National Signing Day 2013: College Football Recruits Who Could Flip Commitments
Each national signing day is as surprise-filled as the last, sure to bring pain and excitement to coaches and fans across the country.
This year is no different, with a host of top recruits either uncommitted or on the fence about their college choice.
In years past we've seen 5-stars flip and 3-stars stick with some of the most dramatic hat selection processes ever.
We've seen over-glorified recruits make a mockery of the selection process on national television while under-the-radar guys silently fax their letters of intent.
What will we see this national signing day?
Here are the top committed prospects who are most likely to flip the script on NSD.
Carl Lawson, a long-time Auburn commit, has seemed far from committed for quite some time.
After recent official visits to Tennessee and Clemson, the fourth-rated prospect in the 2013 class, according to Rivals.com has narrowed his list to Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee, in no particular order.
While many believe Lawson will land with the Tennessee Vols, Auburn's defensive hires, Ellis Johnson and Rodney Garner, may be enough to keep the 5-star defensive end in the fold, despite decommitments from former Auburn recruits Dee Liner and Reuben Foster.
Still, it seems like an uphill battle for Auburn, as Lawson is one of the first to come to mind when considering recruits who may flip their pledge.
According to Lawson's father, Carl will commit sometime before national signing day, but even he doesn't know where his son is headed, telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "I really can’t tell you what he’s going to do; sometimes, it’s hard for me to read him."
If it's hard for his father to read him, imagine how his coaches feel. We'll see if Lawson keeps his word, making a commitment after his Auburn visit this weekend.
Jalen Ramsey, a Brentwood, Tennessee native who has long been committed to Lane Kiffin and the University of Southern Cal Trojans, appears to have narrowed his list to Florida, Florida State and USC, according to The Tennessean.
After taking in-home visits from assistant coaches last week, Ramsey expects Lane Kiffin, Jimbo Fisher and Will Muschamp in Nashville periodically this week. (Via The Tennessean)
While Jalen has remained steadfast in his commitment to USC, many, including InsideTheGators.com analyst Blake Alderman, predict Ramsey will not end up on the west coast:
Despite his USC commitment, this appears more and more like a UF-FSU battle for this five-star prospect. Florida head coach Will Muschamp will be in Thursday for an in home visit with Ramsey. There has no word of any coming announcement from the Ramsey family, but don't expect this Rival100 member to end up out on the west coast.
The developments over the next few days will certainly be interesting to watch, but expect Ramsey to end the drama on national signing day with a flip to a Florida school.
Chris Jones burst onto the scene after a dominating performance at the Under Armour All-American Game, during which he recorded three tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and a pass deflection according to Northeast Mississippi news outlet, DJournal.com.
While Jones has been to committed to Dan Mullen and Mississippi State since last June, last week's visit to Ole Miss appears to have shaken things up for the 5-star prospect.
According to Mike Farrell, national analyst of Rivals.com, "The Mississippi State commit was impressed with his visit and not surprisingly, the Rebels have once again positioned themselves favorably," adding, "Any coaching staff going head to head with Hugh Freeze and the Rebels for a top level prospect, however, is not in an enviable position."
That being said, Farrell expects Jones to stick with Mississippi State, but with what seems to be in the water at Ole Miss, a flip on national signing day wouldn't be shocking.
Celebrated North Little Rock recruit Altee Tenpenny has been committed to Alabama for a over a year, but that hasn't stopped speculation of a national signing day flip.
While no one generally expects an Alabama commitment to have a last minute change of heart, Tenpenny has to like the prospects of playing in Bret Bielema's run-heavy system at Arkansas.
Considering the Alabama Crimson Tide have Derrick Henry and Tyren Jones already in the fold, with the possibility of adding Rivals100 prospect Alvin Kamara, Arkansas has to be looking better and better to Tenpenny.
Despite ties to the state, it would appear to be a long-shot that the Arkansas running back doesn't end up in the Tide's class, but according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com, Tenpenny's commitment is far from safe. In fact, he expects the stud running back to be a Razorback on February 6th, though it's "simply a hunch." (Via Rivals.com)