College Football Recruiting 2013: Top Recruits That Won't Commit Until NSD
National Signing Day is the biggest day of the recruiting cycle in college football recruiting. This is the first day where recruits can sign their letters of intent and make their commitments official. It's also a day where many big-name recruits announce their decisions.
The recent trend of committing early has slightly reduced the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the day, however. Though still, there are several recruits who won't be announcing their decisions until Wednesday February 6, 2012.
Here are the top prospects who we will be waiting on the edge of our seats for to see where they will be playing college football, as they announce on National Signing Day!
Johnny Johnson, CB
A tough, gritty and solid cornerback, Johnson is from California. He's 5'10" and about 180 pounds, showing good short area quickness and the ability to break up passes.
Johnson told Scout.com last month that he will make his decision known on NSD. UCLA, Washington and perhaps Stanford are the final three choices.
Tyrone Crowder, OG
Scout.com reports that things have been whittled down to two schools for Crowder: Georgia and Clemson. Visits are being finalized, and he will be committing on National Signing Day.
The 6'2", 330-pound mammoth interior line prospect is from North Carolina and can play with a nasty mean streak. Crowder is excellent in a phone booth, has great strength to anchor vs. power rushers and flashes good athleticism for an OG.
Matthew Thomas, OLB
Thomas hasn't nailed in an exact date for him to commit, but he's always struck me as a guy who likely would wait until National Signing Day to announce.
Perhaps the nation's top OLB prospect, the 6'3", 210-pound defender is from the Miami area, and the Canes would love to have him. Except so would Alabama, Florida, Florida State and USC.
While Thomas could commit before then, don't be shocked if he waits until the first Wednesday in February to pull the trigger.
Laremy Tunsil, OT
Chad Simmons of Scout.com maintains that Tunsil is sticking to his National Signing Day announcement intentions. The 6'6", 295-pound LT prospect from Florida has had an interesting recruitment.
He's down to Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida State and Florida. The Dawgs, Crimson Tide and Rebels strike as the schools in the best position to land Tunsil.
We'll see what he decides on National Signing Day.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Mickey Conn, Nkemdiche's coach, told the Gwinnett Daily Post (via CBS Sports) in November that a decision from Nkemdiche likely wouldn't come until National Signing Day.
Nkemdiche recently told ESPNU that he could make a decision in January. While that could be true, I just feel as though Nkemdiche will wait until NSD.
He seems to be genuinely torn, even though Ole Miss probably still will win out. I think January will come around, and he still won't be ready to announce. With National Signing Day not far from then, he'll elect to just wait until the big day.
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.