What to watch for this weekend

Two big visitors for LSU

It won’t be a big weekend, numbers wise at LSU, but there are two very big recruits officially visiting the Tigers in five-star safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown) and athlete Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss.)

Collins, the No. 7 overall recruit in the ESPNU 150, made his official visit to Alabama back in November when the Crimson Tide hosted the Tigers. He was scheduled to visit Texas this past weekend but had to cancel that trip.

Conventional wisdom says that it doesn’t matter who he visits, this is your classic LSU/Alabama recruiting battle. He has been on both campuses so many times over the past six to nine months.

The nation’s top safety is planning on making his commitment during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 5. If this timetable holds true then Collins would not have a chance to re-schedule his Texas trip or visit Florida and Tennessee -- two other schools he had previously stated he was interested in seeing.

Alford is one of the most dynamic athletes from the state of Mississippi. He’s a quarterback on the football field and one of the top baseball prospects in the country. LSU would love to land a signal-caller in this class and that’s appealing to Alford. Another appealing aspect for the Tigers is their baseball team. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss could also get visits from Alford next month. He visited Nebraska earlier this fall.

Alford is the nation’s No. 14 athlete, the No. 98 ranked recruit in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 3 ranked prospect from the state of Mississippi.

Could UGA land two from Memphis?

Georgia will host two recruits from Memphis, Tenn. this weekend in three-star athletes Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn./East) and three-star cornerback Sheldon Dawson (Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway). Redmond is currently committed to Mississippi State while Dawson was previously committed to Memphis.

“I’ve always liked Georgia,” Redmond said. “I just want to see if I fit in there.”

Georgia made in-home visits with both prospects Wednesday and they were offered scholarships.

Also officially visiting the Bulldogs this weekend is ESPNU 150 defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson).

Strong to entertain Georgia’s top recruit

Most feel Josh Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) will decide between Georgia and Florida. He’s coming off an official visit to the Gators last weekend and Harvey-Clemons will trip to the Dawgs next month.

In the meantime, Harvey-Clemons will make his official visit to Louisville to see Charlie Strong and his Cardinals. Strong will get his shot at the top prospect from the state of Georgia.

The consensus is that Louisville is a long shot to land Harvey-Clemons. That may indeed be true, but no one ever expected Strong to land quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from Miami last year. I have always believed that if a prospect visits you have a chance and that’s all any coach can ask for.

FSU up next for Davis

Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) was committed to Florida for almost 10 months but then there was a parting of the ways almost two weeks ago. The four-star running back prospect first visited Tennessee (Dec. 2). His second trip comes this weekend, where he will make an official visit to Florida State (Dec. 16). But before he heads south to Tallahassee, Davis is planning on making an unofficial visit to Athens.

This 5-foot-10 and 190-pound four-star running back prospect is the younger brother of former Clemson standout James Davis. Clemson offered last week while Georgia offered Davis the week before. Most believe it could come down to these two schools, but don’t just assume that because his brother played at Clemson there that’s where he will end up.

Davis, who rushed for just over 1,900 yards and 21 scores, has set up January visits to South Carolina (Jan. 13) and Clemson (Jan. 20). He’s the No. 17-ranked running back in the nation and the No. 29-ranked recruit from the state of Georgia.

Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida to host OLs from out west

Four-star offensive tackle Alex Kozan (Castle Rock, Co./Valor Christian) confirmed Wednesday night he will visit Auburn this weekend. This 6-foot-4 and 295-pound offensive line prospect will be making his third official visit. He has already tripped to Ohio State and Iowa.

Meanwhile, Pierce Burton (San Francisco, Calif./College of San Francisco) will head to Oxford and Gainesville this weekend to see Ole Miss and Florida. He’s a massive 6-foot-7 and 290-pound offensive tackle prospect who has already visited West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky.