As national signing day 2013 approaches, the recruiting races for the top high school football players in the country are starting to heat up.
This is essentially the homestretch in the college football recruiting world, and the decisions made in the coming weeks will go a long way in determining the future of college football.
Some of the best recruits in the 2013 class are still left undecided, but that's going to change sooner rather than later.
Highlighted atop each slide are the chances a recruit signs with a particular school. The selections are based on information from the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
UPDATE: Quinton Powell Committed to USC
Powell just recently changed his final visit, and Oregon will be the lucky recipient. I like the Ducks' chances of landing the 4-star outside linebacker. He's a former Florida commitment, and he's also visiting South Carolina and has visited USC.
This is going to be a very tight recruiting race, but Oregon and newly promoted head coach Mark Helfrich will benefit from the last visit.
Update: Andrew Billings has committed to Baylor.
Billings' recruitment will probably go down to the wire, and all three schools have to feel good about their chances to make a late push.
He just had an official visit with TCU, and Baylor's official visit will be next weekend. Baylor getting the final visit should get them to the top of his interest list, and the fact that he's from Waco, Texas, should keep them there.
Update: Sebastian LaRue committed to Texas A&M.
Texas A&M is arguably the most hyped-up program in the country right now, and that will pay off on the recruiting trail in regards to LaRue's commitment.
He's a very talented wideout that can do a lot of things in the Aggies' system, and the chance to play with Johnny Manziel has to be a huge draw.
He just had an official visit to Texas A&M, and that reportedly went very well. Other programs will have a chance, but they won't be able to beat the Aggies in this race.
UPDATE: Denver Kirkland committed to Arkansas on 2/6
Miami is going to benefit from the fact that Kirkland goes to a major pipeline school for the Hurricanes—Booker T. Washington. He just recently took an official visit to Miami, and he's had a handful of unofficial visits.
I would be shocked if Kirkland doesn't wind up with the Hurricanes.
UPDATE: Asitantii Woulward Committed to UCLA on 2/6
Clemson just recently got an official visit from Woulard, and it reportedly went very well. That bodes well for the Tigers, and they'll just have to hold off a late surge from UCLA for the quarterback.
He'll be visiting the Bruins next weekend, but it looks like they'll have their work cut out for them.
UPDATE: Tyrone Crowder committed to Clemson on 2/6
UPDATE: Isaac Savaiinaea Committed to UCLA on 2/6
This is one of those recruiting races where it's almost too close to call. Texas A&M and UCLA have been in Savaiinaea's top two (247Sports) for a while now, and even he seems to be having a tough time distinguishing between the two.
A&M has been one of the hottest teams on the recruiting trail this season, and I believe that will give it the edge for Savaiinaea when all is said and done.
Update: MarQuez North committed to Tennessee.
For all intents and purposes, it looks like North wants to stay in-state and play for the Tar Heels. I don't see Tennessee or Clemson having enough time on the recruiting trail to change his mind.
He just officially visited North Carolina, and the Tar Heels will ride that momentum to national signing day.
UPDATE: Fitts commits to UCLA on 2/5.
Fitts is a former USC commitment, but he went through what appeared to be a pretty traumatic decommitment from the program. There seemed to be a severe loss of trust, and while USC still will have a chance to gain that back, I see UCLA capitalizing here.
The Bruins will be able to use USC's early enrollment blunder against them to motivate Fitts to commit to the Trojans' cross-town rivals.
UPDATE: Tahaan Goodman committed to UCLA.
USC has been a major player for Goodman's commitment for a long time now, but there's no doubting the fact that they have a major crowd at safety in regards to this 2013 class.
UCLA will get the final edge for Goodman, and that's not even factoring in the great job that Jim Mora is doing on the recruiting trail.
UPDATED: Stacy Coley committed to Miami on 2/6.
Coley is one of the toughest recruits to predict in the 2013 class. His recruitment has been rather wide open, and it's been shaken up a few times because of assistant coaching changes.
UPDATE: Dee Liner committed to Alabama on 2/6.
Ever since Dee Liner decommitted from Auburn, it's been Alabama all the way for the defensive end (he's ranked as a defensive tackle by 247Sports).
He'd fit well as a 3-4 defensive end in Alabama's scheme.
UPDATE: Alvin Kamara committed to Alabama on 2/6
He's an extremely talented back, but there's a good chance that he'll get buried on the depth chart.
Update: Alex Collins committed to Arkansas.
Collins has decommitted from Miami once, and I just don't see him going back, especially with all the speculation surrounding the program regarding possible sanctions.
The last visit he's scheduled to take is to Arkansas, and he's already had a lot of interaction with Bret Bielema back when Bielema was recruiting him at Wisconsin. That familiarity should give the Razorbacks the edge.
Update: Priest Willis committed to UCLA.
LSU made a very good impression back during Willis' official visit, and the prestige of the Tigers' football program should be enough to help them hold off UCLA and Arizona State.
Both the Bruins and Sun Devils have made big-time late pushes for Willis, but LSU has a reputation for coaching up big-time cornerbacks and sending them to the NFL. That should give LSU the final advantage.
UPDATE: Tony Conner committed to Ole Miss on 2/6.
Ole Miss has been the leader for Conner for a while now, and Hugh Freeze's program is arguably one of the hottest on the recruiting trail this year.
The chance to help turn around the program with Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche could have been enough to help the Rebels edge out Alabama for Conner.
UPDATE: Mackenzie Alexander committed to Clemson on 2/6.
Both Clemson and Auburn had been major players in the race for Alexander for a while now.
He'll also have the chance to be an immediate-impact player at Clemson.
Update: Derrick Green Committed to Michigan.
Of the three main programs in the running for Green, Michigan is the only one to not have a coaching change. Green has been open about that giving the Wolverines an edge. He'd fit perfectly into their system as they look to transition to a pro-style set, so look for that to give Brady Hoke and his program the ultimate edge.
UPDATE: Vonn Bell committed to Ohio State on 2/6.
This is going to be a tight recruiting race, and it's going to be very hard to distinguish a winner towards the end. Essentially this came down to Nick Saban versus Urban Meyer (arguably the two best recruiters in the nation), but in the end, Ohio State won out.
UPDATE: Montravius Adams committed to Auburn on 2/6.
Montravius Adams is the No. 3 interior defensive lineman in the country in the 247Sports.com Composite Rankings.
Adams could be a showstopper from the first day on campus at all five schools of his choice. Some offer more playing time earlier than others, but his skills would land him on the field in short order.
UPDATE: Matthew Thomas committed to Florida State on 2/6.
Miami would seem like the logical option for Thomas considering that he goes to Booker T. Washington High School (a known Miami pipeline), but Florida State has been a major interest of his and the Seminoles offer a bit more.
He could still stay in-state and have an opportunity to win bigger games right away. There's also the potential sanction issues that Miami will have to deal with.
Florida State will come away with the huge in-state recruiting win.
Update: Reuben Foster committed to Alabama.
Auburn seems to be making a late push for the 5-star inside linebacker, but when all is said and done, Georgia will end up with his commitment.
He's originally from Georgia, so that should give them a pretty big boost, and Auburn's recent recruiting loss of Dee Liner should help the Bulldogs out as well.
UPDATE: Eddie Vanderdoes committed to Notre Dame on 2/6.
After Vanderdoes decommitted from USC, it seemed like Notre Dame had the best chance to land his commitment and that's exactly what happened.
UPDATE: Laremy Tunsil committed to Ole Miss on 2/6.
Laremy Tunsil is the #1 OT recruit according to 247Sports.com and the #3 player overall.
UPDATE: Robert Nkemdiche announced he will sign with Ole Miss on 2/6 7:45 ET
Ole Miss had been the leader for Robert Nkemdiche ever since he decommitted from Clemson, and in the end, the family ties he has to the program were too much for Florida or LSU to overcome.
Ole Miss has been very hot on the recruiting trail during the 2013 cycle. That plus the family ties will gave the Rebels the ultimate advantage for the the top recruit.