National signing day is now just two days away, and the top college football programs will be hoping that some of the highest-rated high school prospects choose them and not their rivals.
With that in mind, there will be a lot on the minds of the players as well. They need to balance the prestige of the football program while at the same time accounting which school environment is the best fit for them.
A good portion of the list of top-rated players have already made their decision, and are just waiting to make it official. However, there are plenty of others who have yet to make up their minds. Here are a few of those players.
Grayson High School (Loganville, GA) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche is widely considered the best prospect available in this class, ranked No. 1 by the likes of Rivals and ESPN. As such, he is hot on the radars of numerous big-name programs.
Nkemdiche recently made an official visit to LSU, where he met with former Tiger, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal (via ESPN). This would seemingly put the Tigers high on the list of possibilities, but by no means does this mean anything.
In fact, perhaps the fact that Nkemdiche's brother plays at Ole Miss would be a bigger driving force in his decision making. Surely, Rebels coach Hugh Freeze will be hoping the same thing.
Next on our list is Columbia High School (Lake City, FL) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. The 6'6'', 295-pound lineman is rated as the top offensive lineman in this year's recruiting class (via Rivals, ESPN).
He has made an official visit to Ole Miss and could end up with Nkemdiche if they both go that route. If not, Tunsil has also made visits to SEC Championship Game rivals Alabama and Georgia. Joining the Crimson Tide could see him learn from Cyrus Kouandijo.
If he were to decide to ply his trade "between the hedges" in Athens, he would be tasked with blocking for senior quarterback Aaron Murray and a powerful young rushing attack. A tough choice, to say the least.
Last up is Booker T. Washington High School (Miami, FL) outside linebacker Matthew Thomas. Thomas is rated amongst the top players at his position by both Rivals and ESPN, and has a bevy of schools chasing his commitment.
Unsurprisingly among those schools is the University of Miami, with whom the local kid is likely to be very familiar. The 'Canes experienced a down year last season, and self-imposed bans left a black mark on the season.
As such, they could definitely look towards a hot prospect like Thomas to establish a new core for a brighter future. They will have to fend off the likes of Alabama, USC, and rivals Florida State, though.