Several big-name recruits have scheduled significant Week 4 visits this weekend.
Visiting a campus in the fall has great advantages. A recruit can get a feel for the gameday atmosphere on campus, how coaches and players interact during a game, offensive and defensive schemes and many other nuances of the school and team.
An SEC powerhouse has an elite group of prospects coming to town this weekend, including several 5-star recruits. Another program in the conference would like to impress an offensive tackle, while a Big Ten school is rolling out the red carpet for a receiver.
Brandon Lee is a 4-star linebacker from Indiana who is 6'3" and 215 pounds. He is a good athlete, can attack the line of scrimmage with quickness and has a knack for slipping blocks with good lateral-movement.
Lee is expected to sign with Louisville (247Sports), however, 247Sports says he will take a trip to Northwestern this weekend. He is the type of player that head coach Pat Fitzgerald must land more consistently on the trail if he wants the Wildcats to take the next step in the Big Ten.
Look for Northwestern to go out of its way to impress Lee before he goes back home.
A 4-star JUCO offensive tackle, Avery Gennesy is a talented blocker who hails from East Mississippi C.C. He is 6'5", 318 pounds and can play left or right tackle, while also showing the ability to be a solid guard.
This is a huge trip for Texas A&M, as it must make sure everything goes well, because if it does, the Aggies could land a commitment from Gennesy before he heads back to Mississippi.
Jalen Brown may not be the fastest or most exciting receiver in the country, but the 4-star prospect is one of the most reliable. Brown, who is 6'2" and 187 pounds, runs solid routes and catches everything thrown his way.
His style of play would fit well in the Big Ten, as Brown also seems to be a willing blocker on the perimeter. He is scheduled to visit Wisconsin this weekend, per 247Sports, and the Badgers would love to land him.
With Wisconsin being known for its run-first offensive approach, adding some firepower on the outside to provide a boost to its passing game would help in Madison. The Badgers must make sure the Arizona native has a great time during his visit.
The Gators will host Tennessee Saturday afternoon, but will also be hosting more than the Volunteers.
Willis, who is from New Orleans, is a 6'3", 275-pound defensive lineman with solid toughness, quickness and strength. Texas A&M and LSU are the favorites to sign him, according to 247Sports, but do not count out Florida, especially if the visit goes well.
Although he is from Illinois, 5-star linebacker Clifton Garrett does not seem like a guy who wishes to play college football in the Midwest. The SEC is his likely destination, and now the question becomes exactly which school in the talented conference will land him.
Garrett will visit Florida this weekend, says 247Sports. The 6'2", 228-pound linebacker would be beloved in Gainesville, as he plays a fast, attacking and physical style of football.
LSU is the favorite for him, and Tennessee is also being considered, according to 247Sports, but the Gators will get their shot to impress him this weekend.
Jamal Adams is a 5-star safety from Texas who has the potential to make an impact early in his career. He is 6'0", 199 pounds, and has all of the athletic tools to be a weekly factor in an opposing offense's game plan.
Adams will also be at Florida this weekend to take in the Tennessee game, says 247Sports. The Gators have an excellent shot to land him, as receivers coach Joker Phillips is Adams' godfather, according to a report by Andrew Spivey of GatorCountry.com.
However, Texas is also on his mind, per 247Sports, so Florida will have to be an outstanding host during the visit.
The 6'2", 195-pounder has the ability to make an impact as a runner and receiver in college. He shows good hands, natural receiving skills and great straight-line speed.
Mixon has the strength to run inside, shows adequate vision and can make a defender or two miss. The Gators will have several talented running backs on their roster in 2014, but adding Mixon would not hurt, especially if he can play a few snaps at receiver.
Speedy Noil is a 5-star recruit who may be the most exciting player to watch in the country with the ball in his hands. He has outstanding speed, agility, quickness and elusiveness in the open field.
He will visit Florida this weekend, says 247Sports.
Noil, who stands nearly 5'11" and weighs 176 pounds, is a New Orleans native who has spent most of his time playing quarterback in high school. However, his burst, explosiveness and athleticism project him to become a receiver in college.
LSU, USC and Texas A&M are under serious consideration, but the Gators are also high on his list, according to 247Sports.
At 6'5" and 232 pounds, 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter is an impressive recruit on the hoof.
The Georgia native also leaves an impression after watching his tape, as his quickness, athleticism, above-average strength and speed allow him to make many plays.
Carter can convert speed to power, use his long arms to stay clean from blockers and has a good burst to finish on the ball. Florida will roll out the red carpet for him, as he is visiting the Gators this weekend, says 247Sports.
Alabama and Georgia are the main competition for the folks in Gainesville, according to 247Sports.
Several recruits who are taking big visits in Week 4 can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map.
Use this interactive tool that is mobile-ready to find them, and many more of the elite recruits across the country!