National Signing Day 2013: Projecting Where Top-Flight Recruits Will Go

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 14, 2013

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On February 6th, the eyes of college football fans across the country will be glued to television sets and live updates online, hoping to see that their favorite programs secure the best remaining unsigned recruits. 

As of now, there are a number of high-end recruits that have either de-committed or simply have yet to make decisions, and they'll be hot commodities until National Signing Day is upon us. 

With roughly three weeks to go, here's an early look at where some of the best high school prospects in the country will be taking their talents to in the fall. 


Robert Nkemdiche

Since de-committing from Clemson, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche has become the nation's No. 1 recruit, and according to, he's narrowed down his college search to two with just weeks remaining. 

Nkemdiche has wavered in his college decision. He committed to Clemson in June, decommitted in November, toyed with Georgia, Alabama, Florida and others before declaring recently that he'd visit Ole Miss and LSU.

At this stage, it appears to be either LSU or Ole Miss that will land Nkemdiche's services, and after the Tigers' recent defections, it seems that Les Miles' boys are in the driver's seat. 

We won't know one way or another for a little while, but given the Tigers' openings, combined with their success relative to Ole Miss', Miles and LSU have a good shot at claiming the nation's top recruit. 


Laremy Tunsil 

As the nation's top-ranked offensive tackle, Laremy Tunsil has his pick of schools, but is certainly taking his time with the decision. 

According to Yahoo, he's received offers from Georgia, Florida State and Ole Miss, but there's one school that looks like the front-runner this late in the game. 

Two-time defending national champion Alabama recently hosted Tunsil on a visit, and unless there's something about Nick Saban's program that he doesn't like, one has to think he'll be a member of the Crimson Tide soon enough. 

It doesn't hurt that Alabama presents him with the best opportunity to win a national title of his own, and still stay relatively close to his hometown in Alabama. 


Tony Connor

Out of Batesville, Mississippi comes Tony Connor, one of the most talented defensive prospects of this year's class. 

A safety with good size, Connor has been garnering interest from virtually every SEC heavyweight, but he may be staying in his home state according to John Talty of the Clarion Ledger.

That's because Kailo Moore, who recently committed to Ole Miss, says that he and Connor will be attending the same school this fall, which appears to signal that the pair will both be Rebels next season.