2015 College Football Recruits Most Likely to Commit This Spring
Early commitments have become the norm in college football recruiting. Most recruits of this generation like the idea of getting the process over with before the start of their senior season.
Looking at the 2015 class, several prospects appear to be excited to follow the trend of making an early pledge. Although it's tough to get a solid time frame for a decision from recruits right now due to it being so early in the process, the players on this list are the most likely to be committed to a school by the time the summer arrives.
A linebacker is looking to get his decision over with, while two quarterbacks will make sure they occupy a scholarship slot by the end of the spring. Plus, an offensive lineman could commit soon.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
Zach Gentry, QB
Zach Gentry is a rising 4-star quarterback who is the best passing prospect from New Mexico since Pittsburgh Steelers and former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.
At 6'6" and 230 pounds, Gentry combines outstanding size with terrific arm strength. He can rifle the ball downfield with great velocity, which puts more pressure on the third level of a defense.
Gentry has Tennessee and Oklahoma State as his top schools, says 247Sports. He recently mentioned to Jay Fielder of OStateIllustrated.com (subscription required) that he knows quarterbacks tend to commit early.
Look for a decision to come this spring.
Jalin Barnett, OG
At 6'4" and 315 pounds, 4-star guard Jalin Barnett is a mammoth blocker who can maul defenders in the trenches. He has great strength and power, but Barnett also flashes good quickness and short-area agility.
An Oklahoma native, Barnett has the Sooners heavy on his mind. He told Josh McCuistion of SoonerScoop.com (subscription required) that he almost committed to OU during a Junior Day visit earlier this year.
If Barnett was close to committing during an early visit, chances are he's not going to drag out his recruiting process much longer.
Regarding Barnett, on Feb. 3, McCuistion wrote, "Oklahoma has done a good job pitching to Barnett in a way that he says there is something slightly different about what the Sooners are selling him on than other schools."
Cameron Smith, LB
A 6'3" linebacker from California, Cameron Smith looks like he weighs more than the 225 pounds he's listed at. He has solid range from the middle of the field, plus Smith plays strong and stout at the point of attack.
The tackling machine had 113 stops in 2013, per 247Sports. Smith recently took an unofficial visit to USC, where he was extended an offer by the coaching staff, according to USCFootball.com (subscription required).
Reading between the lines, it seems the Trojans wanted Smith's commitment on the spot. Although they didn't get it then, it wouldn't be shocking if it came sometime this spring.
Malik Jefferson, LB
A 5-star linebacker, Malik Jefferson is a dynamic defender who can attack the line of scrimmage from the flanks. The Texan has great speed and range, plus he's 6'3" and 215 pounds.
Jefferson has a ton of schools after him, but Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M are standing out, according to 247Sports. While he did say he has some thinking to do, Jefferson told Fletcher Whiteley of AggieYell.com (subscription required) that his original plan of picking a school later in the process probably will be scrapped.
Sounds like a decision could actually be made this spring.
Josh Rosen, QB
Josh Rosen is a 5-star quarterback from California who very well could be the No. 1 player at his position before the end of this recruiting cycle.
At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Rosen has good arm strength and is a solid decision-maker. The consensus feeling is that many schools will try to sway Rosen from Los Angeles, but UCLA will be the school he commits to.
Many schools don't take multiple quarterbacks, so recruits at this position make early decisions so their slot won't be given to another passer. That means Rosen likely will be committed to UCLA or another program by the time summer starts.