Jan. 15 -- Three official visit weekends remain and Scout takes a look at the most important ones for the upcoming weekend in each of the Power 5 conferences...
Carlos Becker will spend the weekend at Florida State, but the competition to get him is fierce. His next two visits are to Ohio State and Mississippi, and he already made officials to NC State and Wisconsin. Getting a chance to connect with the players and staff at Florida State will set a high bar for the next two visits.
Keith Simms already made official visits to Oregon and Virginia Tech, and he will be at North Carolina this weekend. It will be a chance to the Tar Heels to sell him on their defensive vision, and also give him an in-depth look at the academics of the school. He is yet to set his last two visits, but a trip to Ole Miss is possible, and Michigan State is now showing more interest.
Simms will be joined at North Carolina by Rutgers commit Patrice Rene. He has long been a target of the Tar Heels, and getting him on campus gives UNC a shot. He already visited Wisconsin and Boston College, but a Jan. 29 visit to Rutgers could be tough for others to overcome.
Robert Washington, a one-time Syracuse commit, will make the trip to Pittsburgh and learn more about the running back production as of late. If the visit goes well, the Panthers could finish the weekend with one more member of the class.
Javon Wims is committed to Georgia, but will be on Miami's campus this weekend for the first of three straight official visits. Getting an offer from the in-state Hurricanes was important, but it will take a big effort to get him. New coach Mark Richt will be able to sell his vision, and also connect with the former Georgia coach, who was actually the one who took his Georgia commitment in November.
is very high on the Michigan
board and they are working to keep him away from in-state Penn State
. The Wolverines will have the first crack this weekend as he gets on campus for an official. Pittsburgh is also heavily involved.
has blown up recently and this will be his first visit to Michigan. The Wolverines, after losing out on Isaac Nauta
, would like a second tight end in the class and there's a good chance Chase will be the guy.
is bringing in Chicago product Rhashaun Epting
for an official. He does not have an offer from the Gophers yet, but one could materialize during the visit and if it does, we like Minnesota's chances to land him.
is down to four: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
, where he already took an official, Ohio State
, where he visits this weekend, and then Michigan (Jan. 22 official) and Penn State, whih he could visit later in the month. We are hearing the Buckeyes are trending with him, especially after their commits worked on him during the Army Bowl week. Now, he will get to spend more time with them this weekend as several are early enrollees.
Ohio State's commits worked Mecole Hardman Jr, a five-star athlete, into taking an official to Columbus. While we see him as still likely to stay in the south, this visit could go a long way in the Buckeyes' chances of pulling a surprise.
is the top rated uncommitted prospect in the Midlands region and this visit to Texas
will be very telling as he is speculated to be most heavily considering Texas and Texas A&M. He already used his official visit to Texas A&M.
If Ole Miss is out in front as many speculate, then this visit by Deontay Anderson
will be absolutely huge for the Longhorns. Texas is in need of a immediate help in the defensive backfield, and the Scout Top 100 member could provide a big spark to the recruiting class and the 2016 defense.
Texas will be wanting to top the news of Dontavious Jackson
's admittance to Stanford with a great weekend and a clear-cut picture of the future of the program under the guidance of Charlie Strong for the visit by Jeffrey McCulloch
. McCulloch is a great player on the edge and a unit that features he and Malik Jefferson could be special.
This is quite literally a big visit for Oklahoma State
. Tramonda Moore
is a mammoth in-state offensive lineman, who is believed to be a Bedlam battle. Moore already took official trip to Oklahoma Sooners
, and has a visit to Alabama
next weekend. He has been to the Oklahoma State campus a number of times as well, so could this be the one that pushes him onto the Pokes commit list?
Oklahoma has a solid offensive line class coming together and a player like E.J. Price
could be the feather in the cap. The Under Armour All-American is listed with a low interest in the Sooners at this time, but a big visit could help make up some ground on schools closer to his Lawrenceville, Ga. home.
David Long is down to Washington and Michigan and already visited Ann Arbor. This one looks very close -- call it a coin toss -- and the Huskies getting the final official visit is big. Long loves Washington defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, and Washington was his runner-up when he originally committed to Stanford. Michigan has done a great job with him as well and Long has tremendous respect for coach Jim Harbaugh.
While Rashan Gary is the biggest name visiting USC, Byron Murphy is the player the Trojans have the best shot to land. The talented corner will announce his college choice Thursday (Jan. 21), and he's down to Arizona State, Texas A&M, USC and Washington. The feeling is Arizona State and Washington could be the leaders, but USC is a school Murphy always liked. It will have to 'wow' him to land him, but USC is more than capable of doing so.
Kentrell Love is a Washington commit, but he will visit UCLA and it sounds like the Bruins have a real shot to flip him. Love has been a solid Husky commit since announcing for them in the summer. Even after landing offers from USC and UCLA, Love didn't waver with his commitment, but there have been rumblings the Bruins are giving him a lot to think about. You can bet they will put the full court press on him this weekend.
Obi Eboh is a Texas commit but he received news last week that he was admitted into Stanford, which was obviously big for him. He visited Stanford twice in the spring/summer and despite his commitment to Texas, there's the feeling the Cardinal have a great chance to flip him. It may not happen this weekend, as Eboh will take his final visit to Texas next week, but a strong visit to Palo Alto could put Eboh on 'flip watch.'
Devin Asiasi, a big tight end, has visits left with Washington, Michigan and USC. He already visited UCLA. There Trojans were the early leader and we still think they are the team to beat, but we also think he is a lot more open than people think. Washington has always been high on his list and could even be as high as his top two right now. If the visit goes well and Asiasi likes the offense and how he'll be used, the Huskies will have a real shot here.
is on 'Commitment Watch' during his visit to LSU. He was about 80 percent sure of his decision a few weeks ago and he may be 100 percent sure by the end of his official visit to LSU. It is the home state school, it has been considered the favorite to land him for some time, and his recruitment could come to an end this weekend.
is a long-time Alabama commitment, but the four-star defensive tackle is from Mississippi, and he is visiting in-state school Mississippi State this weekend. It has long been talked about — if there is a team who could flip Davis from the Tide, it is the Bulldogs. This is one to keep a close eye on.
Does Auburn lead here for Derrick Brown
? Some think so. It is likely down to Auburn, Georgia, and Tennessee, and he visits all three the final three weeks of January. He and his parents are high on the Auburn program, and this will be their chance to either expand their lead, or take it as we close in on signing day.
It will be LSU or Ohio State for Rashard Lawrence
. He is set to commit Friday, Jan. 22
, and the Tigers will be the last school to have him on their campus. Lawrence is from Louisiana, there is pressure for him to be a Tiger, but do not count Ohio State out. This is a tight race.
The simple fact is Georgia needs playmakers. They have a big hole at wide receiver, so there are trying to sign five in this class. Tre Nixon
Nixon is one of their top targets. The Scout 100 receiver out of Florida has had UGA high on his list for some time, but with most of the staff new, this will be their chance to make a strong impression on him and his mother. Georgia is battling Florida, Ole Miss, and Penn State.
Chad Simmons, Allen Trieu, Greg Powers and Greg Biggins helped compile this report