2012 National Signing Day: 5 Recruits Everyone Will Be Watching
With national signing day just over two weeks away, the college football recruiting season is in full swing.
Many of the nation’s top recruits have already committed, but a good portion are going to wait until February 1 to make a decision.
Those decisions are going to define the success or failure of the kids as well as the future of some programs.
Here are the top five recruits everyone will be watching come signing day.
Eddie Goldman, DT
One of the nation’s top defensive tackles still has absolutely no idea where he’s going to college.
Goldman has visited Miami, Alabama, Auburn and Florida State and will take a fifth visit but he isn’t sure where that one will be. "I'm looking at Cal, Clemson, or Maryland for a visit," he told Scout. "I'm still not sure yet."
At 6’4” and 310 pounds, he would be an obvious boost to nearly all of these schools’ defensive lines. Should he pick a school before signing day, you can bet that the other schools will still be actively be pursuing him based on his wide open recruiting process.
Avery Young, OT
The stout offensive tackle is just now narrowing his list of schools from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami and Georgia.
"I am starting to work on cutting my list down to three," Young told Scout. "I am not sure when I will be ready to do that, but I am starting to think about it." Chances are he’s going to be waiting until signing day to make his final decision.”
He is still a little small for the position but has all of the athletic ability to excel after a couple years. The Florida native will keep whoever his quarterback is off the ground.
Ronald Darby, CB
This former Notre Dame commit is now open to just about any school.
Auburn, Florida State and LSU are considered the leaders, but Clemson and even Notre Dame are still in it for the top cornerback.
Darby’s father told Scout “he doesn’t hate Notre Dame. He still likes them. I just think he actually wanted to make sure if there was anything out there better than Notre Dame, or if Notre Dame wasn’t the place he wanted to be …he wanted to make the right decision.”
Based on his de-commitment, all of the remaining schools won’t take "no" for an answer until he has a signature on a commitment form.
Stefon Diggs, WR
There may not be a better player in space in the 2012 recruiting class than Diggs.
The Maryland native is still considering eight different schools, according to Rivals. And, while he recently told Scout that Auburn, Florida, USC, Cal and Maryland are the heavy contenders, that could all change tomorrow.
He will almost certainly be waiting until signing day because it appears as though early playing time is the biggest deciding factor.
“They [all] need help at receiver. All of those schools are great schools. USC, I feel like I would learn my first year there and get a little bit of playing time, but I would have a lot of learning,” Diggs said.
Whoever else commits to these schools will play a large role in his decision, so February 1 will definitely be the first time we get an official decision from him.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
DGB is one of the best receivers to come out of high school in the past decade based on his outstanding size and speed.
Nearly every school in country has offered him a scholarship, but he is down to Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, per Scout.
Should he decide on a school before signing day, you can bet that the other schools in his Top 5 won’t be giving up because all of those schools are definitely in need of quality receivers. Should the Missouri native go with the Tigers, he could become a state legend.