CFB Recruiting 2013: Where the Top 15 Uncommitted Recruits Are Planning to Visit
Now that we're two weeks deep into the college football season, many schools will rev up their focus on hosting recruiting weekends at home games. They'll bring a group of recruits to see a game and personally visit the campus and with the coaching staff. Then, the staff will turn them loose to the team to hang out with their possible future teammates.
Official visits are so crucial in recruiting and serve as perhaps the most memorable impression a program can leave on a recruit. This piece will focus on the top 15 uncommitted recruits and where they are planning to visit.
15. Laquon Treadwell, WR
Treadwell has been considered a Michigan lean for quite sometime, and that is where I expect him to end up after the dust is settled. The 6'2", 190-pound WR is long, agile and speedy on the offensive perimeter and hails from Illinois.
Look for schools like Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to be among the schools he pays a visit to before making a decision.
14. Leon McQuay, S
McQuay is a 6'1", 185-pound safety from Florida that can get off the hashes with speed and has excellent ball skills. He has been one the main recruits that seems very intent on making a well-informed decision.
According to Scout.com, look for schools like USC, Oregon, Michigan, Florida State and Vanderbilt to get official visits before the Sunshine State native decides in November.
13. Greg Bryant, RB
Bryant decommitted from Oklahoma several months ago and is looking to play in the SEC. He's a 5'10", 205-pound runner that can attack downhill and has good run strength and speed.
Bryant recently told Scout.com that he likes Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida State. So I would have to imagine those would be the five schools he trips to.
12. Vonn Bell, DB
An athletic and versatile DB, Bell stands 6'0" and weighs 190 pounds. He can play SS, FS and CB for a back end and excel at all three positions.
With his burst to break on the ball and jump the passing lane for pics, he has a ton of offers. However, there are seven schools Bell is keen on, and they are Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson.
He'll be cutting his list down again soon, perhaps all the way down a final three, reports Scout.com.
11. Tim Williams, DE
Williams is a 6'4", 230-pound DE prospect out of Baton Rouge. He has solid quickness off the ball, speed and a great burst to finish. Williams also shows the needed strength to hold up on the DL.
Being from Baton Rouge, you know that LSU is on him hard. But so are Florida State, Miami, Alabama and USC.
Williams told Rivals.com that those are probably going to be his main visits.
10. Mackensie Alexander, CB
Alexander is very, very quiet about his recruitment and rarely gives up much information. That's why when he recently told Scout.com that schools like Notre Dame, Alabama, Clemson, Boise State and Nebraska are standing out, it was a shock.
He has already unofficially seen Notre Dame, Kentucky, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama, so official trips to those schools may be out.
Those are the schools that Alexander named that are in the mix. Stay tuned, as his recruitment is pretty fluid.
9. Derrick Green, RB
As it stands right now, the only trip that Green has set up officially is to Michigan when it plays Michigan State. He also told Scout.com that he wants to definitely take a trip to Auburn.
With those two schools already occupying two of his five slots, that leaves Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Ole Miss all left fighting for the last three official visit slots for Green.
8. Priest Willis, DB
Willis is slowly starting to hammer out his official visits. The Arizona DB is a wanted man on the trail due to his 6'2", 190-pound frame, athleticism and cover ability.
He took a quick unofficial trip to UCLA this past weekend to see the Bruins play Nebraska. His official trips will be to Notre Dame (9/21), LSU (10/27) and Nebraska (11/3).
According to Scout.com, Willis says he will likely take all five trips before deciding. The interesting aspect will be seeing where the other two trips will be to.
7. Derrick Henry, RB
The 6'3", 245-pound Henry is almost ready to make a decision, which he will be announcing on September 27. Per Scout.com, it is down to Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
As far as his official visits go, he will be in Knoxville on September 15 and will head over to Tuscaloosa either on September 29 or in November.
Look for him to announce for the Tide in a few weeks.
6. Antonio Conner, S
Conner, reports Scout.com, is pretty much down to four schools, which are Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU and Alabama.
He is destined to play in the SEC, and I think it will be Ole Miss. But do not count the other three schools out by any means, as they all really want the 6'1", 200-pound safety very badly.
Those four school will probably be where he visits this fall, officially and unofficially.
5. Robert Foster, WR
Foster is a 6'2", 190-pound WR from Pennsylvania that can just be electric at times. His speed, athleticism and explosiveness are all top-notch, and he figures to be an impact player in college.
The only thing is, he doesn't seem interested in figuring out where that will be at right now. Foster doesn't like talking much about favorite schools or visits.
247Sports.com shows that Pitt, Alabama, Michigan State and Ohio State are four schools that may be the prime suitors for Foster. No official dates have been revealed.
4. Matthew Thomas, OLB
Once, Alabama led, and then another time, it was Florida State out in front for Thomas, a 6'3", 210-pound OLB from Florida.
I think his family will try to convince him to stay home and play at Miami, but Thomas may have other plans. Scout.com adds that Thomas told them that as far as visits go, he is set to see Alabama, Florida State and USC for certain.
Other schools, like Louisville, Florida, Georgia and Miami, will have try to get the remaining two official visit slots amongst each other.
3. Montravius Adams, DT
Adams has announced that he will be taking an official trip to Michigan State this weekend.
Scout.com also chimes in that Auburn and Clemson are schools to watch out for, but no official date for an official trip has been set up just yet.
For good measure, I will also add Georgia and Alabama on his radar too. Michigan State could surprise Adams, but I expect him to come down to Auburn and Clemson before deciding.
2. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE
Reports are surfacing that Seals-Jones may have suffered a torn ACL in his game last Friday night, Rivals.com reports.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was in attendance, and the Aggies are one of the main five schools in the hunt for the 6'5", 230-pound Seals-Jones.
The other four include Texas, LSU, Oregon and UCLA. Right now, RS-J may have visits as the furthest thing from his mind, so all plans may be on hold for now.
1. Laremy Tunsil, OL
Scout.com reports that Tunsil has eliminated Florida State and USC, while Georgia and Alabama are his top two favorites.
Florida is also in the mix, but due to how close it is to Tunsil's home, he won't take an official trip there; rather making an "official" unofficial trip to Gainesville.
LSU and Ole Miss also could get official visits, but it looks like the main three are the Crimson Tide, Bulldogs and Gators.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.