National Signing Day 2013: The Best Recruits Who Are Still Up for Grabs
Now that national signing day is over, it is safe to assume that every player has found his college destination. That, however, is not the case for some of the top high school players in the country.
The recruits at the very top of the rankings have picked their schools, but there are still some very talented 4-star players who could make an impact at the next level.
Most teams have rosters that are set, but here are six players who could help out next a team in the not-so-distant future.
Here is a ranking of the top six players still looking for a college destination after the hoopla that is national signing day.
*Rankings are according to 247Sports.com
6. Taj Williams, Wide Receiver
There appears to be a few leaders for the services of Williams. According to 247Sports.com, among the teams interested in his talents are Louisville, Clemson, Kentucky and Auburn.
He is ranked as the No. 34 wide receiver in the class, and at nearly 6'4", he has some weight to put on, weighing only 166 pounds.
Even though he did not crack the Top 247, he could still be a very valuable asset to whatever program he ends up signing with.
5. Cornelius Elder, Athlete
Cornelius Elder can do a little bit of everything on the football field, and almost any team in the country would love to have his services.
He is rated as the No. 8 athlete and No. 207 overall. Elder has the ability to play safety or running back at the next level.
Where exactly that will be still remains to be seen. There are plenty of teams near the top of the list including Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UCLA and Auburn.
He is also a standout basketball player who, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, texted reporters to inform them that he would not be signing on national signing day.
For all the teams recruiting the Nashville, Tenn. native, it has now turned into a waiting game.
4. James Hearns, Linebacker
James Hearns is the second of the two players on the list from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. who will not sign on national signing day, according to ESPN.com.
While he is not one of the absolute best players in the country, he is still a premier recruit and one that a lot of teams would love to have.
Hearns ranks No. 200 overall and the No. 7 inside linebacker in the class. Among the teams in the running for Hearns include Kentucky and Auburn.
He would be a huge boost to either one of those schools, and it remains to be seen where exactly he will end up.
It would not be out of the question if Williams and Kearns ended up somewhere together, but there is still a long way to go for that to happen.
3. Derrick Griffin, Wide Receiver
Wide receiver Derrick Griffin out of Rosenberg, Texas is a huge target for any quarterback.
Griffin was set to sign with Texas A&M, but it did not turn out that way for the Aggies. He figured to fit in perfectly with the offense of Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, but that may not be the case anymore.
He originally gave his verbal commitment to the Aggies at the start of the year, but ESPN reported that he was backing out, at least for now.
His combination of size and skill make him without question one of the best uncommitted players remaining.
At 6'7", 210 pounds, he is listed as the No. 7 wide receiver and No. 86 player overall. Some recruiting services have him even higher, including ESPN where he is listed as the top tight end in the class and No. 33 overall.
No question that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would love be able to throw the ball to this big target.
2. Priest Willis, Safety
The Tempe, Ariz. native is ranked No. 47 overall and the No. 8 safety in the class.
He has a verbal commitment to UCLA, but speculation began to surface today as it was announced that he would not sign on national signing day.
There are a few other teams in the mix, but it appears LSU might be the team he spurns UCLA for.
Stay tuned as this could get very interesting over the next few days or maybe even longer.
Willis officially signed his letter of intent with UCLA.
1. Alex Collins, All-Purpose Running Back
Perhaps the most bizarre situation of any unsigned player remaining is that of all-purpose running back Alex Collins.
In what turned out to be a wild story, it was reported by ESPN.com that Collins' mother arrived at the South Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and took the documents before leaving.
It was also reported in the same story that she does not want her son to leave home. Collins was originally committed to Arkansas, and while that remains an option, it does not look like mom is agreeing with that decision.
He is considered to be the top all-purpose running back according to 247Sports.com and the No. 17 player overall.
The other schools that were in the mix before he committed to Arkansas include Florida, Miami, Florida State and Wisconsin.
Collins remains the top unsigned player out there.
Collins officially signed his letter of intent with Arkansas.