Where top uncommitted recruits are taking final official visits before NSD
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The last official visit weekend has arrived, and Scout takes a look at the most important targets for the upcoming weekend across the Power 5 conferences.
Rashan Gary (No. 1): Clemson
Rashan Gary, the top player in the nation, is using his final official visit to see Clemson again. Gary, a defensive tackle, has family less than 20 minutes from the Clemson campus, and he has long liked the Tigers. Can they make a move on Michigan, which looks like the leader? It will take a big weekend.
Derrick Brown (No. 9): Tennessee
Derrick Brown, who will be at Tennessee, is the one that has people scratching their heads less than a week before Signing Day. Some think Auburn leads. Other say he is Georgia's to lose. Tennessee impressed Brown on his unofficial there during the season, so now they get to host him for 48 hours.
Jeffery Simmons (No. 10): Ole Miss
It is an SEC war for the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi, Jeffery Simmons. He is considered an Ole Miss lean and he will be on campus this weekend for his visit. Can the Rebels hold off Alabama and Mississippi State? They hope to close the deal this weekend.
Brandon Jones (No. 19): Baylor
Brandon Jones, a five-star and Scout's No. 1 safety in the 2016 class, will officially visit Baylor this weekend. He already visited Texas A&M, Texas and Arkansas, and he plans to announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
Nigel Warrior (No. 20): Tennessee
Nigel Warrior is a Tennessee legacy, and he will be on the Vols’ campus this weekend. His father, Dale Carter, was a Tennessee great before starring in the NFL, so he has Orange in his blood. Auburn has made a run, and he still lists Alabama, Georgia, and LSU as well. This visit could go along way in determining this one.
Brian Burns (No. 22): Florida State
Brian Burns, a five-star defensive end, is using his final weekend to see Florida State in depth. Georgia and Florida are also making strong pushes, but getting the last shot at Burns could be exactly what the Seminoles need.
Demetris Robertson (No. 23): Georgia Tech
Demetris Robertson, a five-star athlete, will be at Georgia Tech to get a look at one of the two in-state schools on his list. The Yellowjackets can make up ground on Robertson, but the recruitment is not close to being over. He has a Georgia visit set for Feb. 5, and Notre Dame and Stanford are heavily involved.
Tyrie Cleveland (No. 32): Florida
There has been talk if there was one school that could flip Tyrie Cleveland, No. 2 wide receiver in the country, it was Florida. The Gators hope to prove those who have said that right during this weekend's official visit.
Lyndell Wilson (No. 46): Florida
Florida was named No. 1 by Lyndell Wilson, the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country, on numerous occasions, so can it close on Wilson during the official visit? Alabama is the in-state school and Georgia is in this race, too, but Florida will have Wilson all to itself this weekend.
Devin Asiasi (No. 67): USC
Devin Asiasi, the West’s No. 1 tight end, visited UCLA, Washington and Michigan, and now he takes his much-anticipated visit to USC, where he’s been a lean for some time. The other three schools are hoping they did enough to convince him, but the Trojans have the last shot at him.
Boss Tagaloa (No. 87): USC
Boss Tagaloa will join his Asiasi, his De La Salle teammate, at USC. He, too, visited UCLA, Washington and Michigan, taking the three trips with Asiasi, and he will be at USC as well. The Bruins are still thought to be the leader for Tagaloa, but USC, which was the last to offer, is hoping a new staff can convince him to pick the other Los Angeles school.