College Football Recruiting 2013: Latest Predictions on Every Uncommitted 5-Star
There's a been a lot of interesting developments in recruiting lately. You'll start to see more and more movement around this time as in-home visits have been made and NSD is coming soon. We're in a dead period right, but recruits will still be thinking about their recruitment.
The uncommitted 5-star recruits will get most of the attention until they make a commitment.
There's a ton on anticipation on where they are headed and I'm here to give you the prediction on them. For this read, we'll take a look at each uncommitted 5-star prospect and make a prediction on where they will end up.
James Quick, WR
Quick is a 6'0", 180-pound WR from Kentucky and I think he'll come down to Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon. With his speed, solid RAC skills and versatile play making ability, he should be a good one in college.
Ohio State seems to want to add another WR in this class and Quick would be a good match for them. However, in the end, I believe he'll elect to stay home.
Derrick Green, RB
At 6'0" and close to 230 pounds, the Virgina-born Green is a talented big back. He shows great power, a solid burst and can skate in a straight line well.
Schools like Auburn, Michigan, Tennessee, Miami and perhaps Oregon could be good options for him. I liked Auburn initially, but with Gene Chizik's firing that has changed.
Mackensie Alexander, CB
From Florida, Alexander has taken a very clandestine approach to his recruitment. The 5'10", 175-pound corner prospect doesn't offer much insight and plays it all close to the vest.
Schools like Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Boise State and Nebraska have a fair shot, in my estimation. This is a tough to call because not much is known regarding Alexander's thinking.
Leon McQuay III, S
McQuay has had a solid five of USC, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Oregon for a good while now. Also, don't count out Willie Taggart, as the new South Florida coach will hustle to keep McQuay in Tampa.
At 6'1" and 185 pounds, McQuay is a great FS prospect with good play speed, route recognition skills and hands. He wants to get into the music business and what better place to do that then Hollywood.
Max Redfield, S/ATH
Redfield is a 6'3", 195-pound athlete that can play FS or WR. He has tremendous ball skills, play speed, agility and range.
Once committed to USC, Redfield decommitted earlier this fall. Notre Dame is the new favorite these days, but don't count out the Trojans just yet. This one could have an interesting finish.
Prediction: Notre Dame
Priest Willis, DB
From Arizona, Willis is a big DB at 6'2 and weighing 200 pounds. Staying at CB is more than likely his ideal scenario but he's going to be 215-220 pounds in college, so safety is more likely.
With his good transition quickness, size and short area burst Willis can cover in the perimeter and in the slot. He has a top seven of LSU, UCLA, Notre Dame, Florida State, Nebraska, Virginia and Arizona State, reports Scout.com.
Vonn Bell, S
I really thought Tennessee had a great chance to land Bell before Derek Dolley's firing. The 6'0", 190-pound DB is a childhood fan of the Vols, but now Ohio State and Alabama's chances have increased mightily.
Antonio Conner, S
A quick-twitch athlete, Conner is from Mississippi and stands 6'1", 200-pounds. He can play both safety spots and even a little OLB.
A speedy, rangy and hard hitting back end defender, Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State are in on him. He'll end up in Oxford more than likely.
Prediction: Ole Miss
Montravius Adams, DT
I've always gotten the feeling that Adams' mother is the key person in his recruitment and that she doesn't want him too far from home. Georgia is where he resides, but many schools want the 6'3", 310-pound DT to come out and play.
Will he choose to stay home and play at UGA? Or can Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Auburn or perhaps USC lure him away?
Matthew Thomas, OLB
An excellent and versatile defender, Thomas is a 6'3", 210-pound OLB from South Florida. He has great range, athleticism, speed and even rushes the passer pretty well.
If you ask me, this is a 3-team race between Alabama, Florida State and Miami. Thomas could start for the 'Canes as a true freshman, join a talented young FSU defense or go play for mighty Alabama. I think he'll head up to Tallahassee.
Prediction: Florida State
Laremy Tunsil, OT
The nation's best OT prospect has his options cut out for him. Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and Florida State are the schools in the hunt for the 6'6", 295-pound LT from Florida.
The Dawgs and Tide are the leaders, as we've known for awhile. Yet, I think Ole Miss has a legit chance and watch out for the 'Noles. Tunsil's decision will be extremely fascinating to me, because all of his cases present great opportunities.
Reuben Foster, LB
Foster has de-committed from Auburn and Georgia, LSU, Washington, Miami and South Carolina are in the mix. Scout.com also reports that Alabama could re-enter the picture too.
The 6'2", 245-pound 'backer is friends with UGA commit Tray Matthews. The fact that he could stay in the South play with his friend will be too much to pass up. Mark Richt has also made a great deal of in-roads with Foster, too.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Nkemdiche has a ton of rumors and chatter surrounding his recruitment. That comes with the territory of being the nation's No. 1 prospect.
At 6'5" and 272-pounds, he's a special player that can be a cornerstone defender for a program almost immediately. His brother plays at Ole Miss, yet Alabama and LSU won't give up. Clemson is also still in the picture too.
Prediction: Ole Miss
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.