The 2012-13 bowl season is approaching, and I've always found the bowl season to be great because it makes us appreciate college football more.
With the break between the regular season and the bowls, games are so far and few in between. So when we see a bowl game, any bowl game, we get excited because we're starving for college football at that point.
The bowl season also plays a significant role in recruiting because it can give a recruit one final look at how a school plays and competes on the field. A few recruits have mentioned they may commit soon, which will be in the middle of bowl season.
Here are the top seven most likely to do so.
Dawson's recruitment has been a saga, and the school that has been centered around it all has been Michigan. Dawson pledged to Big Blue early in the process, but de-committed during the season.
Now, Scout.com reports that the Wolverines are back in the race, and I think a reconciliation is going on. Dawson has a few other trips scheduled, but mentioned that he may not take all of them.
Sounds like he could commit to Michigan, again, as they prepare for the Outback Bowl.
Billings' stock is shooting through the roof these days. The 6'1", 305-pound DT has excellent strength, surging quickness and also has potential to flip sides and become a great OG.
Texas, TCU and Baylor are the leaders, and Billings told Scout.com in mid-November that he was zeroing in on a decision. That decision could easily come during bowl season.
Goodman is a bit tricky to follow because he seems to just be focusing on recruiting, but USC has long been the known top choice.
He also seems to dig UCLA, Arizona State, Tennessee and Oklahoma, according to Scout.com. Goodman says he wants to make sure he's making a thought-out decision, but admits he has people urging him to commit soon.
So this one could go all the way to NSD, or the trigger could be pulled sometime during bowl season.
A 6'3", 230-pounder from Hawaii, Savaiinaea was a Stanford pledge, but backed off from that during the season. Scout.com now says he is down to UCLA and Texas A&M.
Even though Savaiinaea likely won't announce his choice until the Under Armour game in January, Jake Worthen of Scout.com stated a decision will be made by the end of this month.
Conner could commit on NSD or at a postseason all-star game. Then again, he could commit during bowl season too.
Ole Miss is the favorite, and has been for just about the entire recruiting cycle. The Rebels will have to fend off Alabama, Mississippi State and perhaps LSU too.
Yet Hugh Freeze could get a call from Conner as he prepares for Pitt in the BBVA Compass bowl.
Foster is down to Pitt and Alabama, as we all know. I think there is a pretty solid chance that Pitt will be the choice, as Foster seems to be a home-body type of guy.
Don't be surprised if Foster announces his intentions during bowl season. The 6'2", 190-pound speedster could possibly become Pitt's premier offensive threat as a freshman.
I've heard it. You've heard it. We've all heard it.
The nation's No. 1 prospect could make his decision very soon, which will be in the middle of bowl season. Could Ole Miss pull off the biggest recruiting coup in school history by landing both Conner and Nkemdiche?
During college football bowl season?
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.