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A look at the top visitors in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12...

Nov. 26 -- Scout takes a look at the biggest visitors for the upcoming weekend in the Power 5 conferences...


This should be the last official visit for Markquese Bell, whose projected position was shifted from outside linebacker to safety this week. The No. 19 safety will be at Ohio State for the game against Michigan, and he is slated to announce his choice Dec. 1. Rutgers, Maryland and Virginia Tech are also involved, and he was on each campus in the last six weeks. A strong visit to Ohio State could end his recruitment.

Dalyn Wade-Perry the No. 7 defensive tackle in the East, will be at Florida State for the game against Florida. It is his first official visit, but not his last as he will be at UCLA on Dec. 9 and he is slated to visit Stanford on Jan. 13. He is also talking to Penn State and Rutgers, but the visit to Florida State is huge. He has Stanford as his leader, but the Seminoles could make big impact if Wade-Perry sees the academic side of the school and likes it.

For the third straight week, Scout 100 offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson is hitting the road as he takes in the Iron Bowl. The Alabama target already tripped to Michigan and Florida State, and Georgia is on the dockett for Dec. 9. Wilson, the No. 49 prospect in the nation, is paying careful attention to the coaching staff during his visits. Melding with them is important.

Florida commit Fred Hansard will make his second trip to Penn State in less than a month. The defensive tackle from Princeton (N.J.) Hun was recruited early on by the Nittany Lions, but the two sides did not communicate a ton during the summer. Penn State is back on Hansard, and his second trip to campus this fall shows he is serious about the Nittany Lions. He is slated to officially visit Florida in January.


Michigan received the first official visit from Aubrey Solomon, Alabama gets the second. Solomon recently said Michigan was his top school, but Alabama has always been right in the thick of this race with Clemson and Georgia. His mother is a part of his recruitment and she will be with him this weekend.

Stanford Samuels III is a Florida State legacy and he has dreamed of being a Seminole. He has questions though with Jimbo Fisher's name being connected to LSU somewhere almost every day. Alabama has already received an official visit and Georgia will get one December 9. Michigan is still in this as well. Samuels III is an early enrollee.

Alabama is in a good spot despite Alex Leatherwood taking visits to numerous other schools. Florida is the biggest threat to Alabama right with Michigan still hanging around as well. This official visit could seal the deal for the Crimson Tide with Leatherwood graduating next month.

Ohio State hopes to pull one from the South here. Trey Smith is a top offensive tackle in Tennessee who has been considered a big Vols lean for months now. Alabama and Ole Miss has had him on campus for official visits already, so this will be the Buckeyes' chance to make their move.

This is big. Jacoby Stevens said for months that he was only going to visit LSU from here on out. Since committing, Les Miles has been fired, so Stevens may have some concerns. Alabama was at one time considered the favorite to land Stevens until the week that he committed where the Tigers gained momentum.

If there is one to be put on Flip Watch this week, it would be Shaun Wade. He is another early enrollee, and Alabama has been considered a threat to Ohio State. Florida is another school to watch here. He has family in Tuscaloosa (Ala.) and Montgomery (Ala.), and Wade recently told Scout that parts of his family would love to see him play for the Crimson Tide.

C.J. Avery has taken an official visit to Auburn back in September and now it is Louisville's chance to host him. Auburn and Mississippi State are considered the favorites right now, so this visit is big for Avery and his family. Avery is set to announce his decision December 14 and he will enroll at the school of his choice in January.


Penn State is slated to receive an official visit from Detroit (Mich.) King four-star cornerback Ambry Thomas this weekend. Thomas will play in the state title game on Friday first. The Nittany Lions will look to move further in a race that has Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Louisville and Arizona in it at the moment.


Marvin Wilson put Ohio State in his public top grouping after taking an official visit to Oklahoma for the Buckeyes big win in Norman, Okla. The trip to see No. 2 Ohio State take on No. 3 Michigan will be a big one with a unique atmosphere. Many have always felt that a school in the Southern half of the country would have the best shot at Wilson at the end of the day but Ohio State’s Larry Johnson has won his fair share of recruiting battles and Ohio State has its fair share of defensive minds on its staff with Luke Fickell and Greg Schiano. Wilson has previously visited Florida State as well.

You can go ahead and put the five-star outside linebacker from Kennedale (Texas) High, Baron Browning on commit watch as his Nov. 29th decision date approaches and he only has one official visit remaining with the Buckeyes before he makes his announcement. Browning has made previous stops in at UCLA, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan. In the Big 12 he has TCU --- the school where his father Barry Browning starred -- in his final six and has visited that campus more than a dozen times this year. It will be interesting to see who he picks in the end. He will be announcing that final decision on his father’s birthday.


The No. 1 prospect in the country, longtime Alabama commit Najee Harris from Antioch (Calif.), will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Iron Bowl.  Harris took his first official visit two weeks ago to and was supposed to visit Michigan last weekend, but a playoff game ruled that visit out so he'll likely take that in December.  But the Tide, where Harris committed in April 2015, will have their star commit in town for their biggest home game of the year with their rivals Auburn.  Harris has only been to Tuscaloosa once since his commitment- during the summer for their camp, and he'll be a part of a loaded group of visitors on the Alabama campus this weekend.

Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett, now at Palomar JC (Calif.) will take an official visit to Washington State this weekend. Barnett has unofficially visited Arizona State twice and Cal this year. He'll likely officially visit both programs and Oregon and Washington have been in contact as well. Barnett will be able to enroll for spring ball and despite playing in three games this season, is eligible to play next fall.

USC has a big weekend of visitors and Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon five-star offensive lineman Austin Jackson is the headliner. Jackson has already visited Oregon and Washington and will visit Arizona State as well. Jackson is one of the most athletic tackles in the country and has tremendous upside. His grandfather played for USC and the Trojans and Sun Devils are the two schools we've always felt had the best shot here.

Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank defensive end D.J. Johnson will also be in attendance. Johnson is a Miami commit but has taken official visits to Arizona State, Washington and Utah. The talented pass rusher is rated the No. 167 player in the nation and would be a huge coup if the Trojans can flip him. The Huskies generated some buzz with Johnson following his visit earlier in the month so SC could have some ground to make up here.

Portland (Ore.) Westview defensive lineman Brandon Pili is another talented defensive lineman visiting Troy. Pili has already visited Oregon State and will check out Washington in January. Colorado and UCLA are also involved as well and could get official trips down the road.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian linebacker Rahyme Johnson will visit Oregon State. Johnson has visited Nebraska and Oregon and could visit Florida and Texas A&M down the road as well. UCLA, where Johnson was originally committed, is involved as well. The Bruins and Ducks look like the teams to beat right now.

Also visiting Oregon State is Arizona Western JC (Ariz.) defensive back Keisean Nixon. Nixon is one of the fastest rising corners in the JUCO circuit and has already visited Colorado State, Iowa State and South Carolina.

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

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