National Signing Day 2013: Announcement Schedule, Predictions and More
National signing day is nearly upon us, and the hopes of college football fans around the country will soon rest in the pens of hundreds of high school seniors. The nation's top prospects will be deciding their fates, and with them, the fates of many of the country's top football programs. But, when can fans catch their favorite potential players announce their decisions, and where will those players wind up?
To help fans figure out who to watch, and when to watch them, we're giving you a rundown of Wednesday's schedule, as well as what you can expect from a few of the best prospects in the class.
Predictions for Top 3
No. 1, DE Robert Nkemdiche
The talented defensive lineman has been the top prospect in this class for months, and with good reason. He's an explosive player capable of blowing past offensive linemen like they're standing still, with elite-level strength and room to grow and get stronger. He's got a nose for the ball, and for the quarterback, and many see him as a Jadeveon Clowney-type playmaker on the defensive end.
Florida, Ole Miss and LSU are considered the front-runners to land the talented youngster, and he'd certainly have an immediate impact at any of those schools.
Prediction: Ole Miss. The talented youngster will certainly appreciate the appeal of playing with his brother Denzel at Ole Miss, where he'd immediately be the best defensive player on the roster.
No. 3, OT Laremy Tunsil
Tunsil already has all the makings of a star on the offensive line, thanks to his build and athleticism. He's got good hands, and his footwork is quite good, and given the premium placed on elite offensive tackles, it's no wonder schools like Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss are all fighting to land the young lineman. He still has some work to do on his technique, but given his performance in high school and his build, it's clear that he has all the potential in the world.
Prediction: Ole Miss. The Rebels will land their second elite recruit of the day in Tunsil, jump-starting the rebuilding of the program in the process.
No. 6, DT Eddie Vanderdoes
Another member of what is a supremely talented class of defensive linemen, Vanderdoes projects to be a star in the very near future. He's an extremely strong tackle, capable of shedding blocks and using his good hands to get through the offensive line. He has a ton of upside,, and his physical gifts combined with his technique have made him a hot commodity. Washington, UCLA, Alabama, USC and Notre Dame all got official visits from the young tackle, and he remains one of the biggest names in this class.
Prediction: Alabama. The Crimson Tide have to appeal to Vanderdoes, given his skills and how perfectly he'd fit in Nick Saban's defensive scheme. Given Alabama's track record for developing young defensive talent, Vanderdoes will be a star in the making in Tuscaloosa from the instant he steps on the field.
Full Commitment Announcement Schedule (via ESPN)
When: Wednesday, Feb. 6
|Time (ET) ||Player||247 Rank|
|7:35 a.m.||DE Robert Nkemdiche||No. 1|
|9:05 a.m.||DE Carl Lawson*||No. 24|
|9:15 a.m.||OLB Matthew Thomas||No. 14|
|9:20 a.m.||OT Denver Kirkland||N/A|
|9:35 a.m.||OT Laremy Tunsil||No. 3|
|9:45 a.m.||DT Montravius Adams||No. 10|
|10:05 a.m.||S Vonn Bell||No. 29|
|10:20 a.m.||WR Jordan Cunningham||N/A|
|10:45 a.m.||S Antonio Conner||No. 25|
|11:05 a.m.||WR Stacy Coley||No. 56|
|11:15 a.m.||CB Mackensie Alexander||No. 34|
|12 p.m.||DT Dee Liner||No. 112|
|12:15 p.m. ||OLB Quinton Powell||No. 204|
|12:30 p.m.||QB Asiantii Woulard||No. 98|
|1:45 p.m.||DT Keith Bryant||No. 50|
|2 p.m.||OLB Jermaine Grace||N/A|
|3:35 p.m.||RB Alvin Kamara||No. 66|
|4:05 p.m.||OG Tyrone Crowder||No. 161|
*Note: Lawson reaffirmed his commitment to Auburn on Feb. 3 (via MaxPreps.com).
Other Notable Announcement Times
When: Feb. 6
|Time (ET) ||Player||247 Rank|
|8 p.m.||DT Eddie Vanderdoes||No. 6|
|TBD||DE Kylie Fitts||No. 102|
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