National Signing Day 2013: Schools That Need to Have Good Day

Shawn Tighe@@Stighe05Correspondent IJanuary 23, 2013

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The biggest day in college football recruiting is exactly two weeks away. National signing day is the day that determines whether your school gets that five star standout, or loses him to your bitter rival.

While most prospects are already verbally committed, that doesn't necessarily mean they will sign with the school they are linked to. Every year there are a few last minute switches that send shock-waves throughout college football.

A handful of top prospects remain uncommitted, and here are a few schools that would like to land these guys and finish strong on February 6th, 2013.

Florida State

Having no 5-star commitments in their 2013 recruiting class has to come as a disappointment to Florida State fans. After nabbing two last year, including the nation's No. 1 player Mario Edwards, the 'Noles have struck out on blue chippers so far.

There is still time though, and a couple of uncommitted five stars that have the Noles in their final three. Outside linebacker Matthew Thomas and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil are the two biggest catches out there for Florida State. If FSU can steal Tunsil from the Crimson Tide that would be a huge lift for an offensive line that just lost Menelik Watson to the NFL. Thomas, on the other hand, seems to be an FSU lean, boosting an already exceptional linebacking class.

Other prospects the 'Noles could sign on February 6 include Stacy Coley and verbal USC commit Jalen Ramsey. Coley is a 4-star wide receiver from Oakland Park, FL who will be choosing between Miami and FSU, but is a lean to the latter. Ramsey would surprise nobody if he continues the max exodus from USC by decommiting and playing somewhere closer to his Tennessee roots, FSU is definitely in play.




Speaking of that max exodus...what a year for Lane Kiffin. After controversially voting USC preseason No. 1, after he said he wouldn't, he went on to have the worst season in a decade for the Trojans.

With a talented group of seniors, led by quarterback Matt Barkley, disappointment was brimming around each corner, culminating with a locker room blow up after their final game.

It would be nice to say for Trojan fans that help is coming, but with scholarship reductions and the sudden decommitment of nearly half their recruits, USC is in desperate need of a great signing day.

A great signing day for the Trojans may not consist of signing prospects, rather just holding on to already committed prospects. Having already lost 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and 4-star athlete Max Redfield (to Notre Dame no less), Kiffin and his staff must keep the rest of the class intact to save their future, and their jobs.

With only a maximum of 15 scholarships and 14 prospects already committed, the Trojans must hang on to those guys and be ready to replace them if they do decommit.



The Ducks must recover from losing their leader and having a strong national signing day can start the healing process. Losing Chip Kelly will obviously hurt, but keeping the head coach inside the family hasn't seemed to derail the Ducks in terms of their recruits.

The problem is, Oregon only has 13 committed prospects so far. Never has Oregon been a player for top blue chip prospects, they rely more on fit than raw talent. Speed and athleticism are the key attributes the Duck's staff looks for in recruits, but with so few recruits you have to be a little worried.

They have a solid group so far, replenishing their thin linebacking corps with Tyrell Robinson and Joe Walker. Most of Oregon's remaining targets are already verbally committed to other schools, but that hasn't stopped the Ducks before from snatching them away. If Oregon can sway either Cameron Hunt away from Cal or Torrodney Prevot away from USC, not only will they be hurting their rivals but they will be significantly upgrading themselves.