National Signing Day 2013: Latest on Potential Destinations for Top Recruits

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIJanuary 19, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (1) rushes during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

February 6 can’t come soon enough.

National signing day is intriguing this year as some of the top recruits are still undecided in the final stretch.

Where will they end up? A coup by Alabama could result in a shift in the recruiting class power rankings, but that isn’t widely expected.

So, then where will all of the top remaining athletes and potential future professionals play their college football?

Let’s take a look at the latest on some of the top 5-star recruits who are deliberating their future as the deadline rapidly approaches.


DE Robert Nkemdiche

The nation’s top high school prospect is still undecided and doesn’t plan to make his decision until signing day.

A recent develop indicates the physical defensive end will visit LSU on the weekend of February 2, according to James Smith of The Times-Picayune. Having Nkemdiche in town for the final weekend before signing day has to be encouraging for Les Miles and the Tigers.

LSU, along with Ole Miss, are believed to be the top two choices for his commitment.

The only thing keeping Nkemdiche from Death Valley is likely his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche. Denzel is committed to Ole Miss already and that could swing Robert to follow suit.


OT Laremy Tunsil

The top offensive lineman recruit and 11th-best overall prospect in the country is still undecided about where he’ll attend college. He named his top three back in June 2012, as Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Recently, he seemingly made a distinction between Bama and Georgia following the SEC Championship Game.

“I really wanted Georgia to go [to the BCS title game] to see how they were going to do. It was a pretty good game,” Tunsil said, according to

Remaining visits for the 6’6” mauler include Ole Miss on Jan. 25 and then Florida State on February 1. He is also trying to fit in a trip to Austin to visit the Texas Longhorns before signing day.


DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Vanderdoes de-committed from USC and is believed to be favoring UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame as signing day approaches.

The nation’s No. 1-rated defensive tackle also has strong interest in USC, still, and Alabama. Notre Dame will get his next visit, following his weekend trip to USC, and then Alabama will get to deliver their final pitch to him on February 1.

Notre Dame has some lofty competition. USC, Washington and UCLA are all “home-town schools” that are probably more comfortable for the California native. The Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish are the top two long-distance programs with a legitimate shot at landing him.

Could Alabama’s success and dominance over the Irish in the National Championship Game change his mind at the last minute?


LB Matthew Thomas

The top linebacker recruit in the 2013 class is being chased by three schools, primarily, as signing day approaches.

As a student at Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School, Thomas is widely believed to be bound for the Hurricanes or the Florida State Seminoles.

However, USC is reportedly making a push for the dynamic linebacker, and he will be visiting the Southern California campus this weekend, according to Matt Shodell of

Thomas had originally canceled this visit and rescheduled it for Miami. This last flip flop may indicate a last-ditch effort from the Trojans to change the young man’s mind.