NCF On The Trail: week 11 rewind

Weekend Rewind: West 

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• The Washington Huskies hosted six official visitors for the big win over Utah and the guests fit into several categories. There were two Washington commitments in offensive tackle Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and defensive end Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Tex./Lancaster), two recruits committed to other Pac-12 programs in USC defensive end commit Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) and Arizona running back commit Pierre Cormier (San Diego, Calif./Madison), and two uncommitted recruits in athlete Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and defensive end Austin Hooper (Concord, Calif./De La Salle).

• But those weren't the only standout prospects in the state of Washington this weekend. The Washington State Cougars had four high school standouts on campus for official visits. Cougars verbal commitment Gerard Wicks (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) was joined by USC commit Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) and uncommitted prospects Daquawn Brown (Los Angeles/Dorsey) and Jeff Camilli (Shingle Springs, Calif./Ponderosa). The Washington State visitors arrived Saturday and stayed on campus into Monday.

Weekend Rewind: Southeast 

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• After decommitting from Clemson, No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss with his parents, older brother and his father’s niece on Saturday. While there had been speculation that Nkemdiche could commit to the Rebels over the weekend, there was no public change in his recruitment. Nkemdiche and his mother have stated that no final decision is imminent, with his mother targeting national signing day and Nkemdiche saying he will probably announce in January but that he could also commit when it feels right. The Rebels are still considered the team to beat, but the longer his recruitment lasts, the more opportunities that programs such as Alabama, Clemson and Georgia will have to convince Nkemdiche that their program is the best fit for him.

• ESPN 150 defensive lineman Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) took an unofficial visit to Clemson over the weekend, giving his mother her first look at the Tigers. The visit went well, and Clemson has a chance to secure a coveted official visit from the No. 7 prospect in the country. Next up for Adams is taking in a high school game with ESPN 300 offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton), a University of Georgia commitment who has become close friends with Adams over the past few months. Adams will take his mom on another unofficial visit to Alabama Nov. 24 for the Iron Bowl against Auburn. Then his official visits will begin, with LSU, Oregon and USC mentioned as three Adams plans to take. Clemson has positioned itself to have a strong chance at being No. 4.

• Another ESPN 150 target on campus at Clemson over the weekend was Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek), a University of Georgia commitment. Terry took his first official visit to Clemson last month, and returned after visiting Georgia Nov. 3 for the Ole Miss game. Clemson is selling Terry on making an impact in the backfield, while Georgia has mentioned the possibility of playing multiple positions in Athens. He told DawgNation after his official visit that he was solid to the Bulldogs and intended on enrolling early at Georgia, but his recruitment warrants monitoring with the return trip to Clemson. He is expected to take his official to Georgia next month.

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Weekend Rewind: LSU 

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It certainly wasn't the star-studded show of bluechips the Tigers hosted for Alabama, but Saturday's win against Mississippi State saw plenty of talent in its own right.

ESPN 150 Kendell Beckwith (Clinton, La./East Feliciana) made the trip to Baton Rouge for a second consecutive week. His original plan was to take in the Alabama-Texas A&M game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but his high school playoff schedule made that unworkable.

Several LSU commitments also dropped in on the proceedings. That's no big deal for local guys like Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger), who took in yet another game. But ESPN 300 defensive end Frank Herron (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Central) made the trip from out of town for a second straight weekend -- that's dedication.

Both LSU juco commits, wide receiver Quantavius Leslie (Hoganville, Ga./Hinds CC) and tight end Logan Stokes (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Northeast Mississippi CC), made the trip as well.

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Weekend Rewind: East 

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Derrick Green's recruitment was shaken up this weekend.

Talking to ESPN for the first time in more than two weeks, the ESPN 150 tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage said he's no longer considering Virginia Tech and is now interested in Miami.

That's a big change, as Green had long said the Hokies were among his finalists, which now are Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Oregon and Auburn, where he took an official visit this weekend.

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Weekend Rewind: Southeast 

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Michael O'Connor continues to make strong connections with Alabama, especially after a visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

The sophomore quarterback from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor said he enjoyed meeting with Bama offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier on Saturday.

"They told me they liked what they saw and to keep working hard and to get me down in the spring," O'Connor said.

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Weekend Rewind: Ohio State 

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Visits to other schools and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) appear to be getting closer to reality as the Michigan commit has not backed off talk about doing the one thing Wolverines coach Brady Hoke considers taboo.

The feeling in Ann Arbor, Mich., is if a commit takes a visit elsewhere, he’s no longer a Michigan man.

Two weeks ago, Conley said he might take visits to Ohio State and Oregon. The Buckeyes are recruiting the ESPN 150 cornerback as an athlete. The Ducks have shown serious interest.

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Weekend Rewind: Michigan 

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In another exciting finish at home, Michigan put on an excellent show for visiting prospects with an overtime win against Northwestern on Saturday. It took a little while for the crowd and game to get going, but the Big House was as loud as ever towards the end of the game.

Luckily for Michigan there were some big-time prospects on hand sitting front row to watch the thrilling win. The biggest was 2013 defensive back Leon McQuay (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), who was on campus for the second time.

The No. 32 ranked player in the country and his family came away very impressed with what Michigan had to offer. Despite still having a USC visit left to take, Michigan might have made his decision that much more difficult.

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Weekend rewind: Georgia 

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Georgia traveled to Auburn this weekend where a 38-0 victory gave the Bulldogs their second SEC East divisional title in as many years. Freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined to rush for 221 yards, marking the third time they have both picked up over 100 yards in the same game this season. Georgia has a long history of thunder and lightning tailback duos and apparently the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is looking to bring in another pair in the Class of 2013.

Georgia has 27 commitments and many of its top targets are still undecided. With little room left in the class, it was widely assumed that the Bulldogs would only take one running back. Georgia’s top target at the position says that is not the case.

“What I found out yesterday was that Georgia wants to take two backs,” Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) said. “Coach [Bryan] McClendon called me last night and told me that since Marlon Brown went down, they are going to go after another back.”

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Weekend Rewind: Alabama 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama came up short on the field against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M on Saturday, but off the field, the Crimson Tide enjoyed a successful weekend with a number of top recruits in town for the game. It was the Tide’s biggest recruiting weekend of the season to date.

The most notable visitor in Tuscaloosa was five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), who was accompanied by his mother on the trip. From all accounts, the visit went great and bolstered the Tide’s chances with the ESPN 150 star. Tunsil recently named Alabama and Georgia as his top two schools.

During the weekend, UA hosted just two official visitors: a pair of ESPN 150 tight ends, Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski) and Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Milford Academy). McNeil is already committed to the Tide, but for Henry, an Arkansas commitment, the trip gave him something to think about.

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Weekend Rewind: Washington 

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Washington made the most of its final home game of the season.

With six official visitors in Seattle over the weekend, the Huskies knocked off Utah 34-15 and put together an impressive performance with plenty of prospects in the CenturyLink stands.

For offensive line commit Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) it was an opportunity to reaffirm the decision he made in July. For defensive end commit Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) it was a chance to return to his hometown for a few days. For unofficial visitor and Oregon State commit David Ajamu (Shelton, Wash./Shelton) it was a moment that gave him something to think about after earning an offer from the Huskies.

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Weekend Rewind: Texas A&M 

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Texas A&M's upset win over then-No. 1-ranked Alabama didn't just resonate in the polls and among pundits and observers nationwide, it also caught the attention of recruits.

The Aggies already had begun to turn heads with the way they fared in their first season playing in the Southeastern Conference, but beating the defending BCS champions was another matter entirely.

"Yeah, it surprised me a lot," 2014 ESPN Watch List cornerback Ed Paris said. "When you hear Alabama's name, you think about them being No. 1 in the nation, an all-around unstoppable team, and as for A&M, first year in the SEC, to beat Alabama was impressive. It was very impressive. It was an all-around great game."

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Weekend Rewind: USC 

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LOS ANGELES -- USC receiver commit Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) took an official visit to Washington State and was still in Pullman taking a tour of campus as of Sunday evening. He published a photo on his Twitter account of a group of Washington State fans holding up a sign that read, "LaRue come to the Zzu." LaRue said he was scheduled to return home Monday.

Trojans defensive end commit Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley), who intends to enroll early, took a trip to Washington for the Huskies' final regular-season home game against Utah, his first official visit. He is scheduled to take his official to USC on the weekend of Dec. 7, along with the rest of the early enrollees. Recent decommit Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) was also in Seattle for an official visit. He also expects to take trips to LSU and Oregon in the near future.

Four-star defensive tackle commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) took an unofficial visit to Cal, while four-star quarterback commit Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) was at the Coliseum for the Trojans' 38-17 victory against Arizona State.

Also attending Saturday's game were Class of 2014 offensive lineman Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), who made the cross-country trek for an unofficial visit, as well as Class of 2013 commits Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany).

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Weekend Rewind: Oklahoma 

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What a difference two weeks makes for three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington). Two weeks ago he was seeing his first Oklahoma home game in person when the Sooners played Notre Dame.

Alexander can add another first after Saturday as he saw his first OU home game as a Sooners commit with OU’s win against Baylor.

Originally committed to Arkansas, Alexander decommitted from the Razorbacks and flipped to OU last week.

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