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January 24, 2014

Weekend Visits: Five-star weekend at MSU

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Less than two weeks from National Signing Day, battles for the top uncommitted prospects are coming down to the wire. Just as important, coaching staffs are working to make sure they hold on to their current commitments.

So closing the deal during late official visits is key, and there are plenty of big weekends on tap. Here is a look at some of the top storylines developing around visit weekends across the country.

Official Visit Weekend Preview: Jan. 24, 2014
It's an ambitious next few days for Baylor. In addition to hosting a number of high profile recruits, the Bears will also conduct their first junior day. Art Briles' staff did most of their heavy lifting last weekend, but there's still some loose ends to tie up, with lone star-standouts Patrick Lawrence, Jamie Jacobs, Xavier Jones and Ira Lewis all on campus for officials.

California will land one of the Pac-12's three best recruiting classes -- at least, that's what its coach Sonny Dykes had to say recently. And while those expectations may be a bit lofty, the Golden Bears are performing better than one might expect from a 1-11 team. At least 10 players travel to Berkeley this weekend, six of whom are pledged elsewhere. Texas wide receiver-commit Garrett Gray, Florida State-verbal Jonathan Vickers and Louisville-pledge De'Eric Culver are among the most notable.

Initially slated to visit Ole Miss, high four-star Andrew Williams will visit Clemson, instead. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound pass rusher had a terrific visit to Auburn last weekend but the shift in Williams' schedule has given Clemson reason for optimism. In-staters C.J. Fuller and Jalen Williams will also visit.
Kudos to Ole Miss for locking down its homegrown talent. The state's top three players -- Rod Taylor, C.J. Hampton and D.K. Buford -- will all take their talents to Oxford come fall, and two of the three -- Taylor and Buford -- will trip to campus on Friday. Four-star linebacker Demarquis Gates will join them.
The Ducks haven't put together the caliber of class we're accustomed to, but a strong weekend from the coaching staff would have the folks up in Eugene resting easier. Former Boise State commit Khalil Oliver should wind-up wearing the quack-attack's trademark neon, and 300-pound defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao is thought to be an Oregon-lean, but landing speedy wide receiver Charles Nelson won't be easy.

Fresh off its first Rose Bowl victory in nearly a quarter century, Michigan State stands to profit from at least a dozen official visits this weekend. Most have already committed to the Spartans but two -- Malik McDowell and Daniel Cage -- would provide the boost needed for MSU to leapfrog the Wolverines in Rivals' team rankings. A recent in-home from Mark Dantonio has the Spartans feeling optimistic.

It's a good weekend for Vols commits Vic Wharton and Rashaan Gaulden to visit Knoxville. Both have lobbied hard to lure other high profile recruits to Tennessee. Suspected LSU-lean Darrel Williams won't be swayed easily, and Wisconsin-pledge Craig Evans may be even more stubborn. Already No. 3 in our team rankings, Butch Jones and Tennessee would like nothing more than to finish with a bang.
It's been an interesting couple weeks for TCU. After missing on several prospects, Horned Frogs' coach Gary Patterson swiped a recruit apiece from underlings Texas State and UTSA. That'll help, but Patterson also needs players who can contribute right away. Weekend visitor and Longhorns-commit Lorenzo Joe would be a major coup.

No team is more desperate for good news these days than the Commodores -- cue Rashad Canty and Dallas Rivers. Both are solidly in the Commodores' camp and the latter has been outspoken about doing his part to shore-up those on the fence. Expect potential blocker Bailey Granier to be among those Rivers pitches hardest over the weekend. Four-star California-commit Koa Farmer will also be on campus, though all signs point to him sticking with the Golden Bears.

Still smarting over Joe Mixon's decision to go with Oklahoma, the Badgers are flirting with disappointment again. UW still has yet to lock-up a single cornerback, and the 2014 pool is shrinking rapidly. Three-star recruit and Rutgers-pledge Andre Boggs delivered welcome news on Tuesday when he announced plans to visit Madison over the weekend but has maintained he's still a Scarlet Knight.

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