CFB Recruiting 2013: 11 Decisions We're on the Edge of Our Seat For
With the early commitment now being en vogue among recruits, we're starting to see decisions being made earlier and earlier. The uncommitted recruit used to be a hot commodity and cool person to be, but now he is faced with not having any room left for him in a recruiting class because they fill up so fast.
Decisions must be made and made soon these days, but don't tell the following 11 players that. These prospects are taking their time and letting the suspense build on where the'll play college football.
The funny thing is we're all eating it up and waiting on the edge of our seats in anticipation.
11. Greg Bryant, RB
Bryant de-committed from Oklahoma which was a surprise to many. It looks now like he is SEC bound, but it's going to be very interesting to see where in the SEC he ends up.
Scout.com reports Auburn and South Carolina among the favorites to land the 5'10", 200-pounder from Florida.
10. & 9. Priest Willis and Tahaan Goodman, S
The two top tier safety prospects out West could actually be a package deal. Since the start of this recruiting cycle, they have been very open and many different schools have linked to both Goodman and Willis.
Could they wind up at UCLA together? Michigan? LSU? I'm very intrigued to see where they end up and if they do indeed become a package deal.
8. Vonn Bell, S
Another excellent safety prospect, Bell is a Tennessee native that plays in Georgia, so you have to think he won't likely leave the South.
Don't tell that to Ohio State—the Buckeyes are among his top seven suitors. Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Clemson are the others, per Scout.com.
I can't wait to see if he wants to stay in the south or if Ohio State can pull off the coup here.
7. Derrick Green, RB
Green is one of the top uncommitted prospects left in the nation. From Virginia, he's a big 6'0", 225-pound running back with a workman-like style.
Virginia Tech is battling to keep him home against schools like Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee, Oregon and Ole Miss, reports Scout.com. It's going to be interesting to see what Green decides to do.
6. Derrick Henry, RB
Henry is also a good, big prospect. He comes out of Georgia standing 6'3" and weighing more than 240 pounds. He pledged to Georgia as a junior, but has de-committed from the Dawgs.
UGA remains in contention, but it's well known by now that Alabama and Tennessee are also in the mix for Henry. I can't wait to see if he goes back to his UGA commitment or does the Florida native go to 'Bama or Knoxville?
5. Robert Foster, WR
Foster was hard to get a read on at first, but now I think this is an Alabama vs. Pitt race for the most part.
He's a 6'2", 190-pound WR from Pennsylvania with excellent speed and RAC skills who would be the best WR prospect Pitt has signed since Mr. Larry Fitzgerald.
Alabama is looking to continue upgrading their offensive skill-position talent and Foster's commitment would go a long way in doing that for the defending champs.
4. Matthew Thomas, OLB
From the Miami area, Thomas is one of the best defensive players in the country. He is 6'3", 210 pounds and has terrific play speed, athleticism and range.
He once had a top five school, but Scout.com reports that Thomas informed them that is all gone now. He's completely wide open, but will certainly take trips to Alabama, Florida State and USC.
With Thomas being so wide open, many fan bases are waiting on the edge of their seats to see if their favorite program wins him over.
3. Montravius Adams, DT
Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan State, USC, Oregon and LSU have to like their chances to land the 6'3", 290-pound Adams.
He can only take five official visits, making it interesting to see where he goes. Yet Scout.com reports that you can already count LSU, Oregon and USC as three of those five.
I like Auburn's chances, but don't count out Clemson or the rest of the above-mentioned schools.
2. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE
The 6'5", 230-pound Seals-Jones told Scout.com in July that his top five teams were Texas, LSU, Oregon, UCLA and Texas A&M.
He was once a Texas commitment, but now he's opened things back up to consider those other four schools plus the Longhorns. LSU could be dark horse here and Oregon could wow him with their facilities, while playing hoops at UCLA could sway him to Westwood.
A&M has an offense that could see him put up big numbers and Texas is his original choice. If you follow recruiting, then RS-J's recruitment has to be one of your favorites this year.
1. Laremy Tunsil, OT
Tunsil announced via Scout.com a few weeks ago that he will travel to Alabama, USC, LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss. You can label Florida as a main suitor, but Tunsil lives so close to Gainesville that he'll take an "official-unofficial" trip there this fall.
Georgia would be my prediction if NSD were tomorrow, with Florida second and Alabama third. However, Tunsil could fall in love with Los Angeles, Baton Rouge or Oxford.
So, like you in all likelihood, I will be waiting on the edge of my seat to see where Tunsil ends up.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.
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