The Top 6 Most Important Recruiting Visits for Week 12

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 15, 2013

The Top 6 Most Important Recruiting Visits for Week 12

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    Week 12 has several interesting games on the schedule, but the real drama could be taking place off the field this weekend. Many elite recruits will be making the rounds to check out programs that are among their favorite schools.

    As the college football season continues, National Signing Day inches closer. In turn, that means recruiting visits have only become more important for recruits and coaches.

    A safety will give a Big 12 team a close look, while a talented cornerback will be joining him on the trip. An offensive lineman will head to an ACC powerhouse, plus an SEC school will host a skilled receiver.

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

Budda Baker, ATH

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    Visiting: Oregon

    Hailing from Washington, Budda Baker will make the trip south to Oregon this weekend, per 247Sports.

    The Ducks will roll out the red carpet for the 4-star athlete, as he is one of their top targets.

    At 5'9" and 174 pounds, Baker has outstanding speed and quickness. He can impact a football game as a running back, receiver, defensive back and returner on special teams.

    Oregon will be looking for a replacement for incumbent star running back De'Anthony Thomas soon, and Baker has the potential to fill that role. Look for him to get plenty of love this weekend in Eugene.

Travis Rudolph, WR

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    Visiting: Auburn

    At 6'1" and 185 pounds, Travis Rudolph is a 4-star receiver who can play on the perimeter or in the slot. He displays great quickness off the line, plus he does a solid job of consistently attacking the ball with his mitts.

    Rudolph has schools such as Florida State, Florida and Ohio State hot on his trail, says 247Sports. Yet, Auburn is also in the mix. The Tigers will have a chance to show him The Plains this weekend, reports 247Sports

    If the Tigers want to land themselves a great receiver, they will pull out all the stops during this trip. If not, Rudolph could land elsewhere. 

Derrell Scott, RB

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    Visiting: South Carolina

    The Gamecocks need to approach the visit of 4-star running back Derrell Scott with the mindset of a closer. The quick runner will be in Columbia on Saturday, according to 247Sports

    Many experts expect Scott, who is 5'11" and 180 pounds, is to sign with South Carolina, so the Gamecocks need to simply seal the deal and make sure Scott goes back to his home in North Carolina as a committed recruit.

    If not, he could end up at Tennessee, Oregon, North Carolina State or Ohio State, says 247Sports


Damian Prince, OT

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    Visiting: Florida State

    It seems a 5-star prospect is in Tallahassee every weekend, and now it's Damian Prince's turn.

    The 6'5". 295-pound offensive tackle is heading to Florida State from Maryland this weekend, per 247Sports

    Prince is one of the top prospects in the country, and the Seminoles need a few more blockers in their class. Adding him to the fold would also keep Prince away from Maryland and bitter rival Florida, says 247Sports.

    Expect the 'Noles to do everything they can to charm the talented offensive tackle. 

Tony Brown, DB

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    Visiting: Texas

    Tony Brown is a 5-star defensive back who is one of the top recruits in the nation. At 6'0" and nearly 190 pounds, Brown combines fantastic athleticism with great instincts on the field.

    He hasn't given much insight into his recruitment, but Texas appears to be one of his favorites, according to 247Sports. The Longhorns usually are done with their recruiting at this point in the year, but Brown is among a few elite targets for whom they seem prepared to wait.

    This visit has to go well for Texas to be rewarded for its patience. 

Jamal Adams, S

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    Visiting: Texas

    A second crucial visit this weekend for Texas will be involving 4-star safety Jamal Adams. Adams, who is from the Lone Star State, will check out Austin for the weekend, reports 247Sports

    At 6'0 and just about 200 pounds, Adams is an athletically gifted defensive back who patrols the seams as well as anyone in the country. He displays terrific speed to close on the ball, plus he has good vision from the top of the defense.

    A bad visit to Texas could lead to the Longhorns losing Adams to Florida, per his 247Sports profile. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    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.