Anyone thinking that since the regular season is over no big recruiting visits will take place this weekend is insane. Week 15 may be the biggest slate for trips of the 2013 college football season.
Many recruits have finished their high school seasons, which means their focus will now fully be on recruiting. National Signing Day is only two months away, so the sprint to the recruiting finish line is under way.
The nation's best player will be making a huge visit this weekend, but he will not be alone. An ACC school will use a visit to attempt to flip a 5-star running back, plus several other top prospects will be making important visits.
Minnesota has scheduled perhaps it's biggest recruiting weekend of the season. It is hosting seven prospects on Friday, according to 247Sports.
The two notable 4-star recruits in the group are running back Jeff Jones and offensive tackle Frank Ragnow. Jones is already committed to the Gophers, but he still has options to head elsewhere. So head coach Jerry Kill needs to resell the talented runner on scoring touchdowns for Minny.
Ragnow is Kill's top uncommitted target, as he would compete for immediate snaps at Minnesota. The Gophers must show both 4-star prospects a great time.
A talented 4-star defender, Edwin Freeman should develop into a stud in college. At nearly 6'1" and 212 pounds, he has the athleticism to play linebacker and safety.
Freeman will be at Texas A&M this weekend, per 247Sports. The Aggies are going to show him around College Station, as upgrading their talent on the defensive side of the ball remains a main recruiting objective. The hybrid defender would be another huge boost to an already impressive class for head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Freeman is expected to decide between Texas A&M and Texas, per 247Sports.
Week 15 is also an important week for recruiting at Northwestern. The Wildcats will be hosting two uncommitted 4-star studs who have the talent to help out immediately in Evanston, according to 247Sports.
Parrker Westphal is a big cornerback from Illinois who is 6'0" and 186 pounds. He possesses great instincts, plus he excels in zone coverage. New Jersey native Garrett Dickerson, who is 6'4" and 240 pounds, can ball as a defensive end or tight end.
If things go well, Northwestern will have a good shot to sign both recruits.
Head coach Mike London probably will get another year in Charlottesville. That stability should help the Cavaliers' chances to land 4-star athlete Jamil Kamara, as he will be visiting this weekend, per 247Sports.
Kamara, who is one of London's top in-state targets, is 6'2" and 211 pounds. He can work as a quarterback, receiver and defensive back, which is why he is such a coveted prospect.
London is hustling to try to bring in one of the best 25 classes in America, and landing Kamara would help his efforts.
Street, who is 6'2.5" and 262 pounds, is a powerful defensive end who can set the edge with strength. The 4-star defender is one of the best players at his position in the nation.
Thompson is a 6'3", 188-pound 4-star receiver who has great hands and body control. He has the ability to come in next season and catch a few passes for the Wolfpack right off the bat.
The red carpet must be rolled out in Raleigh for these two.
Both are 4-star prospects who will not only give Penn State's 2014 recruiting class a big boost in the rankings, but they will also help the Nittany Lions in the trenches. Nnadi has great strength, as the 6'1", 305-pound defensive tackle excels at stopping the run.
Bookser is a 6'6", 295-pound offensive tackle who can play multiple positions across the offensive front.
TCU has not made as big a jump in recruiting as expected since moving into the Big 12. However, the Horned Frogs are set to host two 4-star prospects on Friday, according to 247Sports.
Iheanacho has shot up the board this fall, as he is a 6'7" receiver who is 220 pounds. With his solid speed, deceptive quickness and impressive athleticism, he could be a nightmare for Big 12 defenses at TCU.
Head coach Gary Patterson has to make sure both recruits leave blown away by his program.
At 6'1" and 182 pounds, Tabor is a big cornerback who excels in press coverage. He loves to re-route receivers at the line, as he plays better when aligned near the boundary.
This is hasn't been a season to remember for the Gators, but a good visit with Tabor could make their recruiting class hard to forget.
Head coach Al Golden has improved each year as a recruiter for Miami. Slots may be running out in his current 28-man class, but Golden would surely do all he can to make room for 5-star running back Dalvin Cook and 4-star receiver Johnnie Dixon.
Both are Florida natives who will be visiting Miami this weekend, per 247Sports. Although Cook is committed to Florida, this trip is evidence that he remains interested in playing for the Hurricanes. His teammate at Miami Central High School is 4-star running back Joseph Yearby, who is committed to the 'Canes and also just so happens to be visiting Coral Gables this weekend.
Dixon is a talented receiver who can play on the perimeter or in the slot. His quickness, speed and deceptive strength would add major firepower to Miami's passing game.
It's safe to say this is a huge recruiting weekend for the Hurricanes.
This is the weekend that could very well decide the fate of LSU's 2014 recruiting class. The Tigers are set to host seven terrific prospects this weekend, but five of them are uncommitted 5-star recruits.
According to 247Sports, those 5-star prospects are:
- Leonard Fournette, running back
- Tony Brown, defensive back
- Speedy Noil, receiver/athlete
- Gerald Willis, defensive tackle
- Jamal Adams, safety
What also makes these visits so important is that all five recruits could end up at rival SEC schools, should they not opt to play in Baton Rouge.
Head coach Les Miles will have to make sure his charm is turned up this weekend, as this is the most important round of visits of his 2014 recruiting efforts.
Many prospects who are taking important recruiting trips this weekend are featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!