National Signing Day is often the day that can make or break a program. The future of a program and sometimes a coach’s career is in the hands of 17 year-old kids.
Although a recruiting class cannot be judged until two or three years down the road, today is a big day in projecting the future path of a program.
At this point, the major news maker on signing day has been Ole Miss. The Rebels landed the No. 1 recruit in the country in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and they also have signed another top-5 recruit with Laremy Tunsil who is considered the best offensive lineman in the 2013 class.
At this point in the recruiting process, most players have their minds made up, but there are a few elite players out there yet to commit. Here are the top recruits who have yet to sign with a school.
Kamara, out of Norcross, Ga., is one of the best running backs coming out of high school. He has offers from the SEC power programs as well as USC, Oregon and Florida St.
According to rivals.com, Kamara is the second best running back coming out of high school and he has narrowed down his decision to Alabama and Georgia.
The defensive tackle out of Placer, Calif. is one of the most highly touted defensive players in the 2013 class. Vanderdoes was initially committed to USC, but decommitted in December.
He is still considering the Trojans, but he also has four other schools on his radar. According to ESPN, Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and Alabama are also possibilities for Vanderdoes.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Vanderdoes’ decision is so up in the air that is father does not even know where he is leaning.
The Muscle Shoals, Ala. native is another highly touted defensive recruit. Although he has been recruited by a number of schools, rivals.com is reporting that Liner is choosing between Miami and Alabama and the Crimson Tide are the favorite.
At 6-3 and 275 lbs., Liner is not as big as some defensive tackle recruits, but he uses his speed and quickness to be an effective pass rusher.
College football recruiting is one of the dirtiest processes in all of sports. Coaches will be calling and pestering recruits up to eleventh hour, even if the player is already committed. This tenacity and stubbornness is what separates the good recruiters from the great recruiters.