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Report: Texas spends big to woo Arch Manning, others

Texas reached into its deep recruiting pockets to impress Arch Manning and other high school prospects, spending more than $600,000 on two weekends in June, The Athletic reported Friday.

The Athletic obtained public records to look at everything Texas did to impress the recruits and their parents, including first-class hotels, buffets, treats, golf and a pair of socials for the parents.

Manning, ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit by the 247Sports composite, had made unofficial visits to Texas. But when he made his official visit June 17-19 — when schools are allowed to wine and dine — the Longhorns spent almost $280,000 on nine recruits and their families, The Athletic reported.

Four of the nine recruits that weekend have committed to the Longhorns so far, including Manning, whose uncles Peyton and Eli each won a pair of Super Bowls.

The following weekend, Texas spent an additional $350,000 to entertain 14 more recruits — 12 of whom have committed, The Athletic reported.

On the weekend of Manning’s visit, Texas spent more than $87,000 before the players and families ever stepped foot on campus: $21,000 on transportation; nearly $47,000 on rooms at the Four Seasons Austin for them, some coaches and staff; $17,000 on a lunch buffet; and about $1,800 on treats for their rooms, including small cakes adorned with the Texas logo.

“If you’ve never been to something nice before, you definitely got to experience that at Texas,” Chris Pilot, father of recruit Mikal Harrison-Pilot, told The Athletic.

Other expenses outlined by The Athletic included about $66,000 for two dinners for the guests, coaching staff, recruiting staff and others; $44,000 for parents receptions; a $10,000 breakfast; and $9,500 for an outing to Top Golf, where the kids played while their parents talked football with the coaches.

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Ohio State adds to recruiting haul with TE Jelani Thurman

Ohio State landed a commitment Sunday from Jelani Thurman of Georgia, a top 10 tight end in the Class of 2023.

The addition of Thurman, ranked No. 9 in the nation by the 247Sports composite, led the Buckeyes to overtake Notre Dame for the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.

Thurman is joining a class already full of pass catchers. The Buckeyes have commitments from three of the top nine wide receivers in the nation: Brandon Inniss (American Heritage High School, Plantation, Fla.); Carnell Tate (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.); and Noah Rogers, Rolesville High School (Rolesville, N.C.)

Thurman reportedly selected Ohio State over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi and Tennessee, per the Columbus Dispatch.

Thurman, from Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Ga., is joining a class that also includes the nation’s No. 8 tight end — Ty Lockwood from Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn.

Thurman said he plans to catch his share of passes.

“If you can catch the ball, the quarterback is going to find a way to highlight you. That’s what I like about Ohio State. They know if they got a dog, they going to find a way to get you the ball,” he told 247Sports.com. “I just feel like I can go up there and play my first year. Obviously, win. And just practice with the top guys and play against the top guys.”

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LSU picks up commitment from 4-star TE Mac Markway

Class of 2023 four-star tight end Mac Markway committed to play at LSU on Thursday.

The St. Louis, Mo., native is the 100th-ranked recruit in the class, per 247Sports’ composite, and the seventh-best tight end.

Markway also considered Iowa, Ohio State, Miami and Florida.

“I’ve known way before I took the visit that they were my No. 1 and once I took the visit it really sealed the deal without question,” Markway told 247Sports. “Just the fit there, the fit there with the tight end room.”

Markway is listed at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds.

The Class of 2023 will mark LSU’s first full recruiting cycle under new head coach Brian Kelly.

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QB Arch Manning adds Florida, LSU to list

Five-star Class of 2023 quarterback Arch Manning has added Florida and LSU to his list of potential schools.

The father of 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect, Cooper Manning, recently confirmed the additions to 247Sports.

Manning is ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation in the 2023 class by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN.

He is also considering Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Texas, schools he already visited along with Clemson, which is no longer under consideration.

He passed for 1,947 yards with 26 touchdowns and four interceptions and added seven rushing TDs as a junior at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.

Manning’s uncles (Peyton and Eli) and grandfather (Archie) all starred at quarterback in the NFL. Both Archie and Eli played at Ole Miss.

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Five-star LB Harold Perkins decommits from Texas A&M

Late in the Class of 2022 recruiting cycle, a five-star prospect is back on the proverbial market.

Linebacker Harold Perkins, the No. 4 overall recruit in the class per the 247Sports Composite, decommitted from Texas A&M on Monday.

The Aggies had commitments from three of the top five prospects in the class, with Perkins joined by defensive lineman Walter Nolen (No. 2) and wide receiver Evan Stewart (No. 5). Jimbo Fisher’s program still has the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country as of Monday, narrowly ahead of SEC rivals Alabama and Georgia.

Perkins, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Cypress, Texas, announced his intentions to choose his college on national signing day.

“This has been one of the hardest decisions to make, but I will be decommitting from Texas A&M and will announce my decision February 2nd at my school,” he wrote on social media.

According to reports from ESPN and The Athletic, Perkins is considering LSU, Florida and Miami — all of which are starting over with new coaches and would bolster mediocre classes with a five-star signing.

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Texas flips commits from Big Ten, Oklahoma

Texas and coach Steve Sarkisian coaxed three players to flip their commitments on Wednesday, landing one of the nation’s top defensive backs as a result.

Terrance Brooks, a 5-foot-11 defensive back from Little Elm, Texas, decommitted from Ohio State, which had held his commitment since June 30. Brooks is a four-star and ranked as the No. 8 cornerback — No. 59 overall player — in the nation by the 247Sports composite.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said at his news conference Wednesday that Brooks’ decommitment was unexpected.

“Very disappointing, for sure,” Day said. “There wasn’t any conversation that this would happen like this. It caught us off guard, for sure.”

Also heading to the Longhorns is 6-7 edge rusher Ethan Burke, a three-star prospect who committed to Michigan two weeks ago but decided to stay home in Austin, Texas.

Another Texan, Xavion Brice of Arlington, decommitted from Oklahoma and instead chose the Longhorns. A three-star athlete who projects as a defensive back at Texas, Brice had been targeted by the Texas coaching staff since the departure of coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma. The 6-1 Brice committed to the Sooners on July 4.

The early signing period continues through Friday.

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Ohio State five-star commit Sonny Styles reclassifies to 2022

Ohio State commit Sonny Styles, the top-ranked safety in the Class of 2023, will reclassify to 2022.

A five-star in-state product, Styles hails from Pickerington, Ohio and is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He chose the Buckeyes in November over offers from Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

His father, Lorenzo Styles, played linebacker at Ohio State from 1992-94.

Now the younger Styles will head to Columbus a year earlier than expected. On Sunday he tweeted that he will sign his national letter of intent this Wednesday, national signing day for the early signing period.

Styles ranks No. 13 overall and No. 2 in the state of Ohio after reclassifying to 2022, per the 247Sports Composite.

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The University of Alabama showed off renovations to Bryant Denny Stadium Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. A painter sprays the logo onto mid-field. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

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Blue-chip DE Jeremiah Alexander commits to Alabama

After decommitting from Alabama last fall, five-star defensive end Jeremiah Alexander announced Thursday he is once again committed to the Crimson Tide.

The Class of 2022 recruit is rated as a five star by ESPN and 247 Sports’ composite rankings, but is a four-star prospect according to Rivals. He is ESPN’s No. 11 overall recruit and 247’s No. 16 overall recruit.

Alexander first committed to Alabama in March 2020 and was the first player in the 2022 class to declare his intentions to head to Tuscaloosa.

He decommitted from the Crimson Tide in October. Other schools that were recruiting him included Georgia and Clemson.

The Alabaster, Alabama native has led Thompson High School to back-to-back state championships. He had 116 tackles this past season and 119 as a sophomore.

The Crimson Tide now have 10 commits in the Class of 2022.

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Report: Evidence backs up allegations of recruiting violations at Arizona State

Evidence that could prove the Arizona State football program committed multiple recruiting violations includes a track record of plane tickets purchased for players’ travel to the Phoenix area, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday.

The report detailed the contents of a dossier of documents that an informant sent to officials at both the university and NCAA on May 31. One document lists numerous allegations of recruiting violations, along with the names of 10 Sun Devils staff members to investigate and 13 prospects who were on campus during the NCAA’s mandated COVID-19 dead period between last spring and June 1, 2021.

Head coach Herm Edwards is among those alleged to have broken the rules, and is purportedly shown in a photograph showing a recruit around the weight room in February, though the identities of the individuals in the photo couldn’t be verified immediately.

Yahoo Sports said “multiple former staff members” have agreed to cooperate with the NCAA in its investigation into the Sun Devils.

The dossier includes screen shots of emails allegedly sent by Regina Jackson, the mother of quarterback Jayden Daniels, to assistant coaches that detail the airline itineraries for three recruits from Florida and their chaperones for a trip to Arizona State. The airfare totaled more than $1,100, and the documentation shows that Jackson paid for the trips on her credit card, per Yahoo Sports.

Daniels is not accused of any wrongdoing.

His mother, in conversations with Yahoo Sports, denied paying for the recruits’ travel. She said she received a notice in March that her Google email account had been “compromised” and she canceled her credit card after learning flights had been charged to it.

“It’s unfortunate,” Jackson said. “My credit card company notified me of the charges and they sent me a new card. They charged everything back because they realized it wasn’t me.”

She added she does no recruiting on behalf of the university.

Other allegations in the dossier include a meeting in a “private office” between Edwards and two assistant coaches. That player signed with Arizona State.

Also highlighted in the Yahoo Sports report is the existence of a group text chat between almost a dozen staff members who “communicated regularly on group text about the allegedly illicit activities in the program,” adding “it was used as a real-time exclamation of the disbelief of what was happening in the program” and what they were able to do.

Arizona State finished 2-2 in the 2020 season amid cancellations due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Sun Devils program and virus issues with some of their Pac-12 opponents.

The school hired Edwards before the 2018 season, and the former NFL head coach has a 17-13 record with the Sun Devils.

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Report: NCAA probing possible Arizona State recruiting violations

The NCAA is investigating the Arizona State football program for reportedly hosting high school prospects during the recent COVID-19 dead period.

The precise number of recruits and the exact dates that they may have visited the Tempe, Ariz., campus are not known, per the report Wednesday by The Athletic.

The publication said the school’s athletic compliance department is now interviewing staff members and that some employees in the football program “are concerned about losing their jobs.”

The school did confirm that there is an ongoing investigation.

“ASU can confirm the NCAA is conducting an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program,” vice president of media relations Katie Paquet said in a statement to The Athletic. “In accordance with NCAA bylaws, the university cannot provide further comment at this time.”

The report said Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards’ involvement in the investigation “is not clear.”

In March 2020, the NCAA halted in-person recruiting for 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact with prospects was limited to video calls and other electronic communication.

In April 2021, the NCAA announced that Division I programs can resume normal recruiting schedules on June 1.

–Field Level Media