NCF On The Trail: 091213-top-storylines

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Change is happening in the Big 12. Some is good, and some is questionable. The good, it appears, is taking place in Lubbock, Texas, which will be the center of the college football world on Thursday. The questionable is happening in Austin, Texas, where a former Longhorns defensive coordinator has been summoned in to a second stint. Will it work and appeal to recruits? A look at these topics and more in Big 12 recruiting storylines.

All eyes on Lubbock
The stage couldn’t be set any more perfectly for Kliff Kingsbury to make his Big 12 debut as the head coach of his alma mater. Not only does Texas Tech host TCU to begin conference play, but it will also do so on Thursday. So you can bet all eyes will be on Lubbock to see what kind of atmosphere the Red Raiders can drum up for their fans, players and recruits who might be in attendance.
From official visits past and future to a commitment, the Big Ten was buzzing with headlines this week.

Here’s a look at a few programs that highlight a busy week in this week’s Big Ten storylines.

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SEC recruiting storylines: Sept. 12 

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After a terrific start to the college football season with big games and potential momentum changing wins and performances, this weekend features the most hyped game yet -- Alabama at Texas A&M. The visit list of what could be dubbed “Super Bowl Saturday” in College Station continues to grow with the Aggies expected to host the most talented visit weekend in the programs history. Here is a closer look at some of the hot topics throughout the SEC:

Five-star visit list in College Station
Texas A&M is taking full advantage of the long-awaited rematch with Alabama. The visitor list for Saturday can only be defined with the word “loaded.” Whether it’s official visitors in the 2014 class or unofficial visitors for 2015, the list of who's expected is star-studded in the recruiting world. Expected to visit College Station over the weekend include the likes of No. 1 overall Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine High), No. 7 Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin High), No. 8 Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr), No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron High), No. 29 Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr), No. 81 Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/James Bowie High) and No. 158 Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber High). On the unofficial visit list are ESPN 300 members Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton High) and Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton High) in the 2014 class, along with a number of ESPN Junior 300 members, including running back commitments Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy High) and Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas/Splendora High) as well as uncommitted quarterback Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen High).

Gators all in on Sharpe
If there was any question if the Florida Gators were all in on No. 15 overall prospect David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), it was answered earlier this week when four-star offensive tackle Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand High) decommitted from Florida.

"At this very moment, I'm decommitting," Knox said. "Reason why because I haven't heard from them in over a month."

The Gators are making it clear to Sharpe that he is the top priority at offensive tackle. Florida currently has three offensive line commitments, all projected guards at the next level, and remain in the mix for No. 257 overall Jordan Sims (Birmingham, Ala./Homewood High).

Tennessee adds No. 25
Tennessee added commitment No. 25 this week with the addition of senior cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (Greensboro, N.C./Page High), but the Volunteers are not done in 2014. Four-star lineman Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton High) is set to decide on Oct. 4 with the Vols squarely in the mix along with Alabama. Tennessee also remains in the mix for ESPN 300 prospects Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp High), defensive end DeWayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./O’Fallon Township High), linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South High), cornerback D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton High) and end Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett High) among others with defensive line and linebacker being a top remaining priority. Hendrix and Garrett are set to officially visit Knoxville on Oct. 4.

Visit list for Tennessee-Florida taking shape

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ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 12 

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Another week, and there's more to discuss in the ACC recruiting scene.

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Miller Safrit/ESPNFlorida State, Ohio State and South Carolina are the frontrunners for Derrell Scott, but NC State is also in the mix for the running back.
In this edition of ACC recruiting storylines, Miami continues to build on its big win over Florida. Clemson and North Carolina battle for a 2015 defensive back, and North Carolina State is involved with a bunch of quality prospects.

Clemson, North Carolina positioning for 2015 DB
Three-star ESPN Junior 300 defensive back Kaleb Chalmers (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) looks to be one of the best prospects in the state of South Carolina for 2015. And it looks like there is a very good chance the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect will be playing in the ACC. Chalmers doesn't care to announce any favorites at this point, but Clemson and North Carolina appear to have the inside track and are recruiting him the hardest. Duke has jumped into the fray as well. Stanford and Tennessee are the other programs that have offered Chalmers, and South Carolina is keeping a close eye on him, too.


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The Pac-12 is featured in a number of big games this weekend, and a strong result -- especially in several home games -- will have a very positive effect on the recruits in attendance. While Cal is expecting a huge crop of visitors, Oregon and Arizona State will have their share, as well. Meanwhile, it's another day and another story at USC, where a story concerning the team was overshadowed by another concerning several local recruits.

Trojans still generating wrong kind of attention

The circus atmosphere at USC was extended on Wednesday as news of a players-only meeting came to light, then was refuted, then was altered to a "get together with a few players." On the recruiting trail, Wednesday brought additional intrigue, as a tweet from four-star running back Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale) caught plenty of attention. The tweet, retweeted by WeAreSC's Blair Angulo and illustrated below, led to Richard suspending his account due to the backlash he received from USC fans.



What made this tweet particularly interesting is that while that sentiment has been shared off the record by a number of recruits in the past few months, Richard was the first to state it publicly. Beyond that, a subsequent tweet from cornerback Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) seemed to add to what USC is going through on the recruiting trail at this time. Hale, who received early interest from USC before committing to Arizona, is again hearing from the Trojans after several cornerback targets committed to other schools.

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