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January 17, 2014

Weekend visits: Lone Star shift?

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Less than three weeks from National Signing Day, battles for the top uncommitted prospects are coming down to the wire. Just as important, coaching staffs are working to make sure they hold on to their current commitments.

So closing the deal during late official visits is key, and there are plenty of big weekends on tap. Here is a look at some of the top storylines developing around visit weekends across the country.

Official Visit Weekend Preview: Jan. 17, 2014
After eliminating Georgia earlier this week, it's down to 'Bama, Auburn and UCLA for Rashaan Evans. The No. 69 player in his class, Evans won't announce his decision until Signing Day, but he will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend. Committed five-star Bo Scarbrough and Rivals250 players Joshua Casher, Ronnie Clark, J.C. Hassenauer and Christian Miller will also be visiting the Tide.

Proof of Arizona State's ascendancy into the conference elite, last season's Pac-12 South champion has put together one of the largest official visitor lists to hit Tempe in years. Five players -- Eric Lauderdale, Kenyon Fryson, Ty Barrett, Kweishi Brown and J.T. Gray -- are either uncommitted or pledged elsewhere, meaning Todd Graham will have his hands full playing host. Fellow visitors and soft Sun Devil-commits Kalen Ballage and Alex Anderson -- he'll visit Texas next week -- will also make the trip.
It won't cure the sting of a lost BCS National Championship, but landing uncommitted four-stars Braden Smith and Andrew Williams, and flipping LSU-verbal Davon Godchaux over the weekend would be a considerable boost to the Tigers' future prospects. Alabama's freshly minted Mr. Football, Racean Thomas, will also be on campus.