10 Most Crucial Recruiting Visits Already Set for This Summer
With summer right around the corner, recruits are starting to put even more focus on which schools they want to see. While official visits in the fall are certainly important, an overlooked step in a prospect's recruitment is the process of taking unofficial visits in the summer.
For this list, the concentration will be on elite prospects and their visits. A pair of 5-star defensive ends will be going to check out key schools this summer, while a program in the Midwest will see a 4-star receiver later this month.
Plus, a pair of 4-star safeties will also do a lot of traveling over the next few months.
Miles Boykin, WR
At 6'4" and 212 pounds, Miles Boykin has the size many schools covet at the receiver position. He works with adequate speed, plus he has the potential to become a terrific blocker on the perimeter.
Boykin, who is a 4-star prospect, hails from Illinois. He will visit Missouri on June 13, but there's two specific visits Boykin is taking this month that could help shape his recruitment.
Boykin is set to see Notre Dame on June 14, and then he will be at Florida five days later, per Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com (subscription required).
Jalin Barnett, OG
Although dates have yet to be finalized, 4-star guard Jalin Barnett appears set to visit at least a quartet of top programs.
The Oklahoma native will eventually make his way to both of his in-state schools this summer, while also making stops at Tennessee and Arkansas, per a report by Rob Cassidy of Rivals.com (subscription required).
Whenever he visits Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, look for the staffs at both schools to put the press on the physical blocker.
Darian Roseboro, DE
Darian Roseboro is a 4-star defensive end who is already 6'3" and 293 pounds. The 4-star prospect can play on the edges, but he could be on track to becoming a penetrating defensive tackle.
Roseboro's versatility is the reason why so many schools are after him. He recently narrowed his list to 10 finalists, and he will make several visits this summer.
While the talented defender is still sorting out dates and finalizing his itinerary, schools such as Alabama, North Carolina State, North Carolina, LSU and Tennessee can expect to see him before the fall arrives, according to TarHeelIllustrated.com (subscription required).
Ricky DeBerry, OLB
Hailing from Virginia, Ricky DeBerry will be quite visible this summer. When his senior season starts later this year, there's a chance the 4-star linebacker will have already visited more than 10 schools.
Clemson and South Carolina will likely have seen him on campus by the end of this month, and Alabama, Auburn, Miami, UCLA and USC can also expect DeBerry to check them out in person this summer, says William Weathers of TigerBait.com (subscription required).
At 6'2.5" and 255 pounds, DeBerry is a big linebacker who can also help rush the passer. His summer visits will go a long way in helping him make a decision.
Jamal Peters, S
Jamal Peters is a 4-star safety who can play in the box or up high. The 6'3", 200-pounder can chase ball-carriers well in pursuit, plus he has solid athleticism and ball skills to defend passing plays.
From Mississippi, Peters has both in-state schools among his top suitors. He plans to camp at Ole Miss on June 6, according to Mike Singer of CardinalSports.com (subscription required). The Rebels will likely do all they can to make sure Peters has a good experience.
June 27 also is a big day for Peters, as that is when he will be at Florida and Florida State.
Rasheem Green, DL
At 6'5" and 275 pounds, Rasheem Green is an athletic 5-star defensive tackle who is just scratching the surface on how good he can be. He has good strength to hold his own at the point of attack, plus the California native has rare quickness for his size.
The feeling one gets from following Green's recruitment is that he will not venture too far from Los Angeles. That is why USC and UCLA are key schools to watch with him.
Green doesn't know exactly when he will be visiting the Trojans and Bruins, but he told Chris Swanson of USCFootball.com (subscription required) that he will be at both schools this summer.
Rashad Roundtree, S
A 4-star safety from Georgia, Rashad Roundtree is a hot commodity around the South. His athleticism and physicality make him an ideal defender to have in the secondary.
While Georgia appears to be in good position with him, Roundtree will see some other schools during the summer.
He told the following to Jake Reuse of UGASports.com (subscription required) on May 25:
"I'm planning on visiting Ohio State, probably South Carolina, and the schools close by also, like Clemson and Alabama."
Cordell Broadus, WR
Being from Los Angeles, USC and UCLA figure to be in the mix for Cordell Broadus until the end. The 4-star receiver has offers from many top programs, but the Trojans and Bruins are key suitors to watch with him.
However, there's a certain school in South Bend that could change things soon. Broadus will be camping at Notre Dame on June 20, per Jake Brown of IrishIllustrated.com (subscription required). Head coach Brian Kelly and staff will likely roll out the red carpet for Broadus, which could re-shape his thinking.
Josh Sweat, DE
Josh Sweat is an excellent 5-star defensive end prospect who could be special. At 6'5" and 237 pounds, he has long arms and terrific first-step quickness at the snap.
Sweat is one of the nation's most coveted prospects. He will be out and about a bit this summer, as he has planned trips to Tennessee and Georgia later this month, according to Adam Friedman of Rivals.com.
It will be interesting to see if Sweat's family accompanies him to Athens, as he told the following to Friedman on May 20:
"My mom and my brother are Georgia fans and that was the only team I really knew about for a while."
Byron Cowart, DE
If a school wants 5-star defensive end Byron Cowart, then it needs to get in line with a ton of others. The Florida native has the ability to dominate the edges with strength and quickness at 6'4" and 250 pounds.
Being from the Sunshine State, one would think Florida or Florida State would be the leader for Cowart. However, based on a report by A.J. Jacobson of Duck Sports Authority (subscription required), Oregon seems to be the favorite right now.
Cowart will be at The Opening in early July, which takes place in the state of Oregon. However, he plans to visit Eugene later in the summer to allow his mother to check out the Ducks with him.
If things go right during the visit, the Ducks will be in a prime position to pull off a huge coup.