College Football Recruiting 2013: Latest News for Uncommitted 5-Star Recruits
We're only weeks away from signing day and that means recruiting is about to really start heating up another notch. This is the time coaches really begin to put the press on their biggest targets, schedule last minute visits and attack the trail looking to finish strong.
There remains a good amount of 5-star recruits who remain undecided about where to play college football in this 2013 recruiting class. This read will just look at the latest news surrounding them, just to remain refreshed on where they stand.
So come on inside and check out if your favorite school has positioned themselves to land one of these uncommitted 5-star prospects!
Alex Collins, RB
Scout.com rates Collins a 5-star back and the speedster battled some injuries this past season, after a great junior campaign. He originally committed to Miami, but Collins is back on the market now.
Collins told Rivals.com last week that Miami, Florida, Florida State, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Arkansas are his favorite schools. He could be ready to make a decision by the end of this month.
Priest Willis, DB
Willis still remains adamant about staying in the secondary, per this report at Scout.com. The big 6'2", 200-pound DB also says he's down to LSU, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State, Nebraska and Arizona State.
I really like LSU's chances with Willis as it was obvious that his visit to Baton Rouge was an eye opening experience.
Derrick Green, RB
InsideTennessee.com interviewed Green this weekend at the Army game and he told them that he'll take two more officials and make an announcement "sometime" this month.
The leaders in the clubhouse for the 6'0", 225-pound back are Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee, Miami, Oregon and Ole Miss. I still like Michigan here, but things could change.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
The big DT had a solid day at the Army All-American Game last weekend. Vanderdoes showed off his upper-body strength and ability to anchor and make messes in the middle.
The latest news with the Northern California native is that he has decommitted from USC. However, the Trojans remain in the picture, according Vanderdoes via Scout.com.
Vanderdoes is also looking hard at Alabama, Washington, UCLA and Notre Dame.
Alvin Kamara, RB
Kamara is a 5-star RB on my board and one of the players in this class who I think really has a bright future. The 5'10", 192-pounder ran with the deceptive power and strength last week during UA game practices and impressed onlookers.
Scout.com reports that Kamara has told them it's still 'Bama and UGA for him. Tennessee and Oregon are in the picture but he's working on setting up visits to Athens and Tuscaloosa, where he has some serious questions for both team's staffs.
Vonn Bell, DB
Bell has finally set up his official visit dates for his three finalists of Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee. Scout.com says he'll be at OSU this weekend, then head to Tuscaloosa next weekend and Butch Jones will see him in Knoxville after that.
The talented 6'0", 190-pound DB will really be thorough during each visit about football and off-field variables, including education and academics. He could decide before signing day.
Laquon Treadwell, WR
Treadwell competed in the Under Armour game, but before he went back home to Illinois, the 6'3', 195-pound WR prospect went and saw Ole Miss play Pitt in their bowl game.
That's a telling sign and Treadwell told Scout.com on Monday that he is going to visit Oklahoma State this weekend and make a decision between the Pokes, Oklahoma and the Rebels.
I think Hugh Freeze has scored a No. 1 WR.
Antonio Conner, S
Conner recently was named Mr. Football in The Dixie State, but the juiciest news regarding him is that there is a new suitor in the picture for him.
Auburn has come on strong, per Conner via AUTigers.com. He'll visit The Plains on January 18th and then decide between them, Ole Miss and Alabama.
Matthew Thomas, OLB
Thomas had a memorable night at the Under Armour game last Friday, captivated by the vicious hit he gave Shane Morris.
The 6'3", 210-pound OLB prospect from South Florida has finally scheduled some official visits, shows Scout.com. Alabama, USC, Florida State and Georgia will see Thomas this month in that order.
Miami also will likely receive and unofficial-official type of visit since Thomas is close to campus.
Montravius Adams, DT
Everyone is hoping for a speedy recovery for Adams, as he had to miss the UA game due to a stress fracture in his ankle.
Yet, last week, he revealed to Rivals.com that Clemson is a school that is really pursuing him hard and standing out. Watch out for Alabama and Florida too, but Clemson could be in a prime position to land the DT from Georgia.
Laremy Tunsil, OT
Tunsil has an incredibly busy month of January planned as he is slated to trip to Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Florida State, according to Scout.com.
However, the latest news with him is that he claims he now is interested in Texas and will visit Austin before he makes a decision. Tunsil may have a hard time scheduling a trip to UT, but he wants to squeeze it in and check out the Longhorns.
Reuben Foster, LB
Foster told AUTigers.com that he's in the process of setting up his official visits and may or may not elect to visit Auburn. However, it seems he really digs new defensive chief Ellis Johnson.
The 6'2', 245-pound LB is visiting Washington this weekend and decide between the Huskies, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami and South Carolina.
A decision could be made of signing day, but don't be shocked if Foster waits past NSD to decide.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Nkemdiche is down to Ole Miss and LSU, says Scout.com.
Many have the Rebels leading the Tigers and even though I think LSU is a more serious threat than people think, ultimately I believe Nkemdiche will sign up to play in Oxford with his brother.
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.