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Recruits watching Stanford at USC 

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While it's true again that one game won't tell the recruiting fortunes of either Stanford or USC, it's also fair to say that this is a very important game for the Trojans. Stanford is sitting at 16 solid verbal commitments and with the No. 2 class in the Pac-12. The Cardinal’s goal between now and signing day is to close the deal with several impact uncommitted recruits still on the board.

But USC, with only nine commitments, has an opportunity to make a huge statement to recruits in both the 2014 and 2015 classes on Saturday night. A win would give interim head coach Ed Orgeron even more momentum toward taking the position on a permanent basis, which would infuse even more energy and success into the recruiting efforts for the Trojans. Even with a positive showing, it wouldn't be a surprise to hear high profile recruits pick up the chatter about their interest in USC.

Here are 10 impact recruits who will have their sights set on the Coliseum, as USC hosts Stanford.

2015 WR Cordell Broadus (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar): Broadus made waves when he now famously said following the dismissal of former USC head coach Lane Kiffin, "He should have been fired a while ago." Broadus said he was very much looking forward to what USC will do at the head coaching position and is excited about the future of the Trojans. He'll be in attendance Saturday night and will be looking to experience, first-hand, the direction of the program under Orgeron.

Weekend visitor preview: Florida State 

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Florida State will be hosting five official visits this weekend against Syracuse. Here is the rundown on each player:

Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara): Prince was a late addition to the visitor list, but he becomes the most important right off the bat. The four-star offensive tackle is fresh off an official visit to Maryland, in which the Terrapins lost to Syracuse. Florida State hopes this visit goes a little better than that one in terms of results. Maryland is still the clubhouse leader, but this official will be one of the more important ones the Seminoles will host all cycle long. Prince fits the bill perfectly as the talented offensive tackle Jimbo Fisher can count on for the next several seasons. He is the No. 26 prospect in the country.


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Recruits watching: Illinois 

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While Nebraska playing Michigan State might have the most implications for the Big Ten on the field, Illinois will likely have the bigger recruits in attendance at its game on Saturday.

The Illini take on Ohio State at home and will have a chance to entertain some top targets. Here is a look at a few prospects who will be watching.

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Go ahead and mark this down as the biggest recruiting weekend of the season for the Texas Longhorns.

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Damon Sayles/ESPNESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams will be among the highly ranked visitors expected to be in attendance when Texas hosts Oklahoma State this weekend.
It would have been impossible to comprehend that statement in mid-September when turmoil was at an all-time high around the program following back-to-back demoralizing losses to BYU and Ole Miss.

But now the Longhorns (7-2) are in the midst of a six-game winning streak and are one of two teams unbeaten in the Big 12 play. They’ll host No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

The Cowboys, at 8-1 overall, are doing very well and the matchup will help Texas as it hopes to impress a high-profile group of recruits expected to attend one of the top games of the weekend.

Among those expected to take their official visits this weekend are ESPN 300 members Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer), a Texas commitment.

The only thing that could derail these plans is that this week also marks the first week of high school playoffs across the state. But the 2:30 p.m. start time should allow recruits enough time to make the trip to Austin.

ESPN 300 running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine), the nation’s top player, also told RecruitingNation that he’ll be at the game on an official visit. Two of his teammates from New Orleans Saint Augustine are already committed to Texas in defensive back Jermaine Roberts and defensive tackle Courtney Garnett.


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Recruits will be watching: UGA-AU 

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When Auburn takes on SEC East opponent Georgia on Saturday afternoon, there will be plenty of top recruits either in attendance or watching on television. Auburn is trying to capitalize on its 9-1 record by bringing in several recruits, both for 2014 and 2015. Here’s a closer look at who will be paying close attention to this game.

1. WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman): The No. 61 prospect in the country will be taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend. Rudolph mentioned Auburn early in his recruitment, but he hasn’t said much about the Tigers until he announced he will be visiting there this weekend. Rudolph likes FSU and with losses starting to mount for other in-state programs Florida and Miami, Auburn is trying to get back in the picture for this talented wideout.

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