College Football Recruiting 2013: Latest News for Uncommitted 5-Star Recruits
The 5-star recruit is the best of the best, and it is a status that every single high school football player covets. Many are frankly disappointed when they don't get the honor, and those who do cherish it because it's a rare accomplishment.
With several prominent recruiting sites and publications in the recruiting industry, there are some differences in which recruits are deserving of 5-stars. I've looked at ESPNU, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com and assembled a list of any uncommitted recruit who is considered a 5-star prospect by any of those four sites.
Here's the latest news on all of them.
James Quick, WR
Quick is a 5-star WR prospect, according to Scout.com. The 6'0", 180-pound Kentucky native has solid play speed, runs well after the catch and can make plays on the outside.
Right now, I think Ohio State and Louisville are the two leaders for Quick. Oregon, Kentucky and Cincinnati are likely still in it, but he will probably come down to deciding between the Buckeyes and Cardinals.
Leon McQuay, S
A 6'2" and 185 pounds, McQuay is a FS from Flordia with great range, speed and ball skills. He's a class center fielder type of safety that can patrol deep thirds and halves with ease.
The latest news about the 5-star safety at Rivals.com is that he's back from his Michigan trip, but has already lined up a visit with USC, per WeAreSc.com. It's widely accepted that USC is the leader for McQuay and the trip coincides with the same weekend that many early enrollees will be in LA.
I would not be shocked if McQuay committed to USC on his visit on December 7th.
Derrick Green, RB
Green is from Virginia and is a big RB at 6'0" and close to 230 pounds. He has deceptive quickness, straight line speed and runs like a bully.
Scout.com reports that Green is headed to visit Auburn this weekend. He will be hanging out with Reuben Foster, Dee Liner and Carl Lawson all weekend.
Auburn has a good shot with Green and he's also looking at Michigan, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Oregon.
Mackensie Alexander, CB
ESPNU has Alexander as a 5-star CB and the 5'11", 175 pound Florida native is a good one.
The latest news with Alexander is hard to come by as, like I've said many times before, this guy doesn't care too much for interviews.
Notre Dame, Florida State, Clemson, Boise State, Nebraska and Alabama are schools I feel have the best chance.
Greg Bryant, RB
Bryant also comes from Florida, and the 5'10", 205 pound RB is an attacking style runner that runs strong, fiercely and decisively.
The latest from the Bryant camp is that 247Sports.com shows that he will actually take an official visit to Oklahoma. That's an interesting development because Bryant was once committed to the Sooners and de-committed because he wanted to play in the SEC.
247Sports.com also shows Auburn and South Carolina as Bryant's two other top schools.
Dorian Johnson, OT
247Sports.com is reporting that Johnson has set up two official visits. The 6'6", 285-pound OT from Pennsylvania will head to Pitt on November 16th and then he's off to Ohio State on December 7th.
Virginia Tech is the third team in this race.
Priest Willis, CB
The big 6'2", 200 pound Willis is an interesting prospect from Arizona. He has the size of a safety but the feet of a cover cornerback.
He has his options on the recruiting trail and boy are there many available for him. Scout.com says that Willis will reschedule his cancelled LSU visit and also plans to see Florida State, Florida and Virginia officially.
Also look out for Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, Arizona, USC, UCLA and Arizona State.
Robert Foster, WR
Foster is basically down to Alabama and Pitt.
Those are the main two and it's a stand off. He recently tweeted that he was ready to commit after his trip to Alabama a few weeks ago, but now will head to Pitt again on the 16th of this month.
Foster, 6'2" and 190 pounds, tweeted that his mother likes Pitt and his father likes Alabama.
Vonn Bell, S
Bell hasn't changed anything lately and Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State remain his top three schools.
According to Scout.com, Bell plans to hold off on his official visits until after his senior season ends and probably won't make a decision until he sees all three schools up close and personal.
Antonio Conner, S
Conner is one of the best secondary players in America, and the 6'1", 200-pound safety hails from The Dixie State.
He probably will stay in SEC country when it's all over and Rivals.com recently spoke with Conner where he revealed his top schools. I still believe Ole Miss will be the winner.
Montravius Adams, DT
Making an impression on Adams' mother seems to be a key feat in his recruitment and Auburn, Florida and UGA have done just that.
Matthew Thomas, OLB
Thomas' recruitment hasn't changed much as Miami, Florida State, Alabama and Florida seem to be the main schools in the race. Georgia and Louisville could also be included on that list, and USC may still be kicking the tires on the 6'3", 210-pound OLB from Miami, too.
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE
Not much change with RS-J as he continues to maintain LSU and Texas A&M as his final two schools. Speculation is swirling as some feel LSU will be the choice while others say he will decide to head to Texas A&M in the end.
Laremy Tunsil, OT
Tunsil has the same core four schools still involved as Alabama and Georgia lead Florida and Florida State. Rivals.com reports that he likely will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend visiting Alabama.
A 6'6", 295-pound OT from Florida, Tunsil has excellent athleticism, agility and knee bend. He looks like a potential franchise LT.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 (formerly 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.