Visit season in full bloom
It's the first weekend of college football which also means that it's the unofficial start to basketball visit season. Sure some big names August visits, but for the next couple of months school across the country will be busy hosting important weekend visitors. It just so happens that Auburn and Texas A&M are hosting two of the bigger groups.
BIG WEEKENDS IN THE SEC
It's a busy weekend down in SEC Country where many key targets will be on hand, especially at Texas A&M and Auburn.
Down in College Station, committed point guard T.J. Starks will be on hand trying to come up with his first assists as an Aggie. Perhaps his chief target will be four-star small forward Savion Flagg. The Aggies have been considered by many the team to beat for the slashing wing for a while now, can they close the deal? The Aggies will also host another four-star wing target from the state in shooting guard Victor Bailey. Visiting from the class of 2018 are four-star shooting guard Quentin Grimes and four-star small forward Matt Mayer while 2019 point guard Sahvir Wheeler will also be on hand.
Over at Auburn, Bruce Pearl and the gang are hoping to add to their haul that is the early No. 1 class in 2017. They will have all of their committed players -- five-star Austin Wiley, four-star Davion Mitchell and four-star Chuma Okeke -- on hand plus four-star shooting guard target Herb Jones will be taking his official visit. Rivals150 big man Garrison Brooks is also expected to stop by from 2017. From the class of 2018, five-star forward E.J. Montgomery will be on hand as well as four-star power forward Trey Jemison. Four-star point guard Ashton Hagans and four-star power forward Jared Jones will be on hand from the class of 2019.
Down in Gainesville, Florida welcomes Rivals150 big man Ejike Obinna for his official visit while 2018 five-star wing Khavon Moore is expected to stop by for an unofficial. Arkansas will have 2018 four-star power forward Ethan Henderson on campus.
BIG TIMERS ON THE MOVE
Recruiting never fails to remind us that things can be unpredictable. Take for instance 2017's No. 4 ranked player Mohamed Bamba. The near seven-footer has never really been linked with Michigan but here he is scheduled to make an official visit to Ann Arbor for the weekend.
He's not the only high profile guy on the move.
Five-star combo guard Collin Sexton makes his first official visit with a stop in Raleigh to see N.C. State. He was at Georgia Tech unofficially last week and is scheduled to see Kansas at the end of the month for their Late Night in the Phog event.
One of the most versatile players in the country, five-star guard Troy Brown starts his official visit process at Ohio State. Brown also has visits scheduled for Georgetown, Kansas, Oregon and Alabama.
Five-star big man Jaren Jackson looks like he could wrap up his visits this weekend. After seeing Michigan State and Purdue unofficially in recent weeks, he's going to do the same with Georgetown and Maryland this weekend. The Terrapins will also have four-star shot blocker Ikey Obiagu on campus and may be in position to end his recruitment (Obiagu) this weekend.
MORE NOTABLE VISITORS
Four-star point guard Makai Ashton-Langford is down to Providence and Connecticut. After seeing the Friars earlier this week he visits UConn this weekend and should be ready to decide within the next few weeks. The Huskies also have slender four-star power forward Tyler Polley on campus and could be the leader there.
Michigan State played on Friday night and took advantage of a chance to host some visitors. Power forward target Xavier Tillman was on campus as was 2019 four-star wing Romeo Weems, committed 2018 power forward Thomas Kithier and four-star 2018 center Travion Williams.
It's a huge weekend in Houston. The Cougars host Oklahoma in what could be a Big 12 audition and more importantly they have most of their top targets on hand. Committed wing Mike Adewunmi, soon to be four-star shooting guard Jase Febres, three-star power forward Ethan Chargois and three-star power forward Fabian White will be on hand.
Marquette hosts Minnesota big man Theo John for his official visit while Minnesota hosts local point guard McKinley Wright. The Gophers look to be in very good shape for Wright and they'll also have 2018 four-star forward Race Thompson and five-star 2019 forward Matthew Hurt on campus.
Butler hopes to add another four-star player to their 2017 class when they host D'Shawn Schwartz. They'll have to make a big impression with the shooting guard scheduled to visit his leader Colorado next weekend.
Iowa State could add to their 2017 class this weekend. Shooting guard Darius McNeill is in town for a visit and could be leaning in the Cyclones direction. SMU hosts three-star point guard Elijah Landrum and Richmond has a three-star floor general on campus as well in Jacob Gilyard.