Where Will The Top Uncommitted CFB Recruits Land? | January 25, 2013
Signing day is almost upon us, its that time of the year when the future of college football programs will be made. The future stars of college football will make decisions that will change their lives, and for all we know, could be the difference between a long, prosperous career or the checkout desk at Walmart. Its time to see which top high school talents remain uncommitted, and where they are likely to end up.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Grayson High School (GA)
Colleges in the running: Ole Miss, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Alabama
I wrote about Nkemdiche in last week’s article (Here) so I won’t go into too much detail, to summarize: He’s a beast with Jadeveon Clowney potential. Ole Miss is still considered to be the leader, although much can change between now and February 6th.
Prediction: Ole Miss
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Immokalee High School (FL)
Colleges in the running: Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Clemson, Rutgers
The consensus #2 CB in the nation, some outlets have him as a 5 star and some as a 4 star. Alexander is a tough tackler and is fantastic in man coverage. Its tough for CBs to go straight into high level college football and play at a high level, but I believe that Alexander can go in and have a huge impact immediately. Mississippi State looks like his leader at the moment, he went on an official visit there last weekend and was rumoured to have committed, but that was later denied. He will visit Rutgers this weekend, and has already visited Texas A&M and Clemson, this will be a close race right to the finish.
Prediction: Mississippi State
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Columbia High School (FL)
Colleges in the running: Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia
Tunsil, the #1 OT in the country has all the traits you look for in an elite tackle. His size and arm length is unrivalled in this class, but he still has to work on his general strength to take his game to the next level. Alabama and Georgia are the frontrunners for Tunsil at the moment, but Ole Miss are closing strong. He supposedly has some interest in Florida State but they aren’t recruiting him very hard compared to the start of his recruitment.
Matthew Thomas, OLB, Booker T. Washington High School (FL)
Colleges in the running: Miami, Florida State, Alabama, USC
Matthew Thomas, also known as “6”, is why the word beast was invented. He is a hard hitting tackler with insane speed, if you watched the Under-Armour All-American Bowl you’ll have seen Thomas unleash a fantastic hit on the opposing team’s RB (It may have been the QB). Different outlets have different opinions on where he’ll end up, and judging by these its likely to be between Miami, FSU and Alabama. Hurricane’s fans are confident that “6” will stay home and represent the U, he visited the university on Wednesday for the Duke-Miami basketball game, and he apparently had a great time. He’s visiting Florida State this weekend, and visited USC last weekend. One thing to keep in mind is that Thomas’ main recruiter at Florida State, James Coley, left to join Miami on Wednesday, this could have a huge impact.
These are just a small number of the high school students who will be making the biggest decision of their lives in the next few weeks. Not all decisions will be made on National Signing Day, some will be made earlier and some after, but there’s no doubt that February 6th will be an exciting and tension filled day.
Written by Matt Kellet, you can find him on twitter @MelletPNE