There are still many top prospects who have yet to commit to a college football program heading into national signing day, which officially kicks off on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
Not surprisingly, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Florida State have dominated recruiting heading into the final month of courting. However, there's still plenty of time for other teams to land a few top players and sneak into the upper echelon of recruiting classes.
Here's a look at the top players who have yet to make a commitment, along with the latest buzz surrounding their upcoming decisions.
Note: All rankings based on composite numbers from 247Sports.com.
Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback (No. 5)
Running back Bo Scarbrough recently paid Marlon Humphrey a high complement, highlighting him as one of the toughest defenders he'd seen, as relayed by Derek Tyson of ESPN.com: "I just think that he has great defense and you have to be really physical when you going against Marlon Humphrey."
The No. 5-ranked prospect in the nation, Humphrey, at 6'1" and 175 pounds, has the size, speed and physicality programs drool about in a defensive back.
Alabama and Florida State seem to have the best shot at landing Humphrey, with Mississippi State as a potential dark-horse candidate. However, it appears 'Bama could be in the lead, as Andrew Bone of Rivals.com relayed:
One thing's for certain: The team that lands Humphrey will be in great shape in the next few years when it comes to its defensive secondary.
Adoree' Jackson, Cornerback (No. 7)
Whereas Humphrey offers elite size and physicality, Adoree' Jackson brings a different skill set to the table.
At 5'9.5" and 182 pounds, Jackson is quicker and faster than Humphrey, and he possesses an extraordinary ability to leap for balls in the air.
This trait was clearly seen during the Under Armour All-America Game, when the cornerback made a tremendous play on an interception, showing his unique athleticism and ball skills.
After the game, Jackson tweeted out the six schools still in the running for his services:
Given the fact that he hails from California, USC or UCLA would be logical destinations for the talented young star in the making. However, the lure of the SEC could prove too tempting to pass up.
John Smith, Athlete (No. 13)
John "JuJu" Smith is an intriguing athlete who will likely find his place in the college ranks as a safety, and the 5-star athlete is being pursued by some of the top schools in the country.
USC, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Ohio State are in the running to sign him, but it could be tough to lure him away from the West Coast, according to Ari Wasserman of the Northeast Ohio Media Group:
“It’s a tough battle for all of us,” Smith told Cleveland.com in an in-person interview late last week. “For kids from places like Florida and California (to imagine leaving for a colder climate), its hard. This is home.”
That said, Smith's receiving overtures from Jamarco Jones, an offensive tackle who's already committed to Ohio State, as noted by Luke Stampini of 247.com:
It'll be interesting to see if any cold-weather school can lure Smith, who's a California boy, through and through.
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