The Top 5 Wavering Commitments of the 2014 College Football Recruiting Class

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 15, 2013

The Top 5 Wavering Commitments of the 2014 College Football Recruiting Class

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    With the 2014 recruiting class, there doesn't seem to be a ton of wavering commitments. However, after some digging, several prospects appear unsure about their pledges.

    Many people forget that when a recruit makes a commitment, he can still change his mind whenever he wants until he signs a National Letter of Intent. So a prospect is free to de-commit, talk to other coaches and visit schools after he verbally commits to a program.

    A safety is committed to an upstart SEC team, but a traditional powerhouse is trying to change his mind. An athlete in Texas may be thinking of spurning a Big 12 program. Also, a big defensive tackle is not solid with his commitment to a Big Ten school. 

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

Craig Evans, DT

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    Commitment: Wisconsin

    Craig Evans is a 6'3", 205-pound defensive tackle who can be a plugger in the trenches. He has the ability to play stout at the point of attack, anchor and make a mess in the middle.

    Wisconsin should be worried about the 4-star prospect's commitment, as he told Benjamin Worgull of (subscription required) last month that he can see himself at Arkansas. With head coach Gary Andersen being a defensive line tutor at heart, taking a personal role in Evans' recruitment may be a good thing.

    The Badgers are going to have to re-convince Evans to play in Madison, because his commitment is shaky. 

Jeff Jones, RB

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    Commitment: Minnesota

    The best player in Minnesota's class is 4-star running back Jeff Jones.

    At 5'11" and 196 pounds, Jones has solid speed, can explode to and through holes and runs with adequate power.

    The instinctive runner is committed to the Gophers, but they will need to recruit him like an uncommitted prospect, based on a report by Allen Trieu of (subscription required). With Minnesota not being a dominant program, several Big Ten schools with a better tradition of winning could look to poach him away from the Gophers. 

    Jones also told Trieu (subscription required) in July that he will likely visit other schools.

Arrion Springs, CB

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    Commitment: Oregon

    For the record, it would be surprising if Arrion Springs did not end up in Oregon.

    However, the 4-star cornerback could visit Florida State, according to Robbie Boydstun of eDuck (subscription required).

    Aside from the Seminoles, schools like Oklahoma and Notre Dame also could still be in the mix. A talented defender, Springs is one of the most complete cornerbacks in the country. He stands at 5'11" and weighs 192 pounds and has great speed, instincts, short-area quickness and supports the run.

    If Springs visits Florida State, that opens the door for more schools to convince him to visit them and that could make him waver with his pledge to Oregon.

Davion Hall, WR/S

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    Commitment: Baylor

    The Bears may be on fire to start the 2013 season, but they will need to do a little more to keep 4-star athlete Davion Hall. The 6'2", 186-pounder is committed to Baylor, but he has interest in Alabama, stemming from a summer report by John Garcia Jr. of (subscription required).

    Per the report, Hall even idolizes former Crimson Tide receiver Julio Jones. He has good size, wiry strength and displays great speed, especially in a straight line.

    Hall, who can also play safety, would be a great fit at either Baylor or 'Bama. It's just a bit of uncertainty exactly which school will land him. 

C.J. Hampton, S

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    Commitment: Ole Miss

    A 4-star safety, C.J. Hampton has excellent speed and range in the secondary. The 6'1", 195-pounder plays with good vision, is quick to read plays and has good athleticism.

    He will fill alleys in a flash by squeezing the line of scrimmage from the third level, assists linebackers and also possesses good ball skills. Ole Miss is excited about Hampton's future in Oxford, but he may never get there.

    Alabama is a serious threat to the Rebels, evidenced by an article from John Garcia Jr. of (subscription required). Ole Miss can not slow down its pursuit of the 4-star safety, because Alabama isn't. 

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    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.