College football recruiting notebook: Big weekends for Ohio State and Michigan, NIL reaction and more

  • ESPN staff writer
  • Joined ESPN in 2011
  • Graduated from Central Michigan

College football had an exciting first week back with some upsets, big games and exciting finishes. With the season starting, it means recruiting is going to pick back up from a break and a dead period in August, with visits and upcoming commitments.

There isn’t much time left until the early signing period in December, so schools are going to make their last push with 2022 prospects, while also trying to get a jump on the 2023 recruits, as well.

This week’s recruiting notebook takes a look at a prospect scheduled to announce his commitment, a top list released, teams who helped themselves in recruiting this past weekend, big visitors for rival teams and quarterback recruit reactions to Quinn Ewers’ million-dollar NIL deal.

Five-star Shazz Preston’s top four

Shazz Preston is the No. 13-ranked recruit in the class and the No. 3 wide receiver overall. He’s a 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect from Saint James High School in Saint James, Louisiana.

He recently released his top four, which consists of Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Texas. Preston has an older brother, Shawn, currently at Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs didn’t make the cut.

Being from Louisiana, it’s often difficult for other schools to beat out in-state LSU, but Preston plans to continue to take visits before making a commitment.

Justice Finkley committing soon

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