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Weekend visitors from around the country

9/14/2012

Cue the “College GameDay” theme. The Tennessee Volunteers have themselves the best contingent of weekend visitors. They’ve got a mix of seniors and underclassmen that combine to make this one the best visit weekend of the Cuonzo Martin Era.

Lace them up, we’ve got you covered. Break out the binoculars for the Alabama-Arkansas game and look for the tall guys they’ve got coming on campus.

Editor's note: There’s no guarantee all these guys make it to campus. Also, this is merely a snapshot of the country, not the full representation of each program.

Arkansas Razorbacks
Visitors: ESPN 100 PF Bobby Portis, ESPN 100 C Moses Kingsley, SG Kevaughn Allen, Malik Monk

Kingsley returned to his home country, contracted a touch of malaria and is back in action. It’s Portis, his AAU teammate and Razorback commit, who needs to cure his case of wandering eyes.

Army Black Knights
Visitors: G Taylor Sutlive, PF Austin Williamson

Taylor Sutlive., reporting for visit, sir. “Sutlive, are you all in with the Army?” Sir, let’s see how the weekend goes, sir. Dismissed. Go have fun, Sutlive. Williamson is already enlisted.

Boise State Broncos
Visitor: SF Michael Thomas

Enjoy the blue turf young man. Don’t get injured by a dive-bombing bird.

Clemson Tigers
Visitors: F A.J. Davis, SG Austin Ajukwa

Davis the son of former NBA player Antonio Davis. Ajukwa, well, he’s litmus test in-stater they’re trying to beat hometown South Carolina for.

Delaware Fightin Blue Hens
Visitor: PF Devarte Watson

They’re the Blue Hens but it’s not chickens they wish to add. Monte Ross would like to beef up his lineup inside.

Denver Pioneers
Visitor: SF Jordan Scott

The younger brother of Colorado center Josh Scott is a local kid from Colorado Springs.

Georgia Bulldogs
Visitors: C Dwight Coleby, SG Will Jackson, PG Aaron Augustine, PG Reggie Reid

Lots of underclassmen to go with Coleby, who recently visited Memphis.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Visitors: ESPN 100 SG Solomon Poole, PF Quinton Stephens

Poole’s been there before and Stephens is in the midst of his official visit escapades.

Illinois Fighting Illini
Visitor: SG Kendrick Nunn

Nunn’s important because he’s tough and is a high-level guard. He’s also a potential gateway for John Groce into the Windy City.

Iowa Hawkeyes
Visitors: F Malek Harris, G Jalen Brunson, PF Mike Finke, SF Jalen Jones

Brunson is the son of Chicago Bulls assistant Rick Brunson. All of these are underclassmen.

Kansas State Wildcats
Visitor: SF Alex Etherington

This was Bruce Weber’s initial foray into the 2013 class. Etherington played AAU ball for one of the wild men in our profession: Dan Dakich.

Kentucky Wildcats
Visitor: ESPN 100 PF Julius Randle, PF Derek Willis, PG Jaquan Lyle

Now it begins. The first official visit for the No. 3 overall player. The spotlight’s on his every move. UK leads off the festivities.

Louisville Cardinals
Visitor: Juco PG Chris Jones

Rick Pitino saw him last weekend and it appears that he’s fallen in love. This is one of the best battles and maybe the best juco PG of the last decade.

Miami Hurricanes
Visitors: ESPN 100 SG JaJuan Johnson, SG Davon Reed, PF Austin Colbert

Simply put, Miami would like all three, two would be great and the Hurricanes must land one of the trio. Johnson has the biggest chance at star power.

Michigan Wolverines
Visitor: ESPN 100 PF Reggie Cameron

One of the nation’s best shooting big men visits a program that puts a tiny premium on shooting.

Michigan State Spartans
Visitors: ESPN 60 PF Keita Bates-Diop, PG Jordan Ash

KBD isn’t shy about talking unofficial visits and the thinking here is the fall is going to set teams up for a spring sprint to the finish.

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Visitors: ESPN 60 SG Rashad Vaughn, ESPN 60 PF Reid Travis, ESPN 25 C Henry Ellenson

Tubby Smith’s hosting a bevy of pivotal guys on campus. Big unofficial weekend for the Golden Gophers.

Murray State Racers
Visitor: PG Cameron Payne

Remember in the summer when we wrote about head coach Steve Prohm stalking Payne? Well, it all comes down to the next three days. No pressure.

North Carolina State Wolfpack
Visitor: ESPN 100 PG Anthony Barber

The picture is in focus for Cat. NC State, Alabama or Kansas. Every visit matters.

Ohio State Buckeyes
Visitor: ESPN 100 SG Kam Williams, ESPN 60 SF Jae'Sean Tate, Nate Fowler, ESPN 25 SG Willie Jackson, Derrick Daniels

Behind the scenes, Miami is the team to beat. Ohio State reshuffled its deck after Allerik Freeman went to UCLA and took aim at Williams.

Ole Miss Rebels
Visitors: ESPN 60 SF Leron Black, PF Marcanvis Hymon, PG Chris Chiozza, PG Nick Rogers, PG Justin Coleman, ESPN 25 SG Malik Newman, CJ Anderson, Antonio Green, Nick Rogers

There’s a lot of high-profile guys from Team Thad, a prominent 16-under squad, on Andy Kennedy’s campus this weekend.

Oregon Ducks
Visitor: SG Darin Johnson

The Ducks have this summer riser on a short list and it’d be nice to close him down.

Penn State Nittany Lions
Visitor: SG Shep Garner

The Nittany Lions are bent on recruiting the Philadelphia area and Garner represents a strong brand name amongst the Philly boys.

Pittsburgh Panthers
Visitor: PG Josh Newkirk, ESPN 100 C BeeJay Anya

Last year, the Panthers brought in a guy to run the team in James Robinson. Now they’re looking at a guy who explodes to the rim and is a tempo changer in transition. The Panthers have the point guard from Anya's high school team on the squad. That's their hook and we'll see how it goes in the 'Burgh.

Purdue Boilermakers
Visitors: PG Glynn Watson, PG Prentiss Nixon, SG KJ Walton, PF Kaleb Swanigan, G Reggie Tharpe

Matt Painter has done well by getting on recruits early. There are 2015 and 2016 prospects coming to campus this weekend.

South Carolina Gamecocks
Visitor: C Desmond Ringer

Frank Martin likes him some beef in the paint. Ringer’s a presence and a strong passer.

Stanford Cardinal
Visitors: SGs Marcus and Malcolm Allen

Stanford loves its twins. These guys are from Vegas and not many places have room for the pair, but Stanford does.

Tennessee Volunteers
Visitors: ESPN 100 C Robert Hubbs, ESPN 100 C Jonathan Williams III, ESPN 60 SF Jalen Lindsey, PF Justin Johnson

They’re coming to your CITY! "College GameDay" is in Knoxville thus making this the most important recruiting weekend of the Cuonzo Martin Era.

Toledo Rockets
Visitors: PF Zach Garber, SG Jon Williams

Both are committed. This should be a fun visit for the Rockets.

Towson Tigers
Visitor: PF Zac Douglass

The local big man is 6-8, strong and Pat Skerry wants him.

UCF Knights
Visitors: ESPN 100 C Chris Perry, Justin McBride, Steve Haney

If Perry stays home, he's got the Knights and Bulls. Cincinnati had him on campus last weekend.

Utah Utes
Visitors: SF Delon Wright, PG Brandon Randolph

Randolph, a one-time Pepperdine pledge, is attracting Pac-12 interest.

Villanova Wildcats
Visitor: ESPN 100 PF Kris Jenkins

There will be a lot of man hugging on campus this weekend. The personable Jenkins is already a Wildcat.

Wyoming Cowboys
Visitors: PF Keonta Vernon, PF Alan Herndon

Herndon’s easy, he’s already committed. Can the Cowboys wrangle up two big man pledges?