College football recruiting 2014: Where will the top 25 uncommitted prospects sign?

How much will track matter in Humphrey's choice between Alabama and Florida State? - Christopher Lee

With many visits and phone calls remaining, a lot will change between now and National Signing Day. This is how we see it at the moment.

Marlon Humphrey

The top uncommitted recruit is Marlon Humphrey, a five-star cornerback from Alabama. Listed at 6'1 and 175 pounds, the cornerback attends Hoover (Ala.) High School and is from Birmingham. He is 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 it 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

Adoree' Jackson is another cornerback near the top of the class. From Junipero Serra High School, he comes from Gardena, Calif., and is listed at 5'9.5 and 182 pounds. A five-star prospect, he is rated as the eighth-best prospect in the class and the second-best cornerback. He holds offers from 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.

Lorenzo Carter

Lorenzo Carter is another big-time prospect available for the 2014 class. Listed at 6'5 and 232 pounds, he attends Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga. He is considered a five-star recruit, and is ranked as the 14th-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

John Smith is one of the top multi-position players in the country. He attends Long Beach Poly High School and hails from Long Beach, Calif. 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 Jan. 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

Malachi Dupre is one of the highest-rated wide receivers in the country. 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 16th-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

Damian Prince is one of the best offensive linemen in the country. Listed at 6'5 and 295 pounds, he plays at Bishop McNamara (Md.) High School and hails from District Heights, Md. He is considered a five-star prospect, and ranks as the 25th-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: My thoughts on Prince have changed over the last few months. While Florida State, Maryland and Ohio State continue to pursue, this may actually be shaping up into a two-team race between South Carolina and Florida, with many believing the Gamecocks will take this one, and some believing Prince's relationship with recent Florida five-star cornerback commitment Jalen Tabor will have him heading to Gainesville.

Solomon Thomas

Solomon Thomas is one of the top players in high school football, and one of the best defensive linemen in the nation. Listed at 6'2.5 and 258 pounds, he attends Coppell (Texas) High School, earning a five-star ranking. He is considered the 22nd-best player in the class, coming in as the second-best strong-side defensive end and the third-ranked prospect in Texas. He holds offers from Stanford, Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I've long thought Stanford's history of success with edge rushers, and strong academics, will have Thomas heading to Palo Alto. But he does have a visit remaining to Ohio State, and Charlie Strong at Texas is sure to make a run as well.

Ermon Lane

Ermon Lane is back on the market after decommitting from Florida in January. The wide receiver is considered a five-star by the 247Sports Composite, ranking as the 26th-best prospect in the class. Lane is thought to be the third-best wide receiver and the fourth-best prospect in the talent-rich state of Florida. Listed at 6'3 and 193 pounds, he attends Homestead (Fla.) High School, and holds offers from Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Ohio State, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: At this point, I am not sure who to list as No. 2 for Lane behind the Seminoles. I expect him to follow his friend Dalvin Cook to Tallahassee and take advantage of some early playing time with Jameis Winston.

Damien Mama

Damien Mama is one of the top available offensive linemen in the class of 2014. Listed at 6'4 and 370 pounds, he's a massive guard coming out of St. John Bosco (Calif.) High School, with offers from USC, Alabama and Notre Dame, among others. The five-star prospect is considered the 30th-best player in the class, rating as the best offensive guard in the country and the fourth-best recruit in the state of California.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Steve Sarkisian's hire at USC has the Trojans way out in front for the big man who, if he comes in with his weight under control, could be a dominant force early in his career at the guard position.

Malik McDowell

Malik McDowell is one of the top prospects in the Midwest, and one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Listed at 6'7 and 290 pounds, he attends Southfield (Mich.) High School and hails from Detroit. He is considered a four-star prospect, ranking as the 37th-best player in the class and the third-best strong-side defensive end as well as the best player in the state of Michigan. McDowell claims offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State and LSU, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: McDowell is extremely tough to predict at this point. I thought he was Michigan-bound for quite a while, but then Michigan State had a great close to its season thanks to a great defense and grabbed his attention. Visits are still scheduled for Florida State, LSU and Ohio State on the three coming weekends, and I'm not comfortable making the call quite yet.

Michiah Quick

Michiah Quick is one of the top multi-positional athletes in the nation. Listed at 6'0 and 170 pounds, he is considered a four-star prospect. Quick is the 53rd-best player in the class, rated as the fifth-best athlete in the country and the seventh-best player in California. Quick attends Central East (Calif.) High School and hails from Fresno. He holds offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC and UCLA, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA all have a shot here, and Quick is even taking a trip to USC on Jan. 17 for an official visit. I'm not sure the Trojans can get in this, but am also not sure where Quick will pick.

Braden Smith

Braden Smith is one of the top interior linemen in the country. Listed at 6'6 and 290 pounds, he's considered a four-star prospect. Smith is considered the 64th-best player in the country, ranked as the third-best guard in the country and the best player from the state of Kansas. He attends Olathe South (Kan.) High School, and holds offers from Texas A&M, Auburn, TCU, Notre Dame and Alabama, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: With three remaining official visits to Auburn, Texas A&M and TCU in successive weeks, Smith's recruitment is very much up in the air. He has a sister who attends TCU, and that has many believing he will sign with the Horned Frogs, but TCU is up against some heavy hitters in the recruiting world for this one.

Casey Tucker

Casey Tucker is one of the better offensive line prospects in the country. From Hamilton (Ariz.) High School in Chandler, Tucker is listed at 6'6 and 270 pounds. He is rated as a four-star prospect, and is considered the 79th-best player in the class. He is rated as the seventh-best tackle and the second-best player in the state. He's received offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Stanford, Oklahoma and USC, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: An elite lineman from Pac-12 country with a Stanford offer? The Cardinal churns out elite offensive linemen on a yearly basis, features offensive linemen more than any other offense and offers an awesome education. I'll go with Tucker to Palo Alto.

Dalton Schultz

Dalton Schultz is considered the top tight end in the country. Listed at 6'5 and 215 pounds, the four-star prospect is rated as the 102nd-best player in the class and the second-best player in the state of Utah. He attends Bingham (Utah) High School and hails from South Jordan. Schultz has offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Utah and USC, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Stanford loves throwing to the tight end and has a big need at the position. I'll again go with Stanford.

Derrick Nnadi

Derrick Nnadi is one of the more sought-after defensive tackles in the nation. The four-star recruit attends Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School and hails from Virginia Beach. Listed at 6'1 and 305 pounds, he is considered the 103rd-best player in the country, ranking as the seventh-best defensive tackle and the fifth-best player in the state. Nnadi claims offers from Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Florida State and Notre Dame, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: With an official visit remaining to Ohio State, the Buckeyes theoretically have a shot, but I've long expected Nnadi to follow his family connection and head to Virginia Tech, giving the Hokies another weapon on defense.

Derrell Scott

Derrell Scott is a four-star running back who could make an instant impact next season. Listed at 5'11 and 180 pounds, he attends Havelock (N.C.) High School. He is considered the 111th-best player in the class, the second-best all-purpose back and the fifth-best player in North Carolina. He holds offers from South Carolina, Florida, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Scott does have a remaining visit to Gainesville, but I expect distance to matter a lot in his final decision, which I expected to be heading down the road to play for Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Roderick Johnson

Roderick Johnson is a four-star offensive tackle from Hazelwood Central (Mo.) High School who hails from Florissant. He is rated as the 113th-best player in the nation, the 12th-best offensive tackle and the second-best player in the state. Listed at 6'6 and 315 pounds, he holds offers from Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Florida State has been way out in front for quite a while here, making Johnson an early priority, and the feeling is that Johnson just wants to wait until National Signing Day to put on a hat.

Travonte Valentine

Travonte Valentine is a four-star defensive tackle from Champagnat Catholic (Fla). School who hails from Palm Bay. He's considered the 115th-best player in the country, the eighth-best defensive tackle and the 16th-best player in the state. Listed at 6'3 and 338 pounds, he holds offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Florida State and Ohio State, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Word I got a week or so before Valentine decommitted from Miami was that he was headed to LSU. The first half of the source's prediction came true, and I'll rely on the second part as well.

Steven Parker

Steven Parker is a four-star safety from Jenks (Okla.) High School. He is considered the 119th-best player in the class, as well as the ninth-best safety and the second-best player in Oklahoma. Listed at 6'2 and 188 pounds, he claims offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama and Ohio State.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Bob Stoops does not lose too many battles for top Oklahoma players, and the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama certainly doesn't hurt the Sooners' chances here.

D.J. Smith

D.J. Smith is a four-star cornerback from Walton (Ga.) High School who hails from Marietta. He is considered the 129th-best player in the class, as well as the 12th-best corner and the seventh-best player in the state of Georgia. Listed at 6'0 and 191 pounds, he holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: South Carolina has been on Smith seemingly forever and he has a visit coming up this weekend. I don't know if the Gamecocks will close it out during his visit or if he will take it to National Signing Day, but as of now I do think South Carolina gets the win over Tennessee for Smith.

Trevion Thompson

Trevion Thompson is a four-star wide receiver from Hillside (N.C.) High School who hails from Durham. He is considered the 130th-best player in the country, the 22nd-best receiver in the class and the seventh-best player in the state. Listed at 6'3 and 188 pounds, he holds offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon and Notre Dame, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: N.C. State seems to be trending here in a big way, but I will stick with my pick of Clemson because I have thought that Thompson would end up there for quite a while, Clemson is a better program and Thompson visits the Tigers this weekend.

Edwin Freeman

Edwin Freeman is a four-star outside linebacker from Bowie (Texas) High School who hails from Arlington. He is considered the 150th-best player in the country, the ninth-best outside linebacker and the 18th-best player in the state. Listed at 6'0.5 and 212 pounds, he holds offers from Texas A&M, Texas, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: State of Texas recruiting expert Wescott Eberts believes Freeman will play for Charlie Strong and the Longhorns. I trust him on all things Texas.

Wesley Green

Wesley Green is a four-star cornerback from Martin Luther King Jr. (Ga.) High School who hails from Lithonia. He is considered the 155th-best player in the class, the 17th-best cornerback and the 11th-best player in the state of Georgia. Listed at 5'11 and 170 pounds, he claims offers from South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I find Green to be quite underrated, and I am not sure what will happen in this battle between Georgia and South Carolina. The Gamecocks are involved with a number of top cornerback recruits, including Smith (above) and Chris Lammons (below), and I do not have a great sense of their board.

Matt Elam

Matt Elam is a four-star defensive tackle from John Hardin (Ky.) High School who hails from Elizabethtown. He is considered the 166th-best player in the country, rating as the 16th-best defensive tackle and the second-best player in the state. Listed at 6'5 and 372 pounds, he claims offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Kentucky, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Many expect the Kentucky star to stay home, but I think he fits Nick Saban's 3-4 defense very well and his upcoming official visit to Tuscaloosa is a big deal.

Chris Lammons

Chris Lammons is a four-star cornerback from Plantation (Fla.) High School who hails from Fort Lauderdale. He is considered the 191st-best player in the country, rating as the 19th-best cornerback in the class and the 28th-best player in the state of Florida. He has received offers from South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State, among others.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I think South Carolina lands two of Smith, Green and Lammons. I don't have a great sense as to which two.

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