What to watch this weekend:
Will any more dominoes fall for OSU
It was a huge week for Ohio State already, but Buckeyes fans aren’t ready to stop at two ESPNU 150 defensive lineman. They want more – specifically Noah Spence, the No. 4 player in the country.
Spence has put his recruiting off until just recently, and on Saturday he and his family will officially visit Ohio State. It’s the only visit set up at this point before his announcement date of Jan. 5 at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Spence tweeted that Ohio State was his new favorite, but that was only after a phone conversation with Urban Meyer. However, with Penn State essentially out of the picture, the Buckeyes are in great position to land Spence.
The Spences are a family that won’t get swept up in the hype, so it’s doubtful Ohio State gets a commitment this weekend. Talking with Greg Spence, Noah’s father, on Wednesday, though, the family loves what Ohio State has done on the recruiting trail recently and it in no way impacts Spence.
Can Kansas grab Dieter from SMU?
Two-star and record-breaking receiver Gehrig Dieter has been a Southern Methodist lean for quite some time, but Kansas is now squarely in the picture.
New Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who was recruiting Dieter at Florida, offered Dieter hours after taking the Jayhawks job.
Gehrig’s father, Derek, said his son will decide between Kansas and SMU after he visits Kansas this weekend, and an announcement will be made Jan. 3.
Will Perkins go to Michigan?
Four-star athlete David Perkins is having a tough time deciding on which teams he wants to visit. After naming a top five last week, Perkins is already jumbling up his leader board.
Michigan State was supposed to receive an official visit this weekend, but Perkins canceled that as Michigan, Oregon and Pitt continue to push for a visit. Perkins said he won’t visit anywhere this weekend, but things change daily with Perkins, who is clearly having a tough time eliminating teams.
Michigan is the team to watch. Only recently did the Wolverines get in touch with Perkins, who would play running back in Ann Arbor. Perkins has official visits set up to LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee in January, and I don’t think he cancels the LSU or Ohio State visits. That means if Michigan gets an official visit, it will be this weekend or at the end of January.
Greg Garmon could end recruitment
For a while, Erie (Pa.) athlete Greg Garmon had Iowa as his No. 1 school. It was no surprise as Erie has surprisingly been a major pipeline for Iowa over the last decade.
However, an official visit to Miami (Fla.) this past weekend has Garmon rethinking things. Never one to talk much publicly, Garmon has not talked to the media since returning and rumors are swirling a commitment could come very soon.
At the very least, it appears this has become a two-horse race between Iowa and Miami, and the visit to Miami is freshest in his mind.
Is this the weekend Gunner Kiel ends his recruitment?
Gunner Kiel, ranked No. 20 in the country and second among quarterbacks, has taken all his official visits and plans to enroll early. That means he only has a few weeks left, and a decision should be coming some time soon.
Kiel is looking at LSU, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, and the Irish received an official visit last weekend. The weekend before, he visited both LSU and Vanderbilt.
With a week to go back and reflect on those visits and with time running out if he wants to enroll early, Kiel could wrap his recruitment this weekend. All indications are the Irish still lead.