College Football Recruiting 2014: Latest Predictions on Every Uncommitted 5-Star
Although a dead period has hit recruiting, it's still getting close to crunch time.
That also means it's about that time for the remaining uncommitted 5-star prospects to start getting an idea of what they're going to do. A ton of big decisions have yet to be made, but you'll get a chance to see into the future by reading this.
Predictions are always fun to do, so this will be a rundown of them regarding where the available 5-star recruits will go.
Note: 5-star recruits on this list are from the 247Sports composite rankings.
Damien Mama, OG
Damien Mama is a talented offensive lineman from California who is 6'4" and 370 pounds. While he will likely play guard in college, Mama has the strength, power and quickness to also play right tackle.
USC is thick in the mix, but don't count out UCLA, Alabama or BYU, says 247Sports. For various reasons that apply to each program, Mama can't make a wrong choice between any of his finalists.
Clifton Garrett, LB
Hailing from Illinois, elite linebacker Clifton Garrett actually has the type of game that would fit well in the SEC. He's physical, tough and thick at 6'2" and nearly 230 pounds.
Garrett also has the ability to play several different linebacker positions in different schemes. He'll likely head south for college, as LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Florida are his top schools, per 247Sports.
Jamal Adams, S
At 6'0" and just about 200 pounds, Jamal Adams is a talented safety who has great speed and athleticism. However, Adams also possesses terrific instincts and vision in the seams, and he is a playmaker on defense.
Texas was once a strong suitor for Adams, but 247Sports now says the race for him is between LSU and Florida. This is a tough call, as Adams does have ties to the Gators. Yet, LSU will win out in the end.
Jalen Tabor, CB
With his long 6'1", 182-pound frame, Jalen Tabor has the type of size many schools covet at the cornerback position. He is at his best when he can reroute receivers at the line before bullying them into the sideline.
Tabor also has good ball skills and range, which is why he could eventually play safety. From Washington D.C., the talented cornerback has schools such as Maryland, Alabama, Florida and Arizona as his top choices, according to 247Sports.
Gerald Willis, DT
Gerald Willis has spent most of his career on the edge at defensive end. However, he is expected to kick inside to defensive tackle at the next level, as the 6'3", 275-pounder disrupts gaps with ease.
Willis, who is from New Orleans, also has good toughness in the trenches. LSU is an obvious player in the race for him, but schools such as Florida and Texas A&M are also in the mix, per 247Sports.
Solomon Thomas, DE
Perhaps the toughest recruit to read in the country, Solomon Thomas has played things close to the vest all year regarding his recruitment. The 6'3", 256-pound defensive lineman has great strength and power.
From Texas, Thomas has a chance to develop into a great 3-4 defensive end. Schools such as Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Arkansas and UCLA have the best chance to sign him, according to 247Sports.
Joe Mixon, RB
Joe Mixon is one of the best all-purpose running backs in the country. Not only can the California native gut defenses by running tough inside, but he also has the receiving skills to impact the passing game.
Mixon, who is 6'2" and 195 pounds, has good straight-line speed and power. Oklahoma, UCLA, California and Wisconsin are his top schools, per 247Sports. While signing with the Bruins or Sooners is possible, Mixon will stay home and play for the Bears.
Damian Prince, OT
At 6'5" and 295 pounds, Damian Prince has the agility and athleticism to shadow rushers to protect the quarterback as a left tackle. The Maryland blocker has adequate strength in the running game, plus he can get his hat on linebackers on the second level.
At this point, schools such as Florida State, Maryland and Florida have the best chance to sign Prince, per the experts at 247Sports. The Seminoles look good, but the Terrapins look even better.
Malachi Dupre, WR
With his smooth movement skills and deceptive speed, Malachi Dupre has a chance to become a No. 1 receiver for a college offense.
The New Orleans native is close to 6'3" and 190 pounds, plus he has good quickness out of his breaks. Dupre possesses good mitts, as well as the ability to run with strength after the catch. The top schools for him are LSU and UCLA, says 247Sports.
John Smith, ATH
The best player at national powerhouse Long Beach Poly this year, John Smith has a bright future ahead of him. Yet, the only debate is over what position he will play in college.
At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Smith is dynamic at both receiver and safety. He's an explosive athlete who has good speed, plus he displays deceptive strength for a skill-position player. Alabama, USC and Notre Dame appear to be standing out for him, says 247Sports.
Lorenzo Carter, DE
Lorenzo Carter is a 6'5", 232-pound defensive end from Georgia who is a bit of an athletic marvel. Carter has long limbs, plus he has good speed off the edge.
The Peach State native has good range versus running plays, plus he has the explosiveness to threaten the pocket as a pass-rusher. Once he adds more bulk and strength, Carter will be on the road to becoming an all-conference player.
Florida, Alabama and Georgia are his top suitors, per 247Sports.
Speedy Noil, WR/ATH
Speedy Noil may be the best offensive playmaker in the country. The New Orleans speedster can get the job done as a quarterback, running back, receiver and returner.
Noil, who is 5'10.5" and 176 pounds, is fantastic with the ball in his hands. He has natural instincts and elusiveness to go along with incredible speed, quickness and explosiveness. LSU, according to 247Sports, leads Texas A&M and Florida.
Tony Brown, CB
Perhaps the most complete defensive back in the country, Tony Brown has a chance to play right away in college. The 6'0", 188-pounder has excellent speed and quickness out of transition, plus he has impressive vision and instincts.
Brown is one of the best pure athletes in the 2014 class, as he also excels as a sprinter and hurdler in track. He still has many schools after him, but 247Sports lists Texas, Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Ohio State among his favorites.
Adoree' Jackson, CB/ATH
Adoree' Jackson has had a great senior season for Serra High School in the Gardena area of Los Angeles. In fact, Jackson has played so well on offense that he could get a chance to play receiver or running back in college.
The 5'9.5", 182-pound athlete has deceptive strength and plays bigger than his listed size. Jackson also has amazing athleticism, speed and quickness. USC, Florida and Oklahoma are standing out, with Tennessee and Florida State also in the hunt, says 247Sports.
Marlon Humphrey, CB
Marlon Humphrey is the top player in Alabama, as well as one of the best in the nation. At 6'1" and 175 pounds, he combines great instincts and awareness with athleticism.
Humphrey has family ties to the program in Tuscaloosa, as his father, Bobby, played for 'Bama. However, keep an eye on Florida State, as the Seminoles have a chance, according to 247Sports. FSU could pull this one out, but Humphrey will roll with Tide in the end.
Leonard Fournette, RB
Besides working on his technique to challenge linebackers when he's picking up the blitz, Leonard Fournette doesn't have many weaknesses.
At 6'1" and 226 pounds, the New Orleans native has an excellent blend of speed, strength, vision, quickness, hands and instincts. He's ready to play college football right now.
Fournette is expected to decide between Alabama and LSU, according to 247Sports.
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