Which Uncommitted Recruits Will Make the Biggest Impact in SEC Football?
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
With national signing day less than a month after the BCS National Championship Game, the college football news cycle doesn't seem to take a break these days.
Prospects are committing earlier and earlier these days, but there are still plenty of top prospects in the class of 2013 who are considering signing on the dotted line with a school in the SEC.
Robert Nkemdiche, Montravius Adams and Reuben Foster are just a few of the big fish still in the recruiting pond.
Which uncommitted prospects will make the biggest impact in the SEC? Our top five are in this slide show.
5. WR Laquon Treadwell
WR Laquon Treadwell
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Laquon Treadwell, a 6'3", 195-pound wide receiver from Crete, Ill., has all of the skills to be a big-time SEC wide receiver if and when he steps foot on to Ole Miss' campus.
The Rebels are leading in the race to secure Treadwell's services, ahead of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. He will announce his decision on Jan. 17, according to 247Sports.com.
With 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and that big frame, he would allow Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze to get creative with how he gets the ball. Treadwell can stretch the field, go over the middle and take the punishment and be a threat in the running game.
As we saw in his first year as Ole Miss' head coach, Freeze can get the ball in the hands of his playmakers. Just ask Donte Moncrief.
If Treadwell makes his way to Oxford, he will get to play alongside Moncrief, which will put a lot of stress on opposing defensive coordinators.
4. OT Laremy Tunsil
OT Laremy Tunsil
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The hallmark of every championship team is a solid offensive line that protects the quarterback and controls the line of scrimmage, as Alabama proved in 2012.
Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla., will be an integral piece of an SEC offensive line whenever he steps foot on campus.
Georgia and Alabama appear to be the leaders to secure Tunsil's services, with Ole Miss, Florida State and Texas also in the mix.
If he signs with the Crimson Tide, he would immediately contend with junior college transfer Leon Brown for playing time at right tackle in place of former Crimson Tide offensive lineman D.J. Fluker. At Georgia, he'd have to unseat sophomore John Theus or senior Kenarious Gates for one of the two tackle positions, but would still likely see significant playing time.
Offensive linemen rarely get the publicity of players at other positions, but whether it's in Athens, Tuscaloosa or somewhere else, Tunsil will make an immediate push for playing time. The 6'6", 295-pounder has a big frame, is quick with his feet and is fully capable of starting at tackle as a freshman.
3. DT Montravius Adams
Montravius Adams Full Ride scouting report
Montravius Adams, a 6'4", 310-pound defensive tackle from Vienna, Ga., is an absolute star in the making at the next level.
He is rated as a 5-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite rankings and has visits scheduled at Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Clemson, with a decision looming on national signing day.
He has the size and strength to be a force on the interior line, is explosive coming off of the ball and will demand double teams from opposing offensive coordinators. He's the type of player who, even if he's not living in the backfield and making tackles for loss, can be a disruptive force up front.
Georgia lost John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington off of its defensive line, so there's playing time to be had in Athens. The same can be said for Alabama and Florida, but the door isn't as open as it is at Georgia.
If you're looking for the next playmaker in the interior line, look no further than Montravius Adams. He will make an impact wherever he goes, perhaps sooner rather than later depending on where he signs.
2. LB Reuben Foster
Reuben Foster Full Ride scouting report
Perhaps no other prospect in the class of 2013 has drawn more attention than Auburn (Ala.) High School middle linebacker Reuben Foster. The 6'1" 240-pounder had previously been committed to Alabama and Auburn, but backed off of his commitment to the Tigers when former head coach Gene Chizik and his staff were dismissed following the 2012 season.
Now, it appears that the Foster sweepstakes is wide open, with Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Washington all in the mix. The Huskies may seem like the dark horse, but Foster visited Washington over the weekend and came away very impressed.
It's still likely down to the three SEC schools, all of which will provide Foster with the opportunity to earn immediate playing time and get the experience he needs to move on to the next level.
He's fast, physical, explosive and has a highlight reel that will make your jaw drop to the floor. He will be a defensive superstar wherever he goes.
1. DE Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche Full Ride scouting report
Grayson (Ga.) High School defensive end Robert Nkemdiche isn't the consensus top prospect in the country by accident. The 6'4", 285-pounder has narrowed his choices down to Ole Miss and LSU, with the Rebels likely leading the charge to secure his services.
No matter where he goes, he will make an immediate impact.
If he chooses to play for Ole Miss and head coach Hugh Freeze, he will join his older brother Denzel on a new-look defense for the suddenly hot Rebels. He would be the cornerstone of what likely would be a top-10 recruiting class, become the highest-profile prospect to sign with Ole Miss in more than a decade and signal to the rest of the SEC that Ole Miss is for real.
If he signs with LSU, he would be the next in line to the throne formerly occupied by defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, both of whom declared early for the NFL draft. LSU has earned a reputation of sending quality defensive linemen to the NFL, and Nkemdiche could become an immediate contributor for the high-profile program.
Expect Nkemdiche to make a living in the backfield at the next level much like current South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.