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It is check-in day and Barton Simmons and I are hanging out at the Hilton Anaheim Convention Center doing interviews and catching up with prospects, coaches, parents and other media...
Five-star RB Alex Collins passes the eyeball test and is extremely polite and intelligent. Very impressed with the things he said and his decision-making process in terms of a school. He told me there is no leader, backing off of Florida and will visit Arkansas. There's another SEC school he likes, too, but he's running out of officials and will head to Miami (1-18) and Arkansas (1-25).
Barton spoke with Thomas Duarte who will announce at the game. We think it's UCLA or Oregon.
Just saw Auburn commit Tashawn Bower walk in. Looks good. Says he gets good vibes from the new AU staff. Barton is talking with him now.
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Enjoyed talking to Ray Lewis III. Has his father's engaging personality. Polite kid. Will play RB this week.
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Malik Zaire is anxious to get on campus at ND. Says he wants to push Everett Golson.
Jayme Otomewo will visit Hawaii officially. Hes committed to Arizona State.
Austin Sanders just checked in. Great looking physically. Big broadshouldered. No bad weight.
Cal commit Victor Egu just told me that he'll visit Colorado Arizona State and Yale officially in January.
That hotel is sick. We stayed there this summer and took the family to Disneyland, Lego Land and Angels game. I've stayed at a ton of hotels easily one of the coolest I've stayed at. The biggest problem is parking there. My kids loved the swimming pool play ground. It was going through some construction when I was there. Same time as the Elite 11 was doing on in Del Mar I believe I went to watch Austin Allen perform. Bet he loves being back out in Cali 5 months later.
Is the actual game really free?
I'll have a full Day 1 diary from Alex Collins coming first thing Monday morning.
It touches on his travel from Florida to California, his thoughts on his first trip to the west coast and a look at what's in-store for him during his week at the Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl.
That said, he forwarded me a few photos he took of the Players Lounge, where most of the recruits will be hanging out.
Photo 1: Video Game stations
Photo 2: Ping Pong table, Pool table, etc.
Photo 3: iPad station
Photo 4: TV station
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It's a good set-up and the kids are having a good time so far. Plenty had long flights from the East Coast today.
Practice gets rolling at 1 p.m. eastern (10 a.m. Pacific) in the morning. I will be with the East and Barton Simmons with the West.
Thomas Oser will visit Vanderbilt and Stanford officially in January.
He has already visited Oregon. Those three make up his finalists.
Thomas Osers final 3 has stayed consistent with Vandy, Oregon and Stanford all in the mix. With the time for a decision approaching, he has 2 more official visits set.
Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy tight end Arshad Jackson has two schools at the top.
The three-star prospect discusses his three upcoming official visits with Noles247.
Currently in California for the Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl, Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy tight end Arshad Jackson named two schools as his co-leaders earlier this evening.
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Thinking UW might be in it now that they landed coach Tui. We had heard we may have a slight lead for him but the fact he's announcing without visiting has me less confident here.
Elijah Qualls update. The versatile DL will take an official to UCLA and is considering one to Nebraska in addition to Washington.
Either this website doesn't exist or is not currently available.
East quarterback Malik Zaire is competing in the Semper Fi Bowl just days before enrolling at Notre Dame. He talked about his goals for this spring in South Bend.
Malik Zaire has an All-American Game, a national championship game and a new home to move into all within a couple of weeks. He may even squeeze in some recruiting.
Some good stuff from JC in this Alex Collins update.
Would be a classic late get for the Huskers but I doubt they turn him from UDub.
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