College football recruiting has become an entirely different beast in the past decade and it's only getting more intense. With nationally-televised showcases and signing day announcements playing a huge role, high school recruits are able to build their profiles like never before.
We also get to see what it's like from a young kid's perspective, as they can now share their unique 'crootin stories from campuses around the country via social media. Things are already hyper-competitive in today's landscape of college recruiting, but the intensity especially ramps for uncommitted prospects in the final week of the process.
Here's a look at some of the country's top recruits who are scheduled to make their announcements on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 5.
CB Adoree' Jackson
Finalists: USC, UCLA, Florida, LSU
Feb. 5 Announcement: 2:05 p.m. ET, ESPNU
The nation's top cornerback and No. 7 overall recruit remains the only top-10 player in the 247Sports composite rankings who is yet to pick a school. Listed at 5'9", 182 pounds, Adoree' Jackson hails from Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.), the same high school that recently produced USC receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.
Throughout the recruiting process, Jackson has developed quite a following on social media. Earlier this week, he announced his final four schools via Twitter.
As a Southern California native playing at a school that's been something of a USC pipeline, many figure the Trojans have the inside track. Not to mention his high school quarterback Jalen Greene enrolled early at USC a couple of weeks ago.
Jackson is projected to be a shutdown corner at the next level, but he opened eyes with his offensive production for Serra in 2013, showing his skills as an athlete.
Per MaxPreps, Jackson also had 38 catches for 812 yards and seven touchdowns, along with 669 yards rushing (9.7 average) and five scores on the ground. Defensively he added three more touchdown returns as part of his six-pick campaign, and he figures to stay on that side of the ball at the next level.
LB Rashaan Evans
Finalists: Auburn, Alabama, UCLA
Feb. 5 Announcement: 10 a.m. ET
It looks like the recruitment of 5-star linebacker Rashaan Evans of Auburn (Ala.) is going to be a reprisal of the Iron Bowl on national signing day. Evans is currently listed as the No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2014 and the No. 1 outside linebacker, per 247Sports composite rankings.
Auburn and Alabama appear the be the top two suitors for Evans, a 6'3", 220-pound force who racked up 17 sacks in his senior year in 2013, according MaxPreps. While UCLA is still in the mix, Evans recently cancelled a visit to the Bruins, per Matt Scalici of AL.com.
There is a lot on the shoulders of the young man, as his father, Alan Evans, is a former player at Auburn. You can imagine the reaction of Tigers fans when they saw the younger Evans recently post this picture on a recruiting trip to Alabama.
Auburn has pulled out all the stops for Evans and made him feel welcome, and it looks like he's going to stay in his own backyard. But don't think that Crimson Tide fans will soon forget this picture. If he ends up with Auburn, it's guaranteed to show up on a College GameDay sign made by an intrepid 'Bama student at some point in the future.
Finalists: Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU
Feb. 5 Announcement: 3 p.m. ET
Lorenzo Carter's recruitment paints a picture of just how competitive things can get in the final week.
Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently described the scene at one of Carter's basketball games for Norcross (Ga.) High School earlier this week.
His parents sat in the bleachers surrounded by at least six assistants from Florida and Florida State.
It’s what veteran recruiters call “hand-to-hand combat” – neither college backing down an inch while in a fierce battle for an elite recruit.
New Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly sat next to Carter’s mother. Only a few feet away, Florida assistant Joker Phillips was strategically sitting next to Carter’s father.
That's a lot of pressure for a young man just trying to play a basketball game, but such is life for a 5-star prospect. Listed at 6'5", 232 pounds, Carter is listed as the No. 18 overall recruit and No. 2 weakside defensive end in this year's class. He wrapped up his high school career by earning First-Team All-American honors from USA Today after helping Norcross win back-to-back state titles.
According to projections from 247Sports, Georgia is the clear favorite to retain their homegrown talent, but that hasn't stopped the Florida schools from some last-ditch efforts.
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