College Football Recruiting: Latest News on Every Uncommitted 5-Star Prospect
After a flurry of moves in October that saw some of the top uncommitted prospects taken off the market, there aren't too many elite recruits still available.
With Aaron Green's commitment to Nebraska, Brandon Shell's commitment to South Carolina and Mike Blakely's commitment to Florida, three more 5-star prospects can be scratched from the list.
There are only 20 uncommitted 5-star prospects remaining from the 2011 recruiting class and it won't be long until that number shrinks even smaller.
Here's the latest news on all 20 remaining 5-star prospects.
20. Colt Lyerla, ATH
He's very athletic and displays some of the most fluid movements of any defender his size in the country.
At 6'5" and 225 pounds, he moves like a wide receiver with the hitting ability and aggressive tendencies of a linebacker.
It's a near-perfect combination of attributes for an outside linebacker who can either rush the passer or drop back in to cover, depending on the down.
Oregon is the clear favorite in this one, though Lyerla has said he remains in contact with Oklahoma, UCLA, Oregon State and Nebraska.
19. Anthony Wallace, LB
Wallace is a perfect fit at middle linebacker.
He's got the prototypical size that's ideal for the position and a great natural frame to build off.
He's a very smart player who can cover both the run and the pass extremely well, but his coverage skills are really what stand out. Right now his technique is raw, but when he drops back, the instincts are incredible.
Wallace's top choice remains Oregon, though he seemed to really enjoy his trip to USC and still plans on making visits to Ohio State, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
18. Travis Hughes, LB
He's one of the rare prospects that has legit ability on both sides of the ball and very well may end up as a running back in college.
Hughes's initial burst off the line of scrimmage and breakaway speed will help him excel regardless of where he plays. He's aggressive, hits hard and craves contact.
His top three choices are Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. He'll be visiting Clemson this month though, so the field is still open in this one.
17. Nick O'Leary, TE
O'Leary might be the best tight end in the 2011 class.
He's a receiver and lineman mixed into one body.
He has the all-around skills to be an immediate force on the football field. O'Leary is an elite blocker, has a great set of hands, moves downfield well and runs crisp routes.
O'Leary lists Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami and North Carolina as his favorites, but he recently took an official trip to Wisconsin that went very well. At the end of the day, the Florida native will likely decide between the Seminoles and Hurricanes, though.
16. Viliami Moala, DT
The 6'4", 340-pound defensive tackle is by far the biggest of the elite prospects at his position.
Moala can play as a run-stuffing, penetrating defensive tackle or clog up the middle with a constant double-team as a nose tackle.
Even at his size, Moala is very quick off the ball and can make plays in the backfield and on the edges. That's really the key to his game; he's not just a space eater there to take on blockers.
Moala is pretty much down to Washington, Oregon State, USC, Alabama, Florida and California. But most observers have Cal as the leader at the moment based on its proximity to home as well as his friendship with Cal commit Mustafa Jalil.
15. Savon Huggins, RB
There's no one from the 2011 class who can juke quite like Savon Huggins.
He has such a broad array of moves that you really never know what he's going to do on any given play.
When you watch him play, you immediately think Barry Sanders. He's got the vision, the balance, the change-of-direction ability and simply the unwillingness to go down.
Huggins's top five choices are Notre Dame, Rutgers, North Carolina, Florida, and Pitt. He's already visited the Irish and has trips scheduled with all of his other finalists besides Pitt.
Notre Dame appears to be the leader at the moment, with the home-state Scarlet Knights the runner-up.
14. Sammy Watkins, WR
Sammy Watkins is one of the best prospects from the state of Florida and a game-breaker at the receiver position.
He's the complete package in terms of size and speed and a dangerous weapon in the return game as well. He's a threat to take it the distance on any play and has that sixth gear you look for in elite prospects.
Clemson and Miami have long been considered the favorites to land Watkins, though a recent trip to Michigan has the Wolverines right in the middle of things as well.
13. Greg Townsend, DE
Townsend has the athleticism and size to play anywhere from linebacker to defensive tackle on the next level.
He's got great instincts and strength, but his body control and balance are what stand out the most when you watch him play. Not many prospects his size are able to maneuver around blockers and contort their body without losing footing or balance.
Townsend has narrowed his recruitment down to USC, Washington and TCU. While his father played for the Horned Frogs, USC appears to be the leader.
He'll be taking all five of his official visits before making a decision, though, and has interest in heading out to Arizona and Miami.
12. Jermauria Rasco, DE
Rasco has improved tremendously every year, and that's something to take note of when looking at a prospect.
He's an elite defensive end with a very high ceiling, and he's only getting better as he ages.
If he can learn to add some weapons to his arsenal and get off the ball quicker, he could end up being the best defensive end in the class.
Rasco is another one that isn't giving out too much info, though he's admitted to staying in constant contact with Florida State, LSU, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, UCLA and Cal.
Right now his only official visit is scheduled with FSU for the Clemson game.
11. Jay Rome, TE
Jay Rome is the No. 1-ranked tight end recruit in the country and has been linked to over a dozen programs to date.
An extremely athletic tight end with NFL potential, Rome has all the intangibles to be very successful wherever he ends up playing.
Rome hasn't set any official visits yet. But he's pretty much down to Alabama and Georgia, followed by Clemson and Tennessee.
He's said that he'll commit when he's ready and doesn't plan on making any sort of formal announcement.
10. Ray Drew, DE
Drew isn't the type of player you need to worry about causing problems off the field.
He's a hard-worker, a vocal player and a natural leader.
He'll step in from day one and grind it out at 100 percent from the minute the whistle is blown until the end of the day.
Drew is still looking at quite a few schools. Of the pack, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia are believed to be at the top of his list.
9. George Farmer, WR
He has the speed to get past pretty much anyone and the size to ward off stronger defenders without much effort.
Farmer has an ideal combination of skills and natural ability, but needs to fine tune his game some to really take the next step in his development.
He lists his top five choices as USC, Oregon, Alabama, Miami and Florida, and recently took a trip to Cal that went well. However, this one has been USC all the way since the start, and it would be quite a surprise if it went any other way.
8. Stephone Anthony, LB
Stephone Anthony is a natural pass-rusher with a knack for causing turnovers.
There aren't many players who can make the ball come loose more often than this kid. He's arguably the top prospect from the state of North Carolina.
Anthony's top six choices are Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, NC State and North Carolina. He'll be making his announcement at the Under Armour game in January.
While most observers have pegged Florida, NC State is making a big push.
7. Doran Grant, CB
Grant is the best cornerback prospect in the country, rated No. 1 by Rivals and No. 2 by Scout.
Considering his smallish frame, the rankings say a whole lot about the talent this kid brings to the table.
He's got the talent and instincts to be a premier shutdown corner, and has the speed and hip movement to stay glued to pretty much any receiver in the country.
His top eight choices are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, USC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Penn State and Cincinnati. But he admits that Michigan and Ohio State have a slight lead.
6. Curtis Grant, LB
Grant plays like a professional, which is very impressive for someone his age.
He can play both inside and outside, reads plays and reacts very fast, and can cover a whole bunch of ground as quickly as any linebacker prospect out there.
Grant has been quiet recently. But Florida, Alabama, USC and Virginia stand out the most.
He's also made it clear that the most important aspect of his recruitment isn't the school, "it's the people."
5. Tim Jernigan, RB
At 6'2", 275 pounds, Jernigan is an athletic big man who moves extremely well for his size and can get into the backfield in a hurry.
He has all the tools to become an elite college defensive lineman. He's strong, stays low to the ground, drives with his legs and has a relentless motor.
His top five schools are Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Michigan. While he just returned from a trip to Ann Arbor with rave reviews, this is still the Gators' race to lose.
4. Isaiah Crowell, RB
There's nothing to dislike about Crowell's game.
He has great breakaway speed, is very elusive, has top of the line instincts, makes lightning-fast cuts, doesn't hesitate and can break tackles with the best of them.
Crowell is down to Alabama and Georgia, and has decided to announce his plans in a unique way. If his high school team wins the state championship, he'll commit as soon as the game is over.
But if they lose, he will wait until national signing day.
3. Tony Steward, LB
At 6'2", 225 pounds, Steward is one of the most physically-imposing prospects in the country.
The kid is built like a body builder, with hardly an ounce of fat. He's incredibly strong and is one of the most athletic prospects in the country at any position, let alone linebacker.
Right now Clemson is in the lead, but Alabama, Florida, Florida State and UCLA are still in it as well. He has visits scheduled with all five teams, but likely won't be committing until national signing day.
2. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT
At 6'6", 322 pounds, Kouandjio is one of the most athletic big men in the country.
He has a huge wingspan, and at times appears to move as swiftly as someone half his size.
Kouandjio has been very reluctant to give too much information about where he's thinking of going, saying only that the coaching staff will be the main factor in deciding. Right now it looks like it's down to Alabama, Cal, Clemson, Iowa, Pitt, Penn State and Maryland.
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE
At 6'5", 225 pounds, Clowney is an athletic freak and a playmaker in every sense of the word.
He gets into the backfield in a hurry, has great natural pass-rushing instincts and can chase down ball-carriers with his tremendous speed.
The South Carolina native was already leaning toward committing to the Gamecocks before he watched South Carolina beat Alabama, but the win only pushed him further toward a decision to stay at home.