Rivals recruiting buzz: Ten biggest visits on tap

June has been a wild month of commitments, decommitments, official visits and some of the biggest events all year.

The month is winding down but before it’s over there is one more major official visit weekend. Here is a look at some of the most crucial trips being taken this weekend.

Eddrick Houston to Alabama : Ohio State is sitting pretty in Houston’s recruitment with Clemson and Georgia also high on the list, but this weekend’s trip to Alabama could be really important.

If the five-star defensive lineman from Buford, Ga., is hesitant about leaving the South for Columbus, Ohio, then the Crimson Tide could be a real option.

There is still a lot of competition in Houston’s recruitment and Alabama has its chance this weekend.

Mike Matthews to Tennessee  : When Matthews was recently asked if Tennessee was his favorite, he told me “yes and no,”

meaning that the Volunteers were definitely at the top of his list but that he still wanted to take his visits to see what else was out there.

Clemson, Georgia and USC are the biggest threats for the five-star athlete, but the Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview standout will be back in Knoxville this weekend and this could further shore things up.

Carter Nelson to Nebraska  : More than four hours to Lincoln and less than an hour from the South Dakota border is tiny Ainsworth, Neb.,

population 1,600, the home of arguably the best tight end in the 2024 class.

It’s hard to believe but Nelson, who plays 8-man football in high school, is also a track and field standout and the Georgia coaches are comparing him to Brock Bowers.

That has given the Bulldogs some significant pull in Nelson’s recruitment – and Notre Dame is one to watch, too – but Nebraska could take leaps ahead this weekend with a great visit in Lincoln.

Williams Nwaneri to Missouri and Georgia : This very well could end up being an Oklahoma vs. Georgia battle, with the Sooners ahead right now,

but over the coming days the five-star defensive end will see Missouri and Georgia, which could help reshape his recruitment.

It’s crucial for Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz to keep players such as Nwaneri home,

although there are built-in challenges going up against the back-to-back national champs and the Sooners, who landed teammate Cayden Green last cycle.

Ellis Robinson to Alabama  : Last week at OT7 Nationals, the No. 1 cornerback said his commitment to Georgia remains strong and that Miami was the lone contender in possibly flipping him.

Only days later, the high four-star from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy announced plans to visit Alabama this weekend.

The feeling is that the Bulldogs are still very strong here, but if Alabama gets some recruiting momentum then it could be something to watch.


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