National Signing Day 2013: Predicting Where Top Recruits Will Go

Luke Petkac@@LukePetkacFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

Hugh Freeze and the Rebels are set to land some big recruits.
Hugh Freeze and the Rebels are set to land some big recruits.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Put on your recruiting hats, boys and girls—the 2013 National Signing Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to predict how things will shake out among a few of the nation’s top recruits.



Robert Nkemdiche

A former Clemson commit, Nkemdiche is the nation’s No. 1 recruit (according to ESPN) and the one whose college choice appears the most clear.

Nkemdiche has offers from all across the nation (including schools like Alabama and Florida), but all signs point to the talented defensive end choosing to play his college ball at Ole Miss.

Nkemdiche recently cancelled his planned trip to LSU, and he has strong family ties to Ole Miss. His brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, plays linebacker for the Rebels, and it appears that Robert is ready to follow in his footsteps.

His father recently told Rivals’ Neal McCready (per’s Mike Herndon):

I like Ole Miss because the program is on the rise and they have a very good coach. They're having success now. I'm very familiar with the coaching staff. I don't know much about Florida's coaches. I know it's a very good program, but I don't know much about it.

Nkemdiche has the potential to be a dominant lineman at the next level. He’d be a huge get for the Rebels.

Prediction: Ole Miss


Mackensie Alexander

One of the top cornerbacks in the nation, Alexander’s choice is a bit trickier to peg.

Once a Tennessee commit, Alexander decommitted back in March and has had schools hot on his tail ever since.

Mackensie has visited four schools, according to ESPN—Auburn, Mississippi State, Clemson and Texas A&M. He was originally thought to be a package deal with his brother Mackenroe, a safety with offers from Texas A&M and Mississippi State.

However,'s Mitch Sherman has reported that the two are leaning towards separate schools, which blows Mackensie’s recruiting wide open and gives a slight edge to Auburn.

Mackensie just visited Auburn and came away impressed, telling Auburn Undercover (per Auburn Authority’s James Crepea):

It was a good visit. I enjoyed it. Great people. It was a great experience for me to be here. I chose to come here and I was really impressed.

Again, this one will be close, but it looks like the Auburn Tigers are set to snag another big-time recruit.

Prediction: Auburn



Laremy Tunsil

Tunsil is the top offensive line recruit in the nation (per ESPN) and is down to just three schools—Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss.

Just a few weeks ago, Georgia and Alabama were considered “out in front by what seemed to be a considerable margin” (per’s Derek Tyson), but a recent visit to Ole Miss has seemingly left Tunsil at an impasse.

He told ESPN (per the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s Hugh Kellenberger):

I’m confused right now. I really don’t know what I’m going to do. I think it’s going to be like a last-minute thing, like when I wake up the morning of signing day, the first team on my mind is probably going to be the college I pick.

While normally it’s never wise to pick against Nick Saban, this might just be the exception. Ole Miss is picking up a lot of steam among the top recruits, and Tunsil’s most recent impression is likely to be the strongest and the most memorable.

Prediction: Ole Miss