East Region Trend Meter

A look at where recruiting stands with key prospects in the East Region's 2017 class

The latest recruiting trends with key prospects in the East Region's 2017 class.


Where prospects from the East in the Scout 300 were trending can be found in the inset story, but there is a lot more to recruiting than following the top 300 players in the class, and there are plenty of quality players outside of the Scout 300 in the East region yet to decide.

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Jan. 30 update: Becton is still considering Louisville, Michigan, Oregon, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Over the past week, Michigan and Virginia Tech separated themselves. Virginia Tech has a slight edge, but Michigan is closing strong and going to make the decision extremely difficult for the Highland Springs standout.

Trending: Virginia Tech

Initial update: Highland Springs (Va.) offensive tackle Mekhi Becton Mekhi Becton has not tipped his hand throughout the recruiting process. What we do know is that his official visit to Michigan earlier this month went extremely well and definitely helped the Wolverines' chance. Despite the visit, sources close to him feel like Becton will choose to stay closer to home and commit to Virginia or Virginia Tech. This one seems to be far from over as his team is a favorite to win another state championship, and the next three games are all on Saturdays. So, his next official visit likely will not take place until January. Penn State and Pittsburgh are also worth watching.

Trending: Virginia

Dec. 8 update: Becton says he is still evaluating all his options, but Virginia, Virginia Tech and Michigan appear to be the main contenders. The only official visit he took was to Michigan last month. Although it was a success, sources close to Becton believe he will stay close to home and commit to Virginia or Virginia Tech.  He has an official visit to Virginia Tech tentatively set for Jan. 20 and will likely be scheduling one to Virginia. Penn State and Pittsburgh could possibly get visits, but are long shots. Regardless, this could go until signing day.

Trending: Virginia

Dec. 23 update: Becton still says he is considering 10 schools. But Michigan, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the ones with the best change to land the top-ranked offensive tackle in Virginia. He took an official visit to Michigan, and he is supposed to officially visit Virginia Tech on Jan. 20 and he is expected to visit Virginia as well. Louisville and Michigan State are also candidates for official visits. Virginia still has slight edge, but Virginia Tech had two in-homes with Becton earlier this month, and Michigan is still heavily in the mix.

Trending: Virginia

Jan 10 update: Becton trimmed his list to Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The top offensive tackle in Virginia, who only took an official to Michigan, is supposed to visit Virginia Tech on Jan. 27. Nothing else is scheduled, but he will likely at least check out Virginia one more time before signing day.The in-state schools have the edge, but Michigan is still in the picture.

Trending: Virginia


Jan. 30 update: Blackshear was committed to Temple when his first update took place on the trend meter. He since flipped his commitment to Michigan State, then decommitted from the Spartans a few days later. He spent the weekend on an official visit to Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights remain the likely destination. It could turn into a signing day announcement, so stay tuned.

Trending: Rutgers

Jan. 10 update: Raheem Blackshear, who is committed to Temple, added a pair of Big Ten offers during the holidays and he will make official visits to both schools. He begins his January with an official visit this weekend to Temple, and he will be at Michigan State next weekend. He is set to officially visit Rutgers on Jan, 27, and then make a decision after that. Can new Owls coach Geoff Collins keep Blackshear in the fold?

Trending: Rutgers


Jan. 30 update: It has been a strange recruitment for Bolds, who was offered by Minnesota last week and booked an official visit, and then canceled it just before he was set to leave for it. Rutgers is the most likely pick, if Bolds signs Wednesday.

Trending: Rutgers

Initial update: Defensive tackle Corey Bolds of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic made an official visit to Penn State earlier this month, and it surpassed his expectations and the Nittany Lions are now heavily involved with him. Official visits to California and Michigan State are in the works, and Bolds said Clemson and Georgia remain in touch with him. Penn State suddenly has a lot of defensive tackle prospects on its board, so room could run out quickly.

Trending: Penn State

Dec. 8 update: Bolds' recruitment could take some interesting turns. He made an official visit to Penn State last month but the Nittany Lions since landed defensive tackle Fred Hansard and are in the market for several other defensive tackles so Bolds may look elsewhere. If he makes a visit to Cal, that could be the place he winds up.

Trending: Cal

Dec 23 update: Bolds' recruitment slowed recently as he has not made an official visit since a trip to Penn State in November. He could make an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Jan. 27, but right now things are on the quiet side. Cal could get more involved as well.

Trending: Cal

Jan. 10 update: This one is an interesting recruitment. Bolds is set to officially visit Rutgers on Jan. 20, and he is set to trip to Ole Miss the weekend of Jan. 27. He is also hearing a bit from Penn State, where he officially visited in November. Do not be surprised if another school crops up late and gets involved with Bolds.

Trending: Ole Miss


Jan. 30 update: Brooks took his final visit over the weekend to Penn State, and the Nittany Lions emerged as the clear favorite. Brooks, who is also considering LSU, Maryland, Northwestern and Oregon, will make his commitment today, but he is yet to set a time.

Trending: Penn State

Initial update: Since decommitting from Duke in the spring, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine inside linebacker Ellis Brooks is taking his time with recruiting process. But things are heating up. He will take an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Saturday and head to Maryland Maryland for an official visit Dec. 9-11. According to sources, some of the other schools in the mix are Duke, Northwestern and Syracuse . However, there appears to be a clear favorite.

Trending: Maryland

Dec 8 update: Brooks will take his first official visit to Maryland this weekend. The Terrapins continue to be the favorite to land the No. 3 inside linebacker in the East. Duke, Northwestern and Indiana are also in the picture and could eventually get visits, but Maryland will be tough to beat. He has not set a date for his decision.

Trending: Maryland

Dec. 23 update: Brooks was offered by Oregon a few weeks ago and will take an official visit Jan. 20. He will also take an official to Northwestern on Jan. 13. However, Maryland, which he visited earlier this month, remains the favorite.

Trending: Maryland

Jan. 10 update: Brooks is seeing a late spike in his recruitment. The East's No. 3 inside linebacker has picked up a flurry of new offers from schools such as LSU, Ole Miss and Oregon. Brooks will take an official visit to Northwestern this weekend and fly to LSU Sunday for a mid-week official. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Brooks will then head to Oregon on Jan. 20 and Notre Dame on Jan. 27. Brooks has already visited Maryland and they are the favorite, but keep an eye on LSU.

Trending: Maryland


Jan. 30 update: Conliffe was supposed to take a final official to Louisville this weekend, but the trip did not happen, and thus his decision will come down to Florida, Penn State and Tennessee. He visited Florida last and the visit went very well. The Gators have the best chance to get Conliffe, who will announce his commitment Tuesday.

Trending: Florida

Initial update: Hampton (Va.) defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe was an Alabama lean for months. But after his recent official visit to Penn State, the Nittany Lions moved ahead. A few other schools to watch include Louisville, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. But in the end, this will likely be a two-horse race between Alabama and Penn State. The No. 19 defensive tackle has an official tentatively set for Ole Miss on Jan. 28 of next year and he is expected to schedule one for Alabama in the near future.

Trending: Penn State

Dec. 8 update: Not much changed with Conliffe's recruitment. Penn State still leads and Alabama is also a strong contender. According to Conliffe, Tennessee, Ole Miss and West Virginia are also in the mix. However, this is shaping up to be a Alabama-Penn State battle. The nation's 20th-ranked defensive tackle has no timetable for a decision, and it could be signing day when he makes his commitment.

Trending: Penn State

Dec. 23 update: Conliffe named Alabama his leader in the summer and Penn State moved to the top of his list during the fall. Conliffe is still not anywhere close to making his decision. He will take an official visit to Miami on Jan. 13 and is tentatively set to go to Alabama on Jan. 27. That leaves Jan. 20 as the lone open date for an official. According to Conliffe, the trip will either go to Florida, OIe Miss and Tennessee. A lot could change in the next month, but Penn State is still the favorite.

Trending: Penn State

Jan. 10 update: This is a tough one to predict. Conliffe named Alabama his leader in the summer and then Penn State moved to the top in the fall. Now, Conliffe took a step back and he said he does not have a leader. Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss are also in the mix. In regards to visits, the only thing tentatively set is Alabama on Jan. 27 and he could also visit Florida on Jan. 20. Although all schools are technically under consideration, this should come down to Alabama and Penn State, but do not count out Florida, especially if it gets him on campus for an official. He will make his commitment Jan. 31.

Trending: Penn State


Jan. 30 update: Lewis' lone official visit was to Rutgers the weekend of Jan. 20, and the Scarlet Knights are in position to land his signature. Lewis told Scout he will not announce, but rather just sign Wednesday. He said it will be between 9-9:30 a.m., and Rutgers is in great shape here.

Trending: Rutgers

Initial update: Indiana continues to push hard for Middletown (N.J.) Mater Dei receiver Eddie Lewis, who is planning an official visit to campus after the season. He made an unofficial to Bloomington, Ind., in the offseason, and the trip in December or January should seal the deal. However, first Lewis has a state championship game to play the first weekend of December.

Trending: Indiana

Dec 8 update: Lewis' recruitment took a few interesting turns the last two weeks. First, Rutgers visited his school twice (one a week) since the contact period began. Second, Indiana had a coaching change and while the staff remains mostly intact after defensive coordinator Tom Allen was promoted, it could change the Hoosiers' thinking. Also, Connecticut visited Lewis at school and is interested.

Trending: Rutgers

Dec. 23 update: Lewis only has a pair of official visit weekends remaining because of his schedule, and right now it looks like Indiana and Rutgers could get them. Lewis is playing in an all-star game Jan. 28, so his last visit weekend will likely be Jan. 20, and Rutgers is the favorite to get the visit that weekend.

Trending: Rutgers

Jan. 10 update: Let's see where this one goes. He is set to officially visit Rutgers on Jan. 20, but that could change based on what happens with the Scarlet Knights in recruiting between now and then. Indiana was once the hot pick, but the Hoosiers cooled with their coaching change. Lewis could wind up at another school yet to be heavily involved.

Trending: Rutgers


Jan. 30 update: Lovett could announce at any moment as he prepares a video to chose between Baylor and Michigan State. He made official visits to both schools in January, and canceled his Tennessee visit for the final weekend of the recruiting period. This one is going back-and-forth, but for today we will look toward the Midwest.

Trending: Michigan State

Initial update: One-time Rutgers commit Jon Lovett is now looking hard at Iowa, Penn State and the Scarlet Knights. He decommitted from Rutgers right after an official visit to Iowa, but was back in Piscataway, N.J., for its regular season finale at home against the Nittany Lions. This weekend he will be at Penn State, which could utilize Lovett as a running back or safety. One thing is for sure, though, the interest Lovett did not get in the spring is there now.

Trending: Penn State

Dec 8 update: Lovett did not make his scheduled official visit to Maryland last weekend, and he will be one of more than a dozen recruits on Rutgers' campus this weekend. The one-time Rutgers commit remains in frequent contact with the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff, but Iowa is pushing hard and selling the offensive fit. Michigan State is also showing interest.

Trending: Iowa

Dec. 23 update: Lovett has official visits set to Maryland (Jan. 13) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 20), but that could change after Michigan State and Tennessee recently extended offers. Both have a ways to go in the relationship-building department since they just offered. Rutgers and Iowa are in the thick of this one.

Trending: Rutgers

Jan. 10 update: The holidays certainly changed Lovett's recruitment. Lovett received a few new offers and it changed his recruitment and visit schedule. He will be at Michigan State this weekend, visit Baylor the weekend of Jan. 20 and Tennessee on Jan. 27. Lovett said he really likes the vibe of Tennessee's program, so keep an eye on the Vols.

Trending: Tennessee


Jan. 30 update: Dazz Newsome, the top cornerback is Virginia, was a one-time Maryland commit and now will choose between the Terps, North Carolina and Virginia Tech on signing day. North Carolina surged ahead for the Hampton play-maker, and it would be shocking if he did not pick the Tar Heels.

Trending North Carolina


Jan. 30 update: Axel Nyembwe committed to Duke in early October, and seemed solid. However, he made an official visit to Rutgers in early December, and then was back on campus for an unofficial visit Jan. 20. He is taking time to think things through and he could wait until signing day before making a decision.

Trending: Duke


Jan. 30 update: After decommitting from Virginia last week, Hampton (Va.) Bethel safety Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah zeroed in on Michigan State and Notre Dame. Although Michigan State pushed hard, Notre Dame is one of his dream schools, and that will prove to be the difference.

Trending: Notre Dame


Jan. 30 update: Pierce is still looking at Old Dominion, Temple and Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has been the favorite for weeks and that is still the case.

Trending: Vanderbilt

Initial update: Smithfield (Va.) wide receiver Chris Pierce, the East's No. 18 receiver released a top three of Vanderbilt, Temple and Old Dominion. January is shaping up to be a busy month for Pierce, who is expected to take visits to each of the schools. This situation will be much easier to get a read on after those trips, but Vanderbilt looks to be in the best shape.

Trending: Vanderbilt

Dec. 8 update: Pierce narrowed his list to Vanderbilt, Temple and Old Dominion a few weeks ago. He will take an official visit to Temple this weekend, Old Dominion on Jan. 13, and Vanderbilt on Jan. 20. Vanderbilt is the team to beat. The East's 18th-ranked wide receiver will likely make his commitment after his final visit.

Trending: Vanderbilt

Dec. 23 update: Pierce is still considering Old Dominion, Temple and Vanderbilt. He took an official visit to Temple earlier this month, but the coaching change could hurt the Owls' chances. He will take officials to Old Dominion on Jan. 13 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 20. Vanderbilt is the leader and unless something changes, will likely be his destination.

Trending: Vanderbilt

Jan. 10 update: Pierce is still considering Old Dominion, Temple and Vanderbilt. He already took an official visit to Temple, but the coaching change has a significant impact on the Owls' chances. He will visit Old Dominion this weekend, followed by Vanderbilt on Jan. 20. Vanderbilt is the favorite.

Trending: Vanderbilt

Scout mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Michael Clark contributed

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