Power Ranking the Top 25 Remaining Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits
College football coaching staffs are busy putting the finishing touches on 2014 recruiting classes as the clock ticks down to national signing day. For most teams, the majority of pieces are in place and verbal commitments are weeks away from becoming signed pacts.
While many of the country's marquee recruits have already announced their collegiate destinations, a variety of high-profile prospects remain undecided. We rank the top 25 uncommitted players and take a peek at which programs remain in the picture.
Star ratings and official visit information courtesy of 247Sports.
25. 4-Star CB Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Considering: Wisconsin, South Carolina
Suddenly back on the market, Lammons is seemingly a slight South Carolina lean. The 5'9.5", 170-pound Plantation High School product visited Columbia last summer and plans to spend an official visit with the Gamecocks before February.
He already used an official visit at Wisconsin in November. Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama also offered a spot to Lammons, but this is shaping up to be a two-team race between the Badgers and Gamecocks.
24. 4-Star WR Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C.)
Considering: Clemson, NC State, Ohio State, West Virginia
The list of uncommitted wide receivers was drastically condensed during All-American Game festivities, when several 5-star and 4-star talents revealed their collegiate intentions. Hillside High School star Trevion Thompson is one of the top pass targets available during the final stretch toward national signing day.
The 6'3", 188-pound playmaker is a gifted athlete who presents serious matchup issues with his size. He stayed busy during the 2013 season, spending time on campuses at North Carolina, Ohio State and North Carolina State.
His whirlwind recruiting tour continues into the second half of January, as planned visits to Clemson and West Virginia await. The Tigers were the first team to offer Thompson.
23. 4-Star CB Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga.)
Considering: South Carolina, Georgia
Cornerback Wesley Green created a positional need at South Carolina by decommiting from the Gamecocks in September. Oddly enough, he may be the prospect to fill it.
Green is expected to decide between South Carolina and Georgia, reports Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is slated to spend time with each program prior to national signing day.
The Martin Luther King Jr. High School standout will visit Columbia on the weekend of Jan. 17 and travel to Athens the following weekend. The Bulldogs view Green as a crucial in-state priority, and it remains to be seen if a change at defensive coordinator will have any impact on his outlook.
22. 4-Star DT Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Considering: Kentucky, Alabama
Matt Elam was expected to announce his commitment during the Army All-American Bowl but those plans were ultimately canceled. He postponed the decision to national signing day, leaving two conference rivals waiting down to the wire.
Elam trimmed his list to Kentucky and Alabama before the game and hasn't given any indication of a change. Indiana, Notre Dame and Louisville previously received consideration.
The 6'5", 372-pound nose tackle collected 85 tackles and four sacks as a senior at John Hardin High School, per 247Sports.
21. 4-Star LB Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas)
Considering: Texas, Houston, Texas A&M, Baylor
Edwin Freeman ranks among the top defenders in Texas. Although he is predominately considered an outside linebacker prospect, the Bowie High School recruit could ultimately fill more of a hybrid role at the next level, with strong safety as a possibility.
The 6'0.5", 212-pound thumper is physical, quick and leaves little question about his tacking skills near the line of scrimmage. Freeman is a frequent visitor at Texas A&M and Texas.
Those programs have risen to the forefront of his recruiting process. He spent an official visit in College Station last month, but it remains to be seen how he'll proceed with defensive-minded Charlie Strong now at the helm in Austin.
20. 4-Star OT Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo.)
Considering: Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State
Hazelwood Central High School offensive tackle Roderick Johnson remains one of the most well-balanced bookends in the nation. At 6'6", 315 pounds, he is physically prepared to compete at the collegiate level.
Johnson took a trip to Tallahassee in December, and defending national champion Florida State seems to be a minor favorite among an eclectic mix of teams. He is also considering Ohio State and Alabama.
His senior season ended with a trip to the state semifinals.
19. 4-Star DT Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Considering: LSU, Notre Dame, Miami, Kentucky
Travonte Valentine provides a dominant interior presence. The 6'3", 338-pound Champagnat Catholic High School product punished opponents throughout the 2013 season.
Valentine racked up 85 tackles, including 31.5 for loss, according to 247Sports. He also displayed impressive pass-rushing prowess with 16 sacks.
The Miami Hurricanes lost his commitment earlier this month but remain a viable option. LSU and Kentucky are also strong contenders for Valentine.
18. 4-Star TE Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah)
Considering: Utah, Stanford, Washington, Notre Dame
Bingham High School star Dalton Schultz is rated the nation's top-ranked tight end in 247Sports composite rankings. The 6'5", 215-pound pass target brings an excellent balance of athleticism and size to any offensive attack.
Schultz finished his senior season with 31 receptions for 512 yards and nine touchdowns, per MaxPreps. He's not a speedster but should quickly become a favorite weapon in the red zone.
He spent an official visit at Notre Dame, a program that has produced several NFL players at the position in recent years. Schultz is also eyeing up Washington, Utah and Stanford.
17. 4-Star S Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla.)
Considering: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Arkansas
Steven Parker enjoyed his most impressive high school season as a senior. The defensive back tallied 72 tackles and six sacks, per 247Sports.
His coverage skills require refinement, but he has the tools to take over at strong safety early in college. Parker earned first-team All-USA accolades following a 2013 campaign at Jenks High School that featured 614 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
He visited Oklahoma and Arkansas in November. The Sooners are in a solid position to secure Parker's commitment but face serious contention from Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
16. 4-Star RB Derrell Scott (Havelock. N.C.)
Considering: Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida
The 5'11", 180-pound prospect rushed for more than 2,100 yards and 25 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. It was the third consecutive season Scott picked up at least 1,700 yards on the ground.
He received a late offer from Florida and is expected to visit Gainesville this month. Scott also has South Carolina and Tennessee on his radar.
15. 4-Star DT Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Considering: Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Penn State
Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is still considering programs from several conferences. The Ocean Lakes High School standout led his squad to a 12-1 season, earning an Army All-American Bowl invite along the way.
Nnadi, an explosive 6'1", 305-pound prospect, can provide an intimidating presence at the three-technique and further inside along the line. He packed his recruiting schedule full of trips during the fall, spending time at Penn State, Virginia, Old Dominion and Florida State.
His itinerary still includes upcoming visits to Virginia Tech and Ohio State. Nnadi finished his senior season with 71 tackles and 20 sacks, per MaxPreps.
14. 4-Star OT Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz.)
Considering: Arizona State, Stanford, Texas A&M
Casey Tucker previously committed to USC but backed off that pledge in April. The 6'6", 270-pound offensive tackle helped pave the way to a state championship game appearance at Hamilton High School.
He earned a roster spot in the Under Armour All-American Game. Tucker takes control at the snap and displays tremendous athleticism for a young player of his physical stature.
13. 4-Star ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno. Calif.)
Considering: UCLA, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC
Versatile Central East High School playmaker Michiah Quick projects favorably at wide receiver, although he may ultimately end up in the defensive secondary. The Under Armour All-American Game selection starred on both sides of the ball during his high school career and has plenty of options at the next level.
Quick visited Oregon, Oklahoma, Alabama and Notre Dame during the season. He will meet the new USC coaching regime this month.
Crosstown rival UCLA is also on his list.
12. 4-Star OG Braden Smith (Olathe, Kans.)
Considering: Texas A&M, Auburn, TCU, Notre Dame
Kansas' Preseason High School Mr. Football (voted by MaxPreps) packs plenty of power, evidenced by his ability to bench 500 pounds. Braden Smith earned first-team All-USA honors and manhandles defensive linemen of all sizes and skill sets.
He visited TCU and Texas A&M during the season and is set to embark on a late nationwide recruiting tour. His upcoming official visits include returns to those aforementioned programs, along with trips to Auburn and Notre Dame.
11. 5-Star LB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala.)
Considering: UCLA, Auburn, Alabama
Rashaan Evans grew up in a town dominated by Tigers lore, but he is far from a lock to end up at Auburn. His list of January official visits includes the hometown team but also features a trip to rival Alabama.
Evans also visited UCLA in September. The Bruins made his list of three finalists, which eliminated Georgia and Ole Miss from contention.
The 6'3", 220-pound linebacker collected 77 tackles as a senior, per 247Sports. His effectiveness in the backfield is apparent with 43 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks.
10. 5-Star DE Malik McDowell (Detroit, Mich.)
Considering: Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Ohio State
Detroit defensive lineman Malik McDowell is a monstrous end who produced at a prolific rate during his senior season. The 6'7", 290-pound Southfield High School standout totaled 89 tackles in 10 games, per 247Sports.
He added seven sacks and projects as a sensational strong-side defensive end at the next level.
Big Ten Conference foes Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State remain in the mix but SEC squads are also emerging as legitimate contenders for his commitment. McDowell is still expected to visit LSU and Florida.
9. 4-Star OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif.)
Considering: BYU, Alabama, USC, UCLA
State champion St. John Bosco used blocks by Damien Mama to keep an explosive offense on track. The 6'4", 370-pound road grader gives defenders limited room to maneuver and stacks up pancakes at a high pace.
He earned recognition as a first-team All-USA selection. His recruiting process goes down to the wire with four primary contenders.
Mama is strongly considering staying close to home at USC or UCLA. He spent an official visit at Alabama and will travel to BYU before signing day.
8. 5-Star WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla.)
Considering: Florida State, Florida, Miami
Explosive receiver Ermon Lane ended a five-month pact with Florida on Jan. 10, re-opening his recruiting process at a pivotal stretch of the cycle. He showed off big-play ability in 2013, averaging almost 20 yards per catch.
Lane collected 605 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, according to 247Sports. He's a 6'3", 193-pound downfield threat who creates a tough matchup for cornerbacks and safeties.
Florida State is the prohibitive favorite to land Lane. Miami may also be under consideration after his decommitment from the Gators.
7. 5-Star OT Damian Prince (District Heights, Md.)
Considering: South Carolina, Florida State, Maryland, Florida
247Sports' Crystal Ball Prediction
Damian Prince is the most dynamic offensive lineman remaining on the board. The Bishop McNamara product stands at 6'5", 295 pounds and exhibits the athleticism of a tight end.
He earned first-team All-USA recognition. The battle for his services spans several campuses.
Prince spent official visits at Florida State and Maryland in November. He is set to spend time at South Carolina and Florida this month.
6. 5-Star DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas)
5. 5-Star ATH John Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
Considering: Notre Dame, Oregon, Alabama, USC
John Smith is a coveted prospect at both safety and receiver, although defense is likely to be his initial landing spot in college. He enjoyed a sensational senior season that showcased his skills at each position.
Smith secured 71 tackles and tallied 750 receiving yards, per the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He caught seven touchdowns in the process.
4. 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La.)
Considering: UCLA, Florida State, Alabama, LSU
Playing for defending national champion John Curtis Christian High School, Dupre led the team with 34 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns.
He spent plenty of time at nearby LSU during the season but plans to visit Alabama, UCLA and Florida State before signing day. Dupre's decision is one of the nation's most unpredictable.
3. 5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.)
Considering: LSU, Georgia, Florida, Florida State
Defensive end Lorenzo Carter is a one-man wrecking crew. He spearheaded a Norcross squad that claimed its second straight state title.
Carter is the top-ranked player in Georgia, so the Bulldogs are pushing hard to land him. Florida, LSU and Florida State pose a serious threat to the home-state program.
2. 5-Star CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif.)
Considering: USC, Florida, UCLA, Oklahoma
Depending where he ultimately commits, Jackson may end up playing in all three phases of the game at some point. The 5'9.5", 182-pound Junipero Serra High School product is also a state champion sprinter and has left the door open for a potential track and field career in college.
His top options include Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, UCLA and Tennessee. USC may be the team to beat, especially since the Trojans added a commitment from Jackson's high school teammate and quarterback Jalen Greene.
1. 5-Star CB Marlon Humphrey (Birmingham, Ala.)
Considering: Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, UCLA
Few defensive backs in the country can compare to Marlon Humphrey's physical skill set and football pedigree. The 6'1", 175-pound cornerback is the son of former Alabama standout and Denver Broncos player Bobby Humphrey.
He secured 35 tackles and three interceptions in 2013 for public school national champion Hoover High School. Florida State, Mississippi State, UCLA and Alabama are each set to host Humphrey for an official visit.
The Seminoles saw defensive coordinator and former Hoover assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt depart for the same job at Georgia this week.
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