Weekend plays host to key visits

Alex Poythress is one of many very important visitors this weekend.

This weekend some very important official and unofficial visits are taking place throughout the nation. There will be no shortage of high level and key recruits taking in some of their final choices. In Big Ten country Purdue and Ohio State are hosting key weekends, while NC State and NC State also have big weekends. Still the school with most big time prospects is Florida.

The team that could benefit the most from the weekend is the Florida Gators. Billy Donovan and company are hosting some big time prospects, and ones who they either lead or are right near the top of the list for. Expected in attendance for the weekend are Jarnell Stokes, Alex Poythress, and Brice Johnson.

Florida is considered one of the top two or three at worst with Poythress and Johnson, and both of them are high level forwards with athleticism and skill. Stokes, who is a bit more of a wildcard recruiting wise, is also said to be heavily considering Memphis and Arkansas. For Florida a successful weekend would add the frontcourt depth to what is already shaping up to be a deep and very talented backcourt.

Maybe the most important visitor of the weekend is Gary Harris. The 6-foot-4 combo guard from Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern High School will take his first official trip, this one to Purdue. The son of two Purdue graduates, Harris has the Boilermakers right near the top of his list, and the five-star prospect is going in with an open mind. Joining Harris on campus will be elite 2014 prospect Jaquan Lyle. Lyle is rated in the top 20 in his class, and is one of the best perimeter players around. Also Purdue will host commitments Ronnie Johnson, Kendall Stephens, and Basil Smotherman.

A few hours to the Southeast, the Ohio State Buckeyes also have some key people on campus. Making an official visit is five-star forward Amile Jefferson. Jefferson has already made one trip to Maryland, while a trip to NC State is set up for the future. Currently Jefferson has no listed favorites, but the Buckeyes are thought to be one of his top schools. Also five-star 2014 center Jahlil Okafor is expected on campus, as is highly thought of 2015 wing Jalen Coleman out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral.

Across the country the UCLA Bruins have Tony Parker on campus. Riding the momentum of landing Kyle Anderson, Parker would be a heck of an addition for the Bruins who are looking for a true inside threat in the class. UCLA is thought to be heavily involved with Parker along with schools such as Duke, Ohio State, and Memphis. Parker has made no timeline for a choice, but UCLA has a shot, and will try to put their best foot forward.

West Virginia also will have some eyes on them this weekend. Andrew White, a four-star shooting guard, will be making his official visit to the school. Just a week after landing four-star forward Elijah Macon, White is a huge piece to the Mountaineers recruiting puzzle. He will be joined by three-star guard Eron Harris. West Virginia is considered the leader for Harris with Dayton right on their heels.

Finally there is NC State. The Wolfpack are expected two commitments on campus. Tyler Lewis, a long time commitment, will be visiting as will Rodney Purvis who is announcing on Friday at his school, and NC State is considered the heavy favorite to land his services. Also top target T.J. Warren as well as potentially highly touted 2013 prospect Stanford Robinson will be making trips to Raleigh.

Overall this another big visit weekend, and these are some of the schools hosting the most important recruits.

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