NCF On The Trail: 102713-recruit-reaction

While the state of Oregon hosted two matchups between top-25 teams this past weekend, only the Ducks received official visits from two ESPN 300 prospects.

Not only was Oregon able to turn a 14-14 halftime tie into a 42-14 victory over UCLA, the Ducks put on said show in front of John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway). For Smith in particular, the visit went even better than expected.


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Big weekend for the Tide 

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While the big visit weekend for Alabama will be in two weeks for the showdown with LSU, the Crimson Tide still played host to a number of prospects in the 2014 and 2015 class over the weekend.

Of course, the most high-profile prospect in town this weekend is No. 4 overall and five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va,./Woodbridge High), who is in Tuscaloosa for his official visit.


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Everything played out perfectly for Oklahoma this weekend.

The Sooners outlasted previously unbeaten Texas Tech, 38-30, in a game that involved a bit of everything. And they did so with several of their top targets on hand, including one surprise ESPN 300 member.

That surprise recruit was Baylor wide receiver commit K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant), who traveled north to watch the game.

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Terps turn loss into recruiting win 

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The biggest winner from the ACC this weekend might be a loser.

Maryland suffered a close defeat at home to No. 9 Clemson, but the Terrapins picked up a solid commitment from in-state 2015 offensive guard E.J. Donahue (Frederick, Md./Linganore). The three-star junior was in College Park for the game and tweeted the news.

It was important for Donahue to remain in Maryland and play for the local Terrapins.



The scouting report for the 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman states that he could play tackle too. From the moment he steps on campus, he will bring solid size and a physical presence.


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Ohio State's big win wows recruits 

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Ohio State’s history-making 63-14 win over Penn State on Saturday didn’t go unnoticed by some of the top recruits who were visiting on campus.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsSolomon Thomas was one of many prospects who were impressed by Ohio State on Saturday.
Here’s a sampling of quotes we tracked down following the game:

“The atmosphere was amazing [and they have] great fans. I’ll remember how physical the defense was and the interaction between the players and coaches.” -- ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), No. 31 in the nation.

“It was crazy. I thought it was great to see the fans stay even with the blowout, and how well the team played together, and how the coaches coached them up.” -- ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson), No. 21 in the nation.

“The crowd and atmosphere were both amazing. The coaches were super energetic. I’ll probably remember how disciplined the players were.” -- ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), No. 38 in the nation.

“The atmosphere was one that you will never forget. I have never been a part of something as big as that event. The amount of support from the fans was great. I will most likely remember meeting with Coach [Urban] Meyer this morning and meeting Braxton Miller last night after he game.” -- ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), No. 74 in the nation.

“The atmosphere was crazy. It threw Penn State off [its] game. The best part was being there and seeing the fans doing their part to help with the win. The moment I will remember the most is Ohio State getting three turnovers in the first half. That was the game-changer right there.” -- ESPN Junior 300 outside linebacker Anthony McKee (Columbus/Walnut Ridge), No. 193 in the nation.


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