NCF On The Trail: Cornelius Sturghill

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

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There is only one weekend left for visits before signing day. Things are getting down to the wire, which means we are set to see a lot of activity in a short amount of time.

Here is a look at what happened within the Big Ten this past week.

Key recruiting visits -- Big Ten 

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There are only two visit weekends left before signing day, so teams are scrambling to get the last few chances in front of prospects. Here is a look at the bigger weekend visitors within the Big Ten.


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Cornelius Sturghill quickly has become a nationally known prospect.


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Memphis WR talks favorites 

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Cornelius Sturghill's recruitment is coming into focus.

The receiver from Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose said he is primarily considering Vanderbilt, Tennessee, UCLA, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Duke. He has scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and has visited several schools this spring, including Alabama.


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Five players making key visits this weekend:

QB Drew Barker, Tennessee (Hebron, Ky./Conner): The ESPN Watch List prospect is among a small group of prospects in Knoxville, Tenn. That will give Tennessee's coaches plenty of time to spend with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound pocket passer. While Barker has always expressed interest in the Volunteers, he could be affected by the fact that Tennessee signed two highly rated quarterbacks in the 2013 class. Barker has also shown interest in Louisville, Kentucky and Ohio State. Tennessee coaches have said they'd like to sign a quarterback in every class.

LB Dillon Bates, Alabama (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra): One of the elite prospects in the country, Bates is scheduled to visit Alabama this weekend. Bates is taking his time in his recruitment and not offering any hints as to where he's heading -- other than one. Bates has shown strong interest in Tennessee, where his father, Bill Bates, was a standout defensive back. Still, Bama has plenty to offer the 6-foot-3, 213-pound prospect despite his legacy to the Volunteers. This is their chance to prove it.

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ATLANTA -- More than 1,700 student-athletes took part Saturday in the Nike SPARQ Combine here, a record for the event. Players from across the Southeast braved freezing conditions, snow flurries and significant wind chill to compete and test their athletic ability in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw. Below are the standouts from the event, which includes several prominent recruits and some off-the-radar prospects for the 2014 and 2015 classes.

Top SPARQ Ratings

Daryl Rollins, RB (Knoxville, Tenn./Fulton) - 111.21
Dillon Bates, LB, (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra) - 109.05
Nick Chubb, ESPN Watch List RB (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) - 107.16
Khari Blasingame, DB (Huntsville, Ala./Buckhorn) - 106.89
Taj Griffin, 2015 RB (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) - 105.42

Top 40-yard dashes

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Cornelius Sturghill is far better than he was a year ago. College football recruiters have taken notice.

"I got a whole lot better from last year," the junior athlete prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose said. "My footwork got better. I increased my speed. I gained weight."

Sturghill weighed 150 pounds last season. This fall, he's up to 175. He's also seeing the game better.

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