Mekhi Becton was supposed to officially visit Michigan earlier this season, but he had to reschedule and he will be on campus as the Wolverines host Maryland. It is his first official visit (will it be his last?), and Michigan could make a huge impact with him. He also has Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech high on his list.
Five-star cornerback Lamont Wade will be on his second official visit as he takes in Penn State, which hosts Iowa. Wade already made an official visit to Tennessee (he also made a pair of unofficial visits to campus this fall), and he is tentatively set to officially visit Pittsburgh and UCLA before his Dec. 17 announcement. Wade also made an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh for its game last week against Virginia Tech, but this could serve as the last chance for the Nittany Lions to make in-roads with Wade.
Hampton (Va.) defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe will take his first official visit this weekend to Penn State. The Nittany Lions were a school the nation's 19th-ranked defensive tackle liked a lot early in the recruiting process, but Alabama has been the heavy favorite for months. Regardless, it is huge that Penn State is getting him on campus for an official visit. If the trip goes well, the Nittany Lions may be able to make up ground with the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Conliffe.
At one time five star Aubrey Solomon was committed to the Michigan Wolverines, so getting him back on campus is important. This visit will likely determine just how serious Solomon is about Michigan as we head into the final months of this recruiting cycle. Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia are four other schools he is considering.
Not too long ago Nico Collins named Michigan as his leader. He is top prospect in Alabama, so if the Crimson Tide goes hard after him, it could makes things difficult for anyone. His father is from Michigan, his father loves the Wolverines, and Michigan has a real chance in this race.
Miami has come on strong in the race for Jeremiah Holloman. Georgia and Tennessee have long been the favorites in this race, but Miami is in that top group now. This visit will be very important to Holloman because he wants to see how he fits in there in Coral Gables.
Clemson has been a consistent leader for Malik Herring. Alabama, Georgia and Clemson are the main three contenders for the four star. If anyone has the edge right now, it may be Georgia because it is an in-state school, but Clemson, if behind at all, it is not much. He could make a decision late in 2016 or early in 2017.
Shaun Wade is committed to Ohio State, but this is still a big visit because Alabama has an official visit later this month, Florida is still involved and Virginia Tech is hanging around too. Wade has a great relationship with multiple Buckeyes coaches, and there aren't any real questions he has, but he wants to make sure he feels right on the campus.
Ohio State is having a big visit weekend, one so big it is tough to highlight just one guy. Five-star Plano (Texas) East linebacker Anthony Hines is the highest ranked, but not by much as safety Bubba Bolden is also a national top 40 prospect. Many consider the Buckeyes to be the school or one of the schools to beat for Hines and Bolden is a guy OSU could land as well as they look to reclaim the top spot in the national rankings.
Michigan is also having a big official visit weekend. Their group will include five-star Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, who was once committed to the Wolverines. Part of his decommitment was that his mother had not been to the school before and she will be with him this weekend although he remains a longshot for the Wolverines. Four-star wide receiver Nico Collins is not a longshot, in fact, he once named Michigan his leader. While he has backed off that, the Wolverines still are a favorite to land him. Two 6-foot-7 offensive tackles, Virginia's Mekhi Becton and California native Aaron Banks also come in this weekend.
Penn State has a couple of notable official visitors as well this weekend. Five-star in-state cornerback Lamont Wade is a big one. The Nittany Lions are battling Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA and others for him. Another highly regarded cornerback, four-star Georgia native Yusuf Corker will also be on his official visit to Happy Valley. Corker recently named Tennessee his favorite, but will not commit until December 26th, giving schools like PSU time to turn the tide.
The recruiting finish line is now in sight for five-star, No. 1 rated ILB Anthony Hines, who confirmed on Sunday that his final official visit is with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hines has previously made stops at Texas A&M, Penn State, Florida and UCLA. Hines is rated as the No. 1 ILB in the nation, the No. 19 overall prospect in the Scout Top 100. His decision could come at any time after the final visit is made.
Safety Evan Fields has been a pretty hot recruit since the end of the sprig and has added some very nice P5 level offers. He is a headhunting safety who has the ability to cover and that is what has colleges interested. He took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma last weekend and this weekend he will kick off his official visit tour with the first stop at Kansas State. Next weekend he will be taking his second official visit to Oklahoma State.
El Cerrito (Calif.) offensive lineman Aaron Banks will visit Michigan this weekend. Banks has already unofficially visited the Wolverines and the feeling is Michigan could be the team to beat or at worst, in his top 2-3 right now. The four-star lineman could play guard or tackle in college, has a good relationship with the coaching staff and even has some family in the Michigan area.
Ohio State has a huge recruiting weekend planned and one player everyone will be watching closely is Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Bubba Bolden. The feeling has been the Buckeyes jumped to the top of the board for Bolden the minute they offered and a strong visit this weekend could solidify things. Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA are all on the short list as well but it wouldn't shock anyone if the four-star defensive back pulled the trigger for Ohio State on or shortly after his visit this weekend.
Bolden will be joined on the trip by his Gorman teammates and Buckeye commits Tyjon Lindsey and Tate Martell. Defensive lineman Haskell Garrett visited last weekend and is also a Buckeye commitment so landing four players from the Gaels program would be one heck of a haul.
Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett, now at San Marcos (Calif) Palomar JC will take an official visit to Oregon this weekend. The ducks were the runner up for Barnett before he chose the Tide back in HS. The signal caller, who took an unofficial visit to Arizona State two weeks ago, is eligible immediately and is looking for a program where he can step in and play next fall. According to his father, Barnett plans to take all five of his official visits before committing anywhere but the trip to Oregon is the only one locked in right now.
National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers contributed to this notebook.