Friday, January 31, 2014
Key recruiting visits -- Pac-12
By Erik McKinney
A number of big names will be on Pac-12 campuses this weekend for the final in-person push coaches can make before the dead period hits Monday. Listed below are 10 of the most important visits conference coaches have on their plates this weekend, as the finishing touches are put on some of the top classes in the country.
Where will ESPN 300 DB Adoree' Jackson visit this weekend? There are plenty of options out there for the five-star prospect.
Jackson is the nation's top uncommitted recruit, and still has one visit left. Of his final four schools -- Florida, LSU, UCLA and USC -- only the Tigers have received a visit, so Jackson could trip to any of the other three. But Jackson hasn't settled on whether he will take a fifth official visit yet, and is waiting until the last possible moment before he announces whether he'll go anywhere this weekend. Whichever school gets Jackson on campus will have the benefit of extra time with the five-star cornerback, but it won't be surprising if Jackson elects to stay home to give himself some extra time to think over the entire process.
2. DE Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) visiting Arizona State
The Sun Devils lost plenty of experience and productivity from their defense last season, so this is only the first of three defensive linemen heading to Tempe this weekend to make this list. Clark is an LSU commit, so flipping him away from the Tigers will be difficult. But Arizona State should get an all-important visit from the ESPN 300 prospect, and Todd Graham and staff have been relentless on the recruiting trail this year.
The nation's No. 1 wide receiver appeared to be a slam dunk to LSU early in the process, but he still remains on the board and will head to UCLA this weekend to complete a flurry of visits -- five trips since Jan. 17. The Bruins have long been after the Louisiana star, and this UCLA staff has shown that they can close if given the opportunity of the last official visit.
A huge recruiting weekend for the Bruins also includes Godchaux, an LSU commit. Again, the Bruins have been a constant presence in his recruitment, as UCLA looks to make an impact in the Southeast. There are still several spots available in the UCLA class, but the Bruins coaches aren't taking the easy way out and just filling spots. They're looking for home runs down the home stretch.
Oregon has shown that it is willing to take at least one more defensive tackle in this class, as a number of offers have gone out at the position over the past few weeks. While Mafileo hasn't received an Oregon offer yet, he's scheduled to visit this weekend and could be in line to pick one up during his trip.
6. DT Austin Maloata (Corona, Calif./Centennial) visiting Arizona State
The former USC commit opened up his recruiting process and scheduled several trips, the final being to Arizona State this weekend. Again, the Sun Devils are looking for additional bodies along the offensive line and Maloata would be an intriguing addition, continuing a strong Arizona State connection to Corona (Calif.) Centennial.
7. DT Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla./Pearl River CC) visiting Arizona State
Stuckey is the most likely to commit of all the Arizona State visitors. The Sun Devils could be in good shape to land the No. 9 overall junior college prospect after his decommitment from Auburn. Stuckey said he likes the possibility for early playing time at Arizona State and scheduled the visit immediately following his decommitment -- a good sign for Sun Devils fans.
8. LB Fred Warner (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) visiting USC
Warner's visit already took place, as he was on a mid-week trip to see the Trojans. Warner has long been a BYU commitment, but USC coaches -- both before and after Steve Sarkisian took over -- have been working to flip the linebacker. Warner was hesitant to take a trip to USC, but got it scheduled for this week. The Trojans will need to work overtime though, as Warner will officially visit BYU this weekend.
Young might be the most likely of the Southeast recruits to sign with the Bruins, but that's still no sure thing, which shows just how hard it can be to pull a recruit from that region to the West Coast. Getting Young and Dupre on campus at the same time is important, but not nearly as big as getting the final visit right before signing day.
10. The elite crop of 2015 recruits visiting USC on Saturday
They won't be official visits, but USC is getting a head start on the 2015 class this Saturday, as the Trojans will host an elite junior day. According to ESPN.com's Blair Angulo, at least 16 ESPN Junior 300 recruits are scheduled to be on campus, including USC quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), safety Marvell Tell (Encino, Calif./Crespi), defensive tackle Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra), linebacker John Houston (Gardena, Calif./Serra), cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), defensive tackle Jacob Daniel (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North) and wide receiver Kanya Bell (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar).