Biggest weekend recruiting visits on tap

Many of the biggest competitions take place this weekend and many big visits take place as the opening season quickly approaches. Here you can see the 10 best trips.

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Kelby Collins – Alabama

Ever since Collins chose Florida over Alabama in August, the four-star defensive end from Gardendale, Ala., has been vocal about his pledge to the Gators. But a late visit to Tuscaloosa sure is interesting.

He’s an in-state prospect, the Crimson Tide wanted him on the bench over the summer, and that feeling hasn’t changed, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the final weeks before signing day.

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Rueben Bain – Alabama

There are more rumors that Bain may be inclined to stay home and play in Miami. That makes Alabama very interesting as the Tide have been looking to add a defensive end in this recruiting class.

Auburn has been a school Bain has visited numerous times as well so once the Tigers figure out their coaching situation and play in the Iron Bowl, the four-star sack from Miami (Fla.) Central could do a bit of a double dip this weekend.

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Suntarine Perkins – Alabama

Rumors have swirled for months that at some point Perkins would flip from Ole Miss to Alabama, and with the uncertainty surrounding Lane Kiffin in Oxford this could be moved to the front burner again.

There is also talk that some in Perkins’ family are big Alabama fans and getting him to Tuscaloosa is a priority. The Raleigh, Miss., standout has yet to turn around, though another trip to Alabama this weekend could be a highlight.

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Lincoln Kienholz – Ohio State

In recent days, Ohio State and four-star quarterback Brock Glenn have parted ways, and that could be because the Buckeyes have been targeting Kienholz, who is having a great senior season and could really be a sleeper in this class as he plays at South Dakota. Kienholz is now stationed in Washington, but he planned this visit to Columbus so it wouldn’t be shocking to see a flip happen here.

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Rodney Gallagher – Penn State

The Uniontown (Pa.) Laurel Highlands four-star wide receiver has been committed to West Virginia since May, and his promise remains. If the Mountaineers leave a coach Neal brown, then Gallagher must find a backup plan.

Penn State has shown a lot of interest, he knows the coaching staff in Happy Valley well, and this weekend could set the stage for a flip if Brown gets canned in West Virginia.

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Matayo Uiagalelei – USC

Bellflower (California) St. John Bosco plays Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Friday night for the Southern Section championship, so Uiagalelei, who has been eyeing a Georgia visit, is expected at the Coliseum for the Notre Dame matchup.

Ohio State and Oregon have been front-runners for the high-profile four-star defensive end, but another USC visit could spark something else to watch.

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Walker Lyons – USC

Earlier this season, Lyons said his commitment to Stanford remained strong but that he wanted to see significant progress in the final months. Instead of looking better, the Cardinal are now 3-8 and have lost four straight.

USC has been the favorite to recruit Lyons, so there is definitely something to watch coming back to campus. Turning down Stanford is tough for prospects in Northern California, which loves its academics but its struggling football team.

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Christopher Johnson – Clemson

Just a few days ago, Johnson had Miami and Ole Miss as the two favorites, but then Clemson and Penn State joined the fray. This weekend, the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard speedster will visit Clemson after the Tigers have shown much more attention in recent days.

The U’s struggles and the uncertain coaching situation at Ole Miss could open up Johnson’s thinking even more when Clemson makes its case this weekend.

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Damon Wilson – Ohio State

It’s starting to feel like Ohio State is taking a step forward in Wilson’s recruitment and could be the team to beat Georgia — with another visit to Columbus this weekend for one of the greatest rivalries in any sport.

Wilson’s relationship with the position coach Larry Jonsson is one element here. The Dawgs are by no means out of it, but another trip to Ohio State says so.

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Joshua Mickens – Ohio State

The four-star defensive end from Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central was at Ohio State earlier this season, and now with an offer from the Buckeyes, that visit will be a lot more interesting. Mickens has been committed to LSU since July, but Ohio State has turned up the heat and expanded the defensive line board with Mickens as the top target.

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