The college football season continues to heat up, and with it, college basketball programs will begin to use the heightened platform to host their top targets. Just like last week, we will examine the most important slate of visits in each power league and also take a stab at who might commit in this week’s conference rundown.
. LSU, Xavier, Ohio State and UNC remain in contention, though Louisville remains the leader in the clubhouse for him. A commitment from Days is not imminent, but this weekend’s trip to Louisville could put the Cards further out in front.
. A 6-foot-2 scoring guard and member of the Rivals150, Muhammad is the epitome of tough. He has the chance to evolve into an all-league defender, though the competition for his commitment is fierce - Ohio State, West Virginia, St. John’s and Virginia remain heavily in the mix.
will stay close to home this weekend and join the duo at Xavier. He may be the likeliest of visitors to commit to the Musketeers.
BIG TEN: OHIO STATE
Ohio State football fell flat on its face last week, but the basketball program continues to draw some of the best 2018 talent to its campus. This basketball recruiting weekend will be no different, as four key targets visit Columbus.
, a 6-foot-3 lead guard from Indianapolis, will take in the Big Ten program this weekend. Hunter is a Rivals150 guard who will visit Minnesota by the end of the month and is coming off his first official visit to Purdue.
. They would love to add another to the frontcourt alongside Culver and this weekend, the Big 12 program welcomes two imposing big men.
Andrew Gordon, a junior college center from Northwest Florida, will check in on Bob Huggins’ program. He visited WichitaState to kick off the month, and he brings size and a rebounding presence to the paint.
, will be joining Dosunmu for their own official visit. There is a giant need for the Pac-12 bunch at the point guard position this recruiting cycle; a potential commitment from Dosunmu would establish USC's recruiting class as one of the best nationally.
Three other Rivals150 prospects from the 2019 class will also visit USC this weekend. The Trojans remain in a good spot with
, until Hurricane Irma changed the Gators’ plans. Now that everything is running at full throttle and as the football program prepares to host nationally ranked Tennessee, Mike White and his staff will not be short for elite, priority recruits on campus.
Dotson will finally get the chance to visit Gainesville, and with a good weekend in the Sunshine State, the Gators might be able to end the recruitment of the tough-nosed and talented five-star guard.
was one of the many prospects to boost his stock over the summer with his play during the live recruiting periods in July. He received offers from programs all over the country, but it didn’t take long for him to start locking in on the recruiting process and moving forward with official visits.
Vanderbilt: “It was a lot of fun. It was my first official visit, so they showed me around and showed me a good time. The campus was beautiful. The staff was awesome. It seemed like they really wanted me and it was a lot of fun to be there.”
Florida: “Florida was a bit different. Gainesville is just Florida. The school itself is really good. I like the campus. It was really big and nice. There are a lot of sweet food spots around town. The basketball program is top-notch. The facilities are No. 1 in the country. The coaching staff is awesome and they all got along with the players really well. The players were awesome. I got to watch the fight with them in the film room, and that was a lot of fun. It was a good time down there as well.”
Harvard: “It was good when I went up there. They showed me around the campus and around their new gym. It was nice up there.”
South Carolina: “Well obviously their program is on the rise after making it to the Final Four and with what coach (Frank)Martinhas been able to do with their guys. They are on me hard. I got a lot of people around here saying ‘Hey, you should go to South Carolina.' "
With two of his five allotted official visits out of the way, Nesmith could still take a few more trips. It doesn’t sound likely though that he’ll end up taking all five. From talking to him, he gave off the vibe that it might be one more visit and then a decision, or maybe not take another visit before making a decision. Georgetown, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are the schools he’s still thinking about checking out on an official visit.
Nesmith appears to be relatively close to making a decision withFloridaandVanderbiltbeing the most likely options at this point. One way or another, expect Nesmith to end up playing in the SEC next year.