Predicting Where Every Uncommitted 2017 Under Armour Recruit Will Sign

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystDecember 30, 2016

Predicting Where Every Uncommitted 2017 Under Armour Recruit Will Sign

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    Several 2017 athletes will make their verbal commitments during the Under Armour All-America Game, which will take place Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Among those recruits is 5-star athlete Deangelo Gibbs, who is expected to choose out of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
    Several 2017 athletes will make their verbal commitments during the Under Armour All-America Game, which will take place Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Among those recruits is 5-star athlete Deangelo Gibbs, who is expected to choose out of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.Credit: Student Sports

    The Under Armour All-America Game will take place Sunday in Orlando, Florida, and a few 2017 recruits have chosen to end their recruiting processes with verbal commitments during the game.

    More than 125 NFL draft picks have played in the all-star game, an annual event since 2008. This year's roster includes 27 uncommitted players, and five of those 2017s—athlete DeAngelo Gibbs, safeties Xavier McKinney and Markquese Bell and linebackers Nathan Proctor and Breon Dixon—are expected to announce their pledges at Camping World Stadium.

    Here are the 27 athletes still looking to solidify their college plans. All athletes are listed in alphabetical order.

4-Star S Markquese Bell

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    Hometown/school: Bridgeton, New Jersey/Bridgeton Senior HS

    Size: 6'3", 195 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 201 overall (No. 19 S)

    The official visit schedule is over for Markquese Bell. He will be one of the athletes Sunday announcing his verbal commitment during the Under Armour All-America Game. Bell is expected to choose from Maryland, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Rutgers.

    Bell is a versatile athlete who will make a solid free safety at the next level. He also has the skill set to play wide receiver on the other side of the ball. It's Bell's length and closing speed that make him an attractive defensive back.

    Prediction: Maryland

    According to Ahmed Ghafir of 247Sports, Maryland is a school that will use Bell as a hybrid safety in D.J. Durkin's defensive scheme. Although Virginia Tech and Ohio State are ideal spots for Bell, he can be an immediate impact defender for a Terrapins defense looking for playmakers.

4-Star ILB Ellis Brooks

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    Hometown/school: Richmond, Virginia/Benedictine College Prep

    Size: 6'1", 225 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 13 ILB

    A busy January travel schedule is on deck for Ellis Brooks, as he is planning to take three official visits in a three-week span. He told Jacquie Franciulli of Scout that he will visit Northwestern the weekend of Jan. 13, followed by Oregon (Jan. 20) and Notre Dame (Jan. 27).

    Maryland received an official visit from Brooks just before the NCAA dead period the weekend of Dec. 9. It was his first official, and per Michael Clark of Scout, the visit set the bar high. Brooks likes the defensive line class the Terrapins are building.

    Prediction: Notre Dame

    While Maryland is trending regarding Brooks' recruiting process, this decision may come down to the school that makes the biggest impact with him during his official visit. A one-time Duke commit, Brooks is very high on academics, and a school like Notre Dame has not only the academic reputation but also the football tradition that could win him over.

4-Star DE Markaviest Bryant

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    Hometown/school: Cordele, Georgia/Crisp County HS

    Size: 6'4", 226 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 166 overall (No. 14 DE)

    Alabama nearly scored Markaviest Bryant's commitment earlier this month, according to Chad Simmons of Scout. Bryant officially visited Alabama the weekend of Dec. 9. Bryant told Simmons that Alabama and Georgia are the two schools in front of his recruitment.

    Arkansas, Auburn and LSU are three other schools that will be pushing for Bryant's pledge. He will take an official visit to Georgia the weekend of Jan. 13 and Auburn the weekend of Jan. 20.

    Prediction: Georgia

    It may be tough to go against Alabama in this case, but for a guy like Bryant, it may be even tougher going against Georgia. Playing in his home state is something Bryant has thought about for a long time, and head coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs' coaching staff can close the deal with a successful official visit in two weeks.

4-Star CB Chevin Calloway

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    Hometown/school: Dallas/Bishop Dunne HS

    Size: 5'10", 180 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 137 overall (No. 14 CB)

    Landing a defensive back like Chevin Calloway is every defensive coordinator's wish. Listed as a cornerback, he is quick enough to be a standout cover back, tough enough to deliver hits like a strong safety and smart enough to play anywhere in the secondary.

    Calloway has a top three of Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas. He visited Ole Miss earlier this month and has trips to Arkansas and Texas scheduled next month.

    Prediction: Arkansas

    Calloway really likes Ole Miss and Texas, but the relationship with Arkansas has been built since his days of being committed to Iowa. While both the Rebels and Longhorns will contend in this recruiting race, look for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to close the deal.

4-Star DE K'Lavon Chaisson

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    Hometown/school: Galena Park, Texas/North Shore Senior HS

    Size: 6'4", 220 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 51 overall (No. 5 DE)

    Recognized for his pass-rushing ability, K'Lavon Chaisson is an athlete who many schools are hoping to land his verbal commitment in January. Chaisson is expected to make a decision next month. Whether that decision comes before scheduled official visits is still to be determined.

    Chaisson has confirmed with Bleacher Report that he plans on taking official visits to LSU (Jan. 13), Oregon (Jan. 17), Texas (Jan. 20), Colorado (Jan. 23) and USC (Jan. 27). That stretch will be huge, as Chaisson is an athlete who is adamant about being comfortable in a college environment.

    Prediction: Texas

    LSU is believed to be a primary contender for Chaisson's verbal, but Texas should be in the driver's seat in this race. He's always liked Texas, and when coach Tom Herman was at Houston, he strongly looked at playing for the Cougars. Look for Herman to close the deal as the new Texas coach.

4-Star RB A.J. Davis

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    Hometown/school: Lakeland, Florida/Lakeland Senior HS

    Size: 6'0", 205 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 256 overall (No. 20 RB)

    It's looking like A.J. Davis will play college football in the ACC. Davis told Corey Bender of Scout that Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh are in his top three. He visited Pittsburgh the weekend of Dec. 9 and is supposed to take in visits to North Carolina (weekend of Jan. 13) and Louisville (Dec. 20).

    There's no guarantee when Davis will make a final decision, but the winning school will get a complete back in Davis. He is a solid runner who can catch passes and block well out of the backfield. He also can hold his own when lined up as a slot receiver.

    Prediction: Louisville

    Davis' decision may come down to a numbers game disadvantage for North Carolina, as the Tar Heels already have two running backs committed. Louisville and Pittsburgh each have one 4-star running back pledge committed, but the Cardinals will have the last opportunity to impress during an official visit. In close recruiting races like this, the final visit often plays a key role in a decision.

4-Star OLB Breon Dixon

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    Hometown/school: Loganville, Georgia/Grayson HS

    Size: 6'0", 218 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 27 OLB

    According to Ryan Callahan of 247Sports, versatile linebacker Breon Dixon was supposed to call either Ole Miss or Louisville on Wednesday to give news about his verbal commitment. Which school received the call is still private news, but fans are expected to hear Dixon's announcement during the Under Armour All-America Game.

    An early enrollee, Dixon is expected to enroll at the winning school next week. He took an official visit to Ole Miss the weekend of Nov. 26 and an official visit to Louisville the weekend of Dec. 11. Both schools could use him, as he can line up as either an outside or an inside linebacker.

    Prediction: Ole Miss

    Dixon is in regular contact with the coaching staffs at both Ole Miss and Louisville, and both schools can offer the chance for him to see playing time early in his college career. The new hire of defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff, however, might be just enough to put Ole Miss over the top.

Unrated P Joe Doyle

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    Hometown/school: Knoxville, Tennessee/Farragut HS

    Size: 6'0", 190 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: n/a

    The stats for Joe Doyle, according to MaxPreps, show a level of consistency that can be used to help him land his first offer. Doyle averaged 41.1 yards per punt and had a season long of 60 yards. Of 40 punts, 15 were pinned inside the 20-yard line.

    According to Danny Parker of Scout, Doyle has an offer from Air Force and a preferred walk-on opportunity to play at Middle Tennessee State. Doyle told Parker that a Tennessee offer, however, "would mean everything."

    Prediction: Air Force

    The Volunteers already have an in-state specialist commit in 2-star Brent Cimaglia. There's no guarantee Tennessee will use another scholarship on special teams, but Air Force wants Doyle. He could put up big numbers against Mountain West competition.

4-Star TE Josh Falo

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    Hometown/school: Sacramento, California/Inderkum HS

    Size: 6'5", 230

    Scout.com ranking: No. 248 overall (No. 8 TE)

    The recruiting process for Josh Falo has always been one of mystery, as he's kept his true thoughts bottled up for the majority of the process. He announced while in Orlando that he has five schools high on his list: Alabama, Colorado, Ohio State, Oregon and USC.

    Falo told Scout that the quintet of schools were not his top five officially, but they were schools he would be focusing on as national signing day approaches. Falo is planning two official visits next month, one to USC the weekend of Jan. 14 and one to Oregon the weekend of Jan. 28. The school to land Falo will get a dominant flex tight end who can make for a solid every-down receiver.

    Prediction: Oregon

    Colorado is a major player in Falo's recruitment, as his older brother, outside linebacker N.J. Falo, just completed his sophomore season for a Buffaloes team that competed in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday. USC also is a team to keep an eye on. With Oregon having the final official visit, this is the perfect opportunity for new head coach Willie Taggart to make an impact.

5-Star ATH DeAngelo Gibbs

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    Hometown/school: Loganville, Georgia/Grayson HS

    Size: 6'2", 204

    Scout.com ranking: No. 13 overall (No. 2 ATH)

    The recruiting race for DeAngelo Gibbs is one of intrigue, as a handful of schools are hoping to be his front-runner. The race also could be one that is over, as he told Chad Simmons of Scout: "I kind of, sort of, know my decision. I am trying to squeeze in time to think about it and talk to my mentors and parents one last time before I commit."

    Gibbs is expected to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game, and Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn are the schools to keep an eye on. He took an October official visit to Alabama and visits to Auburn and Georgia this month. He has family ties at Tennessee with his uncle Dale Carter a former standout. 

    Prediction: Georgia

    Gibbs is a true athlete who can play safety, cornerback and wide receiver. The Bulldogs have been working hard to keep him in the state, and he's built a strong relationship with head coach Kirby Smart. Alabama is believed to be the team with the best chance of swaying Gibbs to play out of state.

Unrated LS Grant Glennon

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    Hometown/school: Tallahassee, Florida/Lincoln HS

    Size: 6'3", 205

    Scout.com ranking: n/a

    Florida State, Central Florida and South Florida all have shown interest in Grant Glennon, the nation's No. 4 long snapper, according to Kohl's Professional Camps, which specializes in producing top kickers, punters and long snappers.

    According to Kohl's, Glennon "has very smooth mechanics with great size and athleticism." His play will be important, as the Under Armour All-America Game will feature talented athletes looking to make game-changing plays on special teams.

    Prediction: Central Florida

    Glennon is a competitor and someone who can be a contributor at the next level at his position. Central Florida is very interested in him, and he would be an asset in a Knights uniform.

3-Star OT Tony Gray

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    Hometown/school: Loganville, Georgia/Grayson HS

    Size: 6'5", 290 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 37 OT

    There's a lot to like about Tony Gray. He has good length to play the tackle spot, but he is versatile enough to see time at the guard position if necessary. Look for him to further develop his pad level and continue to grow into a dominant athlete regardless of where he plays on the line.

    Five schools are in the mix for Gray—Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and South Carolina. He told Bleacher Report that likes each school for their respective reasons, and upcoming official visits will help trim his list. He's planning a visit to Florida the weekend of Jan. 20 and a visit to Ole Miss the following week.

    Prediction: Florida

    In this case, any of the five schools should be considered in the race for Gray. He's been to Florida a few times on unofficial visits, and he stays in contact with both Florida head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Gray would be a nice get for the Gators.

4-Star S Todd Harris Jr.

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    Hometown/school: Plaquemine, Louisiana/Plaquemine Senior HS

    Size: 6'0", 185 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 113 overall (No. 9 S)

    With one official visit under his belt, Todd Harris Jr. is looking forward to a January month that will provide him answers involving his recruiting process. He took an official visit to Arizona State earlier this month right before the NCAA's dead period, but scheduled January stops to LSU (weekend of Jan. 13), Alabama (Jan. 20) and Ole Miss (Jan. 27) could shape his process in time for a national signing day pledge.

    From his closing speed and nose for the football to his overall tenacity, Harris is a player who is high on the list of several programs. He covers like a cornerback and hits like a linebacker; there's much to like about Harris at the next level.

    Prediction: LSU

    Harris is a Louisiana native, and head coach Ed Orgeron has been adamant about keeping the top Louisiana players in-state. While Alabama and Ole Miss are two schools that could ruin Orgeron's chance, look for the Tigers to do all they can to keep Harris close to home.

4-Star ATH C.J. Henderson

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    Hometown/school: Miami/Christopher Columbus HS

    Size: 6'0", 175 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 192 overall (No. 14 ATH)

    According to Jacquie Franciulli of Scout, the recruiting race for C.J. Henderson is down to Alabama, Florida and Miami. He took an official visit to Miami the weekend of Dec. 9, and he has officials planned to Alabama the weekend of Jan. 13 and Florida the weekend of Jan. 27.

    Henderson, who may be best suited in the secondary in college football, could give the public a national signing day decision. He may make a decision days before. Either way, one school will be fortunate in getting a versatile athlete who can be effective early in his college career.

    Prediction: Florida

    Miami would love to keep Henderson in the city, but Florida has done a solid job in recruiting the electric athlete. Head coach Jim McElwain would find several ways to use Henderson, potentially on both sides of the ball.

4-Star DE Ryan Johnson

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    Hometown/school: Mobile, Alabama/St. Paul's Episcopal

    Size: 6'4", 255 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 203 overall (No. 17 DE)

    A half-dozen schools are in play for Ryan Johnson, as he released his top six via Twitter of Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Texas. Johnson's January schedule is loaded with official visits, starting with Stanford (Jan. 13) and continuing with Auburn (Jan. 20), Texas (Jan. 26) and Alabama (Jan. 28).

    Although he was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game, Johnson isn't expected to play because of an injury, according to Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports. Look for Johnson to use this time to focus on trimming his list of schools in time for a decision on or slightly before national signing day.

    Prediction: Auburn

    Being a product of the state of Alabama, many believe the final race will come down to Auburn and Alabama. Both schools are in need of defensive ends in the 2017 class. Alabama already has junior college talent Isaiah Buggs signed, while Auburn is still looking for a commit at the position. Johnson's decision may come down to who needs him the most; Auburn is that school.

4-Star LB Levi Jones

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    Hometown/school: Austin, Texas/Westlake HS

    Size: 6'2", 210 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 189 overall (No. 14 OLB)

    The month of January will be huge for Levi Jones, as he will turn his full attention to the recruiting trail. Where he will ultimately end up is still a big question, as Jones is wide open with his recruitment. He has offers coast to coast but will use next month to purge.

    Jones said he will take three official visits in January. All of the visits, however, have not been set in stone. He said he will visit Florida the weekend of Jan. 13 and will visit two of the following schools: Florida State, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.

    Prediction: Texas A&M

    Florida State and Florida are attractive offers, but Texas A&M is a school that features several advantages. For starters, the school is close to his home, and with the Aggies playing in the SEC, Jones is interested in playing against the big dogs of the conference.

4-Star DT Phidarian Mathis

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    Hometown/school: Monroe, Louisiana/Neville HS

    Size: 6'4", 293 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 95 overall (No. 8 DT)

    Many believe the race for stud defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis is down to Alabama and LSU, but a third school may be considered more than just a dark horse.  Mathis told Chad Simmons of Scout that TCU also is in the running, as he's a fan of head coach Gary Patterson's defensive scheme.

    Ultimately, the race may come down to the two SEC powers, but Mathis said he will give all three schools a shot during official visits. He is supposed to officially visit LSU the weekend of Jan. 13 and Alabama the weekend of Jan. 20. A TCU official visit is to be determined.

    Prediction: LSU

    With LSU being minutes away from home, proximity works in the advantage of the Tigers. Plus, Mathis is a big fan of head coach Ed Orgeron, who wants to keep the Louisiana talent within state boundaries. Mathis is strong enough to play defensive tackle and quick enough to play defensive end wherever he ends up.

4-Star RB Anthony McFarland Jr.

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    Hometown/school: Hyattsville, Maryland/DeMatha Catholic HS

    Size: 5'9", 203 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 69 overall (No. 6 RB)

    Miami or Maryland? Maryland or Miami? These are the questions that Anthony McFarland Jr. has had to answer lately. He's made official visits to both schools—Miami the weekend of Oct. 14 and Maryland the weekend of Dec. 3—and a decision could come shortly before national signing day.

    McFarland is on the Under Armour All-America Game roster, but he is not expected to play, as he is still recovering from a leg injury suffered early in his senior season. He's expected to be a major contributor at whichever school he chooses, as he can be a reliable rusher and receiver out of the backfield.

    Prediction: Miami

    Both Miami and Maryland are extremely high on McFarland's list and have their positives to support them. The Hurricanes, however, are coming off a big Russell Athletic Bowl victory against West Virginia on Wednesday. Will that momentum be enough to sway McFarland to Coral Gables?

4-Star S Xavier McKinney

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    Hometown/school: Roswell, Georgia/Roswell HS

    Size: 6'1", 192 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 180 overall (No. 17 S)

    Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State is expected to land a solid defensive back in Xavier McKinney, as he will make his verbal commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game. The winning school—which McKinney told Chad Simmons of Scout that he already knows—will get a safety who not only will make the big hit but also patrol the passing game with his ability to make interceptions.

    McKinney is a one-time Alabama commit. He gave his pledge to the Crimson Tide in September 2015 but decommitted from the program in July. He took an official visit to Clemson in October and made back-to-back official visits to Alabama and Ohio State last month.

    Prediction: Clemson

    The Tigers have three committed defensive backs in 4-star A.J. Terrell, 4-star LeAnthony Williams and 3-star Baylon Spector. The addition of McKinney would be a huge get for head coach Dabo Swinney, who is looking to sign a top-10 class on national signing day. 

Unrated K Andrew Mevis

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    Hometown/school: Warsaw, Indiana/Warsaw Community HS

    Size: 5'11", 190 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: n/a

    Special teams is an important piece of a coach's "three facets of the game," and Andrew Mevis is looking to use the Under Armour All-America Game as a stage to showcase his talent. Mevis is an all-state kicker who had a season long of 54 yards this past season.

    Mevis has a Bowling Green offer, according to special teams Kohl's Professional Camps, and his offer list can boost with an impressive showing in Orlando.

    Prediction: Bowling Green

    Mevis would be a nice piece to the puzzle for Bowling Gren head coach Mike Jinks. The big question for Mevis involves whether Indiana or Purdue chooses to offer. Playing for an in-state program always is intriguing.

4-Star S Isaiah Pola-Mao

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    Hometown/school: Phoenix/Mountain Pointe HS

    Size: 6'4", 190 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 126 overall (No. 12 S)

    There's a lot to like about Isaiah Pola-Mao. For starters, he's a big, physical defensive back with solid instincts. In looking at Pola-Mao's recruiting process, it appears he will play college football in the Pac-12.

    Washington, Arizona State and USC are three programs to watch as Pola-Mao prepares to finalize his verbal commitment. He told Ruth Robbins of 247Sports in September that Washington, following an official visit to the campus, was his leader. USC and Arizona State are hoping to make up ground before Feb. 1.

    Prediction: Washington

    The Huskies have built a great relationship with Pola-Mao, and you can bet head coach Chris Petersen, co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake and tight ends coach Jordan Paopao will continue to stay on the task of earning the stud safety's commitment. A solid performance in the College Football Playoff wouldn't hurt the Huskies in this case.

4-Star LB Nathan Proctor

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    Hometown/school: Indian Head, Maryland/Lackey HS

    Size: 6'2", 218 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 161 overall (No. 11 OLB)

    Although he isn't announcing at the Under Armour All-America Game, Nathan Proctor won't keep the recruiting world waiting long with his decision. According to Sean Fitz of 247Sports, Proctor will make his verbal commitment public on Sunday.

    Penn State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech are the three schools in the race. Proctor took an official visit to Virginia Tech the weekend of Dec. 9, and he's planning visits to Pittsburgh the weekend of Jan. 13 and Penn State the weekend of Jan. 20.

    Prediction: Virginia Tech

    Penn State would make a lot of sense—if the Nittany Lions were in need of an outside linebacker. Penn State has linebacker pledges from Dylan Rivers and Brailyn Franklin. Virginia Tech has linebacker pledges, but Rayshard Ashby and Jaylen Griffin could be moved to inside linebacker. Proctor would be a perfect fit at outside linebacker for the Hokies.

4-Star DE LaBryan Ray

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    Hometown/school: Madison, Alabama/James Clemens HS

    Size: 6'4", 255 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 86 overall (No. 9 DE)

    A game like the Under Armour All-America Game can only boost the stock of LaBryan Ray and show that he is worthy of discussion in obtaining a fifth star. Ray is a playmaker on the defensive line and someone who will benefit a defense with his athleticism and strength.

    The month of January will be huge for Ray, who, according to Yancy Porter of Scout, said that he would take official visits to Tennessee (weekend of Jan. 14), Mississippi State (Jan. 21) and Florida (Jan. 28). He took an official to Florida on Dec. 9, just before the start of the NCAA's dead period.

    Prediction: Alabama

    The official visits will give Ray a chance to see other environments and connect with coaches he's built solid relationships with, but this recruitment is Alabama's to lose. He's made multiple unofficial visits to the campus and told Bleacher Report he is impressed with the Crimson Tide's stingy defense.

4-Star WR James Robinson

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    Hometown/school: Lakeland, Florida/Lakeland Senior HS

    Size: 6'3", 190 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 118 overall (No. 17 WR)

    According to Jacquie Franciulli of Scout, four schools are in the race for James Robinson: Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma. Robinson took an official visit at the beginning of the month, and he has January visits scheduled to Florida (weekend of Jan. 13), Alabama (Jan. 20) and Ole Miss (Jan. 27).

    Robinson has said on multiple occasions that he is looking for a school that has a great family environment and shows a noticeable bond with the coaching staff and players. Whichever school lands Robinson will get an athlete who uses his size and physicality well in catching passes over the top and in the middle of the field.

    Prediction: Florida

    Florida always has been a school to watch, and there's a good chance the Gators will close this recruiting class with a stud in Robinson. The Gators are looking for a dominant outside receiver to pair with 4-star commit Daquon Green, and Robinson could be a great fit.

3-Star DE Aaron Sterling

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    Hometown/school: Tucker, Georgia/Tucker HS

    Size: 6'2", 260 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 36 DE

    A one-time Alabama commit, Aaron Sterling told Ryan Callahan of 247Sports that he has put his recruiting focus on four schools: Georgia, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Tennessee. No official visits have been set as of now, but he's looking to do a lot of traveling next month.

    Wherever he goes, Sterling is looking for a comfortable campus environment where he can grow as a player and a person. He's also looking to receive quality minutes early in his career. A final decision is expected to come on national signing day.

    Prediction: South Carolina

    Georgia would be a good spot for the in-state prospect, and Tennessee is a strong contender in the recruiting race, but South Carolina has been a school Sterling's held high for quite some time. He's built good relationships with the members of the coaching staff, and, per Callahan, he's made multiple unofficial visits to South Carolina for home games.

4-Star WR Jeff Thomas

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    Hometown/school: East St. Louis, Illinois/East St. Louis Senior HS

    Size: 5'10", 167 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 50 overall (No. 7 WR)

    Looking for an enigma of the 2017 recruiting class? Jeff Thomas has been relatively silent about his recruitment. During check-in at the Under Armour All-America Game, Thomas told Corey Bender of Scout that while Alabama and Missouri are no longer among his top schools, Illinois is still a major player.

    Two schools to keep an eye on are Louisville and Oregon. Louisville's offensive success with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is something that intrigues Thomas. As a speedy receiver, he also likes the offensive firepower of Oregon, in addition to new head coach Willie Taggart.

    Prediction: Illinois

    Thomas is a family-oriented person, and being close to those he loves and those who love him is important. He has repeatedly indicated the importance of playing for a family-first program, and he's received a lot of love from Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith. Thomas would be a huge pickup for the Fighting Illini.

5-Star DT Marvin Wilson

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    Hometown/school: Bellaire, Texas/Episcopal HS

    Size: 6'4", 329 lbs

    Scout.com ranking: No. 11 overall (No. 1 DT)

    Before taking in an Under Armour All-America Game practice, Marvin Wilson released his top five of LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State and South Florida. Wilson is still planning on announcing his verbal commitment on national signing day.

    Wilson has taken official visits to Oklahoma (weekend of Sept. 16), Florida State (Oct. 28) and Ohio State (Nov. 26). He is planning on taking an official visit to LSU the weekend of Jan. 13. A visit to South Florida also is a possibility, according to Scout.

    Prediction: LSU

    The Tigers have been a favorite of Wilson's for quite some time, and with Charlie Strong no longer at Texas—once a major contender for Wilson—LSU appears to be the team to beat.