National Signing Day 2014: Top Uncommitted Recruits Ahead of February's Key Date

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National Signing Day 2014: Top Uncommitted Recruits Ahead of February's Key Date
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After the national championship game, the most important date on the 2014 college football calendar is Feb. 5, better known as national signing day.

While a majority of the Class of 2014's most coveted recruits have already made their commitments, there are a handful of uncommitted 5-star prospects who can alter the college football landscape with their decision. 

Here we'll highlight some of the top uncommitted recruits to keep an eye on over the next month.

*Player rankings and statistics courtesy of 247Sports.com. 

 

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Birmingham, Ala.

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There isn't a more coveted uncommitted recruit among the Class of 2014 than Birmingham's Marlon Humphrey, who is an accomplished track star in addition to a gifted football player.

The 5-star cornerback has received a plethora of offers from top-flight programs around the country but is thought to be on the fence between Alabama and defending national champion Florida State, according to 247Sports.com.

On top of playing his high school football in Alabama, Humphrey has ties to the Crimson Tide as his father was an Alabama legend back in the day.

At 6'1", 175 pounds, Humphrey has seemingly endless potential as a playmaking cornerback. He recorded 13 interceptions over his past three seasons at Hoover, returning three for touchdowns. 

 

Adoree' Jackson, CB, Gardena, Calif. 

Another talented cornerback turning plenty of heads in 2014 is Adoree' Jackson, a 5-star prospect who has yet to commit ahead of February's national signing day. 

According to 247Sports.com, USC and Florida are the two favorites to land the Junipero Serra High School star. 

Interestingly, Jackson has stated he will play wide receiver for the Trojans if he commits to USC. He certainly has the speed, hands and instincts to star on offense if he goes that route. 

When watching Jackson play, the first things that jump out are his quickness and explosiveness. While he isn't as tall as Humphrey, his skills in man coverage more than make up for it. As his 17 interceptions and three defensive touchdowns since 2011 would indicate, the Gardena, Calif. native is a dynamic player once he finds the ball.

 

John Smith, ATH, Long Beach, Calif.

A 5-star athlete out of Long Beach, Calif., John Smith has tremendous potential as a playmaker on both sides of the ball at the next level.

According to ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton (subscription required), Smith has interest in half a dozen schools this winter but is expected to narrow his list in the coming weeks: 

I have my visit to USC on the 17th (of January). Everything is calm now. My eyes are on my six schools: Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Alabama and Ohio State. From there...I’m going to narrow it down to three schools and I plan to announce on signing day.

Not surprisingly, the 6'1", 200-pound playmaker was a stud on both sides in high school, recording 51 tackles, intercepting six passes and catching nine touchdowns during the 2012 season.

Smith's versatility and football instincts will certainly add a lot to whichever program he chooses.

 

Lorenzo Carter, DE, Norcross, Ga.

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Georgia's Lorenzo Carter is an impressive defensive recruit and one of the top overall prospects in the entire country. 

At 6'5", 232 pounds, Carter is a super athletic pass-rusher who recorded more than 260 tackles and 24 sacks over the past two seasons in high school, according to 247Sports.com

Regardless of where he winds up, you can bet Carter will be playing in the SEC next season. According to ESPN SEC recruiting reporter Derek Tyson, Carter's parents have three marquee schools in mind, none of them Alabama:

It remains to be seen which of Carter's parents will win out in the end. But for now, it appears that the nation's toughest conference is only going to get better in 2014.

 

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