College Football Recruiting 2013: Top Schools for Each Top 20 Unsigned Recruit
College football recruiting has come a long way, and now it seems like decisions are being made earlier and earlier. Committing early is the norm now, and many prospects end their recruitment before the summer going into their senior year.
There is nothing wrong with that, because I believe if you know in your heart where you want to go play as a recruit, pull the trigger and don't waste anyone's time.
With that said, though, some recruits are still choosing to weigh their options the old-fashioned way: in-depth talks with coaches, numerous trips to schools and planning several official visits during the fall and winter, and making a well-informed decision.
With most of my board committed, I'm here to give you the top 20 recruits still uncommitted and their top three or more schools of choice.
20. Jordan Cunningham, WR
Cunningham is a 6'1", 175-pound WR prospect from Florida. He has a knack for making acrobatic catches and has great focus to make catches in crowds.
Cunningham can work well in the short and intermediate game, while flashing some third-level speed at times. He is a reliable target who should be a very solid college pass-catcher.
Scout.com has his top schools as Stanford, Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame and Alabama.
19. Tahaan Goodman, S
Goodman hails from Southern California, and is a physical and speedy 6'2", 190-pound safety. He can play both safety spots due to great athleticism, instincts and the ability to deliver a big hit.
A very open recruit, it's a bit tough to get a true reading on Goodman's favorites. However, based on this Scout.com report, I would say USC, UCLA, LSU and Washington could be thick in the mix.
18. Tyrone Crowder, OG
Crowder is a North Carolina native who plays OG at 6'2" and 325 pounds. He's quick off the ball at the snap, plays tough and physical at the point of attack and has the strength to finish targets in both the run and pass.
Scout.com recently reported Crowder has narrowed his list down to Georgia, North Carolina, Stanford and Clemson. Whoever lands the big interior O-lineman will be getting a good one.
17. Leon McQuay, S
At 6'1" and 185 pounds, McQuay is a safety prospect from Florida who is one of the country's better DBs at jumping passing lanes. He has solid ability to get off the hashes, ball-location skills, speed and hands to make picks.
A decision will likely come down on Nov. 21 or 26, and the top schools, per Scout.com, appear to be USC, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and Oregon.
16. Laquon Treadwell, WR
Treadwell is from Illinois and has good speed on a 6'2", 190-pound frame. He'll reach top speed pretty quickly and has the potential to be an excellent deep threat in college.
Treadwell recently told Scout.com that Michigan leads Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Michigan State.
I expect him to wind up in Ann Arbor when it is all said and done.
15. Mackensie Alexander, CB
Alexander is one of the best overall football players in the state of Florida. From having the ability to play CB, S, WR, RB as well as the ability to return kicks and punts, the 5'11", 175-pounder can do an array of things on the field.
That is why many schools are after him to bring him to their campus. He doesn't do much press at all, so he's tough to get a read on; I would guess his top three schools would be Alabama, Florida State and Clemson.
14. Derrick Henry, RB
Henry is a 6'3" RB with a frame that checks in at more than 240 pounds. Yet, he has excellent athleticism, quickness and speed. He could see himself get moved to LB or DB, but I would like to see him kept at RB, personally.
Henry was once a Georgia commit, but backed off to open himself up to Alabama and Tennessee, along with the Bulldogs.
13. Vonn Bell, DB
Bell is a DB whom I would like on my team because he can play three different positions on the back end. The 6'0", 190-pounder has the speed to play CB, the ball skills and range for FS and the hitting ability and physicality to play SS.
On the recruiting front, Bell has a final seven of Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas, Vanderbilt and Clemson, according to Scout.com. He says he is going shock people with his decision in the middle of the season.
12. Tim Williams, DE
Williams has a chance to become one of the best pass-rushers from this class in a few years. He's 6'4", 230-pounder who has a quick surge at the snap, the length to stay clean and the burst to finish on passers.
Miami and Florida State are the leaders, with LSU and Alabama in the mix as well, according to Rivals.com.
11. Derrick Green, RB
Green is a big RB from Virginia who is 6'0", 225 pounds and also has good quickness and flashes solid speed. He can burst through a hole and dares defenders to challenge him when he is rumbling at top speed.
Scout.com says Green is down to a top six that consists of Auburn, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Michigan, Oregon and Ole Miss.
10. Priest Willis, DB
Willis is a big DB at 6'2" and 190 pounds, and I think he may be better-suited to play CB. His has very loose hips, mirror skills and cover ability to carry outside pass-catchers all over the field.
Stating a top three for Willis is very tough because he still technically is down to a top 15. However, the possibility of being a package deal with Tahaan Goodman, I would guess a top three of LSU, Michigan and USC right now.
9. Greg Bryant, RB
Bryant is a very good RB prospect from Florida who runs hard and tough, and is productive. The 5'10", 205-pounder has good run strength, a solid burst to and through holes, and tackle-breaking ability.
Based on his profile on 247Sports.com, his top schools are Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. If you want a bell cow back, Bryant could be your guy.
8. Dorian Johnson, OT
Johnson is a decommit from Penn State, and the big 6'6", 285-pounder is a wanted man on the trail.
Johnson has good strength, solid athleticism and can play both LT and RT. 247Sports.com lists Pitt as his favorite, but also look out for Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
7. DeMarcus Walker, DL
Walker can get it done as a quick, gap-penetrating DT or as a big and physical DE. The Jacksonville native goes 6'4" and 280 pounds, and he plays with athleticism, solid strength and production.
Forget a top three, because this is a two-horse race between Florida and Alabama, confirmed by Scout.com. Walker is announcing his decision this Friday, and either the Gators or Crimson Tide will be very happy this weekend.
6. Antonio Conner, S
Out of Mississippi, Conner does it all for his South Panola High School team. The 6'1", 200-pounder plays DB/OLB on defense and RB on offense. He makes plays both ways, but safety is where he will play in college.
I expect Ole Miss to get Conner eventually, but I also would watch out for schools such as Alabama, Mississippi State and LSU in this race.
5. Robert Foster, WR
247Sports.com shows Pitt, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan State as the top suitors for the 6'2", 190-pound Foster. Showing off explosive speed, great RAC skills and game-breaking ability, Foster is a very wanted prospect by many schools.
4. Matthew Thomas, OLB
Thomas is a 6'3", 210-pounder from Miami who plays OLB. He can fit as a sub-rusher at DE on third downs and also can play OLB in a 3-4 scheme or Mike in a big nickel package.
A very versatile defender, Thomas' family likely would like to see him stay at home and play for Al Golden, but Alabama, Florida State, USC, Georgia and Louisville will have something to say about that.
Thomas tells Scout.com he is back to being wide open.
3. Montravius Adams, DT
Adams is a Georgia prospect and one of the country's top DT prospects. The 6'3", 290-pounder has excellent snap quickness, strength, hand quickness to combat blockers and playmaking ability in the middle.
Scout.com reports that his mother has a major influence on him, and she has gone twice with Adams to Auburn. If forced to stick with just three schools, the next two I would name for Adams would be Clemson and Georgia.
2. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
The 6'5", 230-pound Seals-Jones has a top five of Texas, LSU, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA, according to an article on Scout.com last month.
In all likelihood, Seals-Jones wants to play basketball, so look for that to factor into the nation's top pass-catching prospect's final decision.
1. Laremy Tunsil, OT
Tunsil has named his five schools to visit, and among them are Ole Miss and USC, but I think this race is truly down to Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Scout.com agrees with my thinking, and I'll go even further to say that Tunsil will either sign with Florida or Georgia; Georgia would be my prediction if NSD were tomorrow.
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 and 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.