The Top 10 Most Important Recruiting Visits for Week 6
Week 6 in college football has several great games on the slate, but also has another round of important visits. Recruits and coaches take these trips seriously, as it gives the staff of a program the chance to show off what they can do to a prospect.
Many recruits will be visiting college campuses to check out games. However, several scheduled visits have higher implications than others.
An SEC team is hosting an in-state receiver that could be the final piece to its impressive class. Also, a Pac-12 program has a big guard coming to town that it would love to sign, while a Big 12 powerhouse will be hosting several elite prospects this weekend.
Davion Hall, WR/S
Usually, when a school hosts a commitment on a visit, it's not too important because the player has already been sold on the program. However, it's critical for the Bears to impress Hall because he is also interested in Alabama, according to John Garcia Jr. of Bama Mag (subscription required).
Head coach Art Briles and his staff must make sure Hall comes away locked in, or they could face losing their prized prospect to the Crimson Tide.
Lorenzo Featherston, DE
Although he needs to add a large amount of bulk and strength to his 220-pound frame, 6'7" 4-star defensive end Lorenzo Featherston has big upside.
The North Carolina native shows good athleticism, range and the speed to get to the ball quickly in pursuit. He will be visiting Florida on Saturday, per 247Sports, as the Gators take on Arkansas.
Dewayne Hendrix, DE
A big, strong and physical 4-star defensive end, Dewayne Hendrix has a chance to be a versatile defensive lineman in college. He already stands 6'5" and weighs 255 pounds, which means the Illinois native could play some snaps at defensive tackle.
That is just one of the reasons why Tennessee is after him, as Hendrix will be in Knoxville this weekend, reports 247Sports.
He is expected to sign with the Volunteers, per the experts of 247Sports. As long as head coach Butch Jones and his staff show Hendrix a good time, he could make a commitment before he heads back home.
Derrell Scott, RB
Derrell Scott is a 5'11", 180-pound running back from North Carolina. He is a 4-star prospect with good speed, quickness, vision and hands.
Scott will visit Tennessee on Saturday to watch the Vols take on Georgia, according to 247Sports.
This trip is critical for the folks in Knoxville. If they do not impress Scott, it could move him closer to committing to South Carolina, where 247Sports reports he is expected to sign.
Seeing Scott sign with a division rival would be a sting felt all around Rocky Top.
Jalen Brown, WR
Vanderbilt will be taking on Missouri this Saturday in a game that figures to have some offensive fireworks. The Commodores also will be looking to use this platform as a chance to sell their program to 4-star receiver Jalen Brown, according to 247Sports.
Brown, who is 6'2" and nearly 190 pounds, has smooth athleticism, deceptive quickness and great hands. He is from Arizona, and Vanderbilt is one of his top schools, shows 247Sports.
Head coach James Franklin is a passionate recruiter, but pulling Brown all the way from the desert would be his biggest coup to date.
Michiah Quick, WR/ATH
Michiah Quick, on the other hand, is a former teammate of Oklahoma freshmen defensive backs L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd. The 4-star athlete has a great skill set. At 6'0" and 170 pounds, the California native can dominate as a receiver or cornerback.
He also has great ability as a returner on special teams. Quick will visit Oklahoma this weekend, says 247Sports.
Joe Mixon, RB
Oklahoma also will be hosting 5-star running back Joe Mixon for its game versus TCU, per 247Sports. The northern California native is an all-purpose back who can menace defenses as a runner and receiver.
Mixon, who is 6'2" and 195 pounds, has good straight-line speed, strength and hands. Cal and Wisconsin are also in the mix, says 247Sports, but the Sooners are also in the hunt.
This is an important visit for OU, as if the visit does not go well, it could fall behind several good programs on Mixon's list.
Damien Mama, OG
Mama is expected to sign with USC, according to many of the 247Sports experts, and could be ripe for the plucking since the Trojans fired head coach Lane Kiffin. Cal would give the big blocker a chance to stay relatively close to home, while playing for a school with solid academics.
The Bears are going to have to strike while the iron is hot in regards to Mama, and that time is now. This visit will go a long ways in convincing the guard to sign up to play in Berkeley.
Clifton Garrett, LB
At 6'2" and nearly 230 pounds, Garrett has several SEC programs under consideration, says 247Sports. The Vols have a great chance to show him what they're all about this weekend.
If not, then LSU, Florida and Ole Miss will likely surpass them on Garrett's list.
Josh Malone, WR
The next top recruit in the state of Tennessee is 4-star receiver Josh Malone. The Vols have a need at the position, and the 6'2.5", 190-pound Malone has the talent to make an immediate impact in Knoxville.
However, per 247Sports, programs such as Georgia and Florida State are real threats to Tennessee.
Malone is visiting Knoxville this weekend, again per 247Sports, and this could be the Volunteers' best chance to fully sell themselves to the player.
Expect them to pull out the red carpet, and all of the stops during the entire visit to show him how badly he is wanted.
This is without question the most important visit of the weekend.
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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 and Cleveland Browns.
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