Louisville, NC State, Miami have huge weekends on tap

While this weekend doesn’t feature quite as many high-profile official visits as prior weekends, clearly some momentous travels are taking place from coast to coast. An ACC trio all will have prime targets on campus.

Three ACC schools will bring potential All-Americans to campus this weekend. Louisville gets its shot at No. 22 senior T.J. Leaf, and No. 30 Andrew Jones visits the Cardinals officially as well. Rick Pitino’s program also will host a pair of blue-chip juniors on an unofficial basis: D.J. Harvey and Davion Mitchell.

Meanwhile, the NC State Wolfpack enjoy a huge opportunity of their own. Top remaining 2016 priority Edrice Adebayo will take an unofficial and be joined by a slew of other unofficial visitors: Dennis Smith (already committed), Rawle Alkins, Udoka Azubuike, Derek CulverMatt Coleman and Devontae Shuler.

That’s an extraordinary amount of talent for one school to host in a single weekend, and the Wolfpack have their eyes fixed on a nationally elite class. The visitors may need to break out the rowboats and paddles in order to traverse from one side of campus to the other — weather conditions in the Triangle are expected to be relentlessly wet — but the buzz surrounding the program at the moment should render those conditions irrelevant.

Miami also takes its turn in the spotlight. Long-time priority Dewan Huell takes his official visit — he’ll then take trips to Florida State and South Carolina — and will be joined by fast-rising guard Mississippi guard Tyson Carter.

Shifting to the Big Ten, Purdue welcomes bruising center Schnider Herard for his official trip. Herard plays like the Gene Keady Boiler bigs of old, and certainly they’d love to add Herard to their frontcourt heritage. His travels will continue: Kansas gets their turn next weekend and California later this fall.

Speaking of the Bears, this weekend they host sharpshooting forward Vance Jackson. The Southern Cal product and No. 63 senior traveled east to visit Connecticut last weekend.

An SEC schools will feature some action as well. Vanderbilt officially hosts Nashville native Braxton Key (previously known as Braxton Blackwell), who’s prepping this year at Oak Hill Academy.

Chicago guard Zach Norvell will take a previously unannounced official visit to Iowa State. Oklahoma guard Jakolby Long will make his trip to Ames as well.

Other visits include Mitch Lightfoot taking his official to St. John's, slender S.C. product Jordan Bruner at Clemson and power forward Grant Williams taking in Princeton.


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