National Signing Day 2013: Unsigned Recruits Who Will Dominate Early in Career

Justin OnslowContributor IIJanuary 22, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports
Photo courtesy of 247Sports

While most of the nation’s top high school football players have committed to a school for next year, some of the most talented players are still undecided.

On February 6, all remaining questions will be answered for the coaches who have heavily recruited for the future of their respective programs. National Signing Day is almost here.

There is often a period of adjustment and development for college freshmen, but the following players likely won’t spend much time on the sidelines early in their careers. These are five of the best players in the country who will have an immediate impact at the next level.


Robert Nkemdiche: 5-star DE

According to 247Sports, Ole miss is leading the charge for the nation’s top recruit. If Mississippi can land Nkemdiche, its defense instantly becomes a whole lot better.

At 6’4” and 285 pounds, Nkemdiche has the frame to play anywhere on the defensive line and dominate. He has an impressive frame, incredibly high motor and explosiveness off the line unmatched by many players.

Nkemdiche made the right decision in taking his time to commit until National Signing Day. As the most talented recruit in the nation, his decision will have a big impact for whichever team that he decides to be a part of.


Eddie Vanderdoes: 5-star DT

Vanderdoes previously committed to USC but backed out and continued his search for a school to call his own. He has yet to come to a decision, but one program will be very lucky to have him.

At 6’2” and 310 pounds, Vanderdoes is a monster interior lineman with some room to grow still. According to ESPN analysis, Vanderdoes doesn’t play a penetrating one-gap style of football but is exceptional at taking on blockers and pushing them into the backfield.

Alabama is on Vanderdoes’ list of schools (via 247Sports), and with his size and skill set, Vanderdoes would be an ideal candidate for Nick Saban’s 3-4 defense.

Regardless of his landing spot, Vanderdoes has the size and ability to make an immediate impact at the next level and has the potential to completely dominate opposing linemen early in his career.


 Montravious Adams: 5-star DT

Adams is 247Sports’ No. 2 defensive tackle, but he’ll be the new No. 1 for whichever team manages to sign him. Adams is considering several SEC schools, but it appears that Georgia and Clemson are at the top of his list (via 247Sports).

At 6’4” and 310 pounds, Adams is a big defensive tackle, especially for an incoming freshman. He is still a little raw, but his talent is undeniable (via ESPN).

What Adams lack in polish, he more than makes up for with raw ability and terrific first-step quickness off the snap. He doesn’t get pushed around easily and will be an absolute force in the middle of the defensive line. Adams has an extremely high ceiling, and he’ll likely have an opportunity to start immediately for whichever team lands him.


Laremy Tunsil: 5-star OT

It looks like the nation’s top-ranked offensive tackle may be headed to the SEC. According to 247Sports, Tunsil’s top two schools are Georgia and Alabama.

Tunsil is a 6’6”, 295-pound monster whose skill set perfectly translates to the left tackle position at the next level. He has quick feet, terrific lateral mobility and long arms that he uses well to shield off defenders.

He still needs to work on run-blocking and driving defenders off the line, but as one of the top pass blockers in the nation, Tunsil will likely find an immediate starting role next season.


Alex Collins: 5-star RB

Most of the top remaining undecided recruits are offensive or defensive linemen, but Collins stands out as the top-rated running back, and he has yet to choose a school.

According to 247Sports, Collins’ top two schools are Arkansas and Miami. With the bevy of NFL running backs that Miami has produced in the last decade, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Collins put on a Hurricanes hat on National Signing Day, even after decommitting from Miami in November (via ESPN).

Collins isn’t a bruiser, but he has a solid frame to both take and give out a lot of abuse. His greatest strengths are his quick feet and excellent vision, though, and his running style translates well to almost any system. He can be a plug-and-play back as a freshman and could be one of the nation’s most productive backs early in his career.