McDonald, Adams on official visits
- Glenn Nelson/ESPN.comBreanna McDonald of Chamblee, Ga., can impact team recruiting rankings because her four finalists can significantly improve already-strong classes with her addition.
With more than 30 players out of our Top 100 still on the board, the Class of 2012 remains the focus of the recruiting world for at least another month or so. This is in the heat of official visit season as we march on toward the early signing period. There are plenty of prospects taking road trips this weekend to see campuses and home football games.
Breanna McDonald from Chamblee, Ga., released her slate of official visits this week naming her final four schools. The 6-foot wing in our ESPN HoopGurlz No. 42 ranked prospect in the class of 2012. In last week's Visitation Nation, we reported that McDonald made an official visit to Miami. This weekend, the talented wing will be on another ACC campus at Georgia Tech to take in their football game against ACC rival North Carolina. She is scheduled to make trips to Auburn and Rutgers next month and will then ultimately decide between the four schools.
McDonald's decision will have a large impact on the ESPN HoopGurlz recruiting class rankings as she has picked four schools that all of the potential to creep higher on the list with the addition of a player like her to their recruiting class.
For the second straight week, Jordan Adams out of Irvine, Calif., and Katie Collier from Seattle, Wash., are visiting a Pac-12 school on the same weekend. Last weekend they checked out UCLA. This weekend, it's Washington and new head coach Kevin McGuff who have a chance to lock up two of the Top 25 prospects in the country at No. 6 and No. 21, respectively.
The Huskies also will entertain 6-1 guard Heather Corral from Vancouver, Wash. who visited Gonzaga officially last weekend. Despite two knee injuries, she still has multiple offers and Washington has the biggest potential weekend of any school in the country.
Our No. 16 prospect Alexis Prince, will be on campus at Oklahoma for her official visit with the Big 12 program. The addition of the Maitland, Fla., native would be a nice piece, adding her to Kamy Cole and Maddie Manning in Oklahoma's 2012 class.
Prince already has taken an official visit to Kentucky and is still due to make trips to LSU, Maryland, and Baylor. Originally the 6-2 wing was supposed to be joined by her summer ball teammate, Rachel Hollivay, on the visit but Hollivay's trip was re-scheduled to the September 30th weekend.
In Oxford, Miss., No. 96 Kuaneshia Baker will be on campus at Mississippi. The Gretna, La., native is a threat on both ends from the off guard spot. She follows up behind a visit from Rachel Hollivay, the Columbus, Miss., post who is our No. 8 prospect nationally. A commitment from one if not both of the Top 100 prospects could catapult the Rebels into the top third of the SEC Class Rankings.
Though she is just outside of our Top 100, Nariah Taylor from Indianapolis, Ind., has the chance to make a big impact on our class rankings. She'll be on campus with Jolette Law and her staff at Illinois this weekend. The 6- 4 post is one of the country's top remaining inside threats and showed glimpses of her potential in a matchup with our No. 5 prospect Bashaara Graves this past weekend at Elite Basketball Academy All-American Camp. She has already visited both Dayton and Georgia Tech officially.
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.
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