The college football world is calling tomorrow Separation Saturday because of all the big-time matchups. A couple of hoops programs are hoping to take advantage of the big games by hosting recruits this weekend. We break it all down in Fastbreak Friday.
The Notre Dame-Michigan game has the Midwest buzzing and Mike Brey and his staff have done a good job in getting their top targets into South Bend for the weekend. In town for the football tangle are Josh Owens, a Rivals150 forward, Tyrone Nash, 2007 commitment Carlton Scott and Rivals100 junior big man Kenny Frease.
Standing on the sidelines for the Tennessee-Florida game on Saturday night will be top 30 prospects J.J. Hickson and Nayal Koshwal. Joining them are Cameron Tatum and 2009 rising prospect Farrakhon Hall.
Top 20 programs Louisville and Miami should make for a good game and top five junior Tyreke Evans will have a front row seat for the battle. Evans, one of the most dynamic guards in the nation, is a prime target for Rick Pitino and Company in 2008.
USC plays host to No. 19 Nebraska on the football field and No. 20 basketball prospect Mamadou Diarra on the sidelines for an unofficial visit. Joining him are his Stoneridge (Calif.) teammates Boubacar Sylla, Ibrahima Thomas, James Dunleavy, Angelo Johnson and Troy Gillenwater.
Junior guard Tanner Smith is making his second trip to Auburn in a month's time. He and fellow Georgian Dennis Harris, a 6-foot-10 wing forward, will see the Tigers wrestle with conference rival LSU.
The Bowden Bowl will certainly be entertaining on Saturday. It always is. Leonard Hamilton and his staff are bringing in key targets to Florida State for the match-up. North Carolina forward and top 50 prospect Tracy Smith will be joined by Georgia wing Jordan DeMercy and Peach State underclassmen Toby Veal and Jerel Stephenson.
Ohio State's game against Cincinnati doesn't match up with the other incredible games this weekend but take notice. Once again, the Buckeyes have a host of big-timers on campus. Kosta Koufos and B.J. Mullens, the OSU frontline of the future will be there. So will Mullens's friend and AAU teammate Yancy Gates and Koufos's friend and AAU teammate Delvon Roe.
Arizona may not be a football power but they do alright for themselves on the hardwood because of their stellar recruiting. The Wildcats have a pair of five-star players coming to Tucson for the weekend. Kyle Singler, the nation's top small forward, is making his first official visit of the year and the Wildcats are hoping to make a strong impression on the Medford, Ore., native.
Singler has never been to Arizona before and he has long maintained that he wants to see the campuses of each of his finalists before making a decision.
Joining him for the weekend is 7-footer Solomon Alabi from Montverde (Fla.) Academy. The Wildcats have actively pursued the best available center and made an in-home visit with him during the week. Alabi has already visited Virginia and will visit Florida State this month.
There isn't a football game worth national attention at Georgetown this weekend. In fact, the big new is Anthony Randolph is coming to D.C. The five-star forward from Dallas, Texas is making his second official visit.
Rivals150 players are logging the miles this weekend. Dar Tucker is making the quick trip from Michigan to Chi-Town to see DePaul. Martavius Adams will visit Cincinnati. Keegan Bell is visiting Vanderbilt. Darnell Gant will make his first official visit to Washington. Dorenzo Hudson is scheduled to see Miami. Missouri is hosting Tyrel Reed. Taylor King is visiting his future Duke home.
Georgia Tech commitment Lance Storrs is making his official visit to The Flats this weekend. Georgia is hosting in-state guard Zac Swansey for an unofficial visit.
Dayton is hosting commitments Chris Wright and Devin Searcy for their official visits. Also visiting the Atlantic 10 school in Indianapolis guard Stephen Thomas. Xavier is hosting Tennessee big man Scott Saunders.
Houston forward Mike Singletary, a key target for Bobby Knight, is visiting Texas Tech officially. Boston College is bringing in Texan, too, in Courtney Dunn of Dallas.
The mid-major powers are busy this weekend, too. Final Four participant George Mason is hosting key target Cameron Long. Wichita State has, Chris Barnes, it's biggest big man target on campus.
SMU is looking to make some in-roads with California wing Justin Holiday. Kentucky forward Jeff Brooks will officially visit Penn State.
Idaho is hoping to score on two key targets. Nevada natives P'Allen Stinnett, a former Iowa State commitment, and Andre McFarland, a former USC commitment, are now at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
Florida guard Chris Warren is an important target for new Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant. Warren is on the Richmond campus for the weekend. Guard Gary Corriea is visiting Toledo. Guard Arthur Steward is visiting his home state school Wyoming. Colorado Chaos AAU teammate Kyle Bullinger is visiting Weber State.
Will it be Separation Saturday? Find out this weekend on Rivals.com.