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5 Storylines for the Week: Checking in with Foster, Nkemdiche as Signing Day Nears


8:29 AM, Jan. 28, 2013 EST

Auburn (Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster is scheduled to make his last recruiting visit to Auburn University this weekend. / Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

Here are the top five storylines for this week.

1. Foster gives Auburn his last visit before signing period. Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) senior Reuben Foster, who is widely regarded as the country’s No. 1 linebacker, said he’ll make his last official visit to Auburn University this weekend. That bodes well for the Tigers, as National Signing Day is Feb. 6.

Now if new coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn staff really wants to up their chances of landing Foster, they could get matching tattoos on their forearms -- even if it’s with temporary ink.

Talk about making a lasting impression.

2. Nkemdiche back from Ole Miss. In this week’s installment of “Where will Robert Nkemdiche Go?,” we take a look at what the Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) defensive end and consensus No. 1 recruit thought of his trip to Ole Miss.

All indications are that the Rebels remain atop Nkemdiche’s list.

Sure, he told ESPN last week that, after a visit to Florida, the Gators had made it a three-horse race for his services (LSU, Ole Miss and Florida).

We’re not buying it.

Nkemdiche’s brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, is a linebacker at Ole Miss and their mother, Beverly Nkemdiche, has been adamant about the brothers playing together.

Typically, what moms want, moms get.

Just sayin…

3. Briscoe confident in Battle for N.J.

On Friday, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) will head to St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) to settle the debate over who runs the Garden State.

The Gray Bees check in at No. 8 in the USA Today Super 25 and the Friars are No. 7.  

MORE: Super 25 Rankings

What will be the deciding factor?

The Gray Bees backcourt of Tyler Ennis, a senior who is signed to Syracuse, and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, a consensus top 15 player in the 2015 class, have been giving opponents fits all year.

Expect that duo to give St. Benedict’s the edge here.

That’s something Briscoe adamantly agrees with.

“I’m just so confident in my team that I’m guaranteeing a win,” he said. “You can print that.”

4. Falcons want to snap Findlay’s win-streak.

Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), the top team in the Super 25, will put its 43-game winning streak on the line Friday when it plays Foothill (Henderson, Nev.).

Can the Falcons pull off the shocker of the season?

Don’t count on it. Make it 44 and counting.

5. Jackrabbits want respect back.

Last week, after getting thrashed by No. 2 Whitney Young (Chicago), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) took a steep dive in the Super 25 from No. 9 to No. 17. Now the Jackrabbits are intent on earning back their respect.

And it just so happens that they’ve got a game against another ranked opponent – No. 24 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) – Saturday.

Even though the Braves are ranked lower, the Jackrabbits will be out for blood.

But we’ve got the Braves reigning supreme in this one.

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter @JayJayUSATODAY.

 

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