Odds on Where Every Uncommitted 5-Star Will Wind Up

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2013

Odds on Where Every Uncommitted 5-Star Will Wind Up

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    Uncommitted 5-star recruits have college coaches beating down their doors, lighting up their phones and filling up their computers with email. These prospects also get a ton of mail every day from the best programs in the nation.

    At this point, many uncommitted 5-star recruits have narrowed their lists and are favoring a few schools. Some colleges have better odds than others to land them.

    A cornerback is practically a 1-1 bet to sign with an SEC school, while a defensive lineman has equal odds regarding all of his favorites. Also, a Pac-12 program has good odds to sign an elite receiver from the South.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Clifton Garrett, LB

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    A 6'2", 228-pound linebacker, Clifton Garrett is one of the most physical players in the nation. He has improved his ability to play in space, but his explosive strength at the point of attack will always be his main asset.

    Garrett, who is from Illinois, likely will not play in the Midwest. Schools such as LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama are among the 5-star prospect's favorites, per 247Sports





    LSU: 2-1

    Ole Miss:  3-1

    Alabama: 4-1

    Tennessee: 5-1

    Florida: 6-1

Gerald Willis, DT

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    Although he plays defensive end for Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, 5-star defensive lineman Gerald Willis will likely move to defensive tackle in college.

    Willis, who is 6'3" and 275 pounds, has solid toughness in the trenches to go along with great quickness at the snap. He also possesses good strength and can get "skinny" through gaps to make stops in the backfield.

    LSU and Texas A&M are his core schools, says 247Sports





    LSU: 3-1

    Texas A&M: 4-1 

Damien Mama, OG

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    A rare 5-star guard prospect, Damien Mama is the top offensive lineman in California. He is a mammoth at 6'4" and 370 pounds, and he has impressive strength and power at the point of attack.

    Mama, who has spent time playing offensive tackle for St. John Bosco, projects as a mauler in the running game. He has adequate ability to protect the passer, but he will be known for his ability to powerfully clear holes for running backs.

    Schools such as the University of Southern California (USC), Alabama, Notre Dame and BYU are in the mix, says 247Sports





    USC: 3-1

    Alabama: 4-1

    Wisconsin: 6-1

    Notre Dame: 7-1

Laurence Jones, S

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    Laurence Jones is a 5-star safety who looks like a linebacker at first glance. Jones is 6'2", weighs 214 pounds and will likely weigh more than 225 pounds before he leaves college.

    He has outstanding range, ball skills and speed in the secondary. Jones looks most comfortable when he can roam around on top of a defense, read routes and the quarterback's eyes and undercut passing lanes.

    LSU, Alabama and Ohio State are the Louisiana native's favorites, according to 247Sports





    LSU: 3-1

    Alabama: 3.5-1

    Ohio State: 8-1

Joe Mixon, RB

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    Joe Mixon is a 5-star running back who has the ball skills of a receiver. Mixon has good speed, can be dangerous in a straight line and shows flashes of elusiveness.

    The California native is 6'2", 195 pounds and has the strength to muscle his way through creases in the box. Mixon has schools such as Cal, Florida, Oregon, Wisconsin and Oklahoma on his trail, says 247Sports





    Cal: 2-1

    Oklahoma: 3-1

    Wisconsin: 6-1

    Florida: 7-1

    Oregon: 8-1

Speedy Noil, ATH

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    Perhaps the most electrifying offensive player in the nation, Speedy Noil can do an array of things with the ball. He can use his speed at quarterback, running back or wide receiver to terrorize a defense.

    Noil, a 5'10.5", 176-pounder from New Orleans, has excellent quickness and elusiveness. He can transfer upfield quickly after the catch, dodge defenders and race to the end zone. Receiver likely will be his main position at the next level.

    LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, USC and Oregon all have a shot to land the 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports.





    LSU: 3-1

    Texas A&M: 3.5-1

    Florida: 6-1

    USC: 7-1

    Oregon: 9-1

Jamal Adams, S

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    At 6'0" and 199 pounds, Jamal Adams is a versatile 5-star defender who hails from Texas.

    Adams can play free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker, and he can cover slot receivers in sub-packages.

    He has wonderful athleticism coupled with an impressive amount of short-area quickness to explode and make plays. Adams can shoot out of transition to sprint and undercut passing lanes, while also possessing the ability to roll into the box to fit inside alleys to stop running plays.

    His recruitment will come down to Texas and Florida, as evidenced by his profile at 247Sports





    Florida: 3-1

    Texas: 4-1

Solomon Thomas

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    Solomon Thomas is one of the toughest recruits to read in the country. At this point, most uncommitted prospects have revealed some of their favorite schools, but Thomas is not following suit.

    The 6'3", 256-pound 5-star defensive lineman from Texas has shown an improvement at firing upfield at the snap this season. He has good strength, can anchor versus running plays and has the power to engage and set the edge to avoid being sealed on outside runs to his side.

    Schools such as Stanford, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are mentioned by 247Sports.





    Stanford: 5-1

    Alabama: 5.5-1

    Ohio State: 6-1

    Notre Dame: 7-1

    Oklahoma: 8-1

Myles Garrett, DE

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    Another talented defensive end from Texas, Myles Garrett has a the potential to be an all-conference player early in his college career.

    The 5-star prospect is a chiseled 6'4" and 240 pounds. Garrett has good quickness at the snap, can quickly jump on top of a blocker and displays the strength to fight to get to the passer. He can chase down plays from the backside and has the athleticism to drop into coverage off the line.

    Texas A&M, Florida State, Ohio State and Alabama are in his pot, per 247Sports, plus keep an eye on TCU. 





    Texas A&M: 2-1

    Florida State: 4-1

    Alabama: 4.5-1 

    Ohio State: 5-1

    TCU: 6-1

Jalen Tabor, CB

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    A big and physical cornerback, Jalen Tabor is a 5-star cover man who is 6'1" and 182 pounds. He loves to use his long arms to press and reroute receivers, and he has good short-area quickness and solid speed.

    Tabor would be great on the boundary in college, as his size and willingness to squeeze the run off the perimeter are great assets. If Tabor doesn't pan out as a cornerback, look for him to make a solid safety.

    Florida and Maryland are the main schools to watch, also keep an eye on Vanderbilt and Alabama, according to 247Sports





    Maryland: 3-1

    Florida: 3.5-1

    Alabama: 5-1

    Vanderbilt: 6-1

John Smith, ATH

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    John Smith is a 5-star athlete who can impact a football game as a receiver and safety. He can explode off the line, shoot away from a cornerback at a junction point, haul in a pass and race upfield for a big gain on offense.

    After scoring, the 6'1", 200-pounder can flip to the secondary and use his admirable movement skills, agility and vision to threaten offenses. Smith has a bright future, as his skill set will cause a fight between offensive and defensive coaches at whichever school signs him.

    USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan and UCLA are in the hunt for the southern California native, Smith told Greg Biggins of Scout.com (subscription required).





    USC: 5-1

    ND: 5.5-1

    Alabama: 6-1

    OSU: 6.5-1

    Oregon: 6.5-1

    Michigan: 6.5-1

    UCLA: 7-1

Malachi Dupre, WR

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    Although coming into this season he had caught fewer than 40 passes in two seasons, Malachi Dupre is considered a 5-star receiver.

    He is from Louisiana, stands nearly 6'3" and weighs nearly 190 pounds. Dupre can build up his speed into his route off the line, shows good athleticism and has great hands. He needs to season up his route-running ability, but he flashes a polished game and the potential to be a No. 1 receiver in college.

    LSU and UCLA are his leaders, says 247Sports.





    LSU: 3-1

    UCLA: 4-1

Raekwon McMillan, LB

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    Hailing from Georgia, 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan is among the top defenders in America. He has the physique of a college junior, hits like a truck and can be an intimidating presence on the field.

    McMillan, who is 6'2" and 242 pounds, anticipates plays before the snap and has good athleticism to scrape laterally to the football. He explodes at the point of attack, strikes blockers with power and makes thumping hits. 

    He is expected to sign with Ohio State, Clemson or Alabama, according to 247Sports





    Ohio State: 2-1

    Alabama: 4-1

    Clemson: 5-1

Damian Prince, OT

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    If your favorite college program is looking for an athletic offensive lineman who can play left tackle, 5-star prospect Damian Prince should be high on its list.

    Prince, who is 6'6" and 300 pounds, can quickly get out of his stance, fire back on the edges of the pocket with balance and use his agility to dance with rushers to keep quarterbacks clean. He can reach linebackers in the running game and has the ability to hit moving targets.

    Florida State, Maryland, Rutgers, Ohio State and Alabama are among the Maryland native's favorites, per 247Sports





    FSU: 3-1

    Maryland: 4-1

    Alabama: 5-1

    OSU: 6-1

    Rutgers: 9-1

Tony Brown, CB

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    A fantastic cornerback, Tony Brown is a player every program should want on its team. He has the ability to play cornerback, strong safety, free safety and nickel back/outside linebacker.

    Brown, who is 6'0" and 188 pounds, is the best player in Texas. He has terrific athleticism, a rare burst in short areas and also has great strength. He can play press-man, off-man and zone coverage and has great instincts and vision as well.

    LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas, Stanford and Florida State are just some of the schools that are linked to Brown, according to Greg Powers of Scout.com (subscription required).





    LSU: 2-1

    Texas A&M: 3-1

    Alabama: 4-1

    FSU: 5-1

    Stanford: 6-1

Adoree' Jackson, CB

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    In a class full of terrific athletes, Adoree' Jackson is probably at the top of the list. He is an accomplished sprinter and long-jumper on the track and field circuit, and he displays rare movement skills on the football field. 

    Jackson, who plays in southern California, is originally from Illinois and stands 5'9.5" and 182 pounds. He has wiry strength to fight bigger receivers; competes through the snap; and can fire out in transition, undercut a receiver and nab an interception to return for a score.

    He has a big pot, but Florida, USC, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA and Tennessee are in the mix for the 5-star cornerback, according to Scout.com (subscription required)  and 247Sports





    Florida: 4-1

    USC: 5-1

    LSU: 5-1

    Illinois: 6-1

    Tennessee: 7-1

    Michigan: 7-1

    UCLA: 8-1

    Oklahoma: 9-1

Marlon Humphrey, CB

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    A 6'1", 175-pound 5-star cornerback, Marlon Humphrey is the top player in Alabama. He has great instincts and natural awareness on the field.

    Humphrey does not panic when he is trailing a receiver, relies on his solid speed and feel for routes to track their movements and makes plays. He does a good job of reading the footwork of the quarterback, has good ball skills and should improve his ability to press at the line with added bulk.

    Alabama and Florida State are his top schools, says the experts of 247Sports





    Alabama: 2-1

    FSU: 4-1

Lorenzo Carter, DE

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    Lorenzo Carter is a 6'5" and 232-pound 5-star defensive end from Georgia. He has amazing athleticism, can crash off the edges and must be accounted for on each snap.

    Carter can punch a blocker and use his long arms to stay clean during a rush, bend around the pocket and burst to the passer. He had above-average strength, and he shows a willingness to play against the run.

    Florida, Georgia and Alabama are his main three schools, per 247Sports





    Alabama: 3-1

    Florida: 3.5-1

    Georgia: 4-1


Da'Shawn Hand, DE

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    Hailing from Virginia,  Da'Shawn Hand is a 5-star defensive end who is ready to play college football now. He has a powerful 6'4", 254-pound build, pis strong on his feet and has great athleticism.

    Hand is a versatile player, as he can line up at end, tackle and outside linebacker. He can fire upfield, play big at the point of attack and use his power to make plays. Hand will make an immediate impact in college.

    Michigan, Florida and Alabama have the best chance to land him, per 247Sports





    Michigan: 3-1

    Alabama: 4-1

    Florida: 5-1


Leonard Fournette, RB

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    Leonard Fournette is the top uncommitted prospect in the country. He is a 6'1" 5-star running back who weighs nearly 230 pounds.

    Fournette has great speed, solid elusiveness and natural instincts as a runner. He has the ability to attack defenses downhill with strength, run powerfully through holes and use his strength to carry defenders downfield after contact. Fournette also has the hands and ball skills to make an impact in the passing game.

    LSU and Alabama have the inside track, but Miami, USC and Michigan have a shot too, says 247Sports.  According to ESPN.com reporter Mitch Sherman (subscription required), Texas A&M is also under consideration.





    LSU: 3-1

    Alabama: 3.5-1

    Michigan: 6-1

    Texas A&M: 6-1

    Miami: 7-1

    USC: 10-1

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    The top uncommitted 5-star recruits can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map! Use the interactive tool to locate the best players from all over the country!

    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 and Cleveland Browns.