Early Offer: Tough times ahead for UF? 

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Recruiting in the SEC is already difficult, but the difficulty in Gainesville is about to be ratcheted up even more as rival recruiters are already pressuring Florida recruits to reconsider. Plus, it was clear Saturday night that Oregon needs help on the offensive line, but the good news is that help is on the way.

Best of the visits: Big 12

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Collectively, it was a slow week in the Big 12, as only four of the 10 teams competed in three combined games. One of those teams, Kansas State, played in a Thursday-night thriller against Auburn.

From a quality standpoint, the only game pitting Big 12 foes -- Oklahoma at West Virginia -- was one of the best games of Saturday. The Sooners topped the Mountaineers, but there were several recruits who left Morgantown with a positive outlook on the West Virginia program.

ESPN 300 cornerback Jordan Whitehead was on an official visit, and it’s almost a guarantee the Pennsylvania standout was getting positive feedback not only from the coaches and his player hosts, but also 2016 quarterback and fellow Pennsylvanian Jeremiah Jones, who committed to West Virginia nearly two weeks ago.

 

Three players who also took in the rowdy environment in Morgantown were ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tim Settle, ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Dwayne Haskins and rising 2017 defensive back Damani Neal. Tennessee, Penn State and Clemson are frontrunners for Settle, the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle in the 2015 class, while Haskins, the nation’s No. 2 pocket-passing quarterback in the 2016 class, is nearing 30 offers. Both would admit the West Virginia atmosphere was hard to ignore.

 

Best of the visits: SEC

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There were some great games around the SEC over the weekend. Several prospects attended the games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

Auburn commit D’Anfernee McGriff took an unofficial visit to Alabama for it’s impressive 42-21 victory over Florida on Saturday. The ESPN 300 member has been committed to Auburn since April but it appears the Alabama visit made quite an impression on him.
Here is a photo of five-star Alabama quarterback commit Blake Barnett, his father Lance Barnett and Nick Saban during an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama over the summer. Barnett did attend the game on Saturday and his father tweeted out his thoughts on how Alabama's offense looked in the first half against the Gators. ESPN 300 outside linebacker Adonis Thomas, a Florida commit, was scheduled to visit Alabama but was not able to attend. Thomas chose Florida over Alabama back at the beginning of August, but after the game yesterday, it appears things could be changing based on a tweet he sent out. Though LSU suffered a disappointing 34-29 home loss to Mississippi State, the Tigers still had several visitors on campus. ESPN Jr. 300 cornerback Chad Clay Tweeted a photo of himself along with who appears to be former NBA great Karl Malone in the background. With Mississippi State's big win, several recruits were impressed with what the Bulldogs were able to do in Death Valley. Florida commit Tre Jackson was impressed with what he saw from MSU as was current commit Keith Mixon. 2016 cornerback prospect Elijah Pankey attended Vanderbilt's game against South Carolina. Even though the Commodores fell short against the Gamecocks they still put on a impressive performance in front of several recruits.

Best of the visits: ACC

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As expected, Saturday’s Florida State-Clemson game in Tallahassee, Florida, took the recruiting world by storm. Not only did the Seminoles win in overtime in an electric atmosphere with a number of top prospects on hand, but Jimbo Fisher and staff reeled in a pair of 2016 prospects following the game, including a member of the ESPN Jr. 300.

Along with Florida State, Virginia Tech and Duke hosted a number of key visitors in the classes of 2015, 2016 and beyond.

Heading into Saturday’s Florida State game, ESPN Jr. 300 No. 75 Janarius Robinson was considered a heavy lean to the Seminoles. Before making the 100-mile drive to Tallahassee from Panama City, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end tweeted out this picture letting Florida State fans know he was in transit.
Robinson followed with this tweet and Instagram photo after the game, announcing that he had committed to Florida State. Robinson followed up with the picture of the actual commitment to Jimbo Fisher this morning. A second class of 2016 defensive end to commit to Florida State was Josh Brown, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Like Robinson, he committed to Jimbo Fisher and staff following the game. Before he committing, Brown tweeted this: Among the slew of visitors in 2015 and 2016 were ESPN 300 No. 10 and Florida State commit George Campbell and top 2016 tight end target Isaac Nauta. Nauta, No. 42 in the ESPN Jr. 300, provided this picture with Campbell before kickoff. The key uncommitted official visit in Tallahassee over the weekend was ESPN 300 No. 61 Matt Burrell Jr. The versatile offensive line prospect officially visited Ohio State Sept. 6, and currently lists the Buckeyes as his favorite over Florida State, Penn State, Florida and Alabama. Burrell will officially visit Penn State Oct. 24 and Florida Nov. 14.

Burrell Jr. sent out this picture Saturday afternoon sporting a Seminoles jersey.

Another 2015 prospect of note in attendance was Alabama commitment Ronnie Harrison. The uber impressive list of prospects on hand for the Florida State win over Clemson also included arguably the top 2017 prospect in the country, LSU commitment Dylan Moses. Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech Hokies big official visit weekend took a major hit with the left knee injury to the nation's No. 1 Josh Sweat on Friday night, which kept him hospitalized.

In a protected tweet, ESPN300 No. 90 and North Carolina lean Jalen Dalton commented on both the Tar Heels and Hokies losing to East Carolina back-to-back weeks.

@JalenDalton5: ECU has beat my top 2 teams #IsThatASign

ESPN300 No. 5 Kevin Toliver II sent out this tweet early Saturday morning.

While Toliver II is expected to remain firm with LSU, he is very good friends with Hokies freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford.

Among the top juniors on hand in Blacksburg Saturday was ESPN Jr. 300 No. 103 Devante Brooks. Brooks has the Hokies on top of his recruitment, but unofficial visits coming up to Penn State Sept. 27 and Tennessee Oct. 11.

Watching Duke move to an impressive 4-0 start was top class of 2016 commitment, ESPN Jr. 300 No. 32 Scott Bracey. Another ESPN Jr. 300 prospect on hand for Duke's win Saturday was No. 148 and former North Carolina commit Antonio Williams.

Best of the visits: Pac-12

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Despite no Pac-12 game being held in California this weekend, the conference saw a number of important visitors, as Oregon State, Washington and Washington State were just three of the conference programs to host impact recruits.

2016 QB in Boulder

Colorado received an unofficial visit from 2016 quarterback Kevin Davidson over the weekend. While the 2015 California quarterback crop is almost comically loaded, the 2016 group has some talent as well. While Davidson doesn't yet hold an offer, it should only be a matter of time for the strong-armed 6-foot-4, 222-pound signal-caller. Chico checks in with Huskies

Few recruits deserved a day off more than four-star running back Chico McClatcher on Saturday, just a day after rushing for five first-half touchdowns and game totals of 14 carries for 286 yards. But McClatcher took advantage of Washington's home game to make the trip to see the Huskies. Washington has commitments from the Nos. 5 and 6 players in the state, but keeping McClacher, the state's No. 3 prospect, at home would be a significant win over a number of Pac-12 programs for head coach Chris Petersen. Getting McClatcher on campus at any time this season is a big win. Dawg Pounds

Washington had a nice group of official visitors in town this weekend, as uncommitted defenders Quinten Pounds and D.J. Beavers joined running back Cameron Scarlett. While Scarlett is a top tailback target for a number of Pac-12 programs, Pounds holds Pac-12 offers from Cal, Colorado, Utah and Washington State, in addition to the Huskies. Commit sees "Hill Mary"

They're calling it the Hill Mary -- Arizona's last gasp touchdown pass from Anu Solomon to Austin Hill in the Wildcats' come from behind, 49-45 win over Cal. At least one recruit was on hand to see it, as defensive tackle Finton Connolly stayed through the end of the game and snapped a shot of himself during the aftermath. Recruits see impressive showing from Cougars

Washington State hosted a number of official visitors, including cornerbacks Cameron Haney and Darreyl Patterson, along with offensive linemen Noah Myers and Darrin Paulo. The Cougars nearly pulled off the upset of the young season, as they battled Oregon to the final whistle. Haney, who holds other Pac-12 offers from Arizona State and Washington, showed his perspective of the game.

Best of the visits: Big Ten

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It was a great weekend for the Big Ten, going 12-1 with the only loss coming from Utah’s defeat of Michigan. A few of the games turned out to be exciting matches, including Indiana’s win over Missouri and eventually Nebraska’s win over Miami.

It was a great opportunity for visiting recruits to see some big games and the prospects took to social media to document those trips. Here is a look at some of the best posts from the weekend.

Nebraska vs. Miami:

This game lived up to the hype and the Cornhuskers put on a show for the visiting recruits. There were some big targets on hand, so this was an important game.

Wide receiver Tavin Richardson made the trip from South Carolina and tweeted his approval of the game.

Turnt is good. The fans were in full force and as loud as ever, something defensive back Kahlil Haughton took notice of. It's not hard to see why after seeing offensive coordinator Tim Beck's picture of the raucous crowd. Beating Miami in the fashion it did, this was a big win for Nebraska on the field and on the recruiting trail as well.

Penn State vs. UMass:

On paper this doesn't look like a huge game for Penn State, but there were some big visitors in town to watch the Nittany Lions.

A few of the commitments got a chance to bond, and that might be a help for the future as defensive end Jonathan Holland has been talking about taking other visits. He and offensive line commit Sterling Jenkins spent some time together on the visit and seemed to enjoy themselves.

Outside of the commitments, Penn State had a few important uncommitted prospects checking out campus as well. The No. 29-ranked prospect in 2016, quarterback Brandon McIlwain took in the game and got the chance to speak with the coaches during the trip. Fellow ESPN Jr. 300 prospect Rahshaun Smith, the No. 99-ranked recruit in 2016, was also on campus. Penn State has made the East Coast a big priority, and since Smith hails from Maryland and happens to be a top prospect, he will be a main target for the coaches going forward. Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan State:

It was a walk in the park for the Spartans on Saturday as they rolled past Eastern Michigan. That means it was a relaxed time for the recruits after the game once they spent time with the coaches.

Brandon Wildman, a 2016 quarterback, made the trip in from Illinois and got his money's worth on the unofficial visit.

Michigan vs. Utah:

Michigan had the only loss for the conference on Saturday after losing to Utah at home. The Wolverines didn't have a huge visitor list, but there were plenty of prospects watching to see the outcome right from the comfort of their own home.

Todd Sibley, a 2017 Ohio running back, tweeted that he had his eyes on the game and was curious to see what would take place.

Sibley was watching because he's interested in Michigan, but the outcome wasn't what he was hoping for. The Wolverines have now lost two games in convincing fashion, which could start to impact prospects and their perception of the program.

It might not have been the best game to have prospects on campus because of the loss, but also because of the terrible weather. The game was eventually delayed due to rain and lightning and resumed over two hours later.

In-state running back Matt Falcon was one of the visitors on hand, though, and because he lives relatively close, this likely won't be Michigan's last chance to impress the talented back.

Early Commit: Janarius Robinson to FSU 

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Not only did Florida State get a huge victory in overtime against Clemson Saturday night, the Seminoles also scored big on the recruiting trail by picking up one of the top defensive line prospects in the 2016 class. Following the win featuring an electric atmosphere, defensive end Janarius Robinson became the third member of the ESPN Junior 300 to commit to Jimbo Fisher.


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UA jersey tour: WR Preston Williams

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HAMPTON, Ga. -- ESPN 300 wide receiver and Tennessee commitment Preston Williams was presented with his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Friday afternoon.

Williams understands the magnitude of this honor for his school and community, but is balancing the numerous accolades with a laser focus on his senior season at Lovejoy High.

"I mean, it’s really big," Williams said. "...Right now, we are focused on the season and the road to the dome and trying to win a state championship. It’s big, but right now we are focused as a team on this season."

Lovejoy head coach Edgar Carson has had a front-row seat to watch Williams not only grow as a player, but as a person.

"I came here when Preston was a freshman. He was a raw athlete and you could see the talent, but he has continued to grow. I think running track has helped him, as well as playing other sports," Carson said. "He has grown on the football field, but has also grown off the football field, too. Preston is a different guy. He's into modeling, he's into fashion and he markets himself. He gets along with his teammates well, and gets along with all types of kids real well. You might see him sitting at a table with all types of kids, he takes to everyone and is good for this school."

Williams committed to Tennessee one year ago this Sunday, and has remained solid in his pledge to the Volunteers even though programs such as Georgia, Florida and Auburn have continued to try their best to chip away at Williams’ verbal pledge.

Seven questions with Preston Williams

Who is one player you are looking forward to competing against?

Williams: I’ve pretty much seen them all. They are all good athletes, and we are all there for a reason. I’m not going to sit here and call out anybody, but I think people should be wanting to go against me. I’m dangerous. I’m underrated. There isn’t anybody I’m really looking for.

If you were to start a team with any other player in your class, who would it be and why?

Williams: My boy Kahlil [McKenzie]. He’s a great guy. We can run a team together. He can run a defense, and I can run the offense. We would make a really good team.

Who is the best player to ever play in the Under Armour game that you know of?

Williams: Probably Julio [Jones]. He’s a jack-of-all-trades man. He’s physical, he’s big and he’s fast. Alabama probably could have got him the ball more, because he’s great.

What is your earliest football memory?

Williams: Wearing number 65 and playing running back. I was probably six years old. It was crazy. I was more of a baseball freak. I didn’t start loving football until middle school really.

Which football player did you idolize or want to be like when you were a kid?

Williams: I always thought I was Peyton Manning. I can throw, I mean I think I could have played quarterback because of baseball. Peyton Manning has always been my favorite quarterback.

What number do you wear and why?

Williams:I wear number 11. The reason is because 1-on-1, I’m the most dangerous.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Williams: I don’t even know. I think everybody knows everything about me. People think that I’m going to flip, or go to Alabama a lot and will end up there. I don’t know why people think that.

Video: No. 1 heads to Blacksburg

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National recruiting reporter Gerry Hamilton lists several ESPN 300 recruits who plan to visit Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s game against Georgia Tech, a group that includes No. 1 overall prospect Josh Sweat.

Scout's Take: Ordway to Ole Miss 

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Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze's latest commitment, ESPN 300 defensive back Cameron Ordway, is versatile enough to play either corner or safety at the next level for the Rebels.


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Video: Breaking down Kahlil McKenzie

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National recruiting analysts Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill take to the touch screen to break down the tape of Tennessee commit Kahlil McKenzie, showing how scouts evaluate defensive tackle game film.

Pac-12's top recruiting visits 

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Official visits are beginning in earnest in the Pac-12, as several conference programs will host impact weekends. Despite no Pac-12 games in California this weekend, a handful of potential impact visitors will hit the campuses of several conference programs, as schools that don't always carry the recruiting banner for the Pac-12 have a chance to take center stage this weekend.


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Big Ten's top recruiting visits 

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There aren’t many big, exciting home games for the Big Ten this week, but the few that are playing at home are making the most of it. Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan will all have big recruiting visitors for their game.

Here is a look at who is visiting and why they’re important.


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ACC's top recruiting visits 

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This weekend kicks off the meat of the big visit weekends for the ACC with the marquee matchup of Clemson at Florida State taking center stage. Not to be outdone, Virginia Tech has a very big weekend on the horizon featuring the nations top ranked prospect.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

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There are once again some big games around the SEC this weekend. The Florida at Alabama game should draw many top recruits, as will the LSU-Mississippi State game. There will be many recruits taking unofficial visits and even a few taking official visits. Here is a closer look at some top expected visitors.


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