There are only four games this weekend in the Pac-12 and none of them are getting as much national attention as the games last week.
This week isn't nearly as exciting on the field, but off the field there are some intriguing things happening in recruiting. Some big time national visitors will be on Pac-12 campuses this weekend. These are players who typically end up at SEC schools, so it will be a very big deal if they end up heading out west to play football the next four years.
Here's a rundown of some major prospects who will be at UCLA, Cal, and Colorado this weekend.
Impact defenders heading to UCLA
The Bruins are putting together another very good recruiting class, but are still behind USC when it comes to landing most of the top prospects from California. They made up for it last year by closing down the stretch with elite national recruits and could do the same this cycle.
With Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes not going to be hanging around for too much longer, adding a player like Lawrence to their program would make for a seamless transition in a couple of years. He is a disruptive force inside that is strong at the point of attack. He chases down ball carries like a much smaller player as well. It will be tough to steal him away from LSU and his other suitors, but he does seem genuinely interested in playing out west.
Anderson is a strong tackler with the speed to cover a lot of ground. I see him as a strong safety prospect, but one that is not limited to just playing in the box and can be utilized in man coverage. The Bruins took Soso Jamabo out of Texas last year and hope they can do the same with Anderson.
Elite athlete from Georgia visiting Cal
A former Alabama commit from the heart of SEC country does not seem like a typical fit for someone to cross the country and trek to Berkeley, but Demetris Robertson isn't the typical SEC prospect. The 4 star athlete takes academics very seriously and it's obvious why he would want to take a closer look at Cal, Stanford, and Notre Dame (he visited earlier this season).
He could be a star receiver in the Bear Raid and has the versatility to play out of the slot or on the outside. He is a natural hands catcher who snatches the football away from his body and has elite speed that makes him dangerous after the catch. He may actually be an even better prospect on defense where he shows outstanding instincts in coverage. I think he could play corner or free safety.
We'll see if Cal can make an impression on him with their football program because he has definitely done his research into how great the academics are.
Best player in-state visiting Colorado
The Buffs have not done a good job of keeping the top talent in-state from leaving, but they'll get a chance to change that this weekend with a visit from the top player from Colorado in 4 star defensive end Carlo Kemp. Most people feel he is leaning towards Michigan or Notre Dame, so they'll have to make up ground this weekend in order to land him.
Kemp is a good athlete who has tremendous instincts and has great potential as an interior pass rusher. A win versus Oregon (which looks like a legit possibility after last week) this weekend could show that the Buffs are headed in the right direction and landing Kemp could become the first domino for them in winning back the in-state talent.