Where are the top unsigned commitments going to go? There are still a few left – here are the five to watch on National Signing Day.
Daily Five: Top Unsigned Commitments
The whole National Signing Day thing might over – the early signing period back in December basically killed the fun – but there are still some crumbs left over for everyone to pick over.
What five names to do you need to know and care about on National Signing Day, and where are they going to go?
5. WR Justyn Ross
The 6-4, 195-pound physical receiver out of Alabama will be just about anyone’s No. 1 receiver get. Smart enough to have Duke throwing out a desperation bone to get him, and talented enough to be almost any team’s crown jewel get – he’s quick as well as big and fast – it’s become a three-team fight to the finish between Alabama, Auburn and Clemson.
And now he’s the biggest guess of the final bunch.
Auburn has made a gigantic late push, and Clemson has had the inside track, but …
Predicted Winner: Alabama
– Alabama Recruiting Class Breakdown
4. CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart
And hello, Tennessee?
The 6-2, 190-pound dream of a cover-corner out of San Diego would seem like a lock for a battle between USC and UCLA, but they’re getting a fight. Texas has been all over him, but Tom Herman has already loaded up on a massive class of fantastic defensive backs. Alabama has been a part of the late push with a visit to Tuscaloosa, but he made visit to Tennessee just a few days ago, and it’s thrown the recruiting community into a tizzy.
USC is probably still the odds-on favorite – Clay Helton needs to land him in a currently light class, but …
Predicted Winner: Alabama
3. OT Nick Petit-Frere
Arguably the best offensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting season, he’s not going to be ready for a while – he needs to pack on at least 25 more pounds on his 6-5 frame – but the quickness and talent are there to be someone’s franchise left tackle.
The Tampa native is predictably getting the big love from the SEC schools – he visited Alabama and Florida – but Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame have been among main players in the race for his services.
There’s been total radio silence from him in the process, and he’s as much into going to class as he is doing something big on the field.
Predicted Winner: Florida
– Florida Recruiting Class Breakdown
2. WR Devon Williams
The 6-4, 210-pound prototype NFL wide receiver from just outside of Los Angeles, some might be thinking about him as a big safety, but he’s too right at receiver not to be someone’s No. 1 target.
The big wild-card in the fight is Florida State. Willie Taggart appeared to have the inside track for him at Oregon, and he would be a nice fit for what the Seminole offense needs to upgrade an already good corps.
A whole lot of Pac-12 teams have been dancing for him, Alabama is in the mix, and again, Florida State will be right there, but the Mario Cristobal hiring was a big deal.
Predicted Winner: Oregon
– Oregon Recruiting Class Breakdown
1. CB Patrick Surtain
The biggest superstar recruit who stayed alive for the recruitment after the early signing period, he’s a 6-2, 185 corner and the son of the former NFL star of the same name. There are almost no real knocks on his game – he’ll be anyone’s top defensive back signing.
He might be from Miami, and Clemson has been in the hunt – he took an official visit to both schools late in the process – but he appears to be SEC bound.
Alabama is right there in the running along with the Hurricanes and Tigers, but from the start of the whole process, there’s been one place that seems to be the lock. It’ll be the biggest curveball of National Signing Day if the biggest remaining prospect doesn’t commit to …
Predicted Winner: LSU
– LSU Recruiting Class Breakdown