NCF On The Trail: Week 15 rewind

Weekend Rewind: Texas A&M 

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It was actually before the weekend began that Texas A&M got its most significant recruiting news that Aggies' fans are still buzzing about as Thursday brought the commitment of ESPN 150 defensive tackle Justin Manning.

The No. 8 tackle in the nation and the No. 88 player in the ESPN 150, Manning's acquisition was significant, especially considering that he is ranked as the top defensive tackle in Texas. It's a need position for the Aggies and with Manning on board, they now have five commitments at the position.

Thursday was also the day that ESPN 150 athlete Ricky Seals-Jones finalized his announcement date, which is Monday. Texas A&M fans are expecting good news when he reveals his choice to the world.

Weekend Rewind: Alabama 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the first time since early October, the University of Alabama had a weekend without a football game, and it gave the Crimson Tide coaching staff a chance to host a group of official visitors.

The most notable visitor was ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana), ranked No. 19 overall. The Louisiana native has narrowed down his list to Alabama and LSU and plans to make a decision in January at the Under Armour All-America Game. He enjoyed his official visit to UA over the weekend.

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Weekend rewind: Georgia 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff was on the road Friday, as usual, checking in on commits and targets alike. In what had to the most fortuitous turn of events of the day, tight ends coach John Lilly and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti just happened to be stopping by Auburn (Ala.) High School right after the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker, Reuben Foster, decommitted from Auburn University. Both coaches met with Foster, who reopened his recruitment, citing reports that his mentor Trooper Taylor had been let go at Auburn.

Later that night, another coach would also prove lucky as defensive line coach Rodney Garner was on hand to congratulate Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) after the top-ranked defensive tackle won the chance to play for the Georgia Class A championship.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and running backs coach Bryan McClendon were on hand to see the Bulldogs’ top tailback target, Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), win his semifinal game as well. Alabama’s Kirby Smart was also there, and the battle for Kamara is still neck and neck.

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Weekend Rewind: Ohio State 

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Ohio State has to be feeling pretty good about itself these days.

With eight commits already on official visits over the weekend, the Buckeyes added two more names to their 2013 recruiting class when four-star ESPN 150 cornerback Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and four-star ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave their pledge to the team.

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Weekend Rewind: Penn State 

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- What sanctions?

On a weekend designated for official visits, four recruits committed to Penn State -- including at least three defensive players -- and helped solidify a class stocked with quality offensive talent. The Nittany Lions' Class of 2013 now stands at 17 recruits.

Cornerback Anthony Smith earned an offer Saturday and committed Sunday, linebackers Jonathan Walton and Zayd Issah pledged to the Blue and White, and wideout DaeSean Hamilton also told the staff he wanted to become a Nittany Lion. Those verbals filled definite needs for PSU, the most glaring of which was cornerback.

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Weekend Rewind: Southeast 

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ESPN 150 linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) announced his decision last week to decommit from Auburn, citing reports that assistant coach Trooper Taylor had been relieved of his duties as a contributing factor. The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Foster had built a strong relationship with Taylor, but now the No. 24 prospect in the country is exploring his options.

Georgia could have a head start in the battle for Foster. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt made a call to Foster earlier in the week and said he hoped to bring Foster to Athens and have a hand in mentoring the talented defensive target.

ESPN 150 safety Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) has been lobbying for his close friend Foster to join him at Georgia for more than a year. On the day Foster reopened his recruitment, Bulldogs’ assistant coaches John Lilly and Kirk Oilivadotti were visiting with him at his school. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is expected to visit Foster this week.

Alabama, where Foster originally committed in the summer of 2011, could be a major contender as well. Auburn, LSU, Miami and Washington are also in the mix. Expect Foster to take his official visits in January.

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Weekend Rewind: Washington 

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SEATTLE -- With one verbal commitment and eight official visitors, it was a busy weekend for Washington.

While cornerback Daquawn Brown (Los Angeles/Dorsey) was getting a tour of the Space Needle and offensive tackle Na’Ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough) was tweeting pictures of the view from his hotel room, linebacker Azeem Victor (Pomona, Calif./Pomona) was at home in California deciding it was the right time to announce he would play college football for the Huskies. Now that Victor has joined the program's 2013 class, Washington has 20 current commitments.

Brown and Rodgers were joined on their visits by USC commits offensive tackle Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy).

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