Predicting Where Every Uncommitted 2016 Under Armour Recruit Will Sign
Entering the week, 34 recruits who are participating in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game are still looking to make a final decision on where they will play their college football.
Beginning with 5-star defensive tackle and No. 1 overall recruit Rashan Gary, colleges around the country are coveting a number of players who are in Orlando, Florida, for this week’s festivities.
A few players such as 4-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith, 4-star receiver Drake Davis and 4-star safety Brandon Burton are among the players scheduled to announce their pledges during the game Saturday.
Where are those guys likely headed, and where are the other uncommitted standouts who are still going through the recruiting process likely to land?
Find out as we predict where every uncommitted 2016 Under Armour recruit will land in the coming weeks.
Recruits are listed in alphabetical order.
4-Star OL Willie Allen
Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss are among the schools that are recruiting the nation's No. 11 offensive tackle.
However, it's LSU that appears to have the inside track with the New Orleans native.
4-Star S Deontay Anderson
Anderson has set official visits to see the Longhorns and Tigers in January, but the Rebels have been considered the favorite to land him.
While Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his staff could make this interesting, the Rebels' lead could be too much to overcome with signing day a little more than a month away.
Prediction: Ole Miss
3-Star CB Carlos Becker
N.C. State has been trending with 3-star corner Carlos Becker, but it appears as if the Florida defensive back's stock is on the rise.
According to Chris Nee of Noles247, Becker will visit Florida State on Jan. 15, Ohio State on Jan. 22 and Ole Miss on Jan. 29.
The Wolfpack hosted Becker back in October, and they are hoping that trip will be enough to stave off the other powers that are showing interest in him.
While the Wolfpack still have a great shot, it will be interesting to see if the homestanding Seminoles make a push for Becker—which could be tough for him to turn down in the end.
Prediction: Florida State
4-Star WR A.J. Brown
When it comes to the recruitment of 4-star wideout A.J. Brown, Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have been consistently in his group of favorites.
Being that Brown is from Starkville, the Bulldogs seem to be the heavy favorites to keep Brown within the city limits for college.
While it's tough to count out either the Rebels or the Tide, it's hard to imagine Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen letting Brown get away to one of his program's chief rivals.
Prediction: Mississippi State
4-Star S Brandon Burton
Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and UCLA are among the schools hoping to hear good news Saturday from Burton.
As Nee noted, the Seminoles and the Bruins have been recruiting the hardest in recent months.
While it wouldn't be a complete shock to see Burton leave the Golden State for Tallahassee, the safe bet appears to be on his staying close to home for college.
4-Star CB Shyheim Carter
After decommitting from an early pledge to Alabama, 4-star athlete Shyheim Carter began to show interest in fellow SEC powers Georgia and Ole Miss.
However, after a whirlwind month in which the coaching carousel reshuffled the deck a bit, the Tide are firmly in the mix with Miami being a potential late entry to his process.
With Carter having a strong relationship with new Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart dating back to his tenure in Tuscaloosa, as reported by ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton, the Bulldogs may stand the best chance to land the stud Pelican State corner.
4-Star DT Michail Carter
When it comes to stud defensive tackles in the 2016 class from the state of Georgia, 4-star Michail Carter tends to get lost in the shuffle.
However, Carter expects to visit Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Georgia Tech before deciding on national signing day.
As Kipp Adams of Dawgs247 notes, the Bulldogs and the Tide have been recruiting him the hardest. With the Bulldogs getting the last visit from Carter, that could be enough to tip the scales in their favor.
4-Star WR Nate Craig-Myers
Despite losing a commitment from 4-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers in the spring, Auburn is still in the mix for the talented pass-catcher and will host him on an official visit next month.
Ole Miss will also get an official visit on the final weekend before signing day. While he won't visit them officially, Sunshine State powers Florida and Florida State are also in pursuit.
He took an official visit to North Carolina back in September, and the Tar Heels made a strong impression on Craig-Myers.
However, the school that has had the most traction with him in the aftermath of his decommitment is Florida. While his recruitment is wide-open, the Gators may hold the slightest of edges as things stand.
4-Star CB Eric Cuffee
Although he's racked up 35 offers to his credit, the race to land 4-star defensive back Eric Cuffee appears to be down to in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M.
According to EJ Holland of Horns247, the two Lone Star State powers have gone back and forth as leaders in Cuffee's recruitment, but as the finish line nears, it appears the Longhorns have emerged as the favorite.
It's unclear whether or not Cuffee plans to announce this weekend. However, the Longhorns are trending with the Waco, Texas, native.
5-Star LB Ben Davis
Although his father Wayne is one of the greatest defensive players in Alabama history, 5-star linebacker Ben Davis has kept an open mind with regard to his recruiting process.
The Tide join Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame as the finalists for Davis.
While the Bulldogs could make things interesting because of Smart's arrival in Athens, it would be a major shock if Davis landed anywhere other than Tuscaloosa on signing day.
4-Star WR Drake Davis
Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M are among the finalists for 4-star receiver Drake Davis, who will announce his commitment during Saturday's game.
However, the Tigers and the Rebels have been the main two schools in the mix with Davis since the summer.
As Ryan Bartow of 247Sports detailed, the Rebels have been considered his leader for quite some time.
Prediction: Ole Miss
4-Star OL Terrance Davis
One of the nation's top uncommitted interior offensive linemen is 4-star Maryland native Terrance Davis.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Davis will decide during Saturday's game, with Florida, Maryland and Michigan representing his trio of finalists.
While the Wolverines were the early leaders for Davis, former Wolverines assistant and new Terrapins head coach D.J. Durkin has Maryland in a good position to keep the big man closer to home for college.
4-Star OL Jean Delance
Another stud offensive lineman who is set to announce his commitment this weekend is 4-star Texas standout Jean Delance.
According to Chance Linton of 247Sports, LSU, Michigan and Texas are his three finalists, with the Wolverines emerging as the team with the most buzz heading into his announcement.
However, as Holland noted, there's still optimism on the side of the Longhorns, which means the decision could go either way.
4-Star OL Landon Dickerson
Auburn and Florida State have already hosted 4-star offensive lineman Landon Dickerson for official visits.
According to Josh Newberg of Noles247, he's also set up visits to Alabama and Florida in January, with Georgia and Tennessee battling for his final official.
While the course of his recruitment could shift following this visits, the Tigers and Seminoles are the pole-sitters in Dickerson's recruitment.
As Newberg noted, Dickerson's connection with Seminoles offensive line coach Rick Trickett could eventually make the difference in his landing in Tallahassee.
Prediction: Florida State
4-Star CB Kristian Fulton
He will take officials to Fayetteville and Gainesville on the final two weekends before national signing day.
However, it would be a huge upset if either the Hogs or the Gators are able to steal him away from the Tigers.
5-Star DT Rashan Gary
Since the beginning of Gary's recruitment, Michigan has been the presumed favorite to land him on signing day.
He will take an official visit to USC on Jan. 15, and he's already visited Auburn and Ole Miss.
He may take his fifth official visit, but the only school that has been consistently with Gary since the beginning of his recruitment is Michigan.
With the Wolverines already enjoying success recruiting the state of New Jersey, Gary figures to be the final piece of their puzzle on signing day.
4-Star WR Keith Gavin
Alabama figured to be the main school to watch after 4-star wide receiver Keith Gavin backed off a pledge to Florida State.
However, the Seminoles are still fighting to get the 6'3", 211-pounder back on to their commit list.
As Newberg detailed, Gavin will visit both schools after the dead period ends in January, with both the Tide and the 'Noles seemingly running neck and neck in a battle that could go either way.
However, with Tallahassee less than an hour away from his hometown of Crawfordville, Florida, the 'Noles may win out due to proximity.
Prediction: Florida State
4-Star DE Terrell Hall
Alabama, Ole Miss and UCLA will get a chance to host 4-star defensive end Terrell Hall for official visits in January.
The Washington, D.C. pass-rusher has already visited both Florida and Florida State.
The Seminoles and the Tide are two teams trending with Hall, as noted by Bama Online's Hank South. Given that the Tide will get him back on campus shortly before he makes a decision, it's hard to bet against the Tide.
4-Star LB Aaron Hansford
Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA are the six schools still in the mix with 4-star linebacker Aaron Hansford.
He's already taken official visits to Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oregon. UCLA will host him on Jan. 15. According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, he will take his final official visit to see either the Tar Heels or the Sooners on Jan 22.
Hansford's recruitment appears to be a wide-open race. With him being another Washington, D.C. product that new Terps head coach D.J. Durkin will aggressively try to land, he could end up playing his college football close to home.
4-Star ATH Lamar Jackson
Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon are among the out-of-state programs fighting to keep 4-star athlete Lamar Jackson away from UCLA and USC.
According to Tom Loy of 247Sports, Jackson named the Cornhuskers as his leader heading into the final full month before signing day.
However, it remains to be seen whether Jackson will pull the trigger on leaving the Golden State. If he chooses to stay in California, the Trojans appear to have a leg up on their crosstown rivals for Jackson's services.
4-Star LB Dontavious Jackson
Florida State, Michigan and UCLA have already hosted 4-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson in the fall.
Newberg noted that Jackson has official visits planned to see Alabama and Florida in January, in addition to his desire to take unofficial trips to Florida State, LSU, Michigan and Texas.
Jackson has many suitors and seems to be truly wide-open in his process.
With that said, given Charlie Strong's ability to close with a flurry late and his reputation for landing and developing players on the defensive side of the ball, the Longhorns could be a tough option for Jackson to turn down in the end.
5-Star S Brandon Jones
Texas A&M has long been considered the favorite to land 5-star Texas safety Brandon Jones.
However, as EJ Holland of Horns247 noted, longtime rival Texas appears to have narrowed the gap with Jones and will host him for an official visit on Jan. 15.
It will be a battle until the end for Jones, but Texas seems to have the current momentum with the nation's top safety.
4-Star Keion Joyner
One school that stuck with Joyner throughout his ups and downs away from the field was Florida State, as detailed by 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong.
Joyner will make his college destination known on Saturday, and the Seminoles appear to be the heavy favorites heading into his announcement.
Prediction: Florida State
4-Star CB Nigel Knott
The month of January figures to be a critical stretch in 4-star corner Nigel Knott's recruitment.
Tom Loy of 247Sports noted that Oregon is the only school that he's taken an official visit to. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are among the schools in the running for his remaining four official visits.
Of that group, the Mississippi native has seen both in-state schools as well as Alabama and FSU.
With Alabama's history of pulling elite corners in recent years, the Tide seem to be one of the safest options to be in the mix with Knott until the end.
5-Star DT Rashard Lawrence
Ohio State and UCLA have already hosted 5-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence on official visits.
As Sonny Shipp of Geaux247 notes, he may not take any other officials because he's seen two of his other favorites—Alabama and LSU—numerous times.
While Alabama has won its share of recruiting battles for Louisiana prospects over the years, LSU appears to have the inside track on keeping Lawrence in-state.
4-Star DT Shavar Manuel
While out-of-state schools such as Auburn and LSU have battled to get in the mix with 4-star defensive tackle Shavar Manuel, the Sunshine State defender has spent the majority of his recruitment going back and forth with Sunshine State powers Florida and Florida State.
The Seminoles were the early leaders, but the Gators began to surge in the summer.
Newberg reported Manuel will take an official visit to Gainesville on Jan. 22 and Tallahassee on Jan. 29. At this stage of his recruitment, Manuel appears to be a coin flip, with maybe the slightest of edges going to the Gators.
4-Star TE Jacob Mathis
Although he took an official visit to Michigan in October, 4-star tight end Jacob Mathis appears to be locked in with Florida as his decision date approaches.
Miami and Ole Miss are also in the picture. However, his recruitment could get interesting if he schedules any official visits in January.
4-Star LB Jeffrey McCulloch
Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M are still in the running for 4-star linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch.
Nicknamed "The Shark," McCulloch has already visited the Irish and the Cardinal and will take visits to Alabama and Texas in January, according to Loy.
As Holland detailed, the Irish and the Longhorns appear to have the best shot at landing McCulloch. While this one could go either way, this may be another case of Strong closing out on a top-rated in-state defender late in the process.
4-Star CB Jayvaughn Myers
After backing off an early pledge to Florida, 4-star corner Jayvaughn Myers is another prospect whose recruitment could go in a number of directions down the stretch.
The Gators are still involved with him, as are Auburn, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Ole Miss and South Carolina. As Chris Nee of Noles247 reported, his official visits will likely involve the out-of-state schools since he was a frequent visitor to Gainesville and Tallahassee during the season.
While it wouldn't be a shock to see him leave his home state, the Gators still have time to get Myers back in the fold.
4-Star OL E.J. Price
At one point early in the process, 4-star offensive lineman E.J. Price was committed to in-state power Georgia.
However, he reopened his process and has since narrowed his list to three schools. According to Kipp Adams of Dawgs247, Oklahoma and USC join the Bulldogs in his group of finalists.
While the Sooners and Trojans will have a shot to win Price over, the Bulldogs seem to be in a good spot to eventually land Price again.
4-Star WR Cavin Ridley
Most people have assumed 4-star wide receiver Cavin Ridley would join his brother Calvin by committing to Alabama eventually.
As South noted, Ridley could be another prospect who decides during Saturday's game, with Alabama and South Carolina representing his two finalists.
While the Gamecocks hosted him earlier this month for an official visit, the Tide have been recruiting him hard for most of his process—which should help them win out for his services in the end.
4-Star LB Rahshaun Smith
Similar to Myers and Price, 4-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith backed off an early pledge to Clemson in order to reopen his process.
However, he still has Clemson in his group of three finalists, along with Auburn and LSU.
Smith will decide during Saturday's game, and he could end up on Clemson's commit list for the second and final time.
4-Star OT Jauan Williams
Auburn, Florida, LSU, Maryland and Oklahoma are among the schools trying to knock the Seminoles out of their perch atop his list.
However, given the impression FSU made on that visit, it will be tough for another school to beat out the 'Noles.
Prediction: Florida State
5-Star LB Lyndell Wilson
Alabama has been the perceived leader for in-state 5-star linebacker Lyndell Wilson throughout his recruitment.
However, fellow SEC powers Florida and Georgia have joined the Tide in Wilson's final group. He will take visits to all three schools in January before deciding on signing day.
While it's tough to beat out Alabama for any coveted in-state prospect, the Gators do hold pledges from fellow Montgomery natives Jeawon Taylor and Antonio Nelson. That could be enough to help the Gators pull off the upset for Wilson.
Note: Recruiting information and rankings courtesy of 247Sports.