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January 20, 2013

Visit wrap: Closer to home

Dallas Jackson is the National Columnist for Rivals.com. Email him your comments or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.

This is what official visits are for: seeing things with your
own eyes.

Four-star receiver Tony Stevens of Orlando (Fla.) Evans decided to commit to Auburn after setting foot on campus for the first time. He said that he felt more comfortable being closer to home.

Less than three weeks ago, he committed to Texas A&M at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Stevens told AuburnSports.com that being on campus was a major selling point.

"It felt like home," he said. "It's a family out here. I am committed to Auburn University."

It was just the second official visit for Stevens -- who also went to Ohio State in November -- but this trip made a major impact.

Stevens said that he was impressed with everything that Auburn had to offer.

"The facilities, their education, the basketball crowd," he said. "If they react like that to a basketball game, how will they react to a football game?"

Here is a compilation of other official visit reports from across the country.

Official Visit Weekend Wrapup: Jan. 20, 2013 (updated at 10:45 ET, Jan. 21)
The weekend provided many activities for the official visitors in Tuscaloosa, including snow, which was a first for some. Four-star running back Alvin Kamara said that he was still very comfortable with his place in this recruiting class and he was not alone. Many of the prospects the Crimson Tide are courting came away impressed.
Kamara pleased | Bozeman visits | Eddie Jackson
The Tigers had a lot of players on campus this weekend, including several uncommitted players, and some who were members of other classes. The big win for the weekend was flipping Tony Stevens but it was not the only headline-worthy story.
Stevens flips | Leader emerging for R250 player
The Razorbacks were not to be outdone by SEC foe Auburn and landed a U.S. Army All-American of their own in Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Reeve Koehler. Koehler played host to Bret Bielema for an in-home visit last week and decide to commit.
Koehler commits | Punter recaps weekend | Drew Morgan reaffirms pledge
Having never been on campus before, La Marque (Texas) High receiver Lawrence Montegut did not know what to expect when he got to Boulder. The 6-foot 210-pounder had a great time and will wait to decide on his future after seeing at least one other school.
Montegut wants to take visits
FLORIDA STATE: Warchant.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
The Seminoles welcomed only five players this weekend, but that does not mean the staff did not make an impression. Uncommitted prospect Augustus Edwards was expected to get leaned on pretty heavy to pull the trigger, but he resisted. See how the other players reacted.
Seminoles board
The Hurricanes had a ton of prospects on campus and Rivals.com had a mole in the group as Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller offensive lineman Alex Gall was reporting back what the group of uncommitted players was saying. Gall's report | Bostwick says heart at The U. | Official goes well for Army All-American
Of the 16 players North Carolina welcomed on to campus, 14 were committed to the program, so there was not major news expected. Rivals100 receiver Marquez North was one of the uncommitted players that the program was hoping to impress.
Weekend wrap up
The Rebels are on pace for a Top 10 finish with their recruiting class. This week Ole Miss added the No. 1 receiver Laquon Treadwell and followed it up by securing the pledge of four-star defensive end Elijah Daniel. Meanwhile, Florida State commit Austin Golson said he was now seriously considering Ole Miss.
Golson mulls move | Billingsley solid | Daniels picks Ole Miss
OKLAHOMA STATE: OState.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State staff hosted a large group of kids but only two were uncommitted. When the players boarded the plane Sunday afternoon, that number was down to one.
Weekend wrap up
The Nittany Lions hosted a small group of committed players, but dubbed the event "Run-on Weekend," as they were looking for players who were eager to be more than a walk-on.
Run-on reaction
The Gamecocks hosted nearly half their commitment list, but also three uncommitted players. The first to check in after his trip was Pomfret (Md.) McDonough linemane Na'Ty Rodgers.
Rodgers checks in
Coach Butch Jones has been actively trying to flip players, and this weekend was no different. His most high-profile visitor was five-star Carl Lawson who is currently aligned with Auburn. After spending the time in Knoxville, Lawson reacted to the sale pitch.
Lawson reacts | Jenkins gets answers
The Bruins were one of the most active programs this weekend in hosting uncommitted players. Coach Jim Mora Jr. was able to show those prospects his freshly signed contract and apparent commitment to staying in Los Angeles. He was able to convince a few of those to join him.
Four-star DB joins up
The Trojans have watched the commitment list expand and contract with amazing fluctuation this season. With scholarship limits, there are only a few spots left on the cart but there are plenty of players willing to take those spots. This weekend was spent securing the commitment of players who have been long ready to Fight On.
Hutchings | Rodgers | Hatcher | Vanderdoes
The two more clever social media clichés for the SEC programs were dropped this weekend as the VanderBUILD project continued. Six-foot-6 Brandon Vandenburg chose to AnchorDown following a visit with nearly the entire class. The work being done by James Franklin continues to impress.
A real Vandy man

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