We've got a big official visit weekend this week, as Sonny Dykes attempts to make some last minute additions to the 2014 class. [I could be wrong, but it looks like this is the last big one, because there haven't been many mentions for people visiting on the 31st.]
Rob Likens is pretty darn excited.
Oh so close.. 🌉🚗💛💙🐻 pic.twitter.com/yK4f1Ag6xy— Michael Trani (@MichaelTrani) January 24, 2014
Both guys have already been here on unofficials -- Trani became a Bear on his, actually. Good to have them back. Maybe they can swing some of the other recruits!
Is the bay go turn me and @leniuchandler up this week or what— Shay (@shaysosa01) January 24, 2014
Leniu and Fields are the big two, y'all. The Bears are desperately trying to snag Leniu on a flip, and Shay Fields should be making a decision soon --
if I recall correctly, he has a trip to Colorado next weekend (edit: BearGang says that he actually visited Colorado last weekend. Thanks!) but will be ready to announce soon after that. Either one would be a fantastic addition, although the need for Leniu is absolutely paramount, given the state of the linebacking corps.
Westerfield, as you may know by now, recently decommitted from Northwestern -- or perhaps more truthfully, had his offer pulled -- to take a trip out here, so you have to figure our chances are good. He did offer a pretty interesting glimpse into his visit so far, though.
Cal Visit🏈🏈🏈 pic.twitter.com/zbPplmCZ3y— Noah Westerfield (@WesterfieldNoah) January 24, 2014
Currently committed elsewhere
Out of this group, the biggest addition -- if we could manage it -- would probably be Culver, a consensus 3-star recruit. Landing Darius White last weekend was nice, but he has limited eligibility as a JUCO transfer. Culver has similar dimensions -- 6'0, 180 -- and could prove to be a better long-term contributor.
With two backs already committed in the class, Vickers is less of an immediate need, and more of a luxury. Still, the depth chart sets up nicely for three 2014 backs, because we could stagger the Vickers-Watson-Enwere trio for future years. As of right now, it's Daniel Lasco and Khalfani Muhammad, and not a whole lot else. Florida State recently landed 5-star running back Dalvin Cook, which probably helped motivate this visit.