National Signing Day 2013: Unsigned Prospects Who Will Make the Biggest Impact

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

Even though most high school football players have committed to a school, many of the best are still waiting for National Signing Day.

College football coaches scramble throughout the regular season and offseason in an effort to secure the most talented players in the country. These young men have spent months and sometimes years making a decision that may have a great impact on their future, as well as that of the programs.

These prospects in particular will have coaches and fans praying that they choose the right school on February 6.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247Sports.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE

Very rarely do scouts reach a consensus when making high school rankings. However, almost everyone involved in college football recruiting can almost unanimously agree that Robert Nkemdiche is the best player in the country.

The defensive end not only has incredible size and strength, but he is a workhorse that brings his best on every play. He will simply wear down opposing linemen to the point that they cannot handle blocking him anymore.

Nkemdiche can immediately step into the starting lineup of almost any team in the country and have a positive impact.

He has currently narrowed his options down Ole Miss, LSU and Florida, with the Gators entering the race late. However, it seems likely that he will end up in Mississippi. For a defense that needs an influx of talent, Nkemdiche would be a perfect fit.


Reuben Foster, MLB

Middle linebackers are often valued lower at this stage due to lack of flexibility. However, Reuben Foster does not need to play any other position to prove himself.

The Alabama native has great instincts for a middle linebacker and he has the speed to chase down ball carriers at any part of the field. In addition, his tackling is very advanced for his age and does not miss too many players.

Foster has also been a great leader in high school and should be able to handle these duties at the college level.

Although he has already committed and decommitted from Auburn, do not be surprised if he ends up back with the Tigers, as he has scheduled another visit there.

He is also considering Alabama and Georgia, but Auburn provides him a chance to play early in his career.


Laremy Tunsil, OT

Unlike the other players on the list, it might take a couple of years for Laremy Tunsil to truly make an impact at the next level. He still needs to add quite a bit of muscle to his 6'6, 295-frame, as well as improve his technique.

However, that does not mean that he will not be an elite player once he bulks up and reaches his potential.

Tunsil has a big frame that will allow him to add weight. Once he does he will have the strength to be a dominant blocker on both pass and run plays. He has the ability to be a true left tackle at the highest level.

The lineman is likely deciding between Alabama and Georgia, with Florida State and Ole Miss also in the discussion. Considering the lack of depth on Alabama's offensive line, as well as the team's reputation for developing NFL players, it would be hard to imagine him passing on the Crimson Tide.


Montravius Adams, DT 

Although Montravius Adams has massive size, the most notable thing about him when you watch him play is his athleticism.

He is able to move his 300-pound body around the field in a hurry and knows how to get past blockers.

Adams not only sets up teammates by taking on blockers, but he clogs the middle of the field and can get to the quarterback as well as any interior lineman in the country. 

The big man has a lot of options on his table, and has taken official visits to Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson and Florida in the past few weeks. While each school provides something different, he seems to fit in perfectly at Georgia with experienced defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.