Under Armour All-America Game: Predicting Where Uncommitted 5-Stars Will Land
The Under Armour All-America game is one of the biggest moments on the college football recruiting schedule.
Many of the best of the best recruits in the 2013 class will be on the same field, showing off their abilities and making lasting impressions with coaches, fans and media alike.
This year's game will be played on Friday, January 4th at 5 p.m. EST and can be seen on ESPN.
As should be expected for an all-star game, there will be plenty of 5-star recruits featured on the field. While some of them have already made their college decisions, not all of these elite recruits are committed just yet.
Here are my predictions on where these 5-star, uncommitted recruits playing in the Under Armour All-America game will land.
Note: This doesn't necessarily mean they will announce at the game, unless noted otherwise.
Max Redfield, 5-Star S
Prediction: Notre Dame
Notre Dame appeared to be the main reason he decommitted from USC, so the Fighting Irish are the favorite to land his commitment in my eyes.
Redfield is expected to make his decision at the game.
Priest Willis, 5-Star CB
5-star cornerback Priest Willis is a recruit that has yet to really narrow down his interest list. As it stands, his top seven (247Sports) consists of LSU, Virginia, Florida State, Nebraska, Arizona State and Notre Dame and UCLA.
Willis recently had an official visit to LSU though, and it's one that reportedly went very well.
The Tigers have a good track record when it comes to producing elite cornerbacks and sending them to the NFL, and I have a feeling Willis will want to be next on that list.
At 6'2'', 200 pounds, Willis fits the description of an elite LSU corner.
Tony Conner, 5-Star S
Tony (Antonio) Conner has Ole Miss and Alabama on top of his interest list (247Sports), and Auburn is also in the running. For as hot as Ole Miss is on the recruiting trail right now though, I believe Conner is a recruit that the Rebels will miss out on.
Alabama can offer Conner the chance to be a part of an established contender, rather than a rebuild effort. 'Bama also has sent a ton of elite defenders to the NFL as of late, including safety Mark Barron. Alabama has much more to offer the 5-star safety.
Leon McQuay III, 5-Star S
Prediction: Florida State
The big thing to consider here is that McQuay III wants to enroll early, and the last I've heard in regards to that thought process is that Florida State is the only school to accept him so far.
McQuay III is expected to make his decision at the game, thus the time table for the other four schools to accept him has to speed up. Unless something changes, FSU appears to be the good choice here.
Vonn Bell, 5-Star S
Prediction: Ohio State
Tennessee is his childhood favorite, which is what makes the Vols such an interesting option, and Alabama and Ohio State basically recruit themselves.
It's basically a toss-up between OSU and Alabama, but I believe Urban Meyer will be able to land the 5-star safety, especially if Alabama gets a commitment from Tony Conner.
Laquon Treadwell, 5-Star WR
Prediction: Ole Miss
Michigan once looked to be the favorite for Treadwell, but the Wolverines have dropped off since then, and the Big 12 has come into focus, along with the Rebels. His 247Sports interest list features Ole Miss on top, followed by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Ole Miss is a hot recruiting school right now, and elite recruits can see a ton of potential with the program. I believe recruits like Robert Nkemdiche and Treadwell want to be the marquee players that help make that program a contender.
Lock this prediction in if Nkemdiche does indeed commit to Ole Miss.
Matthew Thomas, 5-Star OLB
Prediction: Florida State
5-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas has Florida State and Miami on top of his interest list according to 247Sports, but Georgia, USC and Alabama are all listed as "warm interests" behind the two leaders.
Thomas is from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, so the Hurricanes have the obvious "hometown advantage."
That said, with Miami facing potential sanctions and Florida State's depth chart (Rivals) featuring two seniors at linebacker in Vince Williams and Nick Moody (redshirt), the Seminoles appear to be the most logical choice.
Reuben Foster, 5-Star ILB
5-star inside linebacker Reuben Foster has been committed to both Alabama and Auburn so far, but he'll end up at Georgia.
As it stands, Georgia and Auburn are both listed on top of his interest list (247Sports), and I just don't see him going back to the Tigers, despite his Auburn tattoo.
Georgia provides him with the best chance to win right away, rather than be part of what will mostly be a two- or three-year rebuild to contention in the SEC at Auburn.
Foster is also originally from the state of Georgia, which should end up playing a factor.
Montravius Adams, 5-Star DT
5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams has an unofficial top five of Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Auburn, according to his 247Sports interest list. He's been one of the more patient recruits in this class, so he's one of the interesting decisions to predict.
His mother will play a big role in his decision-making process, and all indications are that she really liked Georgia. That, plus the fact that he's from Vienna, Ga., and thus will be able to stay closer to home, makes the Bulldogs seem like the perfect fit.
Adams is talented enough to play defensive end in the 3-4, and he can still be dominant.
Robert Nkemdiche, 5-Star SDE
Prediction: Ole Miss
Ole Miss has been the leader for 5-star defensive end and No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche ever since he decommitted from Clemson, and at this point, it just makes too much sense. His brother, Denzel, is a linebacker for the Rebels, and his mother wants the two to play together.
LSU is a very intriguing option that seems to be gathering steam with Nkemdiche as of late, but when all is said and done, his family ties will prove to be too much.
He'll go down as the marquee recruiting win for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels.