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In recruiting, March is the new October

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a decade makes. In 1998, when Cougfan.com first hit cyberspace, an early scholarship offer in football meant the summer before a high school kid's senior year. Today, we're barely out of February and already 10 youngsters have verbally committed to Pac-10 teams. One of them, Oregon-bound defensive end Curtis White of Eugene made his pledge a full year ago.

And get this -- the Longhorns of Texas already have 19 verbals in the 2010 recruiting cycle. If the past is prologue, Mack Brown will have his class wrapped up in August. WSU so far has two verbals in its 2010 class -- Spokane tight end Aaron Dunn, who last July made the earliest pledge in WSU football history; and Mason County lineman John Fullington, who gave his word earlier last month. USC...

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