National Signing Day Predictions: Where Biggest Undeclared Stars Will Land

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (1) during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Coaching staffs from around the country are getting ready for National Signing Day. They are making sure there won't be any unexpected surprises from prospects on the commit list and keying in on a few more targets to round out the class.

Although many of the biggest names available in the 2013 class have already chosen where they will play college football, there are still a couple elite recruits weighing their options. Their decisions can shift the balance of power in the overall rankings.

Let's take a look at some of the most coveted stars that are still undeclared and predict where they will end up once the dust settles.


Robert Nkemdiche

Few players attracted more attention during the recruiting process than Nkemdiche. It's no surprise, given this tremendous combination of size (6'4'', 285 lbs.) and athleticism makes him a prototypical defensive end. And he's not even officially a freshman yet.

The 5-star Georgia native is deciding between Ole Miss, Florida and LSU, according to 247 Sports. He made visits to the Rebels and Gators in the past couple weeks. No doubt both programs put on the full-court press during those stays.

Although a sudden change of course from Nkemdiche would make the the next week a lot more exciting, it still seems like Ole Miss holds the clear edge. His brother is already on the team, which makes it harder to imagine a late change.

Prediction: Ole Miss


Laremy Tunsil

Top offensive tackles like Tunsil get a lot of attention twice during their career. First, during the college recruiting process. Second, during the NFL Draft process. Aside from that they do the dirty work of making sure star quarterbacks stay healthy.

After attracting attention from every corner of the country, the race to land the 5-star tackle has been twiddled down to a handful of teams. 247 Sports reports Georgia and Alabama currently have the edge, leading to another SEC battle.

This is one situation where Alabama's reign of dominance can play to its advantage. Any time a player is on the fence between two schools, being able to play the national title trump card is big. The Crimson Tide will probably do that with Tunsil.

Prediction: Alabama


Eddie Vanderdoes

Now this is where it gets interesting. While most top recruits are like Nkemdiche and Tunsil and have narrowed down their lists, Vanderdoes is still keeping his options wide open. And the group of programs chasing him is impressive.

Both national title combatants, Alabama and Notre Dame, are involved. They are joined by several other teams that probably like their chances of landing the defensive tackles, who's also rated as a 5-star prospect by 247 Sports.

While it wouldn't be a surprise if Nick Saban and Co. pull off another marquee addition, USC is bringing in a terrific class of its own and Vanderdoes would be the perfect way to cap it off. Look for the Trojans to make a strong late push.

Prediction: USC