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What to watch for this weekend

10/27/2011

Bullard visiting Nebraska

Nebraska is hosting ESPNU 150 defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C./Crest) for an official visit this weekend. In fact, Bullard was supposed to be joined by Clemson commit Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C./Chase), but it looks like Watkins will elect not to go.

In the meantime the Cornhuskers have their work cut out for them with Bullard, as it appears South Carolina and Florida could be the two teams to beat. But that’s why teams host prospects for official visits.

Many feel Bullard could elect to stay close to home and play in Columbia. Others say he feels very strongly with the Gators. It helps the Florida cause that his teammate and close friend, safety Rhaheim Ledbetter, is committed to the Gators.

The wild card in the Bullard sweepstakes could be Clemson. Like South Carolina, Clemson is close to home and he’s also close friends with Watkins. It also helps that the Tigers are unbeaten and really rolling both on and off the field right now.

Bullard is the No. 83 player in the ESPNU 150, the No. 11 defensive end and No. 5 recruit in the state of North Carolina. This one is already interesting and could even more intriguing in the coming weeks.

Thornton’s last visit?

Shadrach Thornton (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) has been a Kentucky commit for about a month now, but that hasn’t stopped the three-star running back prospect from visiting other schools. He recently took trips to Vanderbilt and NC State. This weekend he will make an official visit to Georgia Tech.

“I would call him a soft commitment to Kentucky,” said Kirk Warner, Liberty County’s coach. “He has now been on official visits to Kentucky, NC State and Vandy. This should be it for him.”

Thornton, 6-1 and 200 pounds, has rushed for over 1,400 yards and 12 scores in his first eight games.

“I think he’s an ‘I’ tailback who really see the hole,” Warner said. “He’s a downhill guy. Shadrach has had an outstanding year and has become a jack of all trades. He has played running back, quarterback and run the wildcat. He’s done everything. What makes him so special is that he can really run between the tackles. But now he has that burst and some explosion. So far this season he has five plays of 60-plus yards.”

Thornton is the nation’s No. 38 running back prospect and ranked No. 71 in the state of Georgia. There is no timetable for when he will make a firm decision with the Wildcats or head to one of the three other programs. We’ll see how this weekend goes for Thornton and the Yellow Jackets.

Moore to visit Louisiana Tech

Alonzo Moore (Winnfield, La./Winnfield) had a big junior season but started off his senior campaign with a nagging turf toe injury. Lately, the three-star athlete has been heating up and had a five touchdown performance two weeks ago against Alexandria (La.) Menard, in a huge 48-6 win for Winnfield.

“Alonzo is healthy now and really playing well at receiver, quarterback and as our return guy,” said Andy Pyles, Winnfield’s coach. “He’s an athlete with a great understanding of every aspect of an offense because he played it all. Nebraska likes him as a quarterback first.”

Nebraska and Mississippi State are his two favorites -- and he has officially visited both schools over the past month – but this weekend Moore will make an official visit to nearby Louisiana Tech.

“Ruston is about 45 minutes from here,” Pyles said. “He’s very familiar with that program. But right now Nebraska and Mississippi State are the two schools he really likes.”

Another school that could turn his head with an offer would be LSU. They have been hot and cold on Moore from the beginning and things could be heating up once again.

“I felt all along that LSU would offer him but they have not,” Pyles said. “They are probably looking at him at receiver and he fits what they like. Alonzo is a big kid that can run and jump and do a lot of things. I am hearing that they may now do something.”

Moore, 6-2 and 186 pounds, is the nation’s No. 58 athlete and the No. 16 player from Louisiana.

DL to visit Georgia Tech for Clemson game

Three-star defensive tackle prospect Dalvin Tomlinson (McDonough, Ga./Henry County) confirmed with me via text message that he plans to attend the Georgia Tech-Clemson game this Saturday. It appears that the Yellow Jackets could be in prime position to land Tomlinson as it looks like a battle between Georgia Tech, Alabama, Indiana and possibly Stanford.

The big question is where does Tomlinson sit on the Crimson Tide’s board? If he’s not a guy they truly want to sign he could fall right to the Yellow Jackets, which would be a very good get to Paul Johnson and the Tech program. It’s close to home, a very good academic school and Tech has a great need for defensive linemen with his abilities.

Tomlinson is the No. 40 ranked defensive tackle in the country and the No. 54 recruit in the state of Georgia. He said last night that he will line up his official visits this weekend.

Streaking Sandy Creek

Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek High School is home to many of the elite prospects from the state of Georgia. They are also home to the state’s longest winning streak at 37 games, which ties the school for fifth all-time. With a win on Friday against Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County, they will tie Lincolnton (Ga.) Lincoln County at 38. Buford (Ga.) holds the state’s longest streak at 47 games in a row from 2001 through 2004.

The Patriots currently has four seniors committed to three SEC schools and one ACC school. Wide receiver Ja'Quay Williams is headed to Auburn while running back Mike Hilton has committed to Ole Miss and defensive lineman Quinteze Williams has given his pledge to Florida. Offensive tackle Will Adams is committed to Georgia Tech.