2010 National Signing Day Guide: What to Watch For

Dan ScofieldAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2010

Feb. 3rd is the day for every college football fanatic to sit back with their laptop cemented in front of them with a cold beer in one hand and a mouse in the other.

No, it's not the Super Bowl. National signing day has almost arrived.

Throughout the year, program's receive dozens of commitments from high-schoolers across the nation. However, National Signing Day has become the cool place to be for many of these top recruits.

Hat games, press conferences in high school gymnasiums, and faxing of letters of intent will be plentiful next Wednesday.

Some will come out of the day with feelings of excitement while others will be left with let-down hopes.

Prepare yourselves for either, fans.

Five-star Announcements

With the phenom duo of Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks committing to Texas today, five five-star recruits are left for the big day.

Most notably, the nation's top offensive linemen, Seantrel Henderson , will declare for a school on Wednesday. He has narrowed his list down to five: Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC, Miami, and Florida, but most feel the Buckeyes hold the slight edge here.

Henderson has kept quiet for the most part during his recruitment, so expect this announcement on Tom Lemming's show to speed up a few heartbeats.

The top-ranked uncommitted running back, Marcus Lattimore , is still left on the board. He has narrowed his choices down to Auburn and South Carolina. With Lache Seastrunk choosing Oregon, Auburn still has a chance. Steve Spurrier knows he (and his program) need Lattimore.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa will also be declaring on the same day. He has narrowed his choices down UCLA, Nebraska, and Oregon State. Being one of the top defensive ends in the country, any program will use his talents early and often.

Odighizuwa may be a five-star, but in my opinion, is one of the more underrated players in this class.

Coming in the form of a freakish athletic specimen, Christian Jones has narrowed his list down to the three major Florida schools along with the Irish. While Florida State looks to be the leader here, Brian Kelly has put the full-court press on Jones. This could be the upset special of the day.

Ranked as the 24th best player in the nation, Markeith Ambles has already been compared to a few current NFL speedsters. However, his first stop will be college ball as he will decide between USC, North Carolina, and Tennessee on the third.

Ambles, a Vol decommitment, may still like Knoxville. However, Ambles may follow Kiffin to USC as Southern California might be too much to pass up for the 18-year old.

Others to Watch For

Four-star defensive lineman J.R. Ferguson leads a strong group in this category still yet to announce their intentions. He will pick between Cal, FSU, Notre Dame, LSU, and Miami, with LSU being named as the leader here.

Josh Shirley has had an interesting recruitment. He will decide between Washington, USC, Arizona, and Miami on Wednesday. The Huskies are looking good to get this four-star linebacker.

A player with a very high ceiling, Arie Kouandjio was highly sought-after all over the nation. However, he has narrowed his choices down to the Trojans, Alabama, and Cal. It is anyone's guess as to where this big boy will end up.

Corey Lemonier is down to Auburn and Florida State. With a great frame and athleticism, expect him to end up on the edge at Auburn starting next year.

Offensive tackle Matt James looks to be headed towards South Bend, but don't count out the Buckeyes here. James is Kelly's top priority for National Signing Day.

Although flying under the radar quite a bit, receiver Brandon Coleman will choose between a pair of East coast schools in Rutgers and Maryland. Rutgers looks good here as Greg Schiano has made him the central focus on the Scarlet Red recruiting trail.

Dietrich Riley might announce on Wednesday or go past signing day. His recruitment has been spontaneous, so don't be surprised to see a quick announcement in a few days. He has narrowed his list down to UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, and LSU. The Bruins are sitting pretty with the highly-ranked safety prospect.