10 Recruits Who Could Flip on National Signing Day

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 30, 2013

10 Recruits Who Could Flip on National Signing Day

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    National signing day is an event that's become known for drama, and there's nothing more dramatic than a signing-day flip.

    Flips are commonplace in the world of college football recruiting, but the ones that take place on national signing day tend to stick out the most.

    The college football world is tuned in to recruiting, and the stakes are incredibly high.

    The program that comes away with the flip looks like the ultimate winner, while the program that loses the recruit has to scramble to try to save face.

    As we head into the days leading up to recruiting's biggest day of the year, here are 10 recruits to keep in mind who could flip on February 6.

Kenny Hill, Texas A&M

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    Kenny Hill has signed with Texas A&M according to Jarret Johnson of star-telegram.com



    Kenny Hill is a 4-star quarterback recruit who is committed to Texas A&M.

    He's a talented recruit, but the problem is that the Texas A&M Aggies are currently set at quarterback. Johnny Manziel is apparently pretty good.

    Hill recently took an official visit to Kansas State, and the Kansas State Wildcats and Baylor are both listed as "cool interest" on his 247Sports interest list despite his commitment to Texas A&M. Note: Hill did make an official visit to Texas A&M on January 25th as well.

    He's ranked as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports composite, so he'll be a big flip if either Kansas State or Baylor can capitalize on the interest.

    Considering the Aggies' situation at quarterback, I wouldn't be surprised to see a flip happen.

Cameron Hunt, Oregon

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    Cameron Hunt has signed with Oregon according to Eric Sondheimer of latimes.com.


    Four-star offensive tackle Cameron Hunt had been committed to Cal since July of 2012, but that commitment was in jeopardy.

    He's taken visits to Oregon, Ohio State and Michigan all throughout the month of January, and according to Greg Biggins of Scout.com.


Deon Hollins Jr., UCLA

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    Deon Hollins Jr. has signed with UCLA according to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com.



    Four-star outside linebacker Deon Hollins Jr. is considered to be a "soft verbal" to UCLA by Rivals.com, and that's not a good sign.

    While Hollins Jr. is still committed, he just recently took a visit to Notre Dame, and it was a visit that reportedly went very well.

    Notre Dame has been great on the recruiting trail during the 2013 cycle, so this should lead to a very interesting finish come national signing day. It would be a huge flip if Notre Dame could pull it off.

    Hollins is ranked as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Nico Falah, USC

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    UPDATE: Nico Falah Signed with USC on 2/6

    Nico Falah is a big-time commitment for Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans, but the Washington Huskies are still a major option for the 4-star offensive tackle.

    Falah just recently took an official visit to USC, but he left still feeling torn. According to quotes via Greg Biggins of Scout.com (sign-in required), Falah stated:

    I really don’t want to do any interviews right now because I really don’t know what to do. I have a lot to think about and I can’t believe how fast signing day is approaching. This is so hard for me, I really have no idea what I’m going to do.

    I just want to take a step back and try and figure some things out. I’m not sure if I’ll take another visit to UW or not. The trip to USC was good but it didn’t clear anything up for me. I have two great schools and I’m trying to find the best place, that’s really all I can say right now.

    Falah does not seem like a recruit who's ready to make an official decision just yet.

    His decision very well could come down to the school that's able to get the last word in with him, and that means there could be a flip.

Altee Tenpenny, Alabama

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    Altee Tenpenny has signed with Alabama according to Alex Scarborough of EPSN


    Altee Tenpenny
    has the chance to be a very good running back at the college level.

    The only problem is he may not ever get that chance at Alabama—or at least get the chance he deserves.

    'Bama's depth chart is stacked at running back, and Tenpenny isn't even the best back from his class (see: Derrick Henry). Tenpenny is listed as a "soft verbal" by Rivals.com 

    He recently took an official visit to Arkansas that was followed up with a visit from Auburn's running backs coach, Tim Horton (according to 247Sports).

    Tenpenny has the talent to commit to a program and see significant playing time from day one. I wouldn't be surprised if he realizes that on national signing day.

Tyren Jones, Alabama

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    Tyren Jones has signed with Alabama according to Andrew Bone of TideSports.com on Twitter.



    Tyren Jones is in the same position as Tenpenny, and his decision very well could hinge on where Tenpenny ends up.

    Jones is ranked as the No. 8 running back in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports composite, and he has incredible potential.

    While Georgia's depth chart isn't open per se, it is far less crowded than Alabama's would be, and the Georgia Bulldogs are listed as a "cool interest" on his 247Sports interest list. He could be a major backup to Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall at Georgia as a freshman, or be the backup for the backup's backup at Alabama. 

    Jones is still listed as a "soft verbal" by Rivals.com, so at least keep an eye on him come February 6.

Kenny Lacy, UCLA

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    Kenny Lacy has signed with UCLA according to Chris Foster of latimes.com.


    Four-star offensive tackle Kenny Lacy has been keeping his options open ever since committing to UCLA in September of 2012.

    Lacy has taken official visits to Ohio State, Arizona State and Arkansas in the past month, and the Arkansas Razorbacks are listed as "cool" on his 247Sports interest list. He's also listed as a "soft" commitment for UCLA by 247Sports.

    Lacy doesn't seem like a recruit who is sold on the UCLA Bruins just yet, and at the very least this could get very interesting for UCLA on national signing day.

    Arkansas has to be feeling good about UCLA's late push for the offensive tackle, and the school does seem to be the most likely candidate to receive a flip if Lacy does indeed back out of his commitment. 

Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

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    Jalen Ramsey has signed with Florida State, according to Josh Newberg of 247Sports.com.  


    Jalen Ramsey
    is one of USC's most important commitments. He's a 5-star cornerback and ranked as the No. 2 corner in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports composite.

    Ramsey has been committed to USC since July of 2012, but both Florida State and Florida have made strong pushes for the elite recruit in the final month before signing day.

    He took an official visit to Florida State on January 11, and he had a coach visit from the Seminoles on January 23, according to 247Sports. Florida and Florida State are both also listed as "warm" on his 247Sports interest list.

    He's going to be a fascinating recruit to track on national signing day. 

Chris Jones, Mississippi State

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    Chris Jones has signed with Mississippi State, according to John Talty of clarionledger.com.



    Five-star strong-side defensive end Chris Jones is committed to Mississippi State, but that could change on national signing day.

    Jones just recently took an official visit to Ole Miss, and the Rebels are easily one of the hottest recruiting draws in the country right now.

    Here's what Jones had to say about the visit, via Brandon Speck of djournal.com:

    I'm still committed to Mississippi State. Both programs amazing. I went to Ole Miss this weekend. I never knew they had that much, great coaches, players, many things.

    Jones (6'7", 255 lbs) confirmed that his decision is between the two in-state schools, and he will make his announcement on national signing day. 

    This could get very interesting, especially if Ole Miss is able to land No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche. The Rebels are on a roll right now, and Jones is yet another elite recruit to take notice of that.

    Hugh Freeze has done an excellent job with Rebels recruiting, and it's tough to deny the program's momentum.

    Ole Miss has a good chance to flip Jones.

Carl Lawson, Auburn

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    Carl Lawson has signed with Auburn, according to Justin Hokanson of Rivals. 



    Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson has superstar potential, and he's weathered the decommitment storm that the Auburn Tigers had to go through after firing Gene Chizik.

    He's still committed to the Tigers, but he has taken two big official visits to Clemson and Tennessee in the past month. It's also worth noting that he's a huge Peyton Manning fan, so that could be something the Tennessee Volunteers use to their advantage on the recruiting trail.

    Auburn is still in good shape (the Tigers will get his final visit), but Kipp Adams of ESPN.com is reporting that both Clemson and Tennessee are still in the running for Lawson.

    Where he officially ends up is uncertain, but either way, his signature will represent a marquee recruiting win for one of those three programs.


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