At this point in the 2013 recruiting cycle, each program has a handful of targets remaining and there’s always one among those that you can identify as the “most important." Here’s a look at each program’s “most important” target heading down the stretch run.
Five-star DB Vonn Bell is someone Alabama would like to have.
Vonn Bell, S-CB, (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) -- With Alabama trying to upgrade its secondary, Bell is a major target partly because he's versatile enough to play either safety or corner at the next level. A five-star recruit with terrific range and big-hitting ability, the country's No. 3 safety prospect also is looking hard at both Ohio State and Tennessee. He visited the Tide last week.
Alex Collins, RB, (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation -- Collins isn't just the No. 1 back on the Arkansas board, he's the No. 1 running back in the country. New coach Bret Bielema ran the ball heavily at Wisconsin, and now he needs an elite back around which to build his first class in Fayetteville. Collins will visit this weekend, and many questions will be answered.
Reuben Foster, ILB, (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) -- A five-star prospect and the country's No. 1 inside linebacker recruit, Foster is a one-time Tigers commit that now apparently will pick between Auburn, Alabama and Georgia. All three have reasons for optimism. Helping Auburn might be the fact he lives just minutes from campus. It seems Foster already has developed a close relationship with the new staff after making several visits to see them.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) -- The country's No. 39 prospect and No. 5 corner committed to Southern California back in July but the Gators never gave up. They'll visit Ramsey this week and the next in hopes of getting him to flip, something they know won't be easy. Ramsey, who also is considering Florida State, would be a major get and put the finishing touches on an already outstanding class.
Montravius Adams, DT, (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) -- In the rugged SEC you can never have too many good defensive linemen, and Adams is the No. 2 tackle in the entire class. The 6-feet-4, 310-pounder has difference-maker potential when focused. At the moment, it looks like a Georgia-Clemson battle with the Bulldogs getting an official this weekend.
Ryan Timmons, ATH, (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County) -- The state of Kentucky doesn't produce a ton of SEC-caliber athletes, so landing as many of them as possible is crucial for the Wildcats. A speedster, Timmons likely would play receiver in Lexington, and the 'Cats need plenty of those for the program's pass-heavy offense. Kentucky seems to be in decent shape, but if Ohio State offers that would make things interesting.
Priest Willis, S, (Tempe, Ariz/Marcos De Niza) -- A top-50 prospect, Willis will announce on Wednesday, and LSU has been one of the top contenders for a long time. The Tigers have a major need at safety, and Willis is a player that could come in and contribute early should he select LSU. UCLA appears to be the Tigers' biggest threat.
Robert Nkemdiche, SDE, (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) -- This selection was pretty obvious. Ever since the country's top overall prospect de-committed from Clemson in November, people have been waiting for him to pick Ole Miss, where his brother plays linebacker. Although it hasn't happened yet, it probably will soon. Nkemdiche, though, is taking his time -- and taking visits to other schools.
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John O'Korn, QB, (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) -- The Bulldogs offered O'Korn on Tuesday morning, and are hopeful they can land the Houston commit. Mississippi State already has a quarterback commit in Cord Sandberg of Florida, but he potentially could opt to play baseball. The Bulldogs have only two returning scholarship signal callers, and one will be a senior in 2013.
Travis Johnson, TE, (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) -- The Tigers have one tight end on their commit list and would like to add another. In the 6-feet-4, 225-pound Johnson, Missouri thinks it has found an intelligent, athletic tight end with excellent blocking ability that can set the edge. He visited Missouri last weekend and will check out South Florida next.
Skai Moore, OLB, (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- After losing one linebacker commit and dropping another, that position became increasingly important down the stretch in Columbia. Moore, who recently de-committed from Rutgers, is now a major Gamecocks target. Not only do they need backers, but he fits the system well and is someone capable of playing early. After last weekend's official to South Carolina, the Gamecocks might be the team to beat.
Carl Lawson, WDE (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) -- The country's top-ranked weak-side defensive end, Lawson currently is a soft commit to Auburn. But he recently took official visits to Clemson and Tennessee, and both programs appear to be very much in the hunt. Lawson is the type of game-changing edge rusher the Volunteers desperately need, and that is something they made Lawson very aware of when he was in town last weekend. At this point, Tennessee feels like it definitely has a shot.
Daeshon Hall, WDE, (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) -- The Aggies lost a lot on their defensive line, and Hall is someone they've targeted for that area. He was once committed to Texas, but currently is a Washington pledge. Nonetheless, Texas A&M thinks it has a realistic chance of flipping the 6-feet-6, 220-pound Top247 prospect. The Aggies don't have many spots left in the class. But they'd like to add Hall.
Matt Dayes, RB, (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cypress Bay) -- With Vanderbilt in need of a second running back, the 5-feet-9, 195-pounder has emerged as arguably the Commodores' best option. A soft N.C. State commit, Dayes' recruitment has heated up of late, with schools such as USF and Kentucky making a push. He visits Vanderbilt this weekend, so the picture could come clear after that.