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Oct. 21 -- Scout takes a look at the biggest visitors for the upcoming weekend in the Power 5 conferences...


Markquese Bell, the No. 17 outside linebacker in the 2017 class, makes his second official visit as he heads a few hours south to Maryland for the game against Michigan State. It is Bell's second of four scheduled official visits. He tripped to Rutgers earlier this month, and he has visits set to Clemson (Nov. 12) and Ohio State (Nov. 26). He is also trying to reschedule his trip to Michigan, which he had to postpone in late September. He is announcing his decision Dec. 1.

Cam Spence, the No. 21 defensive tackle in the 2017 class, committed to Maryland in April but has long had a Kentucky trip on his mind, and his schedule. That weekend comes now as Spence travels to Lexington for the Wildcats' night game against Mississippi State. Spence appears solid with the Terps, and it will take a special weekend for anything to move him off staying home and playing for Maryland.

The nation's No. 6 running back, Anthony McFarland, is set to make his second official visit as he travels to Penn State to watch the Nittany Lions host Ohio State. McFarland is looking hard at Miami (official visit last weekend) as well as Alabama (Nov. 26 official) and Maryland, and now Penn State is in the mix. It feels like a Maryland-Miami battle, but do not rule out Penn State since the atmosphere will be incredible.


Five-star running back Cam Akers is an early enrollee and the one-time Alabama commit is now set to take his first official visit. Can Alabama get him back? Many ruled the Crimson Tide out long ago, but they are still hanging around. Ole Miss, the in-state school may be trending a bit, but his recruitment could go a number of different directions right now.

Is the visit by five-star cornerback Stanford Samuels III just a visit because it is Alabama, and because the Crimson Tide are hosting undefeated Texas A&M in the national game of the week? Likely so. Samuels is an FSU legacy, he is strong FSU commit, but if anyone could make him re-think his decision, it would be 'Bama.

Official visit No. 1 is coming up for five-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs. This young man plays his cards very close to the vest. He was at Alabama late in the summer, he is in contact with multiple Crimson Tide coaches, and they are in this race right there with Georgia and Tennessee.

It seems center Cesar Ruiz' name comes up pretty regularly in these features, and he is now on his fourth official visit. Michigan continues to trend here at this time, so can Auburn become a true contender? This will be their shot.

Tight end Tre McKitty is an Oregon commit, but Auburn has been in regular communication with the Florida tight end. Are the Tigers a threat to the Ducks? Yes. This visit is big. It starts a big week for McKitty; he visits Auburn, then Oregon next weekend. All could know just where McKitty stands come Halloween.


Michigan will host Iowa State commit Jordan Ulmer, a safety from Belleville (Mich.) this weekend. Ulmer has had a great senior year, adding offers from Arizona and Minnesota. For now, nothing is too serious with Michigan just yet, but the Wolverines recently made contact and he is on the radar.

Iowa will have recently offered Peoria (Ill.) lineman Kendrick Green on campus this weekend. He was offered last Friday and put the Hawkeyes in his top three. Now he returns to campus, having been to campus earlier in the season. This may come down to a Big Ten battle between Iowa and Minnesota, and this visit could help the Hawkeyes, who are recruiting the two-way player as a defensive lineman.

Louisville gets an official visit from Center Grove (Ind.) athlete Russ Yeast this weekend. Right now, the Cardinals are considered the favorite by some to land the newly minted Scout 300 prospect. While a visit to Ole Miss is still likely and other programs like Iowa remain in the mix, the Cardinals have a chance to strengthen their case this weekend.

Penn State is hosting Cleveland Heights (Ohio) four-star wide receiver Jaylen Harris this weekend. His recruitment has been more on the quiet side and this will be his first official visit. Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee are among the schools still in the race.


Five-star linebacker Baron Browning will be taking his second official visit this weekend when he visits the No. 1 rated Crimson Tide. He has previously made a stop in Ann Arbor to see Michigan. Schools like Ohio State, Texas, UCLA and others will be vying for his final three trips and he has the finish line in site with a Nov. 29 decision date set.

Five-star linebacker Anthony Hines used his first official visit on week one of the season to Texas A&M, when the Aggies defeated UCLA, so this will be his second chance to see the Bruins in action in 2016. He used his second official visit to see Penn State knock off Temple. His third official visit was to Florida and the Gators destroyed Missouri. On every one of his trips thus far the host school has triumphed, so that could be good news for UCLA, which will be looking for its second conference win.


Arizona State will be hosting two of the top defensive backs out West this weekend. Fresno (Calif.) Central corner Jaylon Johnson will be in Tempe for what will be his third official visit this year. He has already been to Nebraska and Utah and will check out Oklahoma and USC later in the year. ASU has consistently been in Johnson's top five since the spring and the Sun Devil staff has done a very nice job recruiting him.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) corner Thomas Graham will also be in town. Graham and Johnson are ranked the No. 2 and 3 corners out West respectively so it's definitely a big weekend for the Sun Devils. Graham visited Arizona a week ago and has also been to Nebraska and Notre Dame with a trip to Oregon coming up in November. We've always felt in-state rival Arizona was the team to beat for Graham so the Sun Devils have a bit of ground to make up right now.

Michigan will host one of the elite defensive tackles out West this weekend when South Jordan (Utah) Bingham's Jay Tufele comes to town. Tufele, rated the No. 37 prospect in the country is wide open in his recruitment and is one of the more difficult recruitments to predict. We've always said the hometown Utah Utes have a great shot to keep him in-state, Ohio State has made him a big priority and he has family near the USC campus. Oregon and UCLA are involved here as well so the Wolverines could give Tufele a lot to think about with this being his first visit of the year.

Nebraska is bringing in a pair of players committed to Pac-12 schools this weekend. Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins athlete Greg Johnson, an Arizona commit and Buena Park (Calif.) wide out/tight end Taariq Johnson, a Cal commit will both be in Lincoln. Greg Johnson is intriguing as he hasn't mentioned the Huskers much in the past but his good friend and teammate Joseph Lewis is high on Nebraska and the two have talked about playing together in college. Taariq Johnson had the Huskers as his runner up choice before he committed to the Bears.

UCLA is set to host top defensive tackle priority Greg Rogers this weekend, pushing up the date about a month ahead of what was originally scheduled. The four-star prospect has visited Oklahoma and Colorado already and the looming trip remaining on the itinerary could very well be USC, which has been long considered the primary competition for Angus McClure and Co. Rogers has not been to UCLA for a while so this is the Bruins' big opportunity to make one final impression before he sits down in early December to make his college decision.

West Linn (Ore.) defensive back Elijah Molden will visit one of the hottest programs out West this weekend when he heads to Seattle to check out Washington. Molden has visited Oregon and Stanford, the two schools most linked as his favorites but the Huskies are battling hard here. Molden is one of the top corners in the region and the son of former Duck All-American DB Alex Molden.

National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers contributed to this notebook.

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