National Signing Day 2014: Top Uncommitted Names to Watch

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

Jul 2, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) runs a pass route during the Nike 7on7 pool play at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon on Tuesday July, 2, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
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The eyes of the football world will turn to Wednesday, February 5 as the remainder of the nation's top prospects will select where they will play collegiate football.

The fate of many schools' programs rests on the outcome.

As expected, Alabama, Ohio State and Texas A&M lead the way in rankings, but for schools looking to be relevant or make a significant jump, the day acts as barometer for the future of the program.

Fans are now less than a week out from the big event, with plenty of potential future stars to watch as they make their major decisions.


Note: All team rankings and prospect rankings based on composite numbers from


Adoree' Jackson, CB (No. 7)

Adoree' Jackson is a big deal, which is why ESPNU will air his announcement live, per Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times:

Jackson, the lone top-10 recruit who remains undecided, is a game-breaking player who excels in coverage and is also explosive enough to score on kick returns.

At 5'9.5" and 182 pounds, not many can match Jackson's speed, which will make him an instant contributor at the next level. His defensive production in three seasons speaks for itself, with 114 tackles and 17 interceptions being the highlights.

He also has a knack for memorable plays:

Florida, USC, UCLA and LSU have made the cut to this point, with the Trojans and new coach Steve Sarkisian seemingly the favorite.


Rashaan Evans, OLB, (No. 15)

Auburn, Alabama and UCLA remain in the hunt for Rashaan Evans, one of the nation's top linebacker recruits.

Evans recently reduced the amount of teams in the race and told Brandon Marcello of that, "I have a good idea which school I want to commit to right now."

Regardless of where he goes, Evans is sure to be a star. His play on the field factors into this equation, but so does his popularity with other players, as Rivals' Allie Davison illustrates:

Evans stands at 6'3" and weighs 220 pounds with an impressive 4.51 40-yard dash time. His ability to put pressure on quarterbacks thanks to this speed is what makes him so attractive to suitors—as does his 77 (43 for loss) tackles and 17.5 sacks in 2013, too.


Malachi Dupre, WR (No. 17)

At 6'2.5" and 187 pounds with blazing speed, Malachi Dupre is a unique prospect who can start right away for any major program he chooses to attend.

Dupre is taking his time in the selection process, with LSU, UCLA, Ole Miss, Florida State and Alabama still in the running for the two-sport athlete's services.

Outside of his size and 1,479 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in three years on a run-first team, what makes Dupre so intriguing is his leaping ability. He broke a state record in high jump as his father documents, via ESPN's Gerry Hamilton:

His 10th-grade year, Malachi had a basketball game on a Friday night. Then, he had to go high jump the next day at the indoor state meet in Baton Rouge. He went home after the basketball game and iced his legs. He got up early the next morning and we went to Baton Rouge and he won the high jump, and set a state record.

Pair production with an ability to catch the ball at its highest point over defenders, and it becomes obvious why Dupre is one of the nation's most sought-after recruits by the top teams in the land.


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