College Football Recruiting 2013: Impact Prospects to Watch for on NSD

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013


National signing day has arrived, and after weeks and months of diligent thinking a number of the nation's elite high school football recruits will begin announcing where they'll continue their gridiron legacy.

Although many of these teenage wonders have already committed to their new school, the futures of a handful of the country's brightest football stars are still up in the air.

Here we'll highlight a trio of 5-star recruits who have yet to sign a letter of intent.


Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive End, 5-Star

Ole Miss is the favorite to land defensive end prospect Robert Nkemdiche, the hands-down No. 1 recruit out there this winter according to

At 6'4", 285 pounds, the 5-star Nkemdiche is a physical specimen and without a doubt one of the few prospects still "available" who's capable of making an impact right away. SEC powerhouses Florida and LSU are still alive in the hunt for him, but it's more likely he opts to play with his brother Denzel at Ole Miss.

Still, Nkemdiche's decision will have a huge impact across the college football landscape, and especially in the SEC, where he's surely headed.

Massive, athletic, quick and driven, Robert Nkemdiche is everything you could ask for in a football player (he's even a solid running back prospect). Whichever program signs him this February will have won the biggest offseason battle in college football.


Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, 5-Star

The Rebels could potentially land two of the nation's top recruits on national signing day. Not only is Ole Miss the favorite to sign Robert Nkemdiche, but it's also in the mix for 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to

According to, Georgia and Alabama are also in the mix to land the coveted lineman.

Tunsil, a 6'6", 295-pound stud on the offensive line, fits the prototypical mold for the position. In addition to possessing extraordinary size, the Lake City, Florida native has the length and footwork to become one of college football's finest protectors in the coming years. 

Of course, like with any promising talent coming out of high school, Tunsil will benefit immensely from some time spent in the weight room. He's physically gifted, there's no doubt, but in order to become a highly-touted NFL prospect some day, he'll need to improve on his burst and power.


Eddie Vanderdoes, Defensive Tackle, 5-Star

There's an excellent chance that California native Eddie Vanderdoes opts for the West Coast sunshine rather than the Midwest chill this winter. 

A 5-star defensive tackle recruit, Vanderdoes' selection will likely come down to four programs; UCLA, Alabama, Notre Dame and USC, according to The Bruins look to be the favorite heading into national signing day.

At 6'2", 310 pounds, Vanderdoes is more than just a run-stopping plug in the middle of the defensive line. He's a superb athlete, one with quickness off the ball and has a ton of strength. His technique at the point of attack will only improve with solid coaching at the next level.

Keep an eye on Vanderdoes, as well as Nkemdiche and Tunsil, on Wednesday, as all three 5-star recruits are sure to impact the college football landscape before even taking the field next fall.


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