2015 College Football Recruits Most Likely to Wait Until National Signing Day
In the era of making an early commitment, every recruiting class still has a group of prospects who wait until national signing day to commit to a school.
The top quarterbacks are usually pledged to a program by the end of the summer, but the other positions are fair game when it comes to waiting. The advantages of waiting until national signing day are plentiful, as letting the process play out naturally and not forcing a decision will only lead to a recruit making a well-informed choice.
A 5-star running back is going to wait as long as he can, while a talented athlete will take a long look at all of his options. Plus, two SEC schools will be fighting over a defensive tackle all the way to national signing day.
Leo Lewis, LB
Hailing from Mississippi, Leo Lewis is one of the most naturally athletic linebackers in the country. He's spent a great deal of time at the defensive end position, but the 4-star prospect's skill set fits best on the second level.
At 6'3" and 225 pounds, Lewis is comfortable in space. He has ideal speed to chase running backs across the box, plus his athleticism will help him to buzz into coverage without any problems.
Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama are his top schools, says 247Sports. His decision will not come until national signing day, according to Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com (subscription required).
Jalin Barnett, OG
Barnett has solid quickness at the snap to get out of his stance, but his strength and power are what make him such a coveted prospect. The 6'4", 315-pounder will be ready to contribute in the offensive trenches early in his college career.
Barnett's decision will not come soon, with Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required) saying not to look for an announcement until after his season. Something says national signing day is when Barnett will let people know what he intends to do.
Kendall Sheffield, CB
Kendall Sheffield is a 5-star cornerback from Texas with elite athleticism, speed and quickness. The 5'11", 180-pounder works well in off-man coverage, plus he has the range and awareness to be just fine in zone.
Sheffield gives off the impression that he's going to play things close to the vest with his recruitment. Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma are schools to keep an eye on here, but things can go in an array of directions.
With Mike Farrell of Rivals.com saying Sheffield is not rushing to make a decision, he's likely to wait until national signing day.
Stanley Norman, ATH
At 6'0" and 172 pounds, Stanley Norman can impact the game as a safety, receiver, cornerback, running back and returner.
He's a 4-star athlete from California who operates on the field with a lot of confidence. Norman has natural ball skills, plus he has a knack for making big plays. UCLA and Oklahoma are just a few schools to name who are on his case, according to 247Sports, plus don't count out USC.
Norman told Chris Swanson of USCFootball.com (subscription required) that he'll decide sometime around national signing day.
Damien Harris, RB
A 5-star running back from Kentucky, Damien Harris was once committed to Michigan. However, he has backed off that pledge, which has made many schools from around the nation come hard after him.
Harris, who is 5'11" and 205 pounds, has solid tackle-breaking ability when coming through traffic. He runs hard up the field with solid speed and quickness, plus he can catch the ball well out of the backfield.
Michigan is still in the mix, but Ohio State has come into the picture, says 247Sports. Auburn and Kentucky are also hanging around. Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com (subscription required) was told by Harris in February that he will not decide until national signing day.
Daron Payne, DT
Among the best players in talent-rich Alabama, 5-star defensive tackle Daron Payne will have both in-state powers tussling over him for months to come.
Alabama and Auburn both have Payne among their top recruiting priorities, and for good reason. The 6'2", 316-pounder has fantastic strength to bully his way around the field. Payne doesn't waste much time after the snap, plus he does a great job of quickly finding the ball.
A national signing day announcement is expected from Payne, says Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com (subscription required).
Said Hokanson: "Payne plans to wait and look at all the schools before making a decision around signing day."
Iman Marshall, CB
There are not a lot of negatives in 5-star cornerback Iman Marshall's game. He has impressive size at 6'1" and 190 pounds, plus he works with athleticism and instincts in the secondary.
Marshall is rarely sticky when coming out of his backpedal, plus he has the speed to carry receivers downfield. The versatile defensive back also could be a 5-star safety.
USC, Stanford, Notre Dame, LSU and Ohio State are Marshall's top schools, according to 247Sports. He'll decide where he wants to go on the first Wednesday of February 2015, per Edward Lewis of BruinSportsReport.com (subscription required).