National Signing Day 2011: Jadeveon Clowney an the Top Unsigned Recruits

Rey JeffersonContributor IJanuary 26, 2011

National Signing Day 2011: Jadeveon Clowney And The Top Unsigned Recruits

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    With the Senior Bowl vastly approaching, this means that National Signing Day is right around the corner. National Signing Day is usually on the first Wednesday in February and this year that date is February 2, 2011.

    As all college football fans know, National Signing Day is the first day high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent for college sports and for college football fans there has been a remarkable increase in popularity.

    Now it seems as if National Signing Day has become a national holiday for some programs.

    It has tremendous impact on not only the athlete’s future, but also holds impact on coaches’ future, media and fans. Coaches that land that top talent or missing piece often propel their programs into that national championship discussion.

    With that said, let us take a look at the top unsigned prospects in the nations.

No. 5: Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, GA/Carver)

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    Crowell reminds many of Colts running back Joseph Addai.

    The speedy back has tremendous vision and runs between tackles with great toughness.

    Scouts are saying that it is currently a two-team race between Georgia and Alabama, but don’t sleep on Auburn as they make a push for Crowell’s services.

No. 4: LB Curtis Grant (Richmond, VA/Hermitage)

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    The 6'3", 222-pound linebacker from Virginia uses his 4.5 speed to find his way and disrupt offenses.

    Grant was the leading tackler for the East team in 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    With 27 scholarship offers, possible destinations for Grant include Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Oregon and USC.

No. 3: DE Ray Drew (Thomasville, GA/Thomas County Central)

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    LSU football Coach Les MilesGrant Halverson/Getty Images currently ranks Drew, as the No. 9 player in the nation.

    Standing 6'5" and 250 pounds, Drew is pound-for-pound, one of the strongest players in the country. 

    Insiders say that Drew is likely SEC-bound, as he has visited LSU, Georgia, and Auburn so far.

No. 2: OL Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, MD/DeMatha Catholic)

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    The physical specimen stands at 6'7" and 325 pounds. 

    Even with his tremendous size, scouts say that Kouandjio is one of the most athletic big men in the country and is the top unsigned offensive player.

    Alabama, USC, Iowa and even national champion Auburn are all in the mix for Kouandjio's services.

    But with his brother Arie currently playing for Alabama, don’t be surprised if the Kouandjio is donning a Crimson Tide hat come February 2.

No. 1: DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney (Rock Hill, SC/South Pointe)

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    The nation's top prospect, Jadeveon "JD" Clowney reminds a lot of scouts of a young Jason Taylor.

    He stands at 6'6" and 240 lbs, and may play both linebacker and D-line in college.

    While everyone is in agreement that JD is the top prospect in the nation, nobody seems to have a grasp on what college he will be attending next year.

    Most speculate that JD will land in the SEC.