Week 11 has several games that will help shape the rest of the college football season. This is a huge weekend for many teams across the country, which means it's a huge weekend for recruiting.
Visits are important for prospects due to them getting a chance to personally get a feel for a school's environment.
An SEC team has a terrific list of visitors scheduled for this weekend. An ACC squad has two 5-star studs coming to town, plus a school in the Sunshine State is rolling out the red carpet for some very important prospects.
The Vols have built a great recruiting class, but they are not taking any time off from the trail. Adoree' Jackson will be visiting Knoxville this weekend, says 247Sports. The 5-star cornerback is an electric athlete who also is one of the best long jumpers in the country.
At 5'9.5" and 182 pounds, Jackson combines deceptive strength with good instincts. His speed and quickness are so impressive that he could also get a look as a running back or receiver. Tennessee is in the mix with other schools such as Florida and USC, per 247Sports.
Damian Prince is a 6'5" offensive lineman who weighs 295 pounds. The 5-star blocker has the athleticism and agility to be a successful left tackle in college.
Prince will be visiting his in-state school of Maryland this weekend, according to 247Sports. The Terrapins are going to pull out all the stops to impress him, as he is one of their biggest recruiting targets in recent memory.
Prince's visit could make or break Maryland's 2014 recruiting class.
The Terps also will be hosting 5-star cornerback Jalen Tabor this weekend, according to 247Sports. At 6'1" and 182 pounds, the talented defensive back has the ability to play on the perimeter and in the seams.
Tabor is at his best when he can use his long arms to press and re-route receivers. He has solid instincts in coverage, plus he displays good ball skills. He is from Washington D.C., which means College Park is not far from home.
Tabor will surely be shown a ton a love on this visit, as he is a must-get recruit for Maryland.
The Virginia native is scheduled to make his announcement on November 14th, according to Michael Clark of Scout.com (subscription required), so it looks like the Gators will get the final word before the powerful defensive end huddles with his family to arrive at a decision. Florida is going to have to work every ounce of recruiting magic it has, as Hand is making a business trip to Gainesville.
With his 6'4" and 254-pound frame, Hand does a good job of playing with strength and athleticism on the edges. He could fit as an outside linebacker in Florida's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense.
Blessed with exceptional speed and agility, Noil is a blur with the ball who stands nearly 5'11" and weighs 176 pounds. He has played quarterback for most of his high school career, but Noil is projected to move to receiver in college due to his outstanding ability to make plays with the ball in his hands.
Florida needs more offensive firepower, so it needs to make sure the red carpet is dusted off for Noil.
Alabama is hosting LSU this weekend in what figures to be another great chapter to a passionate rivalry. Head coach Nick Saban will also use this game as a centerpiece for a big recruiting weekend for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama will host the following uncommitted recruits this weekend, per 247Sports:
- Tony Brown, 5-star cornerback
- John Smith, 5-star athlete
- Raekwon McMillan, 5-star linebacker
- Damien Mama, 5-star offensive lineman
- Tyler Luatua, 4-star tight end
- Johnnie Dixon, 4-star receiver
- Michiah Quick, 4-star athlete
That's some serious talent to impress while playing in a huge game. Each of those seven visitors are among the nation's top uncommitted prospects, so look for a crimson carpet to be rolled out all over Tuscaloosa this weekend.
Many important visits this weekend involve recruits who can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!
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.