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 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
Josh Sweat, the top-prospect in the newly released ESPN 300, has kept to himself mostly throughout the recruiting process. Even though you can pick up subtle hints on what schools have caught his attention, it’s still a guessing game which five schools will officially make the cut when he narrows his list soon. Richard Morgan, Sweat’s coach at Chesapeake (Virginia) Oscar Smith said the good news, though, is the wait for that top five shouldn’t be too much longer.
“We have to get to the point where it's time to say 'Hey, we appreciate it everybody, but these are the five schools Josh is going to visit and this is his final list.' ” Morgan said. “It's gotten to that point where we're going do that this week and then it's just going to be time to take visits and focus on the season.”
While there’s always a ton of attention and hype around the top-ranked prospect in the country, Morgan said Sweat has handled the spotlight better than any other prospect he’s coached. That’s saying a lot because he’s coached a number of high-profile prospects, including Class of 2014 five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown.
“I would say Josh should almost put out a pamphlet or a book on how to handle the recruiting process and other kids should just follow it,” Morgan said.
“He's been very accessible to all the college coaches. He's been very open in communication with them. He's given every one a fair chance. He's had no preconceived notions of where he's going. He isn't listening to bad advice from people with ulterior motives. He's just kind of staying the course and trying to figure out where he best fits in. So to me, it's been the ultimate experience as far as how kids should handle things.”
Sweat took unofficial visits to Tennessee (June 19), Georgia (June 20), Ohio State (June 25) and Florida State (July 18) before taking an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend. Will those teams make up his top five? We’ll know soon enough.
Miami making a move
Florida State and Clemson have grabbed most of the national headlines for their fast starts in the 2015 class, but if you haven’t been paying attention you missed the quality class Miami has assembled. The Canes added ESPN 300 offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis on Tuesday, giving Miami eight ESPN 300 prospects. Combine that with seven pledges from prospects in the ESPN Junior 300, and you can’t help but be impressed with the job Al Golden and Co. have done.
With a lot of top Sunshine State talent still on the board -- including 12 of the top 20 players -- there's a chance for Miami to climb even higher. So if you’re looking for a team that could make a big push in the ESPN Class Rankings before signing day, keep an eye on the Canes.