10 College Football Programs Who Host the Best Recruiting Visits
The recruiting visit is one of the very most critical and crucial components for recruiting a prospect. If a prospect doesn't have a good time and come way both impressed and comfortable from a visit, then he's pretty much not signing with that school.
Whether it's an unofficial or official visit, coaches roll out the red carpet for each prospect that comes to visit their campus. And there's a lot of planning that goes into recruiting visits: showing the prospect the team facilities, stadium, dorm rooms, meeting with academic counselors and hanging out with the current players on the team.
Every program puts its own spin on a visit to make it different, but some programs simply do it better than others.
For this read, I'm going to give you 10 programs who appear to host the best recruiting visits in college football.
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The Crimson Tide coaches are definitely not scared to host big time prospects, as they feel once a recruit comes on campus, he's locked in.
Boasting outstanding facilities and a great stadium, Alabama really sells the potential player on the business-minded vibe of the program during a visit. The highlight of the trip, of course, is the time spent with head coach Nick Saban.
Many high school players are so struck that Saban wants them on his team, they come away from the trip giddy about it.
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The Longhorns wrap up recruiting so early that they don't really host too many official visits in the fall and winter.
Mack Brown really works as a great host on recruiting trips due to his ability to make each player feel comfortable. He has a very personable and approachable personality.
Texas also has very good facilities, and the city of Austin is a neat place for a young person.
The trip to Texas is always a memorable one for recruits.
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With so much tradition and rich history, Michigan has a lot going for itself to sell a recruit on. Brady Hoke has embraced the tradition and really uses it as a good recruiting tool to sign top talent.
Not to mention that The Big House is one of the landmarks of college football.
Plus recruits seem to be drawn to Hoke due to him laying out an honest plan for them. Hoke is a Midwestern guy himself, so this strikes a great chord with many of Midwestern prospects he goes after.
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The Bears surprisingly host one of the better recruiting visits in the country.
Cal has an outstanding location by being not too far from San Francisco.
The campus is gorgeous, the students enjoy the "college life" and the academics are extremely impressive. Combine that all with a chance to play in the Pac-12 and you start to see why Cal's recruiting hasn't been too bad over the years.
Many players come away very impressed after visiting Berkeley.
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Gainesville is a pretty good town, especially for college kids.
Plus, Orlando isn't too bad a stretch and the Gators really show recruits who visit them that they've been a winning program over the years.
Florida's coaches really drive home the talent that the visiting prospect will be playing with and how the player fits in. The Gators also display their academics well.
Overall, it's a very good visit from top to bottom for most recruits.
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Many recruits are said to be taken away with how nice the Clemson campus is. The community is very tight knit and Dabo Swinney's staff firmly drive the "family" aspect of the program.
The coaches have recruits spend time with their own families, who also sell the Tigers' program. Swinney and his staff are also of great religious faith, to which they do communicate this to all prospects who visit Clemson.
From the family feel to the advantages of a smaller community to the great looking campus, the Clemson visit is another great one for recruits.
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Even though Chip Kelly is gone, the Ducks still are going to be a pretty neat stop on a recruit's visiting tour.
The coolest part of the trip is said to be how amazing the facilities are on campus, especially in the athletic department. Oregon always is up with the latest technology, and they boast better academics than many think.
And if a recruit visits during the home game, then he gets a chance to see how loud Autzen Stadium can get.
The Ducks really know how to party and the players make sure they show recruits the best time possible.
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The Notre Dame trip pretty much sells itself, as getting a chance to see Notre Dame Stadium is on a lot of people's bucket list whether you love or hate the Irish.
Brian Kelly and his coaches do an excellent job of bringing a recruit in and selling him on what they have to offer.
Whether they are showing off the fact that they play big time football or achieve new heights academically, Kelly and his staff make Notre Dame one of the best visits available.
A lot of recruits leave South Bend with their eyes opened.
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The Trojans have a new recruiting tool due to the $70 million John McKay Center. It's said to be remarkably impressive to any recruit who comes to visit Lane Kiffin.
The Trojans also really spend a lot of time talking to recruits about both football and life. Coaches answer all questions a recruit and his parents have, plus they really coordinate the trip well with the academic staff.
Toss in the fact that USC is located in lovely Los Angeles, has a rich history of winning, great players and tradition, and this trip starts to become a deal closer.
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Visiting Baton Rouge for a home game as a recruit is basically an amazing experience. The passion, support and enthusiasm the fans show the football team is among the very elite in all sports in the world.
The visit includes a feast of Southern cooking, Les Miles making you feel like family, an electric atmosphere and the players really look out for one another.
It's a great visit that also seems to include a lot of chalk talk with position coaches based on how a recruit would fit in the program's offensive or defensive schemes.
This is definitely one of top-10 visits in college football recruiting.
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.