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 seventh-best prospect in the class and the 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. My pick of USC is far from confident. 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. LSU has also recruited Jackson hard, and he showed late interest in UCLA. Jackson is also an electric player on offense and would be a big addition to any school.
Evans is a fantastic recruit out of Auburn (Ala.) High School. At 6'3 and 225 pounds, he is a terror coming off the edge rushing the passer. Evans is a five-star and the best outside linebacker in the country according to many. He is being heavily recruited by the likes of Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Evans' has excellent visits to Alabama and Auburn, but I will be sticking with my pick of Auburn here, as both of Evans' parents went to Auburn and he lives in Auburn. I do think Alabama's style of defense is a better fit for him, however. In-home visits here could play a factor.
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 18th-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: Carter had an excellent visit to Florida State over the weekend, and Florida is still in this, but for now I am sticking with my pick of Georgia, as it is the in-state team, has a close relationship with his family, and received the last official visit.
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 20th-best player in the class and the third-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 visited USC over the weekend, 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 L.A. of late will match any in the country, as the Trojans previously signed Leon McQuay III and Su'a Cravens. Update 1/29: Oregon has made a late push here and at this point I am too torn to make a pick.
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 17th-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: It is so hard to go against LSU for a prospect from New Orleans, particularly when LSU has a major need at the position and can offer early PT. I am tempted to pick Florida State, as FSU hit a grand slam on his visit, as he hung out with Jameis Winston, Jimbo Fisher and others. But I'll stick with LSU here. I don't think Ole Miss or Alabama have near the shot that LSU, FSU or UCLA do.
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 27th-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: Even with all the chatter about Florida and South Carolina, people I trust keep coming back to the idea that Prince is not going to leave home. And that means Maryland. The Florida visit went extremely well, and UF does have momentum. He would almost certainly start at Maryland from Day 1, as well, which is a draw, and he visited Maryland again over the weekend. I'll go with Maryland.
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 25th-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. That Thomas kept Stanford and added UCLA and Arkansas to his final three, instead of Texas and Ohio State, only strengthens my belief. 2/4: I think Arkansas may have made a great late charge here enough to make my not know where Thomas is going. No pick.
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 24th-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. Lane visited FSU on the final visit weekend and had a great time.
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 four-star prospect is considered the 39th-best player in the class, rating as the best offensive guard in the country and the fifth-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. Mama visited USC over the weekend.
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 five-star prospect, ranking as the 32nd-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. Florida State did an awesome job with McDowell's visit over the weekend of the 17th, and Ohio State did so as well on the final visit weekend. I am truly torn here and think any of the four could conceivably pull it off. If Tallahassee was closer to Detroit the Seminoles would probably be the easy pick. I am just not sure who to pick.
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 56th-best player in the class, rated as the sixth-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, but I am going with the Sooners as they have done a great job recruiting California in recent years.
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 labeled 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: 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, including Auburn, and A&M. But with TCU having the final visit, I'll go with them.
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 101st-best player in the country, ranking as the eighth-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:
Nnadi may take his visit to Virginia this weekend, but he definitely visited Virginia Tech over the weekend, and the Hokies have long been the favorite. If there is a late charger here, it might actually be Florida State, as defensive tackle is one of the few positions at which the defending national champions are not totally loaded. I'll go with Virginia Tech over Florida State, but ever so slightly. Update: I am changing my pick as of Wednesday. I just feel that playing for FSU will be too much of a draw. I'm going from slightly favoring the Hokies to slightly favoring the Seminoles.
Roderick Johnson is a four-star offensive tackle from Hazelwood Central (Mo.) High School who hails from Florissant. He is rated as the 124th-best player in the nation, the 14th-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. FSU folks are confident even after Johnson took his visit to Ohio State.
Travonte Valentine is a four-star defensive tackle from Champagnat Catholic (Fla). School who hails from Palm Bay. He's considered the 68th-best player in the country, the third-best defensive tackle and the 11th-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, but I am less confident about this now than I was a week ago. Miami needs Valentine in the worst way and has to do whatever it takes to get him. Update 1/29: I still think Valentine picks LSU, but I am very interested to see if he takes his planned Miami visit. Update 2/3: Valentine did not visit Miami and I fully expect him to sign with LSU.
Wesley Green is a four-star cornerback from Martin Luther King Jr. (Ga.) High School who hails from Lithonia. He is considered the 164th-best player in the class, the 17th-best cornerback and the 13th-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 Chris Lammons (below), and I do not have a great sense of their board. Green seems to be leaning to South Carolina, even coming off his visit to Georgia.
Chris Lammons is a four-star cornerback from Plantation (Fla.) High School who hails from Fort Lauderdale. He is considered the 192nd-best player in the country, rating as the 19th-best cornerback in the class and the 29th-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: Wisconsin has done a good job of pulling South Florida defensive backs before, and I am calling for an upset over South Carolina here.
The four-star linebacker out of New Orleans (La.) John Curtis kept getting better as a senior. Young continued making tons of tackles, but he got bigger (6'2, 220 now), and LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and LSU picked up their interests as well.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Young is an interesting player, and I am not convinced that he is a lock to stay home and play for LSU. Young will have officially visited LSU, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, LSU and UCLA in the two weeks leading up to NSD.
This is simply too close to call right now. 2/4: I'm going with UCLA. Final call.
Out of McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian, Williams is a four-star defensive lineman and one of the best in the South (and with defensive linemen, that means he's one of the best in the country.)
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: As I addressed Monday in the SEC recruiting update, Williams had an excellent visit to Auburn, and while Clemson is definitely still involved, and he visited UGA as well, I expect the pick to be Auburn.
Thomas-Williams is a very big back at 6'0 and 225 pounds. Out of Durham (N.C.) Hillside, he has major offers from several top programs, including, Florida State, UCLA, West Virginia and N.C. State.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I don't think West Virginia has anything to worry about here. Most of Thomas-Williams big BCS offers are no longer recruiting him.
Minor is a fantastic athlete with plenty of size (6'3, 210). Out of Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, he has offers from multiple programs, including Virginia Tech, Miami and Nebraska.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Recruiting analysts often raise an eyebrow when a prospect with major BCS offers visits Marshall, as it often indicates issues with grades. I am not saying that is the case with Minor, however, and will stick with Virginia Tech until I hear otherwise.
Ford is recruit who, if he were 3" taller or longer, would be in the discussion for the top defensive tackle in the country. But at 5'11.5, he is not. But he is still quite good, and his four-star designation is related to his quickness and leverage. I saw the Hilton Head (S.C.) star in Orlando over the summer and was impressed.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I expect the former Louisville commit to follow Charlie Strong to Texas, but this is extremely interesting. The main threat to Texas is South Carolina.
Autry is an electric and versatile playmaker out of Norcross (Ga.). He is rated four-stars and holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I am beginning to wonder if Autry overplayed his hand and if some of the bigger schools who extended offers in the spring and summer no longer have room. I think Georgia Tech is his landing spot.
Cage is a very solid defensive tackle at 6'3, 300. He is out of Cincinnati's Winton Woods High School. Offers include Louisville, Notre Dame, Missouri and Michigan State.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst:
If Charlie Strong was still at Louisville, I'd be picking the Cardinals. But he's in Texas, and I'll go with the Spartans here. 2/4: I actually think Notre Dame is going to steal Cage away from the Spartans.
Marlon Humphrey (CORRECT)
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 12th-best player in the country and the third-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. Humphrey did make his visit to Florida State two weekends ago, and is still enamored with FSU's track program, but the loss of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia is big, and it likely strengthens Alabama's chances of landing the corner. It 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.
Derrell Scott (CORRECT)
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 122nd-best player in the class, the third-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: I think Tennessee has made a strong move here and that Scott will select them Monday over South Carolina.
K.J. Carta-Samuels (CORRECT)
A long-time Vanderbilt commitment at quarterback out of San Jose (Calif.), he recommitted after James Franklin left. Carta-Samuels is a very tough, thick kid who can run and throw well. At 6'2 and 210 pounds, he is a four-star recruit.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: This seems to be all Washington. I expect Carta-Samuels to be throwing to Budda Baker for the Huskies in Chris Petersen's offense.
Casey Tucker (CORRECT)
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 83rd-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.
Matt Elam is a four-star defensive tackle from John Hardin (Ky.) High School who hails from Elizabethtown. He is considered the 170th-best player in the country, rating as the 15th-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 visit over the weekend to Tuscaloosa was a big deal. Update: Elam committed to Kentucky.
Frank Ragnow (INCORRECT)
Out of Chanhassen (Minn.), Ragnow is one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the country. With offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Minnesota and others, the four-star 6'6 tackle has options.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I think Minnesota gets the job done here, because of geography, opportunity, and I'm not sure if Florida State will have room. The main competition at this point might be Arkansas. Update: Rangnow committed to Arkansas
Kaleb McGary (CORRECT)
McGary is a jumbo athlete out of Tacoma (Wash.) Fife. He can play offensive tackle or jumbo defense end. At 6'7 and 270 pounds, he is a four-star, and I like him on offense. Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Wisconsin have offered.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I think Washington already holds a decent lead for McGary, and after his recent visit, I wouldn't be surprised if Chris Petersen is able to lock him up.
Steven Parker (CORRECT)
Steven Parker is a four-star safety from Jenks (Okla.) High School. He is considered the 112th-best player in the class, as well as the 10th-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. It actually appears that Auburn might be the bigger challenger than A&M.
Budda Baker (CORRECT)
Baker is a recent recommitment from the Oregon Ducks. Out of Bellevue (Wash.) High School, he is one of the top playmakers in the country and is rated four stars, despite being only 5'9 and 175 pounds. Baker has all of the major Pac-12 offers.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: The word on Baker seems to be Washington. Baker took visits to Washigtnon and UCLA on back-to-back weekends, and I expect Chris Petersen to close strong with the in-state prospect.
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