Even though USC still has the top-ranked recruiting class in the Pac-12, things are a lot closer after Keisean Lucier-South picked UCLA over the weekend. Plus, Kansas is looking for positives on the recruiting trail and the Jayhawks have got a big one in quarterback Ryan Willis.
Not only did Virginia beat Miami 30-13 on Saturday, very likely ensuring that the Cavaliers' staff stays intact, but also jump-started the 2016 class, picking up a verbal from ESPN Jr. 300 quarterback Sonny Abramson, who is the third junior commitment for Virginia.


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Best of the visits: ACC

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This weekend in the ACC was a chance for a couple of programs to show they are headed in the right direction. Not only did Wake Forest have a number of top targets on hand over the weekend, but the Demon Deacons delivered with a 6-3 double-overtime win over Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Virginia won in decisive fashion over Miami (Fla.), 30-13.

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons had a number of top targets in Winston-Salem over the weekend, and the list included top playmaking target and ESPN 300 No. 149 Nyheim Hines, along with his twin sister, who is being recruited by Wake Forest in track. Hines snapped this pic and tweeted it out Saturday with the Demon Deacons mascot.


Hines is considered a lean to NC State over Wake Forest, Duke, Virginia Tech and others, with the Wolfpack being his childhood favorite and having offered his sister a track scholarship as well.

Another four-star visitor on hand this weekend at Wake Forest was Lawrence Cager, who spent time with Demon Deacon commitments Kahlil Welsh and Steven Claude Saturday during the big win over Virginia Tech.


Claude also took to Twitter before Saturday’s game to post a picture with Welsh in the Demon Deacons football offices.


Welsh flipped his commitment from Florida Atlantic to Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons offered on Nov. 6.

Miami at Virginia

Not only did Virginia and Mike London get a huge win over the Hurricanes Saturday to the tune of 30-13, they also picked a commitment from ESPN Junior 300 No. 162 Sonny Abramson after the signal-caller arrived in Charlottesville Friday night.


The commitment of Abramson is a key one for the Cavaliers with the future of the quarterback position in question, both in terms of starter and depth. He selected Virginia over Iowa, Vanderbilt, Duke and Wake Forest.

Syracuse at Pittsburgh

ESPN 300 No. 17 Tim Settle visited Pittsburgh for its 30-7 win against Syracuse on Saturday.


While Pittsburgh is not considered a serious player in the Under Armour All-America Game selection's recruitment, any time a program can get a prospect on campus they have a shot -- even if minimal. Settle is scheduled to officially visit USC and Washington State the next two weeks, with Virginia Tech and Tennessee considered the frontrunner over Penn State.

Settle was accompanied on the visit by 2016 athlete Eric Kumah, who was offered by the Panthers staff Saturday.


The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Kumah had offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee and Boston College before the Pitt offer Saturday.

Best of the visits: Pac-12

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It was an active weekend for recruits on social media, especially in Los Angeles, where UCLA turned in a huge performance in front of a number of Southern California's elite recruits. This weekend's look at Pac-12 visits through recruits' eyes on social media features stops in Eugene, Tempe, Berkeley and a whole lot of love for the Bruins in Los Angeles.

UCLA's big night

It all started with a bang for the Bruins, as ESPN 300 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South committed to UCLA well before the start of the game against USC.
Lucier-South, the nation's No. 29 prospect, had always been considered a lean to the Bruins, but solidifying his commitment was still cause for celebration in Westwood. It gives UCLA the Nos. 3 and 5 prospects in the state after not signing any of the top 13 California prospects in the 2014 class. Lucier-South was in attendance at the Rose Bowl as well, as UCLA's decisive 38-20 victory over USC made for a nice day for the new commitment. While Lucier-South was in attendance on an unofficial visit, there were more than a few official visitors in town for the Bruins. Perhaps the most important uncommitted official visitor was ESPN 300 guard Joshua Wariboko, the No. 174 prospect in the nation. He was on a visit with UCLA pledge Will Lockett and they had similar thoughts on the atmosphere on campus and at the game. Utah commit George Wilson was at the game and provided a quick snapshot. But the lasting effects from this game might be more felt in the 2016 class, which was loaded in terms of visitors at the Rose Bowl. Outside linebacker Caleb Kelly, the nation's No. 38 prospect in his class, made the drive down. Insider linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, the nation's No. 79 prospect in 2016 retweeted a number of positive UCLA messages and had this simple statement, regarding UCLA's three straight wins in the rivalry. 2016 wide receiver Theo Howard, who holds early offers from both programs, was at the Rose Bowl. Running back Damian Alloway, a new addition to the 2016 ESPN 300, at No. 206 overall, holds an offer from UCLA and wasn't shy about which direction he was leaning Saturday night. UCLA also hosted 2016 prospects Traveon Beck and Frank Martin -- the No. 132 overall prospect in his class. More visitors to Oregon

The Ducks have taken advantage of in season official visitors more frequently than any other Pac-12 program, relying heavily on Autzen Stadium's tremendous atmosphere to make an impression on visitors. This weekend, a few notable uncommitted prospects took official visits in Marquise Doherty and Octavius Spencer, but the visit to watch could be Arizona State junior college linebacker commit Davon Durant. All three prospects likely heard plenty from Oregon's committed prospects in town on official visits -- offensive linemen Shane Lemieux and Jake Hanson. Trip to Tempe

Arizona State had several interesting official visitors on campus, as ESPN 300 prospects John Houston, Stanley Norman and Joseph Wicker all made their way to Tempe. The Sun Devils also hosted committed junior college tight end Raymond Epps on an official visit. Big visitor for Big Game

Cal had a number of commits in town for the Big Game against Stanford. The Golden Bears also received an unofficial visit from 2016 ESPN 300 cornerback Treyjohn Butler, the No. 86 overall prospects who holds early Pac-12 offers from Arizona State, Cal, Washington and Washington State.

Best of the visits: Big 12

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Three Big 12 games took place Saturday, but there was one that caught extra national attention. Oklahoma defeated Kansas 44-7, and Sooners freshman Samaje Perine set the FBS single-game rushing record with a 427-yard performance.

It was a chance for recruits to see how good the Oklahoma offense can be when everything is clicking on all cylinders. One player who was impressed was junior college receiver Dede Westbrook, who was in Norman on an official visit. Westbrook enjoyed his third of five scheduled official visits.


Westbrook had a chance to spend time not only with coach Bob Stoops but also a future teammate in wide receiver Sterling Shepard.


Any time a running back has a rushing game like the one Perine had, the offensive line deserves recognition. Perine’s performance allowed ESPN Junior 300 OT Jean Delance to see how good the Oklahoma offensive line can be. Delance was in attendance on an unofficial visit.


One player very impressed with what he saw was 2017 ATH Quindon Lewis. Still relatively early in his recruiting process, Lewis -- at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds -- can play either cornerback or wide receiver. While he doesn’t have an Oklahoma offer, Lewis is receiving interest from the Sooners -- and a few other schools.


While Perine was setting records in Norman, Baylor was trying to stay relevant in the College Football Playoffs race -- and also stay dry. Storms swept through the Waco area, but Baylor managed to take home a 49-28 win against Oklahoma State and earn its 15th consecutive home victory.

Texas high school playoff games on Saturday prevented some athletes from attending, and the weather may have scared off others. However, two ESPN Junior 300 athletes were on hand in RB Kameron Martin and WR Tren’Davian Dickson.


In Ames, Iowa State hosted several athletes in an effort to improve on its commitment list, which currently is at 11. The Cyclones fell 34-31 to Texas Tech, but the recruits in attendance enjoyed their stays.

A few junior college prospects were in Ames, and juco DT Demond Tucker was one of the primary targets. The Cylones are looking to add to a 2015 class that doesn’t have a defensive tackle commit as of yet.


Iowa State loves to find hidden gems, and one player who could be a diamond in the rough is 2016 prospect Jeff Gurley. A defensive end who also can play tight end, Gurley had a chance to take in Saturday’s atmosphere.


Look for next week’s games in the Big 12 to have a big-named recruit or two watching. Texas will host TCU on Thanksgiving in a key matchup that should have several unofficial visitors in attendance. Also, Baylor will take on Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Kansas State hosts Kansas in a battle of the Sunflower State and West Virginia collides with Iowa State in Ames.
In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Dorin Dickerson, No. 74 in 2006 class

Dickerson came out of West Allegheny High in Imperial, Pennsylvania, as one of the most highly coveted prospects in the region with offers from Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh and more as a versatile athlete that was best with the ball in his hands. In June 2005, Dickerson chose Pittsburgh over Michigan in a recruitment that was always the Panthers' to lose. Dickerson’s father, Randy Dickerson, played college basketball at Kansas State.

Dickerson was a jack of all trades for Pittsburgh. As a freshman in 2006, he saw action in eight games as a wide receiver and in the return game.

Dickerson made the move to linebacker as a sophomore in 2007. He played in 12 games as a reserve, as well as being a fixture on special teams.

Another position change happened as a junior. Dickerson made the move back to offense and settled in at tight end where he played in 13 games with two starts catching 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

Dickerson’s senior campaign was by far his best at Pittsburgh. He hauled in 49 passes for 529 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games being named to various all-conference and All-American teams.

Following his senior season, the Houston Texans selected Dickerson in the seventh round (No. 227 overall) of the 2010 NFL draft. He is now in his fifth season in the NFL having been on the roster or practice squad for six teams.

Honorable mention: Nigel Carr, No. 74 in 2008 class. After signing with Florida State, Carr ran into trouble off the field and enrolled at Alabama State. In two years for the Hornets, he posted 73 tackles, three sacks and interception. Carr was a member of the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 as an undrafted free agent.

Best of the visits: Big Ten

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It wouldn’t be a real visit weekend in college football without a giant cookie cake, and that’s exactly what wide receiver Cameron Stewart was greeted with on his visit to Nebraska.
Cookie cakes are one of the more popular recruiting tools when it comes to social media posts and the Cornhuskers put together an excellent looking cookie cake.

There were no cookies tweeted from Michigan State's visiting targets, but there were plenty of happy faces after the big win against Rutgers.

ESPN Jr. 300 tight end Luke Farrell tweeted a few pictures after his visit and showed off his view. Farrell was joined by fellow ESPN Jr. 300 target Sean Foster, who got to meet Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo on the trip. The Spartans had a lot of important prospects in attendance and the victory was a big deal for their recruiting efforts, but the bigger story might have been what happened in Ann Arbor to rival Michigan.

The Wolverines hosted a few big targets of their own, including Florida State receiver commit Auden Tate. Since the game was against Maryland, it only made sense that a few prospects from the state of Maryland would come check out the game. That list included ESPN Jr. 300 targets Devery Hamilton and Ellison Jordan as well as Stephen Spanellis. Unfortunately for the Wolverines the game ended in a loss and further uncertainty about the future of coach Brady Hoke and his staff. With a 5-6 record and its last game coming against Ohio State, the outlook is dim.

In-state ESPN 300 running back Mike Weber might have added insult to injury when he tweeted that he was decommitting from Michigan almost immediately after Maryland scored its go ahead touchdown in the game. Weber wasn't visiting Michigan, but had just come off a big playoff loss of his own and decided he had seen enough. The Michigan coaches have now lost seven ESPN 300 commits in the 2015 class and there is potential to lose more as tight end Chris Clark is planning visits as well.

Clark is the highest-ranked commit Michigan has left and he took to Twitter after the game to express his disappointment.

Best of the visits: SEC

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There weren’t many big games around the SEC on Saturday but there were some key visitors. Some prospects attended the games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

Mississippi State wide receiver commit Farrod Green sent out a very cryptic tweet in regards to Ole Miss linebacker commit Leo Lewis. The ESPN 300 linebacker has been to Ole Miss and Mississippi State several times over the last few months and looks to be torn between the two schools. He visited MSU for its 51-0 win over Vanderbilt.
One of the more interesting visits of the weekend was five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson visiting Florida despite not knowing who the head coach will be for the Gators next year. He posted several pictures, including one of himself with Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing, a fan also tweeted a photo of Jefferson posing with other fans. ESPN 300 offensive tackle Jalen Merrick sent out probably the funniest tweet of the weekend. Merrick sent out a photo of himself posed with Arkansas head coach Bret Beliema with the coach wearing a wig to imitate Merrick's hair style. Merrick took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. ESPN 300 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. visited Tennessee this weekend and tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Tennessee jersey. Junior linebacker prospect Toron Morten tweeted about his experience at Georgia for an unofficial visit this weekend. Georgia beat Charleston Southern 55-9. Morten was also joined by Louisville linebacker commit Amonte Caban, who also posted with Morten for a photo. Junior defensive end Julian Okwara visited South Carolina for its 37-12 win over South Alabama. Okwara also has offers from Boston College and NC State.
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Prior to its prime-time victory over USC on Saturday, UCLA started the night by securing a commitment from Keisean Lucier-South. Here's what the ESPN 300 defensive end means for the Bruins' 2015 class:


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In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and counting down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Jonathan Dwyer, No. 75 in 2007 class

Dwyer was a highly coveted running back out of Kell High in Marietta, Georgia, with offers from the likes of Florida State, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Georgia and many others, but he decided to stay home in late August of 2006 announcing for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were the choice beause of academics, a close family friend that played at Georgia Tech, closeness to home, and the fact that then head coach Chan Gailey had an NFL background. Dwyer helped headline a Georgia Tech 2007 class that included NFL first-round draft choice Derrick Morgan and third-round draft choice Morgan Burnett.

Dwyer hit the field running in 2007 for the Yellow Jackets, rushing for 436 yards and nine touchdowns, and adding more than 300 yards in kick off returns in earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors.

As a sophomore, Dwyer took his game to another level for the Yellow Jackets, taking home ACC Player of the Year honors after leading the conference in rushing with 1,328 yards and adding 12 touchdowns. He added 209 receiving yards to top 1,600 all-purpose yards.

In Dwyer’s junior season, which would be his last in Atlanta, he finished with 1,395 yards in 14 games and 14 scores, again earning All-ACC honors.

Dwyer announced he would leave Georgia Tech early and enter the NFL draft following the season. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Honorable mention: Steve Williams, No. 75 in the 2009 class and Vadal Alexander, No. 75 in the 2012 class. Williams wasn’t as heavily recruited as teammates Mike Davis (Texas), Corey Nelson (Oklahoma) and others out of Dallas Skyline in the 2009 and 2010 classes, but was a three-year starter at California. He finished his career Berkeley with 150 tackles and six interceptions. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. Alexander is in his third season at LSU, and has been a starter since his freshman season, playing both right tackle and guard for the Tigers. He is candidate to enter the 2015 NFL draft following the season.
video Utah continues to make the most of a rebound season on the field with a solid 2015 class and a 2016 class that was jump-started with the pledge of ESPN Junior 300 safety Micah Croom. Croom joins Kahi Neves as 2016 pledges for the Utes.


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#AskLoogs: Scouting Lorenzo Nunez

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Lorenzo Nunez is a very talented kid who is also fairly raw, which gives him a high ceiling to develop over time. He will bring some athleticism back to the QB position that South Carolina lacked without Connor Shaw this fall. Nunez, like many young quarterbacks, is talented physically and has nice measurables, but will see most of his technical grooming come as a freshman and redshirt freshman. He is a run/pass threat on the perimeter and is pretty savvy when it comes to keeping plays alive. He's highly competitive and you can see that he wants to be good but he must continue to improve his ability to work through progressions and becoming a more true passer.

UA jersey tour: Brandon Martin

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Brandon Martin is an actions-first type of athlete. He's not the most vocal person.

As a wide receiver, he needs only to speak with his hands and feet. And he speaks volumes.

Martin's talents were recognized Friday, as he earned an Under Armour All-America Game jersey during a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance.

"It's a dream for me," Martin said. "I'm excited. I got the word at practice. I was shocked.

"It makes you want to keep working hard. A lot of big things can happen if you just put a lot of work in it."

The ceremony was a highlight for a player who has had his share of adversity. Martin is a move-in from Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended Wossman High School. He lived in New Orleans before being displaced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He moved to Dallas and had to find his role in his first year at Dallas' Prime Prep Academy, the charter school cofounded by Deion Sanders.



Martin's presence at Prime Prep has been much welcomed, particularly with Prime Prep losing SMU receiver commit James Proche II, who transferred to DeSoto High School before the start of the season. Martin is averaging better than 22 yards per catch.

At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Martin is a huge target for any quarterback. He becomes even more dangerous when his 4.42-second 40-yard dash is included in his tangibles. Martin has watched his stock rise over the past three months. He has offers from Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Temple, Louisiana-Monroe and UAB, and he's drawing more and more interest daily from top schools coast to coast.

Martin said he's looking at all schools equally, and while he's yet to take an official visit, he's hoping to do so beginning next month.



Quick hits on Brandon Martin

All-time best UA game player: Leonard Fournette and Speedy Noil

Favorite athlete: Calvin Johnson

Ready to line up against ... Kevin Toliver II

Jersey number significance: "I wear No. 5. I've had it all my life. I had it before Hurricane Katrina."

Did you know: "I like doing the extra work. Rain, sleet or snow, I'm out there."
In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Jerry “Jaye” Howard, No. 76 in 2007 class

Howard was a longtime commitment to Florida before finally choosing the Gators for good on national signing day over Auburn and Florida State. He took official visits to all three following his senior season at Jones High in Orlando. Howard’s father played at Florida State, but the Seminoles didn’t put the full-court press on until after then-Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong zeroed in on Howard. Having his cousin, Eric Sledge, as a player at Florida helped Urban Meyer and Strong secure Howard’s commitment in April 2006. Howard was a member of the Gators' stellar 2007 class that included Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Cam Newton, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey, Chris Rainey, Aaron Hernandez, Torrey Davis, John Brown, Major Wright, Ahmad Black and others.

After a redshirt season in 2007, Howard played in nine games and recorded eight tackles on the Gators' national championship team in 2008. He played in 12 games and made four starts in 2009.

In 2010, he appeared in 11 games with eight starts, missing time with an ankle sprain, but still managed to rack up 10 tackles for loss. His best season in Gainesville was his senior campaign. He started all 13 games and recorded 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 55 sacks to finish his college career with 131 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 45 games.

Howard was selected in the fourth round (No. 114 overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL draft. He currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Honorable mention: Damian Swann, No. 76 in 2011 class. Swann, a cornerback, picked Georgia over offers from Alabama, Miami, Auburn and several others coming out of Grady High in Atlanta. He’s currently finishing his career at Georgia as a three-year starter, having made 161 tackles and seven interceptions in the last three seasons. He is expected to be selected in the draft next spring.

UA jersey tour: Tyler Jordan

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Four-star offensive guard Tyler Jordan was presented with his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Friday morning in a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance. The ceremony took place in front of family, friends and teammates at the Bishop Kenny High School cafeteria.

The 10th-ranked guard and the 128th-ranked prospect overall in the ESPN 300 said he felt honored to be selected.

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little kid and honestly I never thought I would be here," Jordan said.

Jordan has been committed to Florida since February but with the Gators coaching position in limbo, Jordan has received attention from a few Big Ten schools.

“I’m still committed and not wavering at all,” Jordan said. “My commitment is really solid but because of the whole coaching situation, I’ll probably take my visits. I’m not sure where yet but I’ve heard from a few that were talking to me even when I was committed. Penn State and Ohio State I talk to some but I haven’t decided where I’ll visit yet.”

The 6-foot-4, 270 pound prospect at Bishop Kenny but is being recruited by Florida and other schools to play on the interior of the line.

Seven questions with Tyler Jordan

Who was the best player you ever saw play in the Under Armour game?

Jordan: I remember watching [Jadeveon] Clowney. He’s a heck of a player — he was really good.

If you could start a team with any other player in your class who would it be?

Jordan: Probably CeCe Jefferson. I’ve played against him every year but I didn’t get a chance to this year because he was injured.

If you could start a team with any player in this class who would it be?

Jordan: Probably my entire team at Kenny. We have a strong bond and we play well together.

What’s your earliest football memory?

Jordan: Probably the first day of tryouts my freshman year. First year, first practice, first day in pads I was laying kids out and putting them on their backs.

If you could take on a professional athlete in their sport, who would it be and why?

Jordan: Mike Tyson. I’d take a punch — why not?

What would you like to improve on before you get to college?

Jordan: Body position and hand position so that I can get on to people and move them around more.

What are you looking forward to most about going to Orlando?

Jordan: Getting to play against the best-of-the best and learning from experienced coaches and former college coaches.

What’s something about yourself that not many people know about?

Jordan: I’m trying to learn how to play guitar right now, which is not going so well for me.

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