It's a big weekend across the country as the Class of 2012 is in full swing with their official visits. Thirty-five of our top 100 prospects remain uncommitted. With our initial Recruiting Class Rankings coming out on Thursday, there is still plenty of talent available for movement to be made by programs across the country.
Notre Dame might have the most on the line this weekend as our No. 10 player, Malina Howard of Twinsburg, Ohio, drops in on South Bend, Ind., for her official visit. The Irish are in a two-school race with Maryland for Howard and will have their entire 2012 recruiting class to date led by No. 4 ranked Jewell Loyd of Lincolnwood, Ill., on hand to try and close the deal with the 6-foot-4 post. Coach Muffet McGraw and her staff have done an excellent job so far with Loyd, No. 32 Michaela Mabrey of Manasquan, N.J., and No. 52 Hannah Huffman of Diablo, Calif., putting them in the mix for a top-five finish in our class rankings.
On the left coast, UCLA isn't far behind, hosting two of our ESPN HoopGurlz top 25 prospects in No. 6 Jordan Adams of Irvine, Calif., and No. 21 Katie Collier of Seattle, Wash., for official visits. The presence of two top level players on the "yard" at UCLA makes this the most important of weekends for new head coach Cori Close and her staff. Adams was at crosstown rival USC last weekend and has pending visits to Duke and Tennessee on the calendar while Collier is due to make trips to Arizona State, Gonzaga and Washington in coming weeks.
Speaking of USC, coach Michael Cooper and his staff are hosting No. 68 Shilpa Tummala of Phoenix, Ariz., just a week after having local products Adams and Imani Stafford of Los Angeles on campus. Tummala saw her stock rise amongst schools nationwide perhaps more than any other player in her class due to her play in July. As a result, she's got plenty of options, though a pledge to the Lady of Troy would add a wing option to their early point guard verbal from No. 95 Brianna Barrett of Winnetka, Calif.
On the East Coast, No. 17 Kahleah Copper of Philadelphia, Penn., is slated to make a trip up to Syracuse this weekend. The hyper-athletic, 6-1 wing has been on campus for an unofficial at St. John's shortly after the July viewing period and has taken an official visit to DePaul already. Rutgers and West Virginia are other schools in which Copper has interest.
Kentucky checks in down south with an official visit from No. 16 Alexis Prince of Maitland, Fla. Head coach Matt Mitchell and his staff have received a commit from a player who would go on to be a post-season All-American each of the past two seasons in Bria Goss and Jennifer O'Neill. Prince would give the Wildcats that caliber of recruit for a third straight year. On the floor, she's a smooth 6-1 wing who is in the discussion for the title of best spot-up, midrange shooter in the class.
Our No. 42 prospect, Breanna McDonald of Atlanta, Ga., has kept her recruitment a bit of a secret this fall, but here is what we know: McDonald took an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech in early September and is due on campus for an official visit at Miami this weekend. McDonald is one of the more highly sought after wings in the country and her upcoming college decision is sure to make a splash on our recruiting class rankings.
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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter @peachstatehoops.
Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com.