Before programs started offering juniors and recruits started committing early in the process, we used to have to wait a good while for a recruit to make his decision. Today, that's not the case at all and it's almost un-cool to not be committed by the end of the summer.
Many recruits are approaching their spring break with the intent of visiting schools and seeing campuses on a personal level to get a feel for programs. Some recruits will take all the information, digest it and come to a slow, methodical, well-informed decision later on in the process.
Other recruits have sped things up a little bit by already narrowing down their lists and focusing on a core group of schools. For this piece, let's take a look at seven recruits who are the most likely to commit to a program soon.
Booth is a 6'1", 190-pound WR prospect from Indiana with a knack for being tough to press in his release. He's got quick hands and is very tough on cornerbacks who attempt to re-route him.
Booth's hands are also strong and he has a generous strike zone. He shows solid speed and can shield defenders from balls thrown in his direction.
Scout.com reports he is going to make a decision after a couple spring visits to places like Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida State among others.
It appears we may get a decision from Justin Thornton this spring with August being the latest, says Scout.com. The 6'5", 224-pound DE is from Alabama and has the makings of a solid weakside edge defender.
Thornton's top five schools are LSU, Texas A&M, USC, Florida and Auburn. His length should allow him to bat down some throws wherever he ends up.
At 6'5" and 230 pounds, Cornwell has excellent size and great arm strength. He can fire fastballs to targets all around the field and he flashes some mobility here and there.
He recently told Scout.com that his decision will come around June. From Oklahoma, Cornwell is not too afraid of leaving the Heartlands, but I think schools like Arkansas, Missouri, Auburn and Tennessee have the inside track.
Bentley Spain, at 6'6" and 275 pounds, is one of the better OT prospects in this year's class. He's got initial quickness, a sharp punch and can be a finisher as a run blocker.
Spain hustles into his sets as a protector, has above-adequate athleticism in space and will anchor when he gets into the deep end of the pocket. From North Carolina, expect him to commit to South Carolina soon.
Kain Daub is one of the stronger and more physical players on the field wherever he goes. He's already 6'3", 234 pounds and has an imposing frame.
He's not the most fluid in space sometimes, but in the short-box Daub is a warrior. He's big at the point of attack and I project him to be a thumping ILB in college.
Alabama and Florida State could get some great news very soon.
K.C. McDermott is an OT prospect who plays with solid overall technique at 6'6" and 297 pounds. He has good snap quickness and plays with good bend and leverage for a tall player.
He isn't the strongest guy at the point of attack, but he has the mindset and enough power to finish blocks. McDermott has some quickness as pass-protector and doesn't miss that many punches.
He's headed to Miami or Notre Dame and the decision is coming soon, per Scout.com.
Sony Michel isn't just one of the best RB prospects in the country, he's one of the best players in the country, regardless of position. He's bulked up to 205 pounds while standing 5'11" and has a great skill set.
From Florida, Michel has just about every tool needed to be an immediate-impact guy in college. He possesses good speed, quickness, agility, instincts, vision, power and hands.
He recently revealed to Scout.com that Notre Dame, Georgia and the three big Florida schools are his main suitors. A decision could be made this spring, and many expect Michel to be committed before the summer ends.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL draft magazine.