- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
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The first weekend back from the recruiting dead period saw dozens of prospects taking official visits to Pac-12 campuses. While programs such as Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State all put together solid weekends, no program’s recruits (and parents) were better about documenting the events than Stanford’s, where Big Visit Weekend seemed to go over extremely well with everybody in attendance.
Here is a look through the eyes of recruits on social media at this weekend’s Pac-12 recruiting visits.
Big visit weekend at Stanford
Everything is better when you start off with dessert, and defensive tackle Ross Donelly probably agrees with that sentiment after being welcomed to his visit by two Stanford cupcakes.
— Ross Donelly (@Rossino_90) January 16, 2015
— Tracey Chaffin (@tmchaffin) January 16, 2015
— David Wilson (@buckeyebatlecry) January 16, 2015
Later, Chaffin summed up the first day of the visit, while fellow commit Mustafa Branch provided some visual proof.
Today has been so fun, I have been in a virtual reality room, driven an electric car and taken a tour of EA Sports #onlyatStanford
— Brian Chaffin (@B_Chaffin65) January 17, 2015
— Mustafa Branch (@mubranch20) January 17, 2015
Stanford also made sure to introduce prospects to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has become a recruiting staple for the Cardinal. After his cupcakes, Donelly, a four-star uncommitted prospect, made sure to snap a quick photo.
Selfie game to strong!! pic.twitter.com/eMP2OVQ4Ld
— Ross Donelly (@Rossino_90) January 18, 2015
Of course, no official visit anywhere would be complete without the gear, shown here by defensive tackle commit Wes Annan ...
Gear for days pic.twitter.com/YCP1Yw5TaI
— Nii Aryee(Wes Annan) (@NiiAnnan_56) January 18, 2015
Or the bling, worn here by ESPN 300 running back target Bryce Love.
Enjoying my Stanford visit! 💍💍 pic.twitter.com/qwVWgoguPb
— Bryce Love (@Blovee_23) January 17, 2015
And at least one Stanford commit received some especially good news during the trip, as wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside announced.
Officially admitted into Stanford University !! 🌲🌲
— Jj Arcega-Whiteside (@jjarcega_22) January 17, 2015
And Nick Wilson’s father provided one final look at the committed prospects who took their official visits to Stanford over the weekend.
— David Wilson (@buckeyebatlecry) January 18, 2015
Utah lands another juco prospect
The Utes had several intriguing visitors on campus for official visits and came away with another junior college wide receiver commitment, bringing their total to three juco receivers in this class. Deniko Carter made the call during this visit, and he joins Kyle Fulks and Brandon Snell.
— Neek (@NeekDaKing) January 18, 2015
Arizona’s final push
There aren’t many spots left in Arizona’s recruiting class, but the Wildcats are hoping they can finish things off with a couple of teammates in three-star outside linebacker Arthur McGinnis and wide receiver Darrell Clark.
— It's HULK‼️ (@amg_arthur) January 17, 2015
Just Received a Scholarship to The University of Arizona 🐻🔴🔵 #BearDown
— Darrell Clark (@_deejay17th) January 18, 2015
Trojans host stars
USC was scheduled to have nearly every one of its commitments on hand this weekend, as five early enrollees are already there and 10 commitments were taking official visits. But three huge uncommitted prospects were slated to be in attendance as well, in defensive tackle Rasheem Green, inside linebacker John Houston and athlete Porter Gustin. Here is Green, along with defensive line coach Chris Wilson and his son, Caleb Wilson.
— Rasheem Green (@ras_green) January 18, 2015
Visitors to Oregon State
Oregon State coaches have been furiously trying to rebuild the Beavers class after several formerly committed prospects flipped following the departure of Mike Riley. This weekend, Oregon State welcomed a number of visitors, including some position help in the secondary, in cornerback Jay Irvine and safety Treston Decoud.
— G.O.E✈️ (@Jay_underrated1) January 17, 2015
— Treston Decoud (@_TD7) January 17, 2015
Washington had several official visitors on campus, including wide receiver commit Andre Baccellia and tight end Ricky McCoy, who apparently hit it off with big-time Washington target Benning Potoa’e, who is down to the Huskies and UCLA, and will likely make his decision shortly following this trip.
I feel like ive known these dudes forever, me and Benning already got it planned, if he comes were rooming up, thats my dude 💪🔥
— Ricky Shawndre McCoy (@_Predator09_) January 17, 2015
— Andre Baccellia (@andre_baccellia) January 17, 2015
UCLA looks at 2016
The Bruins had a number of 2016 prospects on campus, as UCLA coaches look to get a head start on next year’s class while finishing this one off strong. One of those in attendance was Camilo Eifler, an outside linebacker who already holds Pac-12 offers from Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.
— Swaggy C (@_miloeifler) January 17, 2015
ASU’s sweet finish
It only makes sense to bookend this post with dessert, and uncommitted safety Kareem Orr provided a shot of his welcome gift from Arizona State. The Sun Devils will need to fend off Clemson, Oklahoma and others to land Orr, but they hope he is part of what could be a huge finish to this class for Arizona State.
— Kareem Orr#⃣1⃣ (@ReemKnows1) January 17, 2015
The first weekend back from the recruiting dead period saw dozens of prospects taking official visits to Pac-12 campuses.