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Recruiting Visits Roundup: Florida's Show Goes On, West Virginia Welcomes A Horde

Get in the car! Parents of top recruits have been shuttling around the country for most of the year on their own time. Now that it's official visit season, it's the school's turn to pay.

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Will Muschamp watches his team during their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Will Muschamp watches his team during their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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By NCAA rule, recruits are limited to five official visits, which are completely paid for by the program. They can take unllimited unofficial visits on their own time (America, freedom of travel, etc.). Most of the prospects featured here will be taking official visits.

What was supposed to be a great recruiting weekend for the Florida Gators is now very uncertain, thanks to Charlie Weis' abrupt departure.

This is a mess for the offensive recruits, many of which were lured to Florida by Weis' NFL resume. The top athlete in the country, Nelson Agholor, has reportedly rescheduled his visit for a later date when UF will, assumably, have am offensive coordinator.

But this shouldn't really hurt UF's chances with defensive players, and two good ones are expected in town. Darius Hamilton is an excellent defensive end and an NFL legacy out of New Jersey. UF is short on linemen, and Hamilton is strongly considering the Gators along with Rutgers. Athlete Josh Harvey-Clemons (he of the million different spelling and name variations) is being heavily courted by Florida. Will Muschamp would like to have him on the defensive side of the ball.

There's a thought that Harvey-Clemons might not make the trip, as he apparently has a scheduling conflict. 

For more on Florida recruiting, visit Alligator Army.

 

Speaking of recruits for whom UF was in good position before Charlie Weis left, Stefon Diggs of Maryland (DC area) is expected to visit Virginia this weekend. The Cavaliers have made up major ground for the speedy Diggs. Florida was thought to be his leader, but that was with Weis. Now? It's anyone's ballgame. 

For more on Virginia Cavaliers recruiting, check out Streaking The Lawn

 

JUCO wide receiver Courtney Gardner will be making a trip to Arkansas. Many consider the Hawgs his leader. Gardner reminds evaluators of a faster Justin Blackmon. And fans of the other 11 SEC schools don't want him announcing "woo pig." Watch the highlights.

For more on Arkansas recruiting, please visit Arkansas Expats.

 

Las Vegas offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley is expected to visit Notre Dame. Stanley is one of the top-20 offensive tackles in the country by most services and is considered to be wide open at this point, so a commitment is not expected. The Irish are also expected to host Davonte Neal, or "Davonte'," if you prefer. Neal is a speedster out of Arizona, who claims offers from LSU and USC as well. 

For more on Notre Dame recruiting, visit One Foot Down.

 

Erik Armstead, considered by some to be the top overall prospect in the country, will be visiting Cal. The Bears seem to have made up some major ground for the California offensive/defensive lineman. 

For more on California recruiting, visit California Golden Blogs.

 

Colorado is getting a rare visit from an elite prospect as Yuri Wright, one of the top cornerback recruits in the country, heads to Boulder. Colorado is still considered a long-shot, but it's a good sign that an elite kid has interest in the Buffs.

For more on Colorado recruiting, please visit Ralphie Report's Take Two, Colorado Prepares For Another Big Recruiting Weekend.

 

The Miami Hurricanes are expected to host the nation's top defensive tackle, Eddie Goldman. Those in the know say that Goldman has Alabama and FSU in some order as 1a. and 1b., with Auburn at the 2-spot. Miami has a very, very slim chance at getting back into this race, but Goldman did call Miami his "dream school" two years ago. The Goldmans get to leave DC and head to Miami, while the Hurricanes get a chance to throw their hail mary. Remember, there are no absolutes in recruiting.

For more on the Canes, visit The 7th Floor.

 

West Virginia has a huge recruiting weekend planned, as 11 prospects are expected to visit

Four prospects visiting hail from the state of Florida. Safeties Sean Walters (Hallandale Beach / Hallandale), Kimlon Dillon (Apopka / Apopka) and Karl Joseph (Orlando, FL / Edgewater) are all expected to make the trip north, as is athlete Travares Copeland (Port St. Lucie / Treasure Coast).

A pair of highly-touted linemen from New Jersey will also make the trek to Morgantown. Offensive tackle Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, NJ / Long Branch) and defensive tackle Christian Brown (Bridgeton, NJ, Bridgeton) both claim numerous BCS offers and either one would be a coup for the coaching staff.

Two Texas natives already committed to the Mountaineers are expected to make their official visit this weekend as well. Jordan Thompson (Katy, TX / Katy), a slot receiver and the most recent member of the 2012 class, will be in town along with quarterback recruit Ford Childress (Houston, TX / The Kinkaid School).

A couple more offensive prospects planning to be in town are running back David Smith (Midlothian, IL / Bremen) and tight end Will Johnson (Osseo, MN / Osseo).

Unfortunately for Mountaineer fans and the Big East's hopes of fielding an elite team, this weekend is high on quantity, but not so much on quality. That's not to say these aren't good players. They just aren't the quality of most of the stars mentioned today. Of them, Brown and Brodie are probably the two best.

For more on West Virginia recruiting, visit the Smoking Musket.

 

Michigan State is expecting a nice crop of visitors:

Monty Madaris of Archbishop Moeller High School in Ohio. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Madaris was a 1st team All-Ohio selection this past fall, catching 56 passes for 1337 yards and 18 touchdowns

MSU will also host athlete recruit Tevin Coleman of Oak Forest High School in Illinois this weekend. ... Michigan State sees the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Coleman as a prospect that could play on either side of the ball.

Michigan State will also host one of the top junior college wide receivers in the nation that weekend as Alonzo Agwuenu (6'4" 205) of Mount San Antonio Community College in California will travel to East Lansing.

If the Spartans want a shot to contend for the Big Ten title in the coming years, they'll need to start winning some of these recruiting battles. This is especially true now that Ohio State and Michigan have their respective acts together on the recruiting trail.

For more on Michigan State Recruiting, visit The Only Colors.