College Football Recruiting 2013: Schools with Most to Gain on Signing Day

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIFebruary 5, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the Discover BCS National Championship Press Conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott on January 8, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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National signing day 2013 is almost here and several of the top recruits are holding out until the last moment to announce where they will play college football. Recruiting classes are beginning to take shape as most of the big programs in the nation are right there again competing for top class honors.

Anything can happen on signing day, though. If one recruit flips, a team’s class can be propelled to the top in an instant. That’s mostly due to the amount of top recruits who are still undecided.

But which schools have the most to gain on signing day? Two teams stick out from the rest. If all goes as planned and these programs get commitments from their targets, they will solidify their already impressive recruiting classes.


Ole Miss Rebels

For some reason, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has made his program a highly desired landing place for some of the top recruits in college football.

As of now, the Rebels have the 11th-best recruiting class, according to rankings. That could certainly change after Feb. 6.

Freeze has positioned himself to be a top destination for three of the top five players in the country. For a school that hasn’t won a conference championship since 1963, that’s unheard of.

Speculation about foul play in Freeze’s recruiting methods prompted a stern but simple response from the head honcho in Oxford.

"If you have facts about a violation, send it to,” Freeze said, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports. “If not, please do not slander these young men or insult their family."

Potential National Signing Day additions: 5-star DE Robert Nkemdiche, 5-star OT Laremy Tunsil, 5-star DE Chris Jones, 5-strar S Tony Conner.


Alabama Crimson Tide

It’s no surprise that the Alabama Crimson Tide are in the running for virtually every top-remaining recruit as national signing day approaches. The Crimson Tide’s record speaks for itself. Nick Saban has led the school to three of the last four BCS championships. That factor alone has gotten the young talent of tomorrow to seriously consider Saban’s pitch.

While not all of the listed recruits will sign on to play in Tuscaloosa, they will have to think long and hard about it before making their final decision on Wednesday.

Eddie Vanderdoes, the consensus top prospect in this year’s class, visited Alabama’s campus over the weekend to get the spiel from Saban and company. Could they stage a coup by convincing the former USC commit to leave his home state of California, spurn the Notre Dame recruitment efforts and play football for them?

Potential National Signing Day additions: 5-star DT Eddie Vanderdoes, 5-star OT A’Shawn Robinson, 5-star DT Montravius Adams, 5-star OT Laremy Tunsil, 5-star LB Matthew Thomas, 4-star LB Quinton Powell