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Five-star Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach offensive tackle Josh Conerley Jr. announces his commitment Oregon duck On Friday night, an interesting development that many thought would be a USC compliance.
The 6-foot-5, 283-pound Conorley Jr. had plenty of powerhouse options to choose from, along with Trojans and ducks, as well as Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma and Washington. And later as the latest highly lucrative 2022 appointment on board LeBeus Overton is committed to Texas A&M on the first day of AprilFocus officially shifted to 2023 class.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at Conerly Jr.’s hiring and take a look at where some of 2023’s elite employers are trending in this week’s Friday Night Notes edition.
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Outside of Arch Manning? From 4/1
Recruitment of notes from 3/25
Notes in NIL from 3/18
What happened to USC প্রিয় a heavy favorite to land Josh Conerley Jr.?
There was one Too much Good chance Connorly Jr. decides to play his college football relatively close to home and committed to USC on Friday night. The Trojans received Connerly Jr.’s final official visit on March 25. While on campus, Lincoln Riley and his coaching staff knocked Connelly Jr. off the park, keeping their heads and shoulders above the competition.
Oregon pulled off one stunning!
Oregon Connerly Jr. was not in the head until Dan Lanning took over as head coach. He made an official visit to Eugene in mid-March and, according to Brandon Hoffman of 247 Sports, returned quietly for an unofficial tour over the weekend. If there’s one real program that has a real chance to land Connery Jr. at the stunning USC, it was Oregon.
Yes: Washington has missed another elite local recruitment opportunity
Washington has already taken this road from Seattle with elite potential. Just last year, the Huskies saw five-star defensive lineman Jetty Tuimolou stay at Ohio State’s promised appointment instead of staying at home for a much longer period than Connery Jr.
There was also a valid reason for hiring Washington Conerley Jr. – probably the third after Oregon and the USC – so the Huskies would have been wondering what could have happened if it had been able to keep the top prospects in the state for a second time.
Arch Manning makes a surprise visit
Arch Manning hit the road unexpectedly on Friday for a Virginia University exam. Manning’s relationship with the school is strong, as his sister is currently a student and his aunt is an alumnus. Payton Manning is almost as committed to Virginia as he is to Tennessee.
LSU takes a step towards 4-star safety from Texas
Four-star Denton Ryan Security Ryan Yates may be taking his talent to Beau. The Yaites recently received a prediction of a 247 sports crystal ball landing at LSU, which merged the Tigers with Michigan State and Texas Tech. Joey McGuire has done an excellent job recruiting at Texas Tech since becoming the program’s new head coach, and Yaites is arguably his top-left target. The state of Michigan, meanwhile, has long pursued Yeats.
LSU involvement involves a wrinkle in action-packed recruitment. Can Brian Kelly stop this one pull? It is certainly possible