National Signing Day 2014: Announcement Schedule, Predictions and More

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National Signing Day 2014: Announcement Schedule, Predictions and More
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There's no overestimating the importance of national signing day. 

While some may argue that it has turned into a spectacle that puts certain high school kids into an unnecessary spotlight, when it comes down to it, this is the day where dozens of top recruits make their ultimate decision on where they'll play college football. 

Not only that, but you'll undoubtedly see other already-committed prospects across the country change their mind at the last second once it's time to put pen to paper. 

This is the day when the future of programs can be made or broken. 

Let's take a look at everything you need to know to keep track of what will be a chaotic 12 hours. 

Announcement Schedule

Players such as Matt Elam, Frank Ragnow and Andrew Mike are scheduled to announce their commitments in the next coming days, but the real action comes on national signing day—Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

Here's a look at when the top uncommitted players (rankings courtesy of 247Sports) are expected to announce, per's Stephen Spiewak:

National Signing Day (Feb. 5) Announcement Schedule
Player Position 247Sports Ranking Time (ET) TV
Derrick Nnadi DT 99 8 a.m.
Isaiah McKenzie WR 308 8:15 a.m.
Braden Smith OG 63 8:50 a.m. ESPNU
Solomon Thomas DE 25 9 a.m. ESPNU
Andrew Williams DE 231 9:45 a.m.
Roderick Johnson OT 125 10 a.m.
Ermon Lane WR 24 10 a.m. ESPNU
Damian Prince OT 27 10:20 a.m. ESPNU
Malachi Dupre WR 17 10:30 a.m. ESPNU
Kenny Young ILB 175 10:30 a.m. ESPNU
Terrence Alexander CB 520 10:30 a.m. ESPNU
Mattrell McGraw S 362 10:30 a.m. ESPNU
Travonte Valentine DT 65 10:30 a.m.
Damien Mama OG 38 11:15 a.m. ESPNU
Rashaan Evans OLB 15 11:45 a.m. ESPNU
Adoree' Jackson CB 7 2:10 p.m. ESPNU
Steven Parker S 108 2:15 p.m.
Lorenzo Carter DE 18 3 p.m. ESPNU
Myles Autry ATH 342 3 p.m. ESPNU
Budda Baker ATH 55 4 p.m.
John "JuJu' Smith ATH 20 5 p.m.
Wesley Green DB 160 5 p.m.
Michiah Quick ATH 56 6 p.m.
Poona Ford DT 263 6 p.m.

Predictions for Top Uncommitted Prospects

Adoree' Jackson, CB

There were reports—from 247Sports' JC Shurburtt and Rivals' Mike Farellthat Tennessee could be a sleeper for Adoree' Jackson, but the top-ranked corner (Jabrill Peppers is listed as an athlete) put an end to that speculation by naming his final four:

Although Jackson is originally from Illinois and has family in the Midwest, he went to high school at Junipero Serra in Gardena, Calif. I wouldn't be surprised to see him pick up Florida's hat—or reveal a Gator shaved into his hair, or whatever—but I think he'll stay home and follow in the footsteps of other Serra grads such as Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.

Prediction: USC

Rashaan Evans, OLB

I can tell you one thing. Rashaan Evans is staying inside the state of Alabama. 

The Auburn native and No. 2 ranked player in the state was thought to have his top-three narrowed down to Auburn, Alabama and UCLA, but on Jan. 27, he cancelled his trip to Los Angeles, per's Matt Scalici

Evans' father told Scalici that the Bruins remain firmly in play, but it's probably safe to assume at this point that the supremely talented linebacker will be attending the Iron Bowl next season. 

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Deciphering between these two schools is difficult, but while Evans has had positive things to say about both sides during this entire process, it has always felt like Auburn has been in the lead.

"The fact that (Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn) showed me (his home), it made me feel more for-sure about coach Malzahn and what he wants to do with me and also where he wants to go with this program," Evans said, via's Brandon Marcello

Any of the past several years, and it would probably be Alabama. But after such a transcendent, high-profile campaign for the Tigers, I think Auburn takes it. 

Prediction: Auburn

Malachi Dupre, WR

Malachi Dupre, who is rated as the No. 2 wide receiver by 247Sports, recently revealed his final five, which cover a good portion of the country:

LSU has to be seen as the favorite here. Dupre went to high school at John Curtis in Louisiana, and with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry off to the NFL, there's a great chance for him to earn playing time right away with the Tigers. 

Alabama has stepped up its recruitment recently with an in-home visit from Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin, via ESPN's Gerry Hamilton, and Florida State is obviously in the mix after winning the national championship, but everyone is just chasing the Tigers right now, and they don't have the time to catch up. 

Prediction: LSU 

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