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6 potential 2015 recruiting flips that would shake National Signing Day

Heading into National Signing Day, there are a handful of high-profile recruits who could switch their respective pledges.

Georgia commit Terry Godwin at the 2015 Under Armour All-America game
Georgia commit Terry Godwin at the 2015 Under Armour All-America game
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As die-hard college football recruitniks know, a prospect's verbal pledge is non-binding until the ink is dry and the National Letter of Intent is sent in. So every year, fans around the country wait with bated breath until the official confirmation comes in that prospects are signed, sealed and delivered.

The 2015 recruiting cycle is no different, so here are some elite prospects who could send shockwaves with last-second changes of heart.

Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway athlete Terry Godwin, Georgia commit

The Georgia product committed to the home-state Bulldogs more than a year ago, but that hasn't stopped the five-star from taking numerous other visits. According to his 247Sports profile, Godwin has taken seven visits to Alabama and five visits to Auburn in the last year. He also took an official visit to USC during the fall.

There are numerous reasons why Godwin could stick with the Bulldogs, including the fact that his older sister plays basketball for Georgia. Head coach Mark Richt was also able to get in on Godwin early by becoming the first school to make an offer to the likely collegiate wide receiver.

But all those trips to Auburn and Tuscaloosa are telling in regards to his interest in those programs, and Godwin told after his recent Auburn official visit that "everybody has a shot."

IMG Academy (Fla.) quarterback Deondre Francois, Florida State commit

Francois has been committed to the Seminoles for six months, but Florida's depth chart is inviting for the four-star recruit. He says he's 100 percent committed to Florida State, but insiders are not so sure.

Memphis (Tenn) University School offensive lineman Drew Richmond, Ole Miss commit

Both Alabama and Tennessee have secured visits in the final days of the recruiting cycle. Ole Miss recruits the Memphis area extremely well under coach Hugh Freeze, but Alabama and Tennessee have not given up hope and Richmond has been in contact with both schools.

How committed is Minkah?

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama commit

On the surface, the nation's No. 5 cornerback looks solidly committed to Alabama; he's been pledged to the Crimson Tide since last April and he hasn't taken any other visits in months. However, Florida State still believes that they have a shot with Fitzpatrick as a result of an early October official visit to Tallahassee. Since then, Fitzpatrick has stayed in contact with Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly, leaving the door cracked just a little bit for the Seminoles to make a late move with the 6'1, 198-pounder.

Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian School athlete Darius Slayton, Georgia commit

Update, Feb. 3: Slayton flips to Auburn.

After Slayton took official visits to schools like Tennessee and South Carolina during the fall, it was Georgia that was able to earn a commitment from the consensus four-star in early December. Like Godwin, Slayton's recruitment didn't end at that time, as he took an official visit to Auburn last weekend.

The departure of Bulldogs' offensive coordinator MIke Bobo gave the Tigers a chance to get the likely collegiate wide receiver on campus. The decision to tell Slayton he could play on that side of the ball at Auburn could be exactly the right move for head coach Gus Malzahn in his efforts to convince the 6'1, 182-pounder with 4.4 speed to take his talents to the Plains of Alabama.

To make matters more interesting? Slayton has a cousin who played linebacker at Auburn.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson, Ohio State commit

Did the National Championship win for Ohio State actually help the Buckeyes with Gibson? If he's concerned about a depth chart that includes sophomore J.T. Barrett and junior Cardale Jones next season, it may not have done much to help head coach Urban Meyer and his program.

Since then, Gibson took official visits to Auburn and LSU in consecutive weeks. LSU has an unstable quarterback situation with both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris struggling at times in 2014, while Auburn will look to replace two-year starter Nick Marshall next fall.

There are some questions about whether Gibson can stick at the quarterback position in college, but if he wants a chance to start early, he's not going to sign with the Buckeyes on National Signing Day.


-Allen (Texas) QB Kyler Murray elected to stick with A&M instead of flipping to the Longhorns.