Washington and UCLA looking to flip 4-Stars, UF, Vols and Mississippi State are hosting key recruits

With less than three weeks to go before the three-day early signing deadline begins on December 21, news, notes and excitement await you for an interesting weekend across the country.

Washington is looking for a big flip

#1 player in the state signed in Oregon Caleb Presley will return to the Huskies campus, where he is no stranger and has visited these staff a number of times during the freshman year, including beating Michigan State earlier in the season.

There was a lot of uncertainty at the start of the season with Washington, but 10 wins later Kalen Debör and these first-year staffers have created a lot of excitement around the program, and Presley is strongly considering joining the group. This one might be trending the Huskies way.

Presley is the only visitor on campus, so Deboer and company can really roll out the red carpet for the Top247 recruit. They never stopped recruiting him after he made a July commitment to the Ducks and it could pay off here at the end of the cycle.

UCLA is also trying to get the spatula out

The Bruins will bring in some touted targets committed elsewhere in American Fork (Utah) High Top247 Edge Hunter Clegg Who is a verbal Stanford and Provo (Utah) Timpview 247Sports Composite Four Star Edge Sial Esera who is currently in the fold for BYU.

Utah had some momentum with Clegg this fall, so we’ll see what the Bruins can do with their time this weekend.

UCLA has 11 commitments at this point in Cycle and will also be looking to impress Ferndale (Wash.) High Athlete Isaiah Carlson making his first trip of the process.

Two blue chippers drove to Gainesville

Billy Napier and the Florida staff attempt to put the finishing touches on the top 10 recruiting class, currently ranked 8th overall, as two of the nation’s most desirable prospects return to Gainesville in the 247Sports Composite five-star cornerback Desmond Ricks and Top247 defenders Jordan Hall. LSU is considered favorites for Ricks to head into his wave of officials that include the Tigers and Alabama, but Florida is obviously in the top three and has a chance to make a move. I would probably put her at the back of the three coming in. Hall is high on the Gators alongside Georgia, Florida State, LSU and Alabama. The Bulldogs are the current 247Sports Crystal Ball favorites but much like Ricks we’ll see if things change over time.

Key Destinations in the State of Mississippi

Mississippi State has 17 commitments and is No. 35 in the nation’s recruiting class as the Bulldogs look to turn an Egg Bowl win into some late wins down the recruiting lane. Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba Agricultural Four Star Security Isaac Smith Headlines a powerful group coming to campus. LSU is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite, but Smith is at the top of the state’s agenda alongside Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Florida State, where he took on an official for the Seminoles’ win over Florida. The Commodores got an official in the summer and Smith returned for a game in the fall. He was at College Station the weekend of September 16 and will be the last officer of LSU after this trip. Smith has been to Starkville as many times as almost any prospect in the Class of 2023, so this is an opportunity for him to meet people again in an environment he feels comfortable with.

Next to Schmidt, mike leach and his staff will host Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh’s fast, playful defender Brice Pollock and offensive tackle Koby Keenum. Pollock recently retired from Pittsburgh and plans to head to NC State next weekend. Keenum is a Kentucky signing considering the Bulldogs and Ole Miss. I could see both of them in class when all was said and done.

Tennessee is trying to rally for a goal in the state

Smyrna (Tenn.) High four-star linebacker Arion Carter will be making his official visit to Tennessee this weekend, a trip that was planned, canceled, postponed and finally here. Alabama is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite and they’ve set the bar for Carter at this point in the process. Carter took part in the Vols win over Florida during the season and sees a program on the rise. Can they rise above the Crimson Tide? Alabama is scheduled for an official visit next weekend after being brought to Tuscaloosa for three games during the season.


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