National Signing Day 2013: Big Day Runs Wild with Uncertainty

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (1) prior to the the Under Armour All-America high school game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A collection of top recruits hasn't committed leading up to national signing day, and everyone has his or her own theory as to where they will end up.

Shocking, isn't it?

Sarcasm aside, this has been yet another tumultuous recruiting season as plenty of top recruits have decommitted, committed and then decommitted again.

In just the past few days, there's been some big news leading up to national signing day.

Lineman A'Shawn Robinson, ranked No. 26 overall by, decommitted from Texas and labeled Alabama the favorite on Feb. 2. Inside linebacker Reuben Foster and running back Alex Collins, both top-20 recruits, committed to Alabama and Arkansas respectively on Monday, per ESPN. Heck, Foster chose Auburn over Alabama despite having Auburn tattoos.

Then, USC lost 5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey and 4-star defensive ends Torrodney Prevot and Jason Hatcher on Tuesday.

Of course, there's also 4-star running back Ezekiel Elliott. He's been expected to land at Ohio State since committing to the Buckeyes in April 2012, but recent pictures on Instagram showed him sporting Missouri gear Monday. Given 4-star running back Dontre Wilson had just committed to the Buckeyes, it has some wondering if Elliott will flip to the Tigers on national signing day.

It just goes to show that anything can happen during the recruiting process. There are more than a few top-25 recruits still undecided. That includes No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche.

As recruits get ready to sign, some will make predictable decisions and some will flip schools. Some will seem as if they are a lock to a school, only to change their minds on national signing day. It's the nature of the recruiting process, as a million voices enter the heads of teenagers and either shape their decisions or get dismissed.

Everyone has their own theory as to where some of the top recruits in the nation will land. The truth is, we don't truly know with some of them. The recruiting process can be a crapshoot for schools. Just when you think you have a player locked down, he's gone.


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