National Signing Day 2014: Predicting Landing Spots for Top Recruits

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National Signing Day 2014: Predicting Landing Spots for Top Recruits
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High school recruits from around the nation will sign their letters of intent on national signing day, which takes place this year on Wednesday, Feb. 5. There are still plenty of young men who enter the big day without having previously declared—some of whom are among the top recruits of the 2014 class.

Needless to say, the anticipation is ramping up across America.

Fanbases are clamoring for the latest scraps of information about impact players who could potentially mean the difference between winning and losing big games in the near future. 

With that in mind, here's a look at a few of the top undecided recruits, along with predicted landing spots based on the latest information. 

 

Adoree' Jackson, Cornerback

Adoree' Jackson is a 5-star cornerback from Gardena, Calif., and one of the most highly coveted prospects in the nation. Despite the widespread interest in his talents, he has kept his upcoming decision close to the vest throughout the winter. 

According to 247Sports, Florida and USC are "warmer," while LSU and UCLA are "warm," when it comes to schools with the best shot at landing the talented defensive back. 

The site's composite rankings have Jackson as the top corner prospect and the seventh-best overall prospect in the country, so there's no question his decision has fans all over the country on the edge of their seats.

One thing that must be considered when looking at Jackson is his love for track and field. He's a phenomenal long-jumper and sprinter, which means Florida will likely have a big edge, according to Greg Biggins of Scout.com (subscription required):

Jackson has said track will play just as big a role in his decision as football and the Gators have done a great job getting their track program involved. Jackson’s dream is to make the 2016 Olympics in the long jump and he said Florida’s jump program gives him the best shot to make that happen.

There's always a chance one of the other schools could sneak into the lead before he signs his letter, but for now it appears Jackson is headed to the East Coast. 

Predicted Landing Spot: Florida

 

Rashaan Evans, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End

The fact that Alabama has a shot to land Rashaan Evans, who is a local prospect from Auburn, Ala., shows just how amazing Nick Saban's recruiting machine truly is. 

Per 247Sports, Auburn has an edge over 'Bama, with UCLA coming in a distant third. 

The young man recently discussed the stress and toll of being pursued by so many high-profile programs, via Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com“It’s been pretty hectic,” Evans said. “I really haven’t had just a good week to myself, with me and my family, where we don’t have people calling us or coming to see us or having to go on visits or anything.” 

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It's not surprising that he's being hounded so relentlessly. 

The 5-star pass-rusher has the physique and athleticism to play either outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme (such as Alabama) or defensive end in a 4-3 (such as Auburn). He's quick, long and strong, making him a nightmare for offensive tackles on the edge. 

In the end, given the recent success Auburn has had under Gus Malzahn, and given his tight family bonds, nobody should be surprised to see Evans stay close to home. 

Predicted Landing Spot: Auburn

 

Malachi Dupre, Wide Receiver

Malachi Dupre from Louisiana comes into national signing day with a ton of hype, and for good reason. At 6'2.5" and 187 pounds, the 5-star wide receiver combines a dazzling display of attributes that have college coaches drooling about his potential. 

Though not a track star, Dupre features excellent speed, quickness and hands to go along with his No. 1-receiver size. 

247Sports lists LSU (not surprisingly) at the top of Dupre's wish list, with a quartet of heavy hitters coming in right behind: UCLA, Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss.

Mike Farrell of Rivals.com recently predicted Dupre will choose FSU, adding a quick note about how exciting it would be to see three 5-star receivers lining up on Saturdays:

It's not hard to lean that way, given the incredible season quarterback Jameis Winston had. Furthermore, with Kelvin Benjamin on his way to the NFL, via the 2014 NFL draft, there potentially is an open spot in the starting lineup for Dupre to make an instant impact.   

Predicted Landing Spot: Florida State

 

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