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National Signing Day 2013: Predicting where the 60 top recruits will commit

With only a week until National Signing Day, I'm taking a stab at predicting where the top 60 uncommitted (or less than solidly) committed recruits will sign next Wednesday.

Reuben Foster and Robert Nkemdiche
Reuben Foster and Robert Nkemdiche

With only a week until National Signing Day, our recruiting staff is predicting where the top 60 uncommitted or less than solidly committed recruits will sign next Wednesday. Included are picks on Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, Reuben Foster, plus several late-rising sleepers who will make a difference at the next level.

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Player School (City, State) Position Height Weight Stars
Robert Nkemdiche Grayson (Loganville, GA) SDE 6-4 285 5

Nkemdiche has long been a lock to Ole Miss, and there's little reason to believe he'll head elsewhere.

For more on Rebels football recruiting, visit Ole Miss' Red Cup Rebellion.

Laremy Tunsil Columbia (Lake City, FL) OT 6-6 295 5

Original: Ole Miss has made a push, and Alabama has always been there, but Tunsil's relationship with Georgia coach Will Friend wins out in the end. I do not expect Ole Miss to play a major factor in his recruitment.

Update 2/1 10:45 -- In a shocking turn of events, I am now projecting Tunsil to land at Ole Miss.

Chris Jones Houston (Houston, MS) SDE 6-5 250 5

Jones is a long-time commitment to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and has recently exploded on the recruiting scene with dominant performances in all-star games. Jones made a visit to Ole Miss recently, despite saying that he would not make the trip. I'm sticking with Mississippi State here, but am not easy in the selection.

For more on Bulldogs football recruiting, visit Mississippi State's For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

Eddie Vanderdoes Placer (Auburn, CA) DT 6-2 310 5

Distance matters in recruiting more than anyone wants to admit, because it's one factor schools cannot control. And for that reason, I think Vanderdoes elects for the UCLA Bruins over Alabama, Notre Dame, or recommitting to USC.

For more on Bruins football recruiting, visit UCLA's Bruins Nation.

Reuben Foster Auburn (Auburn, AL) ILB 6-1 240 5

Original: Foster once lived in Georgia, was committed to Alabama, moved to Auburn, Ala., then committed to and got a tattoo for the Auburn Tigers. Foster then backed off his commitment, seriously considered the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. In the end, I see Foster sticking with Auburn.

Update 2/3 12:20 a.m. -- Given that Foster left his official visit to Auburn and bolted for Tuscaloosa, I am now changing my prediction for him to Alabama.

Update 2/4 10:55 -- Foster committed to Alabama on Fox Sports South.

Matthew Thomas Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OLB 6-3 210 5

Thomas is considering Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and USC. He has visited all five schools, but most don't believe he'll leave the state, making this a battle between the Canes and the Noles. This is truly a coin-flip type decision, and I'll cautiously project Thomas to end up with the Hurricanes.

Update 2/2 1:15 -- Based on conversations with multiple sources, I am now of the opinion that Thomas is most likely to sign with Florida State.

Montravius Adams Dooly County (Vienna, GA) DT 6-4 310 5

Adams has always been a fan of the Clemson Tigers throughout the process, while schools like Alabama, Auburn and Georgia didn't seem to hold his interest as much. Georgia is making the full-court press, and it's tough to see Adams not ending up in Athens, but we'll project him to stick with the team he's always favored, the Clemson Tigers.

Update 2/4 9:00 p.m. -- Multiple Auburn outlets now believe that Adams will pick the Auburn Tigers. This follows his official visit to the school over the weekend.

Jalen Ramsey Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN) CB 6-0 189 5

Original: Ramsey is the top remaining corner in the country, and he's a long-time commitment to the USC Trojans. But his commitment is anything but solid, and both the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles have built strong relationships with the five-star. In the end, it will be the Seminoles' new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, bringing Ramsey to Tallahassee.

Update 2/5 8:30 a.m. -- Ramsey informed the schools that he will be committing to Florida State.

For more on FSU football recruiting, visit Florida State's Tomahawk Nation.

Carl Lawson Milton (Alpharetta, GA) WDE 6-3 245 5

Original: Tennessee wowed the Auburn commitment during his recent visit, and Lawson skipped his planned visit to see the North Carolina Tar Heels. Auburn gets the last crack at the explosive defensive end with attitude issues, however, and I expect the Tigers to seal the deal over the weekend despite Georgia Tech trying to enter the race late.

Update 2/3 3:25 -- Lawson stuck with his commitment to Auburn and ended his recruitment.

For more on War Eagle football recruiting, visit Auburn's College And Magnolia.

Vonn Bell Ridgeland (Rossville, GA) S 5-11 180 5

His visit to Ohio State went well, and the trip to Tuscaloosa was awesome, but Bell grew up a fan of Tennessee, lives just over the state line, and Tennessee offers a chance to play early and has made Bell one of its top priorities. I think he'll sign with the Tennessee Volunteers and play on Rocky Top.

For more on Vols football recruiting, visit Tennessee's Rocky Top Talk

Player School (City, State) Position Height Weight Stars
MacKensie Alexander Immokalee (Immokalee, FL) CB 5-10 180 5

Alexander's recruitment has been extremely difficult to follow. He rarely shoots it straight with reporters, and college coaches are frustrated with dealing with him. He has made multiple trips to Clemson, and recently tripped to Mississippi State and Auburn. This feels like a kid going to Auburn.

Tony Conner South Panola (Batesville, MS) S 6-1 203 5

Conner plays for South Panola, which is traditionally a feeder school for Ole Miss. He's also seriously considering Alabama, who he really likes, and Auburn, but it's hard to see Ole Miss letting him get away.

A'Shawn Robinson Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, TX) OT 6-5 302 5

Original: The long-time Texas commitment has flirted with USC and Alabama, and the Crimson Tide have made a great charge at the wire, but I'll say he sticks with Texas.

Update 2/2 5:00 -- Multiple sources are now indicating that Robinson is leaning heavily to the Crimson Tide. It's enough to change our prediction.

Priest Willis Marcos De Niza (Tempe, AZ) S 6-2 200 4

Willis is committed to UCLA, but LSU has not given up on his recruitment. The Bruins have a lot of momentum right now on the recruiting trail, and I expect them to hold on to the talented safety from Arizona.

Alex Collins South Plantation (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) RB 5-11 204 4

Original: Collins is all about relationships. His best relationship appears to be with the staff at Arkansas (Wisconsin's old staff). Miami has the hometown edge, and that matters a lot in recruiting. The relationships at Arkansas and the focus on the running back position have me tentatively projecting him to choose the Razorbacks Monday evening.

Update 2/4 9:00 a.m. -- I am changing my pick to Miami.

I traded texts with Collins and he said that he still does not know where he is going.

Usually this close to a decision (Collins decides tonight at 10 p.m.), a kid will have one side feeling more confident than the other. But here, Collins has very solid sources at both programs believing he will sign with their school.

There are a lot of factors in play. As mentioned above, the relationship with Arkansas' coaches is extremely strong. It's also no secret that Collins likes Miami a lot (he was formerly a Miami commit), and that he is receiving a lot of local pressure, including from his mother, to stay home. It is hard to go against mommas and geography.

The tiebreaker here is the easing of his concerns about Miami's potential NCAA sanctions, given the NCAA's botching of the case.

Update 2/4 10:15 p.m. -- Collins chose Arkansas.

Alvin Kamara Norcross (Norcross, GA) APB 5-10 195 4

Kamara is perhaps the most versatile back in the 2013 class. He's long been torn between Alabama and Georgia, having visited both of late. I'll project him to leave the state and play for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

For more on Tide football recruiting, visit Alabama's Roll Bama Roll.

Dee Liner Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals, AL) DT 6-2 277 4

I thought Liner was going to Alabama even when he was committed to Auburn.

Elijah Daniel Avon (Avon, IN) SDE 6-4 250 4

Daniel is committed to Ole Miss, and has been flirting with Auburn. There are also rumblings about his grades, but I don't have a logo for a JUCO or a prep school available, so I'll stick with the prediction of Ole Miss.

Altee Tenpenny West (North Little Rock, AR) RB 5-11 212 4

Original: Arkansas is desparately trying to land Tenpenny, but I just don't think it happens. I'll project him to stick with Alabama, though this is a very tough call.

Update 2/4 11:55 p.m.: Tenpenny did indeed choose to stick with Alabama.

Stacy Coley Northeast (Fort Lauderdale, FL) WR 6-1 175 4

While Miami has mounted a serious charge of late, Coley has always favored the Seminoles, however slightly, and it's tough to bet against the long-time leader in situations like this. Florida State is the pick.

Player School (City, State) Position Height Weight Stars
Ezekiel Elliott John Burroughs (St. Louis, MO) APB 6-0 212 4

Elliott has long been committed to Ohio State. The versatile back recently made a visit to see the hometown Missouri Tigers. I don't think the draw of staying home and playing in the SEC will be enough, and project Elliott to stick with the Buckeyes.

For more on Buckeyes football, visit Ohio State's Land-Grant Holy Land.

Dontre Wilson DeSoto (DeSoto, TX) APB 5-10 165 4

Original: Wilson is a perfect fit for Oregon's offense, and I think he will stick with the Ducks despite serious charges mounted by Ohio State and Texas down the stretch.

Update 2/4 11:30 a.m. -- According to our sources in Texas, including Wescott Eberts, Wilson seems to be leaning to Ohio State. The noise is loud enough to warrant a change in prediction to the Buckeyes, and he could announce as soon as Monday night.

Joshua Dobbs Alpharetta (Alpharetta, GA) QB 6-3 190 4

Dobbs took a recent trip to see the Vols and I'll project him to break his commitment to Arizona State and sign with Tennessee. Geography wins.

MarQuez North Mallard Creek (Charlotte, NC) WR 6-4 212 4

North committed to the Tennessee Volunteers Wednesday night and eliminated UNC. I'll project him to stick his commitment and sign with Tennessee.

Kylie Fitts Redlands East Valley (Redlands, CA) SDE 6-4 241 4

USC botched this recruitment in a major way, and while Notre Dame made a serious attempt to land Fitts, it will be UCLA reaping the benefits of Lane Kiffin's blunder come Signing Day.

Austin Golson Prattville (Prattville, AL) OT 6-6 285 4

Golson was committed to Florida State for 21 months, but a great visit to Ole Miss, and a rumored bad visit to Florida State, has resulted in a decommitment. Expect Golson to sign with the Rebels, though Auburn is still trying to get in the game late.

James Clark Senior (New Smyrna Beach, FL) WR 5-10 170 4

Clark has exploded onto the scene after a strong senior season. Geography, and the Gators' need for an explosive receiver will win out over Ohio State and Clemson.

For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army.

Tarean Folston Cocoa (Cocoa, FL) RB 5-9 185 4

Folston visited Auburn two weeks ago, but remains committed to Notre Dame. I am not convinced that this is over, and neither is Auburn, but I'm sticking with the Notre Dame commitment

For more on Irish football, visit Notre Dame's One Foot Down.

Tyrone Crowder Richmond (Rockingham, NC) OG 6-1 330 4

I'm not quite sure why Crowder has waited so long to make his decision. Everyone expects him to go to Clemson Tigers, the school that has long been his leader. He did not take an official visit to Georgia or North Carolina.

For more Tigers football recruiting, visit Clemson's Shakin' The Southland.

Henry Poggi Gilman (Baltimore, MD) DT 6-4 270 4

Poggi is a long-time Michigan commitment, and has connections to Alabama. He visited the Crimson Tide, and Nick Saban wants him in Tuscaloosa, but I expect him to stick with the Wolverines.

For more on Wolverines football, visit Michigan's Maize 'n' Brew.

Player School (City, State) Position Height Weight Stars
Isaac Savaiinaea Punahou (Honolulu, HI) ILB 6-3 230 4

Expect the former Stanford commitment to end up with the UCLA Bruins on National Signing Day. It will be a solid win over the Texas A&M Aggies. A&M had a shot, but the loss of recruiter Brian Polian to Nevada likely dashes those hopes here.

Asiantii Woulard Winter Park (Winter Park, FL) DUAL 6-4 200 4

Woulard really enjoyed his visit to UCLA, and while the cross-country nature of the choice makes me uneasy about the pick, I will project the former USF commitment to be a Bruin.

Andrew Billings Waco (Waco, TX) DT 6-2 315 4

Texas over Baylor here. TCU is on the outside looking in.

Denver Kirkland Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OG 6-5 333 4

Original pick: Despite strange rumblings about Miami not having room and potential grades issues, I'll stick with the Miami Hurricanes here over the Florida State Seminoles and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Update -- 1/31 7:45 a.m. : Multiple Miami outlets are now reporting that Kirkland will not be a Miami hurricane. Given that, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Florida State are the strongest contenders. I'll go with the in-state school for now.

Quinton Powell Mainland (Daytona Beach, FL) OLB 6-2 194 4

Original: This is a very difficult one to call. Powell was a Florida commitment for quite a while before parting ways, and Florida holds the geography edge. But Powell is close with former high school teammate Leonard Williams, and all reports have his USC visit going great. In the end, I'll go with geography.

Update 2/2 11:45 -- Multiple reports have Powell heading to USC. Some say that Florida is not willing to wait for his decision.

E.J. Levenberry C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) ILB 6-3 230 4

Levenberry has been committed to Florida State since the summer, but Tennessee has renewed his interest in the Volunteers under head coach Butch Jones. This pick could change if Levenberry visits this weekend.

Keith Bryant Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) DT 6-1 302 4

The former Miami commitment has favored Florida State for quite a while, though the Canes and Gamecocks aren't completely out of the race, depending on which reporter Bryant speaks with.

Cornelius Elder Ensworth (Nashville, TN) ATH 5-10 165 4

The basketball star isn't even guaranteed to play football at the next level, and is seriously considering Georgia Tech, UCLA, Ohio State and Auburn. Purdue and Memphis have apparently offered him as a basketball player, which also throws a wrench in things.

At this point, the race for Elder is simply too close to call.
Jordan Wilkins St. Benedict (Cordova, TN) APB 6-1 212 4

Original: All signs point to Ole Miss flipping the Auburn commitment, particularly with Auburn's involvement with Tarean Folston and Johnathan Ford. Tennessee thinks it has a shot as well.

Update 2/2 9:35 p.m. -- Wilkins did indeed commit to Ole Miss.

Christian Morris East (Memphis, TN) OT 6-6 285 4

Despite being a UCLA commitment Morris wanted a Tennessee offer for a while. Yet he didn't commit when he visited. With an admittedly tough kid to read, I'll project him to stick with the Bruins.

Update 2/4 11:00 a.m. -- Morris also visited Ole Miss over the weekend and the Rebels are now in play as well.

Player School (City, State) Position Height Weight Stars
Tyree & Tyrell Robinson Lincoln (San Diego, CA)


The departure of Chip Kelly thrust Washington into the race for these twins committed to Oregon. The Ducks have done a good job of damage control, and I'll project them to stick with Oregon.

Myles Jack Senior (Bellevue, WA) OLB/RB 6-2 215 4

Original: Jack is originally from the South, so recent offers from Florida State and Georgia have made a big impact on him, as has attention from Washington. Still, I project him to stick with his commitment to UCLA.

Update 2/1 4:45 -- Jack has cancelled visits to Florida State and Georgia, and I'll project him to stick with UCLA over Washington.

Nico Falah St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) OT 6-5 270 4

That Washington is even in this race for the USC commitment is a testament to the job done by Steve Sarkisian's staff. But USC is still the pick.

For more on Trojans football recruiting, visit USC's Conquest Chronicles.

Fred Ross John Tyler (Tyler, TX) WR 6-2 185 4

Despite a serious effort by Mississippi State, I project the speedy Texas receiver to keep his commitment to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

For more on OK St. football recruiting, visit Oklahoma State's Cowboys Ride For Free.

Jay-nard Bostwick West Centennial (Pt. Saint Lucie, FL) SDE 6-4 280 4

Bostwick is an interesting recruitment. There are some whispers about his grades, but I'm not sure how true they are. Both Florida and Miami have a need at defensive tackle, and Florida people feel confident on this one more so than those at Miami.

Michael Parker Kettle Run (Nokesville, VA) ATH 6-4 195 4

This is a very tough call between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Miami Hurricanes, but I'm going with Arizona State here in a close call that may change before National Signing Day.

For more on Sun Devils football recruiting, visit Arizona State's House of Sparky.

L.J. Moore Central East (Fresno, CA) CB 6-2 185 4

I am expecting Oregon State to land a very good player over Cal, Oklahoma and Arizona State. This could change over the weekend, however.

For more on Beavers football recruiting on Oregon State's Building the Dam.

Zach Cunningham Pinson Valley (Pinson, AL) OLB 6-4 196 4

Cunningham has really come on late in the process thanks to some excellent senior film and continued growth. In the end, I see Vanderbilt beating out Auburn because they've made him a priority in Nashville.

For more on Commodore recruiting, visit Vanderbilt's Anchor of Gold.

George Adeosun Alpharetta (Alpharetta, GA) OT 6-6 296 4

Original: Adeosun was a William & Mary commitment last month, but a flurry of offers came in of late, including Oklahoma and Virginia. He just visited Oklahoma, and the Sooners have a major need at tackle.

Update 2/5 1:55 p.m. -- The in-state Georgia Bulldogs, aftershockingly missing on Laremy Tunsil, extended an offer. I think they'll land him.

Cameron Hunt Centennial (Corona, CA) OT 6-5 275 4

Original: Oregon and Cal both have a shot to land Hunt, but in the end I expect him to select the Ducks.

Update 2/4 -- Hunt did indeed select Oregon Monday.

Daeshon Hall Lancaster (Lancaster, TX) WDE 6-6 220 4

Hall doesn't really do interviews, so everything on him is from industry sources. TCU and Texas A&M have a good shot, but here's saying he sticks with his commitment to Washington.

For more on Huskies football recruiting, visit Washington's UW Dawg Pound.

Torrodney Prevot Alief Taylor (Houston, TX) OLB 6-1 195 4

The USC commitment is extremely tough to read, but Texas A&M feels confident it can keep him home. And given their success in the Houston area, it's hard to bet against the Aggies.

For more on Aggies football recruiting, visit Texas A&M's Good Bull Hunting.

Jermaine Grace Miramar (Hollywood, FL) OLB 6-1 195 4

This one is pretty easy. Grace is fully expected to stay home and play for Miami.

For more on Hurricanes football recruiting, visit Miami's State of The U.

Jordan Cunningham University School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) WR 6-3 175 4

Original: Stanford, Vanderbilt or Miami? Cunningham has long had ties to the Hurricanes, and Vanderbilt cannot be ruled out, but has also liked Stanford for quite a while. I have him heading out West.

Update 2/4 11:40 -- I really thought things might work out for Stanford with Cunningham, but word I am now getting is very confident in Vanderbilt.

Johnathan Ford New Hope Sch (New Hope, AL) RB 5-11 190 4

This one really depends on what happens with Tarean Folston. If Folston flips from Notre Dame to Auburn, expect that to push the former Vanderbilt commitment to Tennessee. If Folston sticks with Notre Dame, however, Ford is likely to choose Auburn. Georgia and Florida State are also in the mix.

Davin Bellamy Chamblee Charter (Atlanta, GA) SDE 6-5 235 4

The long-time Florida State commitment is now a battle between Georgia and Tennessee, though he has scheduled a visit to see the Oregon Ducks this weekend. Though the Tennessee visit went well, I'll bet on the Dawgs to seal up Bellamy and his mom.

Yannick Ngakoue Friendship Academy (Washington, DC) ILB 6-3 240 4

This is a battle between Maryland, South Carolina and Florida State. I think Mike Locksley will work his Beltway magic here and keep Ngakoue home.

For more on Terrapins football recruiting, visit Maryland's Testudo Times.

Cameron Judge Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA) OLB 6-2 215 4

Original: Judge is currently committed to UCLA, but there is a strong chance he flips to Arizona State. For now, I'll reluctantly pick him to stick with UCLA.

Update 2/1 4:45 -- With Myles Jack cancelling his visits to Georgia and Florida State, I think Judge gets squeezed and Arizona State will be all too happy to take him.