College Football Recruiting 2013: 10 Potential Shocking Scenarios
When covering recruits, we constantly forget that in reality these are 17- and 18-year-olds, not adults. With so many options to choose from such as college coaches calling them, people like myself wanting to interview them, their own high school football team responsibilities plus school, we think they are supposed to have the maturity of 30-year-olds.
That leads to such shock and hysteria when they change their mind about a decision, eliminate a school or take a surprising visit. It's a part of the recruiting world and it's not going to stop happening. With this piece, I figure I beat them to the punch and try to give you 10 shocking potential scenarios that just may be on horizon.
10. Crowder Heading West over Staying at Home
Crowder recently whittled his choices down to his top four schools, which Scout.com reports being Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia and Stanford.
If you look closely, you can see that three of those schools are very close to the Tar Heel State, which is where Crowder is from. Yet, it is Stanford that boasts the highest academic profile among the final four.
Don't be shocked to see Crowder take the Cardinal up on their offer to play big-time football while getting a top-notch degree.
9. Auburn Landing Both Derrick Green and Greg Bryant
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The Tigers are no strangers to keeping a crowded backfield and I remember when they once had Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Brandon Jacobs and Tre Smith all at the same time.
Michael Dyer is gone and Jovon Robinson is done for the year with academic problems. Yet Auburn still has Mike Blakely, Quan Bray and Tre Mason coming in this fall, plus Jordan Wilkins who is a 2013 RB pledge.
So you think Auburn would be set at RB, right? Nope, the Tigers are still after both Derrick Green and Greg Bryant, two top 10 RB prospects this year.
8. Tim Williams Not Going to LSU
Many schools go after the best prospects from all over the nation, failing to restrict themselves to just local prospects. However, as a program, you still have to lock down your backyard before you venture down the street, so to speak.
Tim Williams is one of the best DEs in the nation and goes to LSU Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, which is practically on the campus of LSU.
As 247 Sports reports, the Tigers are recruiting the 6'4", 230-pounder, but right now, I think Williams would sign with Miami or Florida State if he were forced to make a final decision.
7. Caleb Brantley Decommitting from Florida
Brantley has been a longtime commit to Florida, but in the late spring he told Scout.com that he wasn't hearing from the Gators coaches much, which could be a sign of disconnect.
USC, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn have been mentioned as other possibilities for Brantley, but he still remains solid to Florida.
Brantley will likely take some trips and look at other schools, and although he says he's firm with UF, he could decommit before it's all said and done.
6. Altee Tenpenny Flipping to Arkansas
Tenpenny, per Scout.com, is strong to Alabama, but I don't think Arkansas is out of the picture. The 6'0", 212-pound RB is from the Razorbacks' territory and 'Bama has a stocked RB depth chart.
Aside from Arkansas, Notre Dame, Georgia and Oklahoma State have been mentioned by Tenpenny as possible visits, but the team to watch is Arkansas.
If the Razorbacks can lure him in for an official visit and sell him on early playing time no matter who's the head coach and staying in-state, things could get interesting.
5. Vonn Bell Choosing Vanderbilt
Bell is down to a final seven schools and the Commodores are among them. He tells Scout.com that he will narrow it down to a last three and that he plans to surprise people with his decision.
Could that surprise be the talented 6'1", 190-pound DB selecting Vanderbilt over six other higher profile football programs? We can only wait and see what happens, but the fascination with Bell's recruitment has increased since he made that statement.
4. Tony Conner Not Ending Up in Oxford
Conner is staying in the South and will play in the SEC—that's one thing that we all know for certain. I have called the South Panola DB an Ole Miss lock for quite some time, but he has yet to pull the trigger.
Could Conner be thinking otherwise? Perhaps, because his Scout.com profile lists Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State as three other schools to round out his main four choices.
It would be a total shock to see Conner not wind up at in Oxford, but it may be a possibility.
3. Laremy Tunsil Spurning Florida...and Georgia...and Alabama
Tunsil has his five schools lined up for visits and you can hold Florida in that main group because he'll more than likely take an unofficial "official" trip to Gainesville because he's so close to UF's campus.
The trip that I have my eye on is the USC visit, which Tunsil says will happen. We've seen many recruits not mention USC much, then after a trip to Los Angeles come back enamored with the Trojans and end up signing with them.
According to Scout.com, Tunsil says his top three in this order is: Georgia, Alabama and Florida. But watch out for that USC visit.
2. Foster Flipping Again
Reuben Foster is a heck of a player and may be the best LB prospect to come out in the modern recruiting era. He committed to Alabama as a junior, then flirted with Georgia and wound up flipping to Auburn.
Foster could indeed be solid and 100 percent set to Auburn, but we do have a long ways to go before next February, and Alabama and Georgia would be ill-advised to stop recruiting him.
1. Nkemdiche Ends Up at Ole Miss
Robert Nkemdiche is the nation's best player and has been flexing his temporary recruiting power by helping his teammates get attention from colleges. Clemson is where he is pledged to, but like I said with Reuben Foster, we have a long ways before national signing day.
The 6'5", 270-pounder has a brother on the Ole Miss roster, and I think the Rebels may have finished second when Nkemdiche committed to Clemson a few months ago.
He's going to visit Oxford, reports Scout.com, officially in the coming months, and don't be shocked to see Hugh Freeze pull off a gigantic recruiting coup.
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.