NCF On The Trail: Week 14 rewind

Weekend Rewind: Alabama 

December, 3, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama and Georgia provided the country with an instant classic in Saturday’s SEC championship game. Although the Crimson Tide pulled it out at the end, a number of top commitments were on the edge of their seats until the clock hit zero.

“It was a scare for me for a moment, but it was a really good game,” ESPN 150 tight end O.J. Howard said.

“I thought it was one of the best SEC championships that I’ve seen,” said four-star athlete Derrick Henry. “Both teams fought to the end, and I love seeing something like that. I love seeing both teams hungry for a win. I thought both teams fought really hard.”

Weekend Rewind: Washington 

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SEATTLE -- If there are top targets Washington would like to add to its 2013 class, chances are the Huskies visited them last week.

The coaching staff continues to make the most of its opportunity to make in-home visits as the program tries to wrap up its current class.

In addition to stops at the homes of commits and potential new additions, several members of the coaching staff were seen at the Tacoma Dome watching some of Washington’s top talent.

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Weekend Rewind: Oklahoma 

December, 3, 2012
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It feels like the Sooners have been playing catchup for most of the year on the recruiting trail. The OU coaches have preached patience with the class offers, and it has put OU in a tough spot.

This time, though, it wasn’t OU’s fault. With the Sooners playing Saturday at TCU, they couldn’t utilize the first week of in-home visits, so they will have to make up some ground.

OU will get started in a hurry. Three big names scheduled to have in-home visits are ESPN 150 defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), ESPN 150 safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Ranch Cucamonga) and ESPN 300 athlete and Florida State commit Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna).

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Weekend Rewind Texas A&M 

December, 3, 2012
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Texas A&M continues to pick up commitments on the heels of its 10-2 inaugural Southeastern Conference campaign, and the latest comes from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy receiver Ja'Quay Williams.

"After looking at everything and taking time to evaluate for now and into the future, Coach [Kevin] Sumlin, his staff, and the program is where I need to be and where I am now committed, 110 percent," Williams said. "I indicated so tonight!

"I have officially committed to Texas A&M."

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

December, 3, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- After coming within 5 yards of playing for a national championship on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs really needed some good news on Sunday. To make matters worse, one of their top targets, wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams chose Texas A&M over Georgia on Sunday night. Missing out on a BCS bowl game did not help the mood in Athens, either.

Just when it seemed the Bulldogs could not catch a break on the field or on the recruiting trail, coach Mark Richt received a phone call. One of Georgia’s top targets, ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) was on the line. Terry had gone quiet after a visit to Clemson, deciding to mull over how he would fit with the in-state Tigers. He had already decommitted from Georgia once and the pressure to remain in South Carolina weighed on him. Terry was torn between the two programs. But during the call to Richt, Terry revealed he had made a decision.

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Weekend Rewind: Ohio State 

December, 3, 2012
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Ohio State coaches didn’t have to go far to check on some of their commits and targets last weekend.

On hand in Massillon, Ohio, and Canton, Ohio, for six division state finals, Urban Meyer and a handful of assistants watched commit Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) and target DeShone Kizer knock out commit Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) in the Division II state finals.

Thompson had a key stop on fourth-and-2 in the second quarter that led to the win.

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Weekend Rewind: USC 

December, 3, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- USC offensive line commit Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) on Saturday set up an official visit to Washington for the weekend of Dec. 7.

Falah, the only offensive tackle in the Trojans' 2013 recruiting class, initially planned to unofficially visit USC this upcoming weekend while the early enrollees are on campus on their official trips, but that changed when three Washington coaches dropped by for an in-home meeting last week.

"They came on a home visit and I really liked what they we're telling me, so I'm going to check it out," Falah said Saturday.

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Weekend Rewind: Midwest 

December, 2, 2012
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It was relatively quiet in the Midwest this weekend, especially when compared to the crazy few days that followed the Thanksgiving holiday a little more than a week ago. There were few official visits and few commitments, though, so here is a look back at the weekend that was in the Midwest.

  • ESPN 150 receiver Laquon Treadwell took his first official visit, and Ole Miss was the beneficiary of visit No. 1. It was the third visit to Ole Miss for Treadwell, who has a former teammate in Oxford. A sleeper team at the beginning of Treadwell's recruitment, the Rebels are in the top three and could be the team to beat. This one could come down to the Rebels and Oklahoma, which he will visit in a few weeks.
  • Recent Michigan decommitment and ESPN 150 cornerback Gareon Conley plans to officially visit both Ohio State and the Wolverines this month. He will make it to Ohio State this coming weekend, and there is a chance he commits on the visit. If not, he has a visit to Michigan planned for Dec. 14, although WolverineNation writer Tom VanHaaren reported that it might have to be rescheduled because of a basketball game.
  • Two Illinois-based programs each added a couple of commitments over the weekend. Northwestern first got a commitment from Tommy Fuessel, who was previously committed to Northern Illinois. On Sunday, Marcus McShepard committed as expected. The Illini also added two commitments, going to the juco ranks for Abens Cajuste and Eric Finney.

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