South: Five Key Official Visits

It is a big weekend nationwide as we close in on signing day 2014. Many elite prospects will be on the road and we take a look five big visits coming up this weekend...

Numerous Scout 300 prospects still have one final official visit to take. That will happen this weekend.

Many of these visits are crucial as prospects remain undecided on their decisions.

We take a look at five visits we see as big for one reason or another and here they are:

Lorenzo Carter | DE | 6-5/235 | Norcross (GA)

Visiting: Georgia
The Latest: Georgia has been trending here for a while now and it gets the last visit. He is the top prospect in the state and Mark Richt works to keep the best at home, so this visit is UGA's chance to close the deal. Florida, Florida State, and LSU remain in contention.

Malachi Dupre | WR | 6-3/195 | John Curtis (LA)

Visiting: UCLA
The Latest: Florida State made a huge impression on Dupre last weekend and he called it his "best" visit ever. He took a visit to Ole Miss early in the week as well and he has visited Alabama and LSU already this month. UCLA has had Dupre on their campus of times in the past and the Bruins have been in this race for almost a year. LSU may still be the favorite, but FSU is a contender, and UCLA has one final shot.

Ermon Lane | WR | 6-2/197 | Homestead (FL)

Visiting: Florida State
The Latest: Not a lot to report new here. FSU has been the favorite for over a month and the Seminoles get the one and only official visit taken by this elite receiver. Other schools worked on Lane and recruited him, but all signs point to Lane signing with FSU over Florida and Miami.

Travonte Valentine | DT | 6-4/325 | Champagnat (FL)

Visiting: Miami
The Latest: This one has come down to LSU and Miami. Valentine is a former Miami commitment, he is not far from Coral Gables, and he is a priority for Al Golden. LSU has made a big push and the Tigers are a legit threat to UM. This visit is huge for Miami and signing Valentine is how it wants to close out 2014.

Kenny Young | ILB | 6-2/225 | John Curtis (LA)

Visiting: UCLA
The Latest: Young has been busy in January taking visits and his last one goes to UCLA. The Bruins have made Young a priority and they have a chance to close deal this weekend. He is one of the top prospects in the southeast, he is one of the best in Louisiana, and if UCLA can close here like Scout feels it can, it would be huge. Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M are the other schools involved.

Another potential visitor to keep an eye on this weekend is four-star corner J.C. Jackson. He remains a Florida commitment at this time, but there is a chance he visits Florida State this weekend. If that visit happens, keep an eye on the Seminoles. The odds swing into their favor if Jackson makes the trip to Tallahassee.
Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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