January 30, 2009

Plenty of recruiting to be done in final visit weekend

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It is the last visit weekend before National Signing Day and several programs are taking a final shot at landing some big-time prospects. New Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and his staff will be making a pitch to a solid group that includes four-star receiver Marlon Brown.

The new staffs at Auburn and Mississippi State are also attempting to make a late push with big weekends of their own.

And what's behind four-star West Monroe (La.) High LB Barkevious Mingo's visit to a Big East school in the Northeast?

Read on for the inside scoop on those story lines and more from the big weekends across the country.

Official Visit Weekend Previews: Jan. 30, 2009
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE: BamaOnLine.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Alabama gets the last shot at long-time LSU commit Janzen Jackson as the five-star CB will be the lone official visitor to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
BamaOnLine.com's Signing Day Decision Tracker
AUBURN TIGERS: AuburnSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The final visit weekend for the new staff at Auburn includes Tennessee commits Aubrey Phillips and David Oku as well as four-star Tallahassee(Fla.) Godby DT Corey Gaines. The Tigers also plan on hosting five-star WR Rueben Randle. Will he make the trip?
COLORADO BUFFALOES: BuffStampede.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
After backing out of his commitment to USC last week, Rivals100 safety Byron Moore is taking an official visit to Colorado after previously saying he would be taking a visit to LSU this weekend.
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES: Warchant.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Five-star Alabama commit Trent Richardson was still scheduled to take a visit to Tallahassee. Is this visit from the nation's No. 2 running back anything more than a courtesy? Five-star Florida commit Andre Debose is also among the prospects set to see the Seminoles this weekend.
An unexpected visitor this weekend
FSU set to host three-star quarterback
GEORGIA BULLDOGS: UGASports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The Bulldogs are set to host five-star CB Greg Reid and could also get a visit from four-star safety Jawanza Starling of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln.
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS: GoPowercat.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Four-star JUCO WR Andre Simmons committed to Colorado in November but is scheduled to visit K-State this weekend and could make a switch.
KENTUCKY WILDCATS: CatsPause.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Four-star CB Darren Myles was scheduled to visit Kentucky this weekend but recent ice storms in the state could factor into whether or not he makes the trip.
LSU TIGERS: TigerBait.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
LSU heads to the finish line with one final round of official visitors this weekend headlined by the nation's No. 3 weakside linebacker in Jarvis Jones of Carver High in Columbus, Ga.
Jones to give Tigers last look
MIAMI HURRICANES: CaneSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Four-star St. Stephen (S.C.) Timberland High School OL Quinton Washington has whittled his list down to three schools and he'll be among the official visitors in Miami this weekend.
Washington set to visit, down to three
Canes convince TE to take visit
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS: BulldogBlitz.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
In the last week, Mississippi State has made a play for three-star wide receiver Mardrecas Hood. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder got a verbal offer from the Bulldogs last Thursday and will visit the Starkville campus. Coach Dan Mullen and staff will also try to convince West Virginia commit Pat Miller and a couple of Auburn commits that they should be Bulldogs.
Three-star WR could commit this weekend
OKLAHOMA SOONERS: SoonerScoop.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The Sooners are looking to get the last shot at Arlington (Texas) Bowie DE Jarrett Brown and Tulsa (Okla.) East Central DT Pearlie Graves, who is currently committed to Michigan.
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS: VolQuest.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
It's the last visit weekend before National Signing Day and one thing is apparent, new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and his staff are swinging for the fences. The Vols expect at least nine and possibly more visitors in town. The list of potential visitors includes WR Patrick Patterson, OT Brandon Moore, WR Kendall Kelly, WR Orson Charles, RB Eddie Lacy, DE Sam Montgomery, LB Tana Patrick and WR Marlon Brown.
Click here for a complete preview from VolQuest.com
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS: RedRaiderSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The last two weeks have been very hectic for Fossil Ridge linebacker Brandon Mahoney. He had been committed to Oklahoma but recently the two sides appear to have gone different directions. With a shared agreement that Mahoney would take other official visits, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect went to Texas A&M last weekend and will check out the Red Raiders this weekend.
Mahoney to take final trip to Tech
UCONN HUSKIES: UConnReport.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The UConn Huskies will entertain only one official visitor this weekend, but it is a big one. West Monroe (La.) High four-star LB Barkevious Mingo will be in town to check out the program and take in UConn's big matchup with Villanova on the hardwood.
Details of Mingo's visit revealed
USC TROJANS: USCFootball.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Five-star linebacker Manti Te'o knows the end is near. With official visits to UCLA, BYU and Notre Dame in the books, the Hawaii native is ready for the final weekend of his recruitment.
Final official visit for Te'o
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES: HokieHaven.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Four-star Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic cornerback Jayron Hosley has said in recent weeks that he is likely to sign with South Florida on Signing Day. Will a visit to Virginia Tech this weekend change things?
WASHINGTON HUSKIES: UDubSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
It could be a big weekend for the Huskies if Steve Sarkisian and staff can convince USC commit James Boyd and UCLA commit Brandon Sermons to have second thoughts about their college choices.

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