College Football Recruiting 2013: The Top Week 13 Games for Recruiting Visits
We're in Week 13 and the 2012 college football regular season has almost arrived at its conclusion. This has been a fantastic season, but this week is one of the most fun weeks of the season.
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, this Week 13 is set to feature a ton of rivalry games. These games are always fun to watch and they are even better for the home team because the atmosphere is great to host a recruit.
Come on inside this piece as we give you the top Week 13 games this week for a recruiting visit.
9. Georgia Tech at Georgia
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The battle for bragging rights in the Peach State will be on the line this coming Saturday. The Bulldogs are the home team and would be wise to have recruits at this game.
Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil and Reuben Foster are some elite recruits considering Georgia. Having players like these three on hand at this game would be a good idea.
8. Mississippi State at Ole Miss
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The Egg Bowl will take place this week and these two Dixie State schools do not like each other. Both of these programs are enjoying solid recruiting cycles and Ole Miss may have a chance at some big fish.
The Rebels could easily invite Robert Nkemdiche, Antonio Conner, Laquon Treadwell, Derrick Green and Kailo Moore to be their unofficial guests this weekend.
7. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
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The Sooners haven't had their best recruiting year this year, but they have two solid commitments who should probably land them a class somewhere inside the top 25. This week's matchup puts them against their in-state foes of Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma should be able to host some prospects officially and unofficially this year, as rivalry games are always a good time to host recruits.
6. Stanford at UCLA
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Both of these schools are riding high after excellent victories. UCLA won the Battle of Los Angeles over USC, while Stanford marched into Eugene and beat Oregon in overtime.
The Bruins host the Cardinal this Saturday at the Rose Bowl. I'm certain they will use the momentum gained from the USC win to have a big recruiting weekend centered around the Stanford game.
5. South Carolina at Clemson
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The Palmetto State Bowl is a huge deal to folks in the state of South Carolina. This year is another huge game and the Gamecocks will travel to Tiger country.
Clemson is doing all it can to get back in Robert Nkemdiche's good graces, so I imagine the Tigers would ask him to come check out the crazy atmosphere this game will have. Montravius Adams, Mackensie Alexander and Tyrone Crowder would be good players to invite as well.
4. Notre Dame at USC
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This year's USC squad may be the most disappointing in school history, but the Trojans still boast the nation's best recruiting class. They likely won't have Matt Barkley due to a separated right throwing shoulder suffered in yesterday's defeat to UCLA.
USC still very well could make this a great visit, as the Trojans host their cross-sectional rivals of Notre Dame. Tahaan Goodman, Priest Willis and many 2014 recruits could be watching this game.
3. Florida at Florida State
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This is always a great game to watch because the speed and athleticism on the field is consistently remarkable. Florida State gets the honor of playing host this year and you can believe the Seminoles will want a ton of recruits there.
Matthew Thomas, Mackensie Alexander, Laremy Tunsil, Greg Bryant and Marcell Harris are some high-profile recruits who could be seeing this matchup in person.
2. Auburn at Alabama
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The Iron Bowl features two programs that have had polar opposite seasons. Alabama has dominated this year, for the most part, and Auburn has played very poorly.
'Bama comes into this game back into the national title hunt and the Tigers limp into this game with a coach on the hot seat. Tuscaloosa will be rocking and Alabama will definitely have a slew of 2013 and 2014 recruits watching this game in person.
1. Michigan at Ohio State
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In arguably the best rivalry in college football, Michigan will travel south to play Ohio State at the Horseshoe. Urban Meyer is a great recruiter and I have to imagine he will do some big things to make this recruiting weekend an extravaganza.
Ohio State will have some top-notch recruits on hand, officially and unofficially. The Buckeyes could also have some 2014 prospects at the game too.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly 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.