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College Football's Most Important Offers of the Week

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystApril 13, 2015

USA Today

When news broke last week that 4-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott had decommitted from Baylor, it almost seemed like a forgone conclusion that the interest in him would swell.

The first school to tender him afterward was the Miami Hurricanes, as Bleacher Report’s Damon Sayles noted.

Al Golden and his staff have jumped out to a fast start, having landed 20 verbal commitments—all of whom are homegrown products in Florida.

Included in that group are a trio of defensive ends, but the ‘Canes have yet to land a commitment from a defensive tackle.

The 6’4”, 305-pound Houston standout rates as the nation’s No. 12 defensive tackle and the No. 93 player overall in the 2016 cycle.

Given that Miami has the luxury of having most of its class already filled, Golden and his staff can afford to go all-in and swing for the fences with elite talents such as Elliott.

Elliott—who also picked up an offer from Arkansas last week—has schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M among the group of programs he is considering.

While it will be a battle to get him to leave the Lone Star State, Miami presents Elliott with an intriguing option, given the Hurricanes' need for playmakers along the interior of their defensive line.

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Florida After Texas A&M Commit

Elliott’s teammate at Westfield High School in Houston is 4-star receiver and current Texas A&M pledge Tyrie Cleveland.

While the ‘Canes went after Elliott, another Sunshine State powerhouse threw its hat in the ring for Cleveland: the Florida Gators.

Jim McElwain’s club has a big need at the receiver position in the 2016 cycle, despite already having a pair of commitments at that position. 

Getting Cleveland to back off his pledge to the home-state Aggies will be tough, but similar to Miami’s pursuit of Elliott, the Gators have little to lose in offering one of the most explosive talents in the Lone Star State.

Michigan, Notre Dame Offer Florida WR

The state of Florida is loaded with stud recruits, but it’s also a haven for schools outside of the Southeast who are looking to poach talented prospects who have flown under the radar. 

Both Notre Dame and Michigan jumped into the race for Jacksonville (Florida) First Coast pass-catcher Kevin Stepherson.

#29...k_Jugga @KevinStepherson

Dream come true to annouce I just recieved a offer from The University of Notre Dame. http://t.co/EO8R6nZBY0

The 6’2”, 180-pounder also has offers from LSU, North Carolina and West Virginia, among others.

Given the wave of interest from powers such as the Irish and the Wolverines, expect Stepherson’s profile to continue to grow in the coming months.

Nebraska Offers Stud 2017 QB

The last stud passer to emerge from St. Louis High School in Honolulu was Marcus Mariota.

However, the Crusaders' current trigger man, 2017 quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is poised to become a national recruit.

According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Nebraska tendered the 6’1”, 190-pounder last week.

The ‘Huskers join the likes of Ole Miss, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC as early offers for Tagovailoa.

Best of the Rest

  • Pryor’s teammate at Lawrenceville (Georgia) Archer High School, 2017 4-star athlete Jamyest Williams, picked up offers from Stanford and Miami.

 

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

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