On Campus Report

The biggest story lines this weekend are Syracuse's Elite Camp, California's big opportunity and the Dez Wells visit situation. We cover all three topics, plus get you caught up on other top 100 visits in our first fall edition of our On Campus Report.

Wells situation revisited

Arguably the most talked about name on the recruiting trail right now is former Xavier wing Dez Wells. After being expelled from the school last week, Wells is back on the market and he's jumped right into the recruiting process.

Wells, a 6-foot-5 athletic wing originally out of Raleigh (N.C.), visited Kentucky on Wednesday and Thursday. Wells did not commit while on UK's campus. With classes already started, UK and Wells were forced to go their separate ways.

Thursday evening Wells hopped on a plane and landed in Memphis. His plan is to visit Memphis all day Friday, before heading to Maryland, where former Xavier assistant coach Bino Ranson is now on staff.

Wells initially said he could make a college choice as early as next week, although it's possible that he could add another school or two to the mix.

Wells, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds for Xavier as a freshman, is an impact player and would be a massive pick up for whichever school that lands him.

Wells is expected to apply for a waiver to play this coming season, but the liklihood of that passing is unknown.

Syracuse has big camp

Anytime you can get elite underclassman talent on campus it's a bonus and that's exactly what Syracuse did this week.

Tyler Ennis was the only Syracuse commit on campus, but he was flanked by a number of other 2013 targets and underclassmen. Dayshon "Scoochie" Smith, B.J. Johnson, Chinoso Obokoh, Sterling Taplin, Tyus Battler, Isaiah Whitehead, Chris McCullough and Thomas Bryant were all in town.

Team Scan prospects Chris McCullough and Thomas Bryant were among the most important prospects on campus.

McCullough is a 6-foot-9 five-star prospect out of Salisbury (Conn.) School. Ranked No. 11 in the country, McCullough also has strong interest from Memphis, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, St. John's, Virginia, Rutgers and Seton Hall.

Bryant, who is ranked No. 3 overall in the 2015 class, was first recruited by Syracuse after their elite camp last year. He's an elite post player in the sophomore class and one the Orangemen have targeted early on.

Cal's big weekend

California has a heck of a weekend planned.

Three of the top recruits in the 2013 class are expected to be at California this weekend to see the campus and stop by their football game against Nevada.

Jabari Bird, Scout.com's No. 15 overall prospect, will be on his official visit to California. Next week Bird will head to Colorado, and then he'll close out his official visit process with visits to Washington and Oregon. Bird's father – Carl -- played at California in the 1970's.

Joining Bird on campus is his AAU teammate Aaron Gordon and highly regarded post prospect Marcus Lee.

Gordon, the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2013 class, has set up other trips to see Colorado and Washington in the near future. He recently told WildcatAuthority.com that he was concentrating on Arizona, Washington, Kansas, Kentucky and Oregon.

After seeing California this weekend Lee, of Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley, will head to Louisville next weekend and then trip to Kentucky, Indiana and Duke officially.

While it's unlikely that California will be able to lock down a verbal pledge this weekend from one of the trio of prospects they'll have on campus, it's a chance for them to make a statement to three high level recruits.

Other key visits

*Baylor will have Chris Jones, top Junior College point guard in the country, on campus this weekend. The trip is the first of five official visits scheduled for Jones, a native of Memphis.

*Four-star shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes is on an unofficial visit to Florida State this weekend. Rathan-Mayes' father played at FSU. He's also considering Baylor, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas.

*Louisville will have a pair of prospects on campus for their big match up with Kentucky on the football field. 2014 commitment Quentin Snider is expected to be at the game, as is 2014 target Jaquan Lyle.

*Illinois is getting the first crack at Demetrius Jackson this weekend. The five-star recruit will be in Champagne on an official visit. He's yet to schedule another trip.

*Anthony "Cat" Barber will begin his visit taking process this weekend. He's headed to Kansas. He'll then make scheduled official visits to Louisville and North Carolina State.

*North Carolina State was able to get BeeJay Anya on campus for an unofficial visit this weekend. He's regarded as one of the top centers in the country.

*Josh Hart and Damian Jones will both be on important official visits. Hart is headed to Penn State for the weekend, while Jones will be at Vanderbilt.

*A handful of 2014 prospects will take unofficial visits this weekend. Dakari Johnson is expected to visit Georgia, Rashad Vaughn will visit Iowa State, Devin Booker will be at Mississippi State and Jae'Sean Tate will stop by Ohio State.

*USC has a big weekend planned. Roscho Prince and Julian Jacobs will both take official visits, while Isaac Hamilton, Daniel Hamilton, Tyler Dorsey, Gavin Schilling and Kameron Chatman will all be on campus unofficially.

*Marcus and Malcolm Allen are officially visiting Drake. Rice, Stanford and Harvard are also heavily involved in their recruitment. The two are planning to attend the same school.


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