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What to watch for this weekend

11/17/2011

On the verge of school history

If Southern Miss can beat UAB tonight, it would mark just the third time in school history the Eagles would have 10 wins in a season. Southern Miss finishes its regular season against Memphis and would likely play the winner of Tulsa/Houston in the Conference USA championship game. The school has never posted an 11-win season and coach Larry Fedora knows the impact it could have with recruits.

“First of all, we have a chance to do something that's never been done before here at Southern Miss,” Fedora said. “I want us to continue to move forward and accomplish our goals. It will be huge for recruiting and that’s how we have built this thing, through recruiting. We are now in year four and seeing the fruits of our labor.”

Bullard to visit Gamecocks

ESPNU 150 defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C./Crest) will make his official visit to South Carolina this weekend. The Gamecocks have their work cut out for them. Many believe he’s headed to Clemson or perhaps Florida.

What’s interesting is that his teammate, Rhaheim Ledbetter is committed to the Gators, while his good friend from Forest City (N.C.) Chase, Carlos Watkins, has committed to the Tigers.

Bullard made his official visit to Clemson last weekend. He also visited Nebraska last month. Bullard raved about his trip to Lincoln, but distance could become an issue. He recently went to Tennessee and enjoyed his time in Knoxville, especially meeting with the Tennessee coaches.

At this point it looks like he will only make four official visits, with his fourth and final visit to Gainesville on Nov. 25. There is no timetable at this point when he will make his decision.

UGA to host juco TE

Could Georgia be on the verge of landing another commitment in junior college tight end Blake Jackson (Scottsdale, Az./Scottsdale Community College)? He will officially visit the Dawgs this weekend.

“I have never been there (to Georgia),” said Jackson via text message. “I am looking forward to the atmosphere there and the different ways they use Orson Charles.”

Jackson, 6-4 and 235 pounds, made his first official visit last weekend and that trip went to Arkansas.

“The Arkansas visit was pretty good,” Jackson said. “It was nice to chill with the guys.”

Jackson plans on making a third official visit and it could be his last one. He’s scheduled to visit Oklahoma State on Dec. 3.

Junior Green back this Friday

One of the top teams in class A Georgia is Eagles Landing Christian Academy from McDonough. One of the top players in the state is junior running ESPNU Watch List RB Keyante Green (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) has missed the past three weeks because of a groin injury, but he’s expecting to play this Friday in the second round playoff game versus Greenville County.

“It’s been three long weeks for me,” Green said. “I have turned into a cheerleader and a coach. It (groin) was kind of bothering me during the week of our game against Our Lady of Mercy. Then, it the game, I stretched it pretty good making a tackle. It was so bad I have had to sit.”

Green is also an impact player at linebacker, averaging double digit tackles. But this week he will only play offense.

Present meets the future

How would you like to be Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes? Last week they played and beat talented Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson 7-0 on the road. Now it travels north once again to take on junior standout defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and a very good Grayson (Ga.) team. The game marks the state’s top prospect this season in Lowndes outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemson against Nkemdiche, the likely top prospect in the Peach State next year.