among others.

Can the SEC powers get in the race for the elite passer from Maryland?

The next few months shall provide answers on their interest and his.

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FSU After Talented OLs in 2016

Few schools have recruited the offensive line as well as Florida State has in recent years.

The Noles are searching for a few quality big bodies in the 2016 class to utilize in the trenches.

According to Chris Nee of Noles247, the Noles offered 2016 4-star offensive lineman Willie Allen.

Also, Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated.com reports that FSU also tendered 2016 4-star offensive lineman Javon Kinlaw.

Both players represent two of the top tackle prospects in the 2016 class, and both are sure to be pursued vigorously by Jimbo Fisher and his staff.

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Baylor Offers 2017 In-State QB

Art Briles landed perhaps Baylor’s quarterback of the future in Jarrett Stidham in the 2015 class.

However, he’s already got his eyes on the future, and he took a step forward when he offered 2017 4-star quarterback Shawn Robinson, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.

The 6’3”, 195-pounder rates as the nation’s top dual-threat passer in the 2017 class.

Robinson—who has offers from schools such as Arizona State, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas among others—threw for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns while running for another 1,416 yards and 17 scores as a sophomore.

Baylor is hoping to keep the Lone Star State standout close to him when he eventually makes his decision.

Best of the Rest 

  • Georgia and Miami offered 2017 defensive end Nathan Proctor, per Friedman.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. 

 

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