The Seven Top Prospects Still Available as LOI Day Approaches

InTheBleachers.netSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2009

In exactly one week, recruiting fanatics all over the country will be hitting their refresh buttons, hundreds—maybe thousands—of times on sites such as and to see if the four or five-star recruit actually did fax in his Letter of Intent to their school.

Or did he pull an about face and send it to their rival?

Remember to keep checking this blog because I will be running a live blog the entire day of Signing Day on Feb. 4. I will post the rumors that I have been hearing and any signings for flips that occur during the day.

Checking out the Top 100 prospects, you’ll notice that the majority of them have verbally committed to a school (which we know means nothing as of yet), but there are a few out there that are totally undecided, or just want to wait until Signing Day to announce. Here is a list of seven in the Top 50 who have yet to announce where they want to go to school.

No. 2 Rueben Randle

Randle is the overall second-ranked prospect and the top wide receiver prospect in the nation. You can tell why because of the size and speed he has going for him. As of now he has a list of three schools—LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma—who are finalists for his services.


No. 10 Jelani Jenkins

Jenkins has a knack for finding the ball and can really lay a good hit on the ball carrier. He is the best outside linebacker left uncommitted. If you watched the Army All-American Game, you came away very impressed with this young man. Jelani has his choices down to either Florida or Penn State, and will announce at his school next Wednesday.


No. 11 Dre Kirkpatrick

In three years as a starter in high school, Dre has 17 interceptions, which is why he is's No. 1-ranked defensive back. As receivers get bigger and bigger, DBs need to also, and Kirkpatrick has the size (6′2″) to man up with any receiver in the country. It seems to be down to Alabama, Florida, and Texas.


No. 12 Manti Te’o

Manti has been an interesting person to follow the past few weeks. There were some who thought he was BYU’s to lose because of his beliefs, but recently information has come out about his trip to BYU and his subsequent souring on the Cougars. Te’o has narrowed his choices down to Notre Dame and USC, but BYU might also still be an option.


No. 27 Greg Reid

Reid is the fourth-ranked DB by He might have the same speed as Dre Kirkpatrick, but he isn’t quite as big. That doesn’t mean that the teams won’t be happy to get this stud. Bobby Bowden has been down to visit Reid in the past week because the coach knows Florida State is in Reid's final list, but so are Georgia and Alabama. I’m hearing there is some interest in Tennessee and Miami, but I believe those two schools to be long shots.


No. 49 Morgan Moses

Morgan is the highest-rated offensive lineman still non-committed. He has the size (6′7″ and 350 pounds) and the strength to possibly be a staple at left tackle for three or four years. Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Ohio State are the teams left on his list.


No. 50 Patrick Patterson

Size and speed are what Patterson has at 6′3″, 215 lbs. He also boasts a 4.5 40-yard dash. The word I am getting is that he is starting to lean towards the school in his home state—Ole Miss. However, I am sure Tennessee, Alabama, and Southern Mississippi won’t let him go away without a dogfight.