On The Trail Live (noon ET)

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Join ESPN RecruitingNation's panel of extras as we look ahead to a huge weekend in recruiting.

Auburn hasn’t been given too much of a chance to land coveted receiver Christian Kirk, but the Tigers’ chances are better than most think. Plus, Michigan lost a key defensive recruit, and don’t be surprised if more are to follow.

Big 12 recruiting scoreboard

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Below is our weekly update on the Big 12 recruiting trail:

BAYLOR

Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Bears didn't land a recruit this past week, but plenty of Lone Star State prospects will be paying attention to Baylor’s trip to Austin. The Bears have been winning recruiting battles for the state top’s talent, and they have a chance to make another statement on the field.

IOWA STATE

Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones landed a commitment for the first time in more than a month in Kissimmee, Florida, cornerback Stephon Brown, who had offers from NC State, Hawaii, Marshall, South Florida and Southern Miss.

KANSAS

Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The first order of business for interim coach Clint Bowen was calling all of Kansas’ commitments Sunday and telling them they are still wanted in Lawrence. Despite his troubles on the field, Charlie Weis had put together another decent recruiting class that Bowen needs to hold together.

KANSAS STATE

Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats have been quiet on the trail lately, after landing seven commitments from June to August. More will be on the way once Bill Snyder figures out which junior-college players he wants to target in this class.

OKLAHOMA

Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: The Sooners landed their third commitment in the month of September in McAlester, Oklahoma, tight end Dalton Wood, who jones Midwest City safety Will Sunderland and Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton as Oklahoma's three in-state commitments.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 4
The latest: The Pokes pulled off one of the better recruiting steals of the year last week in convincing ESPN 300 safety Kevin Henry to flip from LSU to OSU. Henry had been committed to the Tigers, where he projected as a safety/linebacker since January but started reconsidering his other options in July. Henry joins WR Jalen McCleskey as the second Louisiana recruit in OSU's class.

TCU

Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: No new pledges for the Horned Frogs this week, but they get a chance to impress visitors this Saturday when Oklahoma comes to Fort Worth. One TCU commit worth keeping an eye on is WR J.F. Thomas, the Frogs' highest-rated pledge. He received an offer from Texas recently, and two of his Dallas South Oak Cliff teammates -- Jamile Johnson and Jordan Stevenson -- are already committed to UT.

TEXAS

Total commits: 17
ESPN 300 commits: 8
The latest: Texas picked up a pledge from Austin Westlake LB Breckyn Hager, a three-star recruit who was committed to Baylor. The previous staff passed on Baylor's Bryce Hager in 2010, even though he's the son of Texas all-time leading tackler Britt Hager. Stevenson, who committed nearly a year ago, took an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend but remains solid with Texas.

TEXAS TECH

Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Red Raiders' staff made an intriguing find in East Texas last week. Longview's Broderick Washington committed soon after he received his Texas Tech offer. He's playing offensive tackle right now for Longview, but Tech loves his toughness and mean style of play and plans to develop him as a nose guard at the next level.

WEST VIRGINIA

Total commits: 19
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: West Virginia locked up a huge commitment last Monday when ESPN 300 CB Tyrek Cole flipped from Florida State. You don't see that too often. WVU defensive line coach Damon Cogdell coached Cole at Miramar High School in Florida last year. The Mountaineers also received a commitment from three-star ILB David Long on Sunday. This 2015 class is in terrific shape so far.

#SceneAndHeard Lunch Break: Sept. 29 

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In today's lunch break, it's time to look west at a quarterback who is breaking both state and national records as a senior, Washington commitment Jake Browning, as well as at the perfect timing for the NC State Wolfpack to make a move in-state on the trail.


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Official Visit: Decommitment wave

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Recruiting reporters Damon Sayles and Derek Tyson joins ESPN’s Phil Murphy to discuss a pair of recent decommitments and a committed recruit who has two fan bases holding their collective breaths.

ESPN 300 Player of the Week: Sept. 29 

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Each week, RecruitingNation's scouts will highlight great performances from the nation's top recruits.

This week's honoree is Texas Longhorns QB commit Zach Gentry, No. 87 in the ESPN 300, and the No. 5 pocket passer prospect in the country. Check out the highlights Video.


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Not only is Nebraska 5-0 and ranked in the Top 25, but the Huskers are now carrying momentum on the recruiting trail in the Class of 2016 after having picked up a pair of ESPN Junior 300 offensive linemen on Saturday in John Raridon and Bryan Brokop. The Huskers not only reeled in two top line prospects, but the commitments came from the states of Iowa and Illinois, which directly impacts the competition on the recruiting trail.


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Michigan’s efforts on the recruiting trail aren’t going anywhere until something changes. Plus, whoever ends up getting the Kansas job must do whatever he can to keep quarterback Ryan Willis on board.


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Best of the visits: ACC

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This weekend in the ACC, there were a number of key games that played host to some of the top prospects in the 2015 and 2016 classes. As expected, NC State featured an impressive visitor list with the No. 1-ranked Florida State Seminoles in town.

Here is a look at some of the recruiting visitors this weekend in the ACC, with a focus on Virginia Tech, Miami and NC State.

NC State played host to a number of big-time and key visitors Saturday, including ESPN 300 No. 86 and Florida State commit Johnny Frasier, No. 149 Nyheim Hines, No. 209 Bryce Love and three-star running back Reggie Gallaspy.

Following the Wolfpack’s 56-41 loss to the Seminoles, Dave Doeren and staff picked up a commitment from Gallaspy.

 

Along with all the impressive skill prospects on hand was Michigan commit and ESPN 300 No. 165 Darian Roseboro on an official visit and four-star offensive tackle and former North Carolina pledge Emanuel McGirt, who snapped this picture with the Wolfpack cheerleaders prior to the game.

 

The performance by NC State was a sign the Wolfpack are headed in the right direction in the minds of prospects, and that can do nothing but help the cause with Roseboro and McGirt. Considering the unknown future of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, the Wolfpack are attempting to strike at the right time with one of the top prospects on the board in Roseboro. McGirt has Georgia, LSU, NC State and North Carolina strongly under consideration.

Roseboro caused a stir Sunday morning with this tweet from his protected account.

@DarianRoseboro: I'm going to do what's best for me

Also on hand for the NC State game was 2015 quarterback commitment Austin King. As expected, King walked away impressed with what the future holds for the Wolfpack.

 

The visitors at the NC State game Saturday weren’t just football players. Early in the game when the Wolfpack were up big, ESPN 60 No. 3 hoops prospect Harry Giles was active on twitter from the stands.

 

The Virginia Tech Hokies have hosted a number of big-time and important visitors in the last three weeks of home games. This weekend, none was bigger than ESPN 300 No. 15 and Under Armour All-America Game defensive tackle Tim Settle. The explosive tackle made his official visit to Blacksburg over the weekend, which was his first official visit.

 

Virginia Tech continues to move up the list for five-star defensive tackle Settle. Tennessee and Penn State are also high on the list along with Florida State and West Virginia, where Settle made an unofficial visit last weekend. The Hokies are expected to be in the race for Settle until the very end after making up significant ground since Settle’s unofficial visit for Virginia Tech’s season opener.

Meanwhile, at Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Hurricanes' win over Duke, a number of top prospects were on hand, including ESPN Junior 300 No. 34 Sam Bruce. The electric playmaker is one of seven ESPN Junior 300 prospects committed to the Hurricanes.

 

The win by the Hurricanes was a big one both on the field and for recruiting purposes. In Bruce, Miami has one of the top receivers and return men in the 2016 class committed and a prospect who has the ability to help recruit others to Coral Gables.

Best of the visits: Pac-12

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Pac-12 programs loaded up on visitors this weekend and the conference delivered three thrilling finishes on Saturday. The only weekend game in the conference decided by more than one score was USC's blowout win against Oregon State, which came at a perfect time for the Trojans, as they were able to bounce back in front of a number of important recruits.

Stars are out at USC

The USC Trojans put more than a few eggs into Saturday night's basket, bringing committed recruits Chuma Edoga and Aca'Cedric Ware, along with ESPN 300 wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge in on official visits, and also loading up on unofficial visitors. With a convincing 35-10 victory, the strategy appeared to pay off.

Cedar Hill (Texas) High School was very well represented, as 2016 women's basketball prospect Joyner Holmes made the trip alongside Ware and Lodge.
Five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, the No. 8 overall prospect in the nation, made his way to the game and took a photo alongside Edoga and quarterback Caleb Wilson, the son of USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson. Quarterback K.J. Costello, the No. 61 prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300, snapped a shot of the pregame from the sideline. Utes host big weekend despite loss

Like USC, Utah put plenty of effort into bringing in a number of recruits this weekend. Despite the loss to Washington State, the Utes were able to feature wide receiver Kaelin Clay, a junior college receiver, which might have been the perfect recruiting pitch considering they were hosting a trio of junior college receivers in Dede Westbrook, Kyle Fulks and Kinte Hatton. Recruits see power of Bear Raid

Prospects in Berkeley were treated to an offensive explosion between Cal and Colorado, where the Golden Bears were able to put on an offensive show in front of official visitor, junior college wide receiver Isaac Whitney. It was also an intriguing game for local 2016 prospect Camilo Eifler, who holds early offers from both Cal and Colorado, and caught up with former Bishop O'Dowd receiver De'Zhon Grace. Huskies on hand

Washington hung tough with Stanford for four quarters and did so in front of several committed recruits, including wide receiver Isaiah Renfro and 2016 ESPN 300 athlete Brandon Wellington.

Renfro gave future Washington official visitors a glimpse of what they can expect upon arrival to Seattle. Wellington, meanwhile, looked to get a hashtag going, likely on the heels of linebacker Shaq Thompson's third defensive touchdown of the season.

Best of the visits: Big Ten

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Nebraska and Ohio State have both built momentum on the field and on the recruiting trail as of late. They were two Big Ten programs with big visitors on campus this weekend, and those prospects took to social media to share their experiences.

Cincinnati vs. Ohio State:

The Buckeyes came away with the victory against the Bearcats and the Ohio State coaches are hoping they come away with a win with ESPN 300 linebacker Jerome Baker as well. Baker is currently committed to Florida, but this visit and potentially another in the future says that the Cleveland native is still interested in Ohio State. Stealing Baker from Florida would be a big win, not only to keep an Ohio prospect at home, but Baker would help to add more depth at linebacker.

The Buckeyes also played host to several other big prospects, including ESPN Jr. 300 running back Elijah Holyfield. The 2016 back is very interested in Ohio State, so it was good to get him on campus for this game. Holyfield wasn't the only ESPN Jr. 300 prospect on campus, though, as tight end Luke Farrell was also in attendance for the game.

Illinois vs. Nebraska:

The Cornhuskers also came away with a victory on the field and off it on Saturday. The coaching staff was able to reel in two big 2016 prospects in John Raridon and Bryan Brokop. Both prospects are huge for Nebraska as Raridon is the No. 69-ranked prospect in his class and Brokop is No. 226 overall.

There is some serious momentum happening right now for Nebraska, and that could continue if the team continues its stellar play on Saturdays.

Minnesota vs. Michigan:

The Wolverines have spiraled out of control and the loss to the Gophers could just be the start. Michigan hasn't lost any commitments yet, but if the play doesn't improve quickly there could be some movement in the near future.

ESPN 300 defensive end commit Darian Roseboro took an official visit to NC State this weekend. While he tweeted that the trip didn't mean anything, there is always something when a recruit takes an official visit. N.C. State was rumored to be in second place when Roseboro made his initial commitment to Michigan as well, so this could be something to watch.

Northwestern vs. Penn State:

The Nittany Lions didn't win the game against the Wildcats, but there was a big opportunity to impress some top prospects.

The main target on campus for the 2015 class was ESPN 300 defensive back Jordan Whitehead, who has Penn State among his favorites. This was a big deal because Whitehead plans to announce his decision on Oct. 3 at 2:45pm ET. Whitehead would be a huge addition to the Penn State class and would be another big Pennsylvania prospect for coach James Franklin and his staff.

USF vs. Wisconsin:

The Badgers had one of the biggest weekends in the Big Ten in terms of official visitors.

Wisconsin had running backs Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Stevenson on campus. The weather was perfect to bring up a few southern prospects and the Badgers pulled off the win, too.

Another Jordan, Jordan Griffin, was scheduled to make the trip as well, but tweeted that complications at O'Hare airport in Chicago prevented the trip from happening.

Best of the visits: SEC

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There were some great games around the SEC over the weekend. Several prospects attended games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

ESPN 300 tight end and Texas A&M commit Jordan Davis tweeted out a photo of himself with three other ESPN 300 Aggies commits: James Lockhart, Larry Pryor and Justin Dunning. The four players were in attendance for Texas A&M’s thrilling 35-28 overtime win against Arkansas Saturday afternoon.

 

Four-star athlete DeAndre McNeal looks as if he also enjoyed his time in Arlington, Texas, for the Aggies game. The talented prospect tweeted a photo of himself with former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel's family members. McNeal is also scheduled to visit UCLA, Miami and Oklahoma State later this year.

 

Georgia picked up a huge commitment from ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Chauncey Manac Saturday. Manac also visited Georgia for its big win over Tennessee. He is the third 2016 commit for the Bulldogs, and all three are ranked in the ESPN Junior 300.

 

The seventh-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, Deontay Anderson, took an unofficial to Auburn Saturday for its 45-17 win over Louisiana Tech. This photo was captured on one of his social media accounts by ESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton.

 

The No. 1-ranked running back in the country, Damien Harris, visited Kentucky this weekend for the Wildcats' 17-7 win over SEC East foe Vanderbilt. A fan captured this photo of Harris hanging out with Kentucky commit Eli Brown. Harris also tweeted about his experience in Lexington.

 

LSU 2017 commitment Dylan Moses posed for a photo at midfield at Tiger Stadium on Saturday while on an unofficial visit to watch LSU pound New Mexico State 63-7. Moses' father, Edward Moses, tweeted the photo.

 

Early commitment: Manac picks Georgia 

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Before Georgia took the field Saturday for the SEC East matchup against Tennessee, Mark Richt and staff made yet another statement on the recruiting trail. With two ESPN Junior 300 prospects already in the fold, the Dawgs added a third to the list Saturday morning in defensive end Chauncey Manac.

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EVANS, Ga. -- ESPN 300 safety Rashad Roundtree was presented with his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Friday afternoon in a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance. The ceremony took place at Lakeside High in front of his coaches, teammates, classmates and administrators.

The first player from the Augusta area to be selected to the prestigious game fully understands the magnitude of the honor.

"It’s an honor," Roundtree said. "Only a few guys get selected, so it’s a huge honor. To know that I’m in that elite group out of the whole country, that means a lot."

As much as it means personally, Rountree feels the honor is even greater for his community.

"I think it’s huge for the community. I have had a lot of support from the community. Just going out, a lot of people say 'do a good job and do Augusta proud.' I really take that to heart when people say that. Really, home is where it’s at, and it means a lot for the community,"

Rountree has six schools in contention for his services, with the complete fit the key.

"It’s Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State and Georgia. It’s really just going to be how comfortable I feel with the program, with the coaches, with the defense and everything really. The one I feel like is the best fit for me, that’ the one I’m going to take."

For a prospect who could project to safety or a hybrid linebacker role at the next level, scheme does play a part in his recruitment.

"A little bit. I kind of take that into account, what I’ll be doing within a defense. I always want to put my team in the best position, but also want to play to my strengths as well. I look for things like that."

Roundree is aiming for a December decision, and is in the process of scheduling official visits.

Video: Struggles hurting Michigan recruiting?

September, 26, 2014
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National recruiting analysts Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill break down how schools can recruit against Michigan during the Wolverines’ on-field struggles. National recruiting reporter Gerry Hamilton shares how members of the 2015 class are reacting.

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