Predicting Which College the Top Uncommitted Recruit at Each Position Will Pick
We've had some big decisions be made and announced over the past few weeks. Recruits like Ricky Seals-Jones, Greg Bryant, Justin Manning and Gareon Conley have committed and come of the board. However, there is a solid amount of upper-echelon recruits who remain undecided.
For this read, we'll look at the top uncommitted prospect at each position, but we'll also give you more than that. We'll go the extra mile by making a prediction on where we think the top-level prospect will wind up at.
I highly suggest you read this, as some predictions will be shocking. Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below.
CB: Mackensie Alexander
Alexander is one of the better all-around players in the country. He's not a big drop off from Eli Woodard and Vernon Hargreaves III.
At 5'11" and about 175 pounds, the Florida native is an athletic, quick and loose-hipped cover man. He shows good mirror ability, transition quickness, instincts and confidence.
S: Antonio Conner
Conner is a safety from The Dixie State that can play either deep middle position. He stands 6'1", 200 pounds and has great speed, range, ball location skills and agility.
With his ability to squeeze the line of scrimmage quickly to stop runs and his speed to carry receivers deep against the pass, Conner has the ceiling to be an All-SEC safety one day. He's a cornerstone type of player.
Prediction: Ole Miss
OLB: Matthew Thomas
Thomas is from Florida and plays in the 6'3", 210-pound range. He shows great speed, range, athleticism and can bring it as a hitter. This is also a guy who can put his hand down and rush the passer as a sub-package DE.
Being from Miami, staying home and probably starting as a true freshman is an option. So is heading to Tallahassee and Tuscaloosa to become a defensive out at those places, too.
Prediction: Florida State
MLB: Reuben Foster
Recently de-committed from Auburn, Foster is back on the market and looking for a new home. The 6'2", 242-pound 'backer is an immediate impact type of recruit and could be an opening-day starter as a true freshman.
Look for schools like Georgia, LSU, Washington and Miami to put the press on Foster. In the end, I think the chance to stay in the South and his relationships with Tray Matthews and Mark Richt will win out.
DE: Robert Nkemdiche
The nation's No. 1 recruit is playing hoops these days and working to stay in shape. Nkemdiche is a 6'4" DE that weighs over 270 pounds while possessing great snap quickness, strength, ball-carrier vision and agility.
He was once a Clemson pledge, but backed off it. The Tigers remain in the hunt, but also, schools like Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama are also great options too. The chance to make his mother happy will eventually win out.
Prediction: Ole Miss
DT: Montravius Adams
Adams is a very good 6'3", 310-pound DT that is a playmaker in the trenches. He is a little on the raw side, but flashes the ability to play with leverage, great strength, quick hands and short-area pursuit ability.
I think Adams all but will play in the South, as he is from Georgia. Where he plays still remains a mystery, with Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Florida trying to convince him to sign with them.
OG: Tyrone Crowder
The 6'1", 325-pound inside OL prospect from North Carolina can play either guard spot in college. Crowder has good quickness off the ball, point of attack strength and can shuffle when engaged.
What also will get Crowder college respect is his fierce mean streak. His recruitment is a two-man race between Clemson and Georgia, with both teams looking equal.
OT: Laremy Tunsil
Blessed with supreme athleticism for a 6'6", 295-pound athlete, Tunsil has LT ability. He can set up deep in a hurry, has the balance and agility to mirror rushers in space or latched on and can reach to the second level as a run blocker.
His recruitment is down to Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida State and Florida. All five schools want him badly, yet it appears 'Bama and UGA are the standouts. Also, don't overlook Ole Miss.
TE: Thomas Duarte
Duarte is the top uncommitted TE in the country, yet he played mostly WR in high school. Already standing 6'3" and weighing 225 pounds, Duarte likely will grow into a seam player in college.
247Sports.com lists Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and USC as his finalists. Duarte can stay home in Southern California, head to the Pac-Northwest or go play in South Bend.
WR: Robert Foster and Laquon Treadwell
I'm going to list both Foster and Treadwell as "co-No. 1 uncommitted WR prospects" for this list.
Foster is an explosive 6'2", 190-pounder from the surrounding Pittsburgh area. Pitt and Alabama are fighting for the speedster, and he also could be a great return man too.
Treadwell, from Illinois, is a bit bigger at 6'3" and about 195 pounds. With his length, solid strength and speed, he could become a No. 1 target in college. Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State are the schools to watch here.
Prediction: Ole Miss
RB: Alvin Kamara
Kamara is my top uncommitted RB, and he's a great back. The Peach State product is 5'10", 192 pounds and has great skills and tools to flourish in college.
With his speed, quickness, vision, natural instincts, lateral quickness, receiving ability and leg strength to stack a blitzing 'backer, Kamara can do it all. Alabama and Georgia are the favorites for him, but keep an eye on Oregon.
QB: Asiantii Woulard
The 2012 Elite 11 MVP has de-committed from South Florida; however, Willie Taggart could sway him back to Tampa. At 6'3" and around 200-205 pounds, Woulard is a dual-threat QB, but make no mistake about it, he's a passer first.
Dave Doeren is the new coach at NC State and will probably run an offense that suits Woulard's skill set and strengths. In my estimation, the Florida prospect will either play in Tampa or Raleigh in college.
Prediction: NC State
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.