NCF On The Trail: Week 12 rewind

Weekend Rewind: Ohio State 

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Ohio State lost out on ESPN 150 offensive tackle and Pittsburgh commit Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon), but the Buckeyes might have a backup plan with ESPN Watch List junior Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).

After St. Ignatius lost a Division I, Region 1 final in triple overtime 57-56 to Mentor on Saturday, Byrne scheduled an unofficial visit to Ohio State to see the Nov. 24 Michigan game.

He has the Buckeyes and Notre Dame in his final two but has been able to see only the Fighting Irish, because most of his games were on Saturdays.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Ohio State, to seeing their offensive line and to seeing how their game day works,” Byrne said. “It’s kind of the same thing I did when I went to Notre Dame. I’ll be looking more at my position than anything else.”

Weekend Rewind: Florida 

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Despite not having many visitors for its 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday, the Florida Gators will still consider this a successful recruiting weekend.

The Gators filled what potentially could be a big hole on the defensive line with the verbal commitment of Darious Cummings (Titusville, Fla./East Mississippi Community Colege) on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 292-pound lineman, who originally signed with Florida State out of high school, switched his pledge from Ole Miss to Florida after taking an official visit to Florida this weekend.

Cummings said he has matured since his time at FSU.

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Weekend Rewind: Oklahoma 

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Oklahoma earned one big win on the field with a thrilling 50-49 victory at West Virginia. The Sooners also earned a major win on the recruiting trail when 2014 ESPN Watch List running back Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) confirmed he committed to OU on Saturday night.

Running back Devon Thomas was one of the Sooners' first offers for the Class of 2014.
Thomas said he told OU running backs coach Cale Gundy on Saturday through Twitter. Thomas said Gundy was excited to hear the news.

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Recruiting Rewind: West 

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It was a big weekend for UCLA on the field and on the recruiting trail.

The Bruins earned a big win over the USC Trojans on Saturday, and collected two verbal commitments over the weekend as well. The 2013 class added another terrific athlete in Darren Andrews (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat) who decommitted from Duke before giving his pledge to the UCLA staff. And the 2014 class saw its first member, with the commitment of wide receiver Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif./Upland). Things could have hardly gone better for the Bruins, as they made a strong impression on many uncommitted ESPN 300 standouts, including safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza), safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), cornerback Johnny Johnson (Fresno, Calif./Central) and defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland). Goodman and his mother met at length with the UCLA coaches on Sunday, and the Bruins will have a chance to close very strong with the defensive backfield in this class.

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Weekend Rewind: USC 

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LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans lost their fourth game of the season on Saturday, and even though it came at the hands of crosstown rival UCLA, the general reaction among the Trojans' commits was all too familiar.

“It just makes me want to come in as fast as possible to help out,” four-star running back commit Justin Davis said Sunday.

It’s a sentiment shared by the members of a tight-knit recruiting class. Yes, USC is having an underwhelming campaign, but it appears that only drastic changes to the coaching staff between now and national signing day would have an effect.

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Weekend Rewind: Alabama 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama hosted a small contingent of visitors for the Western Carolina game on Saturday, but all of the top recruits were watching as Kansas and Oregon were knocked off, opening the door for the Crimson Tide to play in the BCS title game for the second year in a row.

Many of Alabama’s top 2013 commitments took to Twitter with their reaction when they found out the Tide were back in it.

TE O.J. Howard (@TheRealOjHoward): “Despite all my bad luck this week, end up being best bday weekend ever!! Thanks to some upsets Roll Tide!!

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Weekend rewind: Texas A&M 

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Texas A&M turned much of its recruiting attention to junior college prospects over the weekend, hosting four juco prospects for the Aggies' game against Sam Houston State. It was Texas A&M's first home game since Oct. 20, and the Aggies made it a productive one, scoring a commitment from one of those prospects in attendance, City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.

Stuckey, who is 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, will be a mid-year transfer and will join the Aggies in time for the spring semester. That means he will have four years to play three seasons at Texas A&M.

"One thing I'll say is that I really liked the whole community [in College Station] and everything," Stuckey said. "I felt like everyone there was really friendly and it could definitely be somewhere I could go and fit in and feel welcome."

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Weekend Rewind: LSU 

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After two weeks of huge visitor turnouts, LSU's guest list tailed off a bit for Saturday's home finale against Ole Miss. The afternoon kickoff and the low-level opponent probably contributed to that, especially since the Tigers played marquee matchups against Alabama and Mississippi State in the weeks before.

A sizable chunk of the Tigers' usual suspects turned out -- many of them 2013 commits such as Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger), DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) and Tre'Davious White (Shreveport, La./Green Oaks). Some non-regular visitors such as offensive guard commit Josh Boutte (New Iberia, La./Westgate) also turned up.

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Weekend Rewind: Midlands 

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Decommitments were somewhat popular last week in the Midlands region.

It started on Wednesday, when three-star offensive lineman Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas/Irving) decommitted from Oklahoma State and chose Baylor. ESPN 300 safety Kameron Miles (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) followed the trend, as he decommitted from Tennessee -- three days before the firing of head coach Derek Dooley -- and committed to Texas A&M the same day.

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Weekend Rewind: Washington 

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While it seems like Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ career just started, it is never too early to start grooming the sophomore tight end’s heir apparent.

With that in mind, the Huskies received some good news Sunday when senior David Ajamu (Shelton, Wash./Shelton) decided to flip his commitment from Oregon State to Washington.

The 6-foot-5, 231-pound tight end became the 19th member of the Huskies’ 2013 recruiting class and continued the program’s recent push to bring in local prospects.

The Huskies also offered a pair of local seniors opportunities this week, inviting safety Mason Stone (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace) and receiver Ryan Turman (Bellevue, Wash./Interlake) to join the program as preferred walk-ons next season. Turman already has accepted Washington's invitation.

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

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Playing host to Georgia Southern was not quite the marquee matchup that drew a lot of recruits to Athens, Ga., this past Saturday, but two of the prospects that took in Georgia’s 45-14 win wound up being the talk of the town.

South Carolina cornerback commit Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) visited Georgia yet again. For those keeping count, the ESPN 300 defensive back has made the short trek to Athens for four of Georgia’s six home games. After the Ole Miss game on Nov. 3, Langley told DawgNation that he mainly visited because Georgia was close and it “was something to do.” But Langley also went to Auburn last week to see the Tigers host the Bulldogs. That trip raised eyebrows, as he has not mentioned Auburn as a likely destination. Returning to Athens on the heels of cornerback Steven Nelson’s (Warner Robins, Ga./College of Sequoias) decommitment from the Bulldogs last week also seems telling.

Langley’s best friend is teammate and Georgia safety commit Quincy Mauger. Both have spoken extensively about playing together in college. Langley maintains he is still “100 percent committed to South Carolina,” but his actions bear watching. He also plans to take an official visit to Georgia in the future.

The other visitor to Georgia that turned heads on the sideline before the game was ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Gosse Creek). One of Georgia’s highest-rated recruits, Terry has taken a few visits to Clemson in the past month. He shut down communication with the media, and his coach, Chuck Reedy, said Terry was seriously considering the Tigers. Returning to Athens on Saturday with an official visit yet to be taken was a good sign for Georgia’s chances of hanging onto the four-star talent.

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