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January 14, 2013

Weekend visit wrapup: Rocky Top this?

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With plenty of new faces in new places, recently hired head coaches did not waste time welcoming players pledging their commitments to opposing schools onto campus this weekend.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn hosted Tennessee commit Cameron Sutton and apparently made an impression with the 6-foot, three-star who said that he was going to re-open his commitment.

Not to be left in the cold, Butch Jones kicked off his tenure on Rocky Top trying to poach another Vanderbilt commit.

Two weeks ago, Jones and his staff were able to flip three-star athlete Malik Foreman from Vandy. This weekend, the Vols went after three-star running back Johnathan Ford of New Hope (Ala.) High. Ford called the trip great and said it gave him plenty to think about.

Long the lions of recruiting, Alabama coaches went after Florida State commit Austin Golson. The longtime Seminole took in Tuscaloosa and said it just had a different feel to that of Tallahassee.

Two other well entrenched staffs took a chance on landing other players as Clemson hosted North Carolina defensive back Korrin Wiggins. Wiggins said that the trip was a "nine" and that he may reconsider his pledge to the Tar Heels and announce on National Signing Day.

Gary Patterson and the TCU staff were the most successful in flipping a commitment as the Horned Frogs targeted Temple (Texas) High quarterback Zach Allen after Doug Marrone left Syracuse. The three-star changed his mind while on campus and closed the weekend with an offer to TCU.

Here is a wrapup of other official visit weekend from around the country.

Stay tuned for updates/additions throughout the day as more reports roll in. Last update: 6:45 a.m. CT

Official Visit Weekend Wrap: Jan. 14, 2013
While Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are pushing towards another recruiting national championship the staff was unable to sway Prattville (Ala.) High offensive lineman Austin Golson to flip from Florida State.
Golson: Tuscaloosa not the same | Three-star long snapper enjoys his time
Rivals100 athlete can see himself in Crimson | Message board
Montgomery (Ala.) Carver four-star quarterback Jeremy Johnson has never faltered in his faith in the Auburn program. His official visit to the Plains sealed the deal for him as he met new quarterback coach, Dameyune Craig.
Johnson ready to be face of Auburn | Tigers shake a Tennessee commitment loose
King: Done with recruiting
Ben Boulware, a three-star linebacker from Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna, had to cut his official visit time in half after coming down with the flu. While he was on campus, he made his sales pitch to five-star defensive lineman Montravius Adams.
Boulware pitches prominent player | RB has visions of early playing time
North Carolina commit: Clemson a "nine"
FLORIDA STATE: Warchant.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Davin Bellamy came into his official visit weekend unsure of the landscape of the coaching staff in Tallahassee, but left with a lot of his questions answered. His meeting with new defensive coach Sal Sunseri had an immediate impact on the three-star.
Bellamy has answers | Jackson: FSU visit a 'perfect 10'
New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said that he and his staff were going to be doubling down in the state of Ohio and it appears that the early efforts have paid off. West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West offensive tackle Kyle Meadows made the trip to Lexington and liked what the staff had to say.
Meadows makes pledge | JUCO WR commits | Florida visitor: Better than expected | 2014 QB impressed
Four-star defensive end Gerald Willis III made his way to Baton Rouge from New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr this weekend to take an official look at the campus. The Rivals250 prospect did not commit but said that he trimmed his list. Alabama, where is brother Landon Collins committed last season, did not make it.
Willis has a short list | Tigers land a 2014 lineman | 2014 LB lands offer | Prized 2014 talks LSU
NORTH CAROLINA STATE: TheWolfpacker.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The Wolfpack hosted six official visitors this weekend and landed two commitments. The new staff is hoping that the official visit taken by University of Florida transfer candidate Jacoby Brissett helped sway the signal caller to State and not West Virginia.
Weekend lands at least two
The most important visitor for the Ohio State program this weekend was Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell. The four-star prospect said he enjoyed his trip to Columbus but that it was not the right time to commit to Ohio State -- or any program.
Bell wraps visit | Buckeyes land junior CB | Recruiting wrap
The Sooners had one of the bigger official visit weekends to kick off the new year. The updates have been coming in and most have been positive. The biggest news may have been the speculation surrounding the rumored commitment of Fresno (Calif.) East Central safety L.J. Moore.
Moore to see for California safety? | California WR doesn't pledge | Stoops closes deal with DT
Going somewhat off its beaten path, Pittsburgh welcomed Kailua (Hawaii) High defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni on an official visit this weekend. He made a quick bond with defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield.
Hawaii DT visits | Local ATH commits
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Austin Hooper had long known where he wanted to play his college football, but needed to get the approval of the admissions office before he could commit to the Stanford Cardinal. His official visit weekend produced great news on both fronts.
Hooper joins | Three-star WR remains committed
With the departure of Cordarelle Patterson and Justin Hunter to the NFL, there is a lot of playing time to be offered on Rocky Top and the top target has been Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek pass-catcher Marquez North. The Rivals250 receiver took an official visit to Knoxville but has some official thoughts on his time there.
Signs pointing North | Vanderbilt commit has 'great' visit | JUCO tight end builds rapport
Temple (Texas) High quarterback Zach Allen had committed to Syracuse in June but with Doug Marrone headed to the NFL, the three-star opened up his recruitment. On his official visit to TCU, the 6-foot-3 player said that he found what he likes closer to home.
Allen makes the switch | Echols-Luper joins
The Bruins had a couple of players on campus for the first official visit weekend of the calendar year and most went as expected. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly linebacker Jayon Brown has been a secure commit for a long time and said that his trip was just what he wanted to see.
Poly player praises program | Extension for Mora



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