College Football Recruiting 2013: 8 Recruits with the Softest Commitments
When a recruit makes a commitment, especially early, many people go on to believe that it means a prospect's recruitment is over. That is far from the case, as even the strongest committed recruits still have a ton of coaches calling and emailing them until national signing day.
Coaches know that some recruits can be swayed, even if they're committed somewhere else. Recruits make commitments that initially are firm, but some commitments soften over time. For his read, this list will be dedicated to the top eight recruits who have the softest commitments to schools.
Don't have a soft commitment to reading this though, firm up your pledge and let's go!
Jordan Wilkins, RB
The big 6'2", 205-pound running back is committed to Auburn, but it's not strong anymore at all.
ESPN.com spoke to Wilkins recently, and he clearly indicated he will look around and that his pledge to play on The Plains isn't too strong.
Keep an eye on Tennessee, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Tashawn Bower, DE
Bower's commitment to Auburn was weakened once Gene Chizik's firing was announced. Gus Malzahn has a chance to keep Bower, but Scout.com reports he will now take some trips.
Rutgers has always been hot on the New Jersey DE's trail, but now LSU and Notre Dame have entered the picture. At 6'55" and close to 240 pounds, Bower has great upper-body strength and can set the edge with force.
Auburn will work hard for him, but the Tigers have competition now as Bower's commitment is pretty soft.
Sebastian LaRue, WR
LaRue is a USC commitment, but he's got some other interests. Schools have been keeping tabs on the the 5'11", 180-pound WR/CB prospect from Los Angeles, and he's looking around.
Scout.com says Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Washington State are major threats to USC. Right now, LaRue's pledge to Troy is not as strong as it once was initially.
Kailo Moore, RB
Moore made an early commitment to Ole Miss, backed off it and committed to Mississippi State.
Since then, he's constantly flirted with Ole Miss and has made several stops in Oxford, per Scout.com.
The 5'10", 185-pound speedy back from Mississippi will stay in the Dixie State more than likely, but which Egg Bowl rival will he sign with? If you're Dan Mullen, even though you list Moore as a committed player, you still must stay on him because his commitment isn't too strong.
Myles Jack, OLB
The 6'3", 230-pound OLB from Washington is a UCLA commitment, but the Bruins know it's not a done deal just yet. Jack's pledge is listed as soft on Scout.com and for good reason.
Aside from seeing Westwood up close, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Utah, Arizona State and Washington all have their hand in Jack's pot. He may be committed to UCLA, but it's not exactly as strong as Shane Morris' pledge to Michigan.
Jalen Ramsey, CB
Ramsey gave USC his commitment around the summer time, but that hasn't stopped schools from recruiting him hard.
The 6'0", 190-pound cover corner from Tennessee will make some stops at other schools before he signs his LOI.
Carl Lawson, DE
Lawson's Auburn commitment is nowhere near as solid as it was when Gene Chizik was on The Plains. ESPN reports that Gus Malzahn paid Lawson a home visit and things went well.
Still, Lawson and his father maintain that they will explore his options. Clemson, Ole Miss, North Carolina and USC are in the mix and trips likely will be taken to those schools.
It's time to get a little nervous about Lawson's commitment, Auburn fans.
A'Shawn Robinson, DT
Robinson committed to Texas way back in February of this year. Now, that commitment's strength isn't as strong as the 6'5", 205-pound DT/OG prospect's strength in the trenches.
Robinson has looked around for a little while. Scout.com lists USC, Florida State and Alabama as foes to Texas in this race.
I can see Robinson sticking with his pledge to the Longhorns as easy as I can see a scenario where he heads elsewhere. Any way you look at it, he's soft commit to Texas right now.
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.