Official Visits: Aug. 29

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Big 12
Baylor
Deya Mhiesen OT
HT: 6-7 WT: 305
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status Undeclared

Iowa State
Darrell Stewart WR
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Positional Rank: # 94 WR
Stars: 3
Status: Committed to Boise State

Darreyl Patterson ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Positional Rank: #94 ATH
Stars: 3
Status: Undeclared

Antoine Albert CB
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status: Undeclared

Chris French TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status: Undeclared

Loni Fa DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status: Undeclared

SEC
Auburn
Kevin Toliver II CB
HT: 6-2 WT: 188
Positional Rank: #1 CB
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (#5)
Under Armour All-American
Status: Committed to LSU
The Wolverines have plucked ESPN 300 defensive tackle Darian Roseboro out of the Southeast. Below, see how he fits into the mix for Michigan:

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The Razorbacks now hold commitments from Arkansas' top two prospects following wide receiver K.J. Hill's announcement. Read on to see what type of impact Hill can make in Fayetteville:


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Recruiting news from the road trip 

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The 10-day road trip is coming to a close with 2,000 miles driven, 20 schools visited and a lot of news from the top players in the Sunshine State.

Miami is Alabama’s threat for No. 1 WR
There has been talk recently of Miami and Florida State’s chances of flipping ESPN 300 No. 21 and Alabama commitment Calvin Ridley. After visiting Ridley, it appears the Hurricanes are the lone true threat to the Crimson Tide. It now appears that Ridley’s recruitment will come down to family and staying close to home vs. the top recruiting power in college football.

Ridley’s teammate and good friend, No. 129 Shawn Burgess-Becker, could be less likely to flip according to a person with knowledge of the situation. While Burgess-Becker’s family very much likes the Alabama staff, expect both Ridley and Burgess-Becker to take in a Hurricanes game or two this season. The duo mentioned Florida and Auburn as Alabama home games they plan to attend this season.


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Since he was hired by Wisconsin, coach Gary Andersen has landed nine commitments from California and Texas prospects. The three years prior to his hiring, the Badgers had landed just one recruit from those two states.

Andersen undoubtedly recognizes that the in-state and Midwest recruits are priority No. 1 for Wisconsin, but he also realizes there is an opportunity for his staff to cast a wider net.

"Our first year, we weren't really in Texas, but we realized after Year 1 that we should be. We had an extra coach on the West Coast, and so we moved [safeties coach] Bill Busch from the West Coast into Texas and Florida because we thought we needed to upgrade ourselves by numbers," Andersen said. "The bottom line is that we have a brand that we believe can be accepted at a very high level at any school in the country, and because of that we want to make sure we get ourselves into as many schools that have the caliber of athlete and students we're looking for."


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CommitCast: Darian Roseboro

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ESPN 300 defensive tackle Darian Roseboro announced his decision Friday. Watch to see why the 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect chose Michigan.

CommitCast: K.J. Hill

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ESPN 300 wide receiver K.J. Hill made his college choice. Watch the No. 208-ranked player talk about why he chose Arkansas.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

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The following is a list of commitments made to FBS programs from Aug. 22-28:

ACC
Florida State
Darvin Taylor II DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 300
Positional Rank: No. 16 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 146)

Miami (Fla.)
Bar Milo OT
HT: 6-7 WT: 276
Positional Rank: No. 18 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 218)

Syracuse
Daivon Ellison CB
HT: 5-9 WT: 178
Positional Rank: No. 82 CB
Stars: 3

Big 12
Baylor
Drew Galitz K
HT: 5-11 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 3 K
Stars: 3
Under Armour All-American

Oklahoma
Dru Samia OG
HT: 6-6 WT: 296
Positional Rank: No. 59 OG
Stars: 3

Big Ten
Minnesota
James Johannesson FB
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 1 FB
Stars: 3

Purdue
Peyton Truitt OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 278
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Colorado
Lyle Tuiloma DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 285
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oregon State
Jesse Sims TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 232
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Alabama
Joshua McMillon ILB
HT: 6-3 WT: 249
Positional Rank: No. 5 ILB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 163)

Georgia
Van Jefferson WR
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Rank: No. 18 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 170)

Tennessee
Venzell Boulware OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 293
Positional Rank: No. 30 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 267)

American
South Florida
Tomarick Collier OG
HT: 6-3 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 128 OG
Stars: 3

C-USA
UTSA
Tyrone Hunt DE
HT: 6-3 WT: 230

Mid-American
Toledo
Khalil Robinson ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 175

Mountain West
Colorado State
Deshon Mayes OLB
HT: 6-2 WT: 215

Hawaii
Tommy Woo DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 240
Positional Rank: No. 116 DE
Stars: 3

Christian Cronk OT
HT: 6-5 WT: 288
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news across the country. Today’s offerings: ESPN 300 defensive lineman Darian Roseboro will announce his decision live on ESPN.com Friday, and if things go as expected, it will be a banner day for NC State. Plus, Virginia Tech hosts a cupcake this week, but more importantly it also hosts several elite prospects. And we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.


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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so this Brady Hoke impersonation by former Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer must be pretty flattering.

Mealer has told reporters he can do a spot on Hoke impression since he was a senior at Michigan, but this is the first time he has publicly revealed the voice antics.

 
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Florida State continued its push toward a top-five recruiting class Thursday with a commitment from ESPN 300 defensive tackle Darvin Taylor II. Here's a look at what Taylor means for the Seminoles' 2015 class:


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Much of the attention in college football's opening weekend will be focused on Houston and Arlington, Texas, and Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Only one of those spots will host its home team, but they're home still to what have become marquee events of the opening weekend. Even before the College Football Playoff committee talked a lot about the importance of playing marquee nonconference matchups to boost a school's résumeé, these games were prime-time programming.

Matchups like Wisconsin-LSU, Clemson-Georgia, West Virginia-Alabama and Florida State-Oklahoma State are great for TV and fans, but another major reason for the early meaningful matchups is recruiting.

Recruiting is a lot like advertising. Coaches know if you get your brand out in front of enough people, it'll resonate or stick in the back of recruits' minds. So while many teams are playing cupcakes this weekend, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin will be grabbing the lion's share of headlines on "GameDay."

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news from across the country. Today's offerings: UCLA quarterback commitment Josh Rosen is off to a strong start in Week 1, showcasing why he will be a valuable recruiting tool for the Bruins this season. Plus, most of the Pac-12 attention has been on UCLA, USC and Oregon, but don't forget about the quality classes at UofA and ASU, and we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.


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Scout's Take: OT Bar Milo to Miami 

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Miami reached into California Wednesday for ESPN 300 offensive tackle Bar Milo. Below, find out what Canes fans should expect once Milo makes his way to Coral Gables:


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Video: Class Rankings Aug. 27 update

August, 27, 2014
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National recruiting analyst Craig Haubert joins ESPN’s Phil Murphy to break down updates to the ESPN class rankings for 2015 football recruiting. The hottest program in recruiting maintained its momentum this week.

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