February 6 is just over a week away, and the rolling train that is 2013 recruiting will be coming an end, but just not just any ol' end but a huge finale. Predictions are all over the place about the top uncommitted recruits and where they are going to end up.
Well, I'm here to not only make predictions on the top 15 uncommitted prospects, but I'm going to give you some bold reasons why I think a recruit is going to pick a school. You may find these reasons crazy, funny or even right, but these are my bold, stone-cold predictions.
Check them out!
I think it's going to come down to Tennessee and North Carolina for the 6'3", 210-pound WR. From North Carolina, North has great speed and has a skill set that reminds me a bit of Terrell Owens. If developed properly, he could become a real No. 1 WR at the college level.
Running through the"T" is just so cool.
Georgia and Clemson are the final two standing for the big hog from the Tar Heel State. Crowder is a nasty 6'1" OG who weighs almost 340 pounds. I think he should drop some weight to improve his conditioning, but he'll be a good starter in college.
He feels orange will make him look a bit thinner.
Woulard won the MVP award at the Elite 11 finals last year and has made serious growth in his game. The 6'3", 205-pounder is from Florida and has good arm strength, accuracy and mobility. His field vision has improved mightily.
He can be Tajh Boyd 2.0.
A strong edge setter, the 6'4", 245-pound Fitts was a USC pledge for almost the entire year. He's backed off that, but the Trojans remain in good standing with him. He's got a high motor and should get up into the 260-pound range in college.
He's a fan of the program and probably dreams of being Shaun Cody at night.
Dee Liner is either going to go to Auburn or Alabama. He has been committed to Auburn for awhile, but now, he's open, and 'Bama has put the press on. At 6'2" and 294 pounds, he's an athletic DT that can be disruptive and can menace offenses.
Prediction: Liner signs with Alabama because he figures Auburn is called "The Plains" due to the flavor of the food fed to the players.
Alex Collins has great speed and stands 5'11", weighing almost 205 pounds. I think he'll stay in Florida, and it could come down to FSU and Miami where he was once committed. Collins has the skill set and size to be a load back later in his career.
He and Duke Johnson can form a RB tandem called "2 Live Crew."
Alvin Kamara has special skills and can pretty much do everything from the RB position. He's 5'10", close to 195 pounds and has the speed, strength, instincts and hands to be a force. Alabama and Georgia are the two finalists, and this decision could go either way.
When in doubt, stay home!
The 6'0", 190-pound Bell is a dynamic safety who has All-SEC potential. He's a ball hawk who can also squeeze well in the box and play with excellent range. His final three, as we all know, are Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee.
Prediction: Bell heads to Alabama, so he can ask A.J. McCarron if his girlfriend has a sister.
From Georgia, Montravius Adams is a big 6'3", 310-pound DT with fantastic snap quickness, hand quickness and raw strength. I think he has a chance to be a great three-technique in college and should see his game grow with refined coaching.
Adams' mother likely prefers he go play for Dabo Swinney, and she can easily overnight him his favorite home-cooked meals.
It's likely Antonio Conner is either going to Ole Miss or Alabama, per my thinking. He's a great safety prospect at 6'1", 200 pounds and probably feels he can play early. The team that gives him the better chance at that is the one in Oxford.
Prediction: Conner will sign with Ole Miss because a voice will tell him, "If you help build it with Laquon Treadwell, Elijah Daniel and Kailo Moore, they will come."
Eddie Vanderdoes is a load in the middle, as he rules the defensive trenches with his size and strength. From California, Vanderdoes, at 6'3", 310 pounds, can beast OLs.
I think this one is a toss up as USC, Alabama, Washington, Notre Dame and UCLA all could get a signed LOI from Vanderdoes on February 6th.
Prediction: Vanderdoes opts for Alabama, so he can get prepared for the NFL and what other major FBS school uses an elephant for its mascot?
Matthew Thomas is from the Miami area, and I truly feel this race is down to Florida State and The U.
He's a 6'3', 210-pound OLB with great speed, range and pass-rush ability. The chance to play right off the bat and in front his family and friends will be too much to pass up.
Prediction: His family will convince him to stay home and play at Miami by playing Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and Luke songs until he agrees.
Laremy Tunsil's recruitment has been pretty steady and consistent. As we hit the final week of the cycle, we pretty much know that it's going to likely be UGA or Alabama.
Georgia has been the one school that has consistently been in on Tunsil from the jump, and I think there's a comfort level with the coaches.
Prediction: Georgia. Period.
The nation's best LB's prospects will probably come down to Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Washington. Foster is a plug-and-play prospect who can help a team immediately. I thought he was a lock for Georgia a few weeks ago, but now, I'm changing my stance.
His family is there, and it'll be pretty annoying to have to tell people he didn't go to Auburn for the rest of his life after they ask about his tattoo.
Robert Nkemdiche is the top prospect in the country, and I think he's settled on choosing either Ole Miss, Florida or LSU. However, his decision has likely been made for quite some time, and I can't foresee him going against his mother's wishes.
Prediction: Ole Miss
If he doesn't play nice with his brother, then his mother will ground him.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League.
He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.