February 5 is just a little more than two weeks away right now. It’s not a real football game, but for us college diehards, it’s one of the few real events in this eight month dead period. The Southeastern Conference is once again dominating the recruiting scene with six of the top 10 classes, and 10 of the top 25. But there are some big names still left uncommitted, and we’re here to throw out predictions into the ever growing prediction hat and tell you guys where these kids will be signing on Feb. 5.
This is how the top 25 currently stands, according to 24/7′s rankings. Alabama is, of course, out in front with a huge lead. No one else has as many five star recruits as Alabama, and only four other schools have multiple five star commitments.
And as always, the southern schools are sweeping up the floor with everyone else. Only five of the top 25 schools are located in the top half of the country.
And although we can never be sure about these things with all of the various rankings, Alabama is closing in on what could arguably be the best recruiting class (on paper, obviously) since the inception of the major recruiting services. With nearly a handful of blue-chip prospects still very much on the table, Alabama could be pulling in a class that breaks their 2013 signing class’s points record.
So that’s the top 25 from a team standpoint. Here are some of the south’s top uncommitted prospects and where we think they’ll end up.
He’s shorter than you typically want your lockdown corners to be, but Adoree’ Jackson’s talent is obvious to everyone. He’s been seen as a Southern Cal guy from the beginning, but the SEC schools are making their pushes. Florida is trending a lot, and a big reason for that is the track program. Tennessee is also trying to put their foot in the door, as is Oklahoma. In the end, it’s coming down to the Trojans and Gators. While Florida is making a strong case, we feel the cross country move is just to much and predict Jackson stays closer to home at Southern Cal.
This has been a two horse race from the get-go with Alabama and Florida State battling it out for the son of an Alabama legend. Somehow Mississippi State continues to find themselves being mentioned and, ya know, as much as people like to say Marlon Humphrey is a “troll” with his recruiting process…nah, he wouldn’t go to Starkville. The Birmingham native was actually viewed by most as an FSU lean until recently when Seminole defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left for Georgia. The momentum has swung back to Alabama and although Humphrey keeps pushing back his announcement, he takes his official visit to Tuscaloosa next week, and we think in the end he’ll be playing for The Crimson Tide.
Another huge Alabama/Auburn recruiting battle, but this one is going on for the services of an Auburn High School star and Auburn legacy. Rashaan Evans has been seen as a big Auburn lean all the way through the recruiting scene. He recently took a visit to Alabama and seemed to be blown away, but most still think he’s locked up to Auburn no matter what. If recruiting has shown us one thing time and time again, it’s that nothing is a sure thing. We know that to be fact after seeing Reuben Foster switch from Auburn to Alabama despite the giant Auburn logo tattooed on his forearm. But in this case, Evans has too many ties to the Plains, and we figure he’ll be playing for the Auburn Tigers.
Another huge prospect coming from one of the most loaded classes in Louisiana history. Unlike most years though, the kids from the Bayou are choosing to leave their home state as four of the top six have already elected to go somewhere other than LSU. Still, most people see Dupre as a strong Tiger lean, due largely in part to the fact that he’s from New Orleans. He’s currently visiting Tuscaloosa and there’s a much greater chance that he’ll end up choosing Alabama than most assume, but in the end the need for wide receivers at LSU is a big incentive to go along with playing for the home state, thus, Malachi Dupre will likely be choosing the LSU Tigers.
It’s a three-way battle with lots of tugging and pulling for this five star defensive end from Georgia. LSU, Florida and UGA are all vying for Carter’s services but one team seems to stand out. Carter took a trip to Baton Rouge recently, but they feel like the odd man out to most. Florida is rumored to be trying the age old tactic of offering the best friend/teammate, Myles Autry. But of course, the home state Bulldogs have been the leader all the way through. They stumbled a bit with a coaching change, but when Jeremy Pruitt was hired on as DC things went right back to normal for Carter. We believe the hire of Pruitt solidified Carter’s intentions and it’s just a matter of time before he selects Georgia.
Every year there are a few wild and unpredictable recruits, and this year Ermon Lane takes the cake. He made a big splash when he committed to Florida at the Under Armour All-America game, but that “commitment” was short lived, even for the recruiting world. He apparently wants to play with best friend Dalvin Cook, who also decommitted from the Gators, but already chose to play for FSU. Right now it seems like Lane is in limbo between following his best friend or going back to his original commitment, but most everyone pretty much assumes that he’s Tallahassee bound. We’ll follow that trend and say Lane ends up playing for Florida State.
This is a player who made one of the biggest jumps in the rankings recently, and he’s a highly coveted prospect between the big three Florida schools. But the surprise contender is LSU. The Tigers are trending heavily lately and people thought for a while that he might commit around the new year. He never did though, and now things seem to be trending back to Al Golden and Miami. These things usually come down to the last minute and when they do, it’s best to stay with the local team. That why in the end we think Valentine will go back to his original pick and choose the Miami Hurricanes.
This North Carolina native has whittled his list down to two…South Carolina and Tennessee. For over a year he was thought to be a lock to Carolina. But Tennessee made a huge push after New Year’s and many now expect to see Scott in Orange and White next year. His visit to Florida this past weekend didn’t help the Gators’ cause, so Scott’s decision on Jan. 27 is still between the original two. Despite the late trend for Tennessee, we’re going to say Scott holds out for his first choice and chooses to play for South Carolina.
It’s another race between two SEC east rivals for Wesley Green with South Carolina and Georgia dueling things out. The home state Bulldogs have made a push to try and catch up lately but things are trending back to South Carolina now that Green took his official visit to Columbia. However, Green has yet to take his visit to Athens. When that happens, expect things to change once again. It’s likely a case of the last team to make an impression winning, and since Georgia gets to make the last impression, we think Green will make the tough decision to be a Georgia Bulldog.
This one is coming down to a battle you’ve probably never heard and will likely never hear again. It’s Alabama vs. Kentucky for one of the south’s top interior defensive linemen. For the longest time it was thought that Elam was playing the recruiting game but would eventually stay in state and play for Kentucky. This past weekend seemed to change things though as Elam took a visit to Tuscaloosa and lit up Twitter the entire time with pictures from inside Nick Saban’s Benz and such. He’s looking more and more like he’ll be traveling south and although we were thinking he’d be a Wildcat, it’s looking right now like he’ll be playing for Alabama.