The Top 7 Most Important Recruiting Visits for Week 7

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 10, 2013

The Top 7 Most Important Recruiting Visits for Week 7

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    Week 7 is here, and it has a good schedule of great matchups on the field. However, another intriguing part to this week is that it also will feature several important recruiting visits.

    Visits are an important piece to the recruiting puzzle for both a recruit and a program. This is the best chance a prospect has to get a sincere feel for both the team's and university's environment.

    A cornerback is scheduled to visit an SEC powerhouse for a big game this weekend, while A Big Ten school will roll out the red carpet for a pair of 5-star prospects from California. Plus, a school that recently got some good news is making the most of its new situation.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Mike Gesicki, TE

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    Mike Gesicki is a receiver/tight end prospect who 247Sports rates as a 4-star prospect on its board. He 6'5", weighs 236 pounds and has worked hard to improve his athleticism, flexibility and quickness.

    Gesicki, who is from New Jersey, has mainly played receiver throughout his career. However, his size projects a move to tight end, where his length and great hands will allow him to catch a ton of passes against linebackers and safeties.

    He is scheduled to visit Penn State this weekend, according to This is an important visit because if the Nittany Lions do not impress him, Gesicki could commit to Ohio State or Rutgers. Both programs are also thick in the race, according to a report by Brian Dohn of

Nyles Morgan, LB

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    A physical linebacker from Illinois, Nyles Morgan is a terrific defensive prospect. The 6'2", 228-pounder plays big at the point of attack, has good instincts and loves to mix it up.

    He is taking a methodical approach to his recruitment, but Ole Miss appears to one of his top schools, per 247Sports. The Rebels will get a chance to host him on a visit this weekend, as Morgan will be in Oxford to watch Ole Miss play Texas A&M, says 247Sports

    With Vanderbilt and other prominent programs lurking around, Ole Miss needs to make sure Morgan has a great time this weekend. 

C.J. Hampton, S

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    Although he is committed to Ole Miss, 4-star safety C.J. Hampton needs to be treated like an uncommitted prospect.

    The talented defensive back's pledge is not as strong as it once was, thanks to Alabama and Auburn entering the picture, according to a report by John Garcia Jr. of

    At 6'1" and 195 pounds, Hampton has great speed, range and solid vision. He can make plays on the third level of the defense by jumping passing lanes, but also can quickly fill holes to combat running plays.

    Hampton will be at Ole Miss this weekend, says 247Sports. The Rebels must re-sell him on their program on this visit, or they will move closer to losing their talented safety recruit. 

Damien Mama, OG

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    Big 5-star guard Damien Mama has many schools who want his services. The southern California native will head to Wisconsin to watch the Badgers play Northwestern on Saturday, per 247Sports

    Mama, who is 6'4" and 370 pounds, has great strength, power and tenacity in the trenches. He also shows deceptive athleticism, light feet and excellent short-area quickness to perform different types of blocks. 

    Wisconsin is known for producing great offensive linemen, and landing Mama would help continue that reputation. This is a rare chance for Wisconsin to host and impress a 5-star recruit, so it's critical that the Badgers don't screw up.

Joe Mixon, RB

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    Another 5-star prospect who is scheduled to be in Madison is Joe Mixon, a running back from northern California. The 6'2", 195-pounder will head to Wisconsin this weekend to personally see what the Badgers have to offer, according to 247Sports.  

    Playing at Camp Randall could have real appeal to Mixon, as early playing time and the chance to play in an offense that puts a premium on running the football are great positives.

    With Cal and Oklahoma appearing to be in the lead, via 247Sports, Wisconsin must use this weekend's visit as a key tool to get in position to have a serious shot at landing Mixon.

Thomas Holley, DT

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    A 4-star defensive tackle, Thomas Holley has huge upside. The New Yorker has played basketball for most of his life, but converted to football nearly two years ago.

    At 6'4" and 285 pounds, Holley has good explosiveness at the snap, is athletic for his size and possesses raw strength. He needs to refine his technique, but that will come with more coaching and experience.

    On the recruiting front, Holley has Ohio State and Notre Dame heavy on his mind, per 247Sports. However, Penn State is also thick in the mix, and he will visit Happy Valley this weekend, according to 247Sports

    If the Nittany Lions want to keep pace with the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish, this visit must be a success.

Adoree' Jackson, CB/ATH

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    Adoree' Jackson is a 5'9.5", 182-pound cornerback prospect with great athleticism, speed and quickness. He plays bigger than his size, is tough and possesses deceptive strength.

    A naturally instinctive recruit, Jackson is a 5-star prospect who is welcome on perhaps any campus in the country. He is taking advantage of the hospitality, as he will be in Baton Rouge to visit LSU on Saturday, says 247Sports.

    LSU is trying to move up the recruiting rankings, and also would love to add another talented defensive prospect to its roster. Landing Jackson would help in both areas, and this weekend's visit will be key in determining if that happens. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Several of the recruits who are making important recruiting visits in Week 7 are on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map! This is a tremendous interactive resource for all recruiting fans!

    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.