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Recruits watching Washington at ASU 

October, 18, 2013
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It won't have the national appeal of UCLA's trip to Stanford, or the history of USC visiting Notre Dame, but it's unlikely that any Pac-12 game will have more impact recruits in attendance this weekend than Washington at Arizona State. Here is a look at 10 of the dozens of recruits who will be paying close attention to the goings on in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.

OL Quinn Bailey (Gilbert, Ariz./Higley): Bailey is a solid offensive lineman that both Arizona State and Washington targeted early in the process. Oregon and Arizona will have a say in what happens with Bailey's recruitment, but it's the Sun Devils and Huskies that have a chance to make a statement this weekend.

Steve Spurrier vs. Phil Fulmer once had the attention of every prospect in the Southeast Region. While Fulmer is long gone from coaching the Vols, Spurrier leads South Carolina into Knoxville to take on Tennessee in a game that will have more than its share of eyes closely watching despite the fact the two programs are not going head-to-head on many remaining prospects in 2014.

Tennessee will have a trio of big time junior college prospects on official visits, and a number of other key prospects paying close attention. Which prospects could be impacted on Saturday?

Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi Community College): The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Reed was one of the most heavily recruited junior college prospects a cycle ago, signing with the Florida Gators. Now back at East Mississippi C.C. after not being admitted to Florida, the uber-talented defensive tackle is back on the market. The Vols are the first up to play host to Reed with Kentucky, Florida and others remaining possibilities for official visits. A December graduate, the chance to come in and play right away will be huge in Reed’s decision.

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Recruits' eyes will be on Illinois 

October, 18, 2013
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Illinois is set to host divisional foe Wisconsin on Saturday, and the Illini will get the chance to impress some top recruiting targets as well.

Both teams currently have one conference loss so the stakes are high to stay in the race with Ohio State atop the Leaders division. Illinois is trying to get a head-start with the 2015 class but also close out the remaining spots in 2014.

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Here is a look at the prospects who will be watching this game closely:

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Big opportunity for WVU to impress 

October, 18, 2013
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West Virginia is in dire need of a victory to help both team morale and its recruiting efforts after a 3-3 start to the season, including 1-2 in conference play.

The Mountaineers have the perfect opportunity to garner a marquee victory against undefeated Texas Tech in Morgantown at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.

Here is a list of some of the top recruits who are expected to attend the game:


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Recruits' eyes will be on Death Valley 

October, 17, 2013
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Clemson and Florida State aren't going head-to-head for a bunch of prospects in this year's cycle, but both teams definitely would reap the benefits of a win Saturday.

What's more, the Tigers will have a plethora of national recruits on campus that night, including some on the list below. Will a win help sway these prospects?


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