The top uncommitted recruit is Leonard Fournette, a five-star running back from Louisiana. Fournette attends St. Augustine (La.) High School, and hails from New Orleans. He's listed at 6'1 and 226 pounds, and is rated as the top overall prospect in the country by the 247sports composite. He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M and USC, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I've long thought Fournette would head to LSU. The Tigers did not take a running back in the 2013 class, and Fournette would immediately contend for a lot of carries if he picks LSU. The other contender is Alabama. Alabama is one of the only teams which I might pick to sign a top player out of Louisiana at a position of need for LSU, but I don't see that player being Fournette.
Marlon Humphrey is another top prospect currently uncommitted. Listed at 6'1 and 175 pounds, the cornerback attends Hoover (Ala.) High School and is from Birmingham, Alabama. He is also rated as a five-star prospect, listed as the fifth-best player in the country and the best corner in the class. He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan State and South Carolina, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Humphrey's dad Bobby was a star for the Crimson Tide, and son Marlon lives just down the road from Tuscaloosa. If there is a school that can sign Humphrey away from the Tide is is Florida State, as Humphrey has a great relationship with Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who coached defensive backs at Alabama for several years previous to joining FSU's staff in 2013. This one will come down to official visits, but is is very difficult to pick against the Tide and a chance to be coached by Nick Saban when a five-star Alabama legacy is concerned.
Adoree' Jackson is another cornerback near the top of the class that has not made his decision. From Juniperro Serra (Calif.) High School, he comes from Gardena, California, and is listed at 5'9.5 and 182 pounds. A five-star prospect, he is rated as the seventh-best prospect in the class and the second-best cornerback. He holds offers form Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and USC, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Jackson is from Illinois, which means that he did not grow up in Southern California during the time USC was running college football. Still, it is tough to see him heading elsewhere. If he were to pick another school, it would likely be the Florida Gators, who have done a solid job recruiting California in recent years. Jackson is also an electric player on offense and would be a big addition to any school.
Tony Brown is yet another highly touted cornerback who has not yet made his pledge. Listed at 6'0 and 188 pounds, he hails from Beaumont, Texas, and attends Ozen (Texas) High School. Rated as a five-star, he is considered the ninth-best player in the class and the third-best corner. He holds offers from LSU, Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M, USC, Florida State and Auburn, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: LSU recruits very well in Texas. Brown's sister runs track for the Bayou Bengals. Little drama is expected in this one, as Brown has been considered a very strong lean to the Tigers for over a year.
Next up is the aptly named Speedy Noil, a wide receiver from Edna Karr (La.) High School who hails from New Orleans. Listed at 5'10.5 and 176 pounds, he is rated as a five-star, ranking as the 11th-best player in the class and the top wide receiver in the country. He holds offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn and Florida, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: It's very tough to make a living going against LSU for prospects from New Orleans. Noil does like Texas A&M and its wide-open offense, but LSU also has a need for receivers as well. I don't have a real reason to take the Aggies over the Tigers, so I won't. LSU is the pick.
Lorenzo Carter is another big-time prospect available for the 2014 class. Listed at 6'5 and 232 pounds, he attends Norcross (Ga.) High School and is from Norcross, Georgia. He is considered a five-star recruit, and is ranked as the 12th-best player in the class, as well as the second-best weak-side defensive end nationally among players in the class of 2014. He holds offers from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Florida State, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: This is very tough. All five schools listed above have a real shot. How much will geography matter for this star from the Peach State? What scheme does he like? Does Carter see himself as an outside linebacker in a 3-4, or a traditional defensive end in a 4-3? I'll say this is too close to call.
John Smith is one of the top multi-position players in the country, and he has not yet made his college decision. He attends Long Peach Poly (Calif.) High School and hails from Long Beach, California. Smith is listed at 6'1 and 200 pounds, and is considered a five-star prospect. He is ranked as the 13th-best player in the class and the second-best athlete. He holds offers from USC, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Ohio State, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Notre Dame and USC have a classic rivalry on the field, but it often extends to off the field as well on the recruiting trail. Smith has an official visit set for USC on January 17, and I'd be surprised, but not shocked, if he signed with the Irish over the Trojans. If he does go with USC, the safeties signed in LA of late will match any in the country, as the Trojans previously signed Leon McQuay III and Su'A Cravens.
Malachi Dupre is another top recruit that is currently uncommitted. Listed at 6'2.5 and 187 pounds, he attends John Curtis (La.) High School and hails from New Orleans. He is rated as a five-star prospect, and is considered the 15th-best player in the class, as well as the second-best wide receiver in the country. He holds offers from LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Texas A&M and UCLA, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Dupre has real interest in UCLA and Florida State. But until I hear differently, I just don't see him leaving the state of Louisiana. Yup, another call for the Bayou Bengals of LSU.
Damian Prince is one of the best offensive linemen in the country, and has not yet decided his college destination. Listed at 6'5 and 295 pounds, he plays at Bishop McNamara (Md.) High School and hails from District Heights, Maryland. He is considered a five-star prospect, and ranks as the 17th-best player in the country and the second-best offensive tackle. He holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Florida, South Carolina, Ohio State and Maryland, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Prince is a very interesting case because he will actually wait until a few weeks after National Signing Day to make his decision. And that means he is a difficult player to predict, since he'll be able to survey the lists of signees and review the new projected depth charts. I'm told that geography will matter a lot to Prince, but he also has a connection with Florida State, and Ohio State as well. For now, I'll stick with Maryland, and we'll see what happens after planned January visits to see the Gators and Hurricanes.
Joe Mixon is a top running back who has yet to pledge to a school. He attends Freedom (Calif.) High School, and is from Oakley, California. Listed at 6'2 and 195 pounds, he is rated as a five-star prospect. Mixon is considered the 18th-best prospect in the class, and the best all-purpose back in the country. He has offers from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, UCLA, Florida State, Auburn, Ohio State and Oregon, among others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Unlike some others on this list, Mixon has at least narrowed down his choices to three: Wisconsin, Oklahoma and UCLA. I've thought Oklahoma for a while now, thanks to the Sooners' strong recent success recruiting California. But this is tougher than it looks. Some people in California really believe in UCLA's chances, and there is very little sample set on which to form an opinion of the recruiting ability of Wisconsin's coaching staff under new coach Gary Andersen. Bob Stoops has pulled a lot of five-stars in his day, so I'll stick with the Sooners.