National Signing Day 2013: Predicting Where Top Uncommitted Prospects Will Sign

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

There are a few exciting days in the college football offseason, but National Signing Day is the biggest.

The top high school players in the country officially choose what school to attend and the decisions can change the course of the sport for the next few years.

While a number of top recruits have already given verbal commitments, nothing is final until that Letter of Intent is signed.

As always, there are also a few game-changing prospects that are still deciding on a school and will take at least until February 6 to make this decision. Here is a prediction for each top player that is still yet to commit.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247 Sports.


Laremy Tunsil, OT: Alabama

It will most likely come down to Alabama and Georgia for one of the top offensive linemen in the country. After spending a lot of time with both, Laremy Tunsil should end up choosing to play for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama just won its second straight national championship and third in four years, solidifying its place as the top program in the country. More than that, it has been a haven for talented offensive linemen to truly shine.

Fortunately, there will also be some openings on that unit as Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker will all be moving to the NFL. 

Tunsil will still likely take a few years to build up enough strength to play against the SEC competition, but he will be utilized well at Alabama. 


Reuben Foster, ILB: Georgia

It will not be easy for Georgia to get Reuben Foster out of the state of Alabama, but this could be a perfect situation for the linebacker.

Foster is a classic run-stopping middle linebacker that has the ability to stop ball-carriers from sideline to sideline. He is also a great tackler who does not allow too many players to get away from him.

While the Alabama coaching staff has proven that they can develop this type of talent, Georgia has an impressive resume as well that includes potential first-round picks Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree.

In addition, the Bulldogs have much more room on the roster for a young player to get onto the field. In a few years at Georgia, Foster could end up being one of the top linebackers in the country.


Matthew Thomas, OLB: Florida State

The loss of defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was supposed to hurt Florida State's chances to get top players like Matthew Thomas. However, he is still very much in play for the Seminoles.

Thomas still needs some time to develop both physically and in technique, but he has the skill and athleticism necessary to succeed as a big-time pass-rusher in college football.

Florida State has been beefing up its defensive line in recent years, but it has not added too many players that would play over Thomas at linebacker.

He could see the field early in his career and be successful as part of an elite defense. 


Robert Nkemdiche, DE: Ole Miss

Jadeveon Clowney proved that one dominant defensive end can change an entire defense. Robert Nkemdiche can be just as productive at the college level.

He has incredible size and athleticism that should allow him to get into the backfield and disrupt whatever the opposing offense is trying to do.

For this reason, Nkemdiche does not need to go to a classic powerhouse school like LSU. He can single-handedly make his team better, and he does not need help to get noticed by professional scouts.

The Georgia native seems to like it at Ole Miss and he could be the next in line of a great list of dominant defensive players in the SEC.