National Signing Day 2011 is finally upon us. Starting Wednesday, February 2nd, recruits can officially begin signing their college football letters of intent and wrap up the long journey of the past year or two.
So where is the top talent from every state in the country headed? More and more, these recruits are heading further and further away from home as the recruiting arms of college football's major programs stretch longer and longer.
So when in previous years where it was expected that the top talent stay at home, nowadays the top talent travels everywhere.
Check out where the No. 1 prospects are headed—recruits must have a 3-star grade or higher to qualify for consideration.
Calloway is a player that won't wow you in drills or in the weight room, but the game film speaks for itself. Some guys are just gamers. He is one of those guys.
He played defensive end and running back in high school, but he's better suited as a linebacker in college. It looks like he'll get his first crack at running back though, and it's difficult to peg exactly how this one will turn out.
Calloway was a longtime commitment to Alabama, but surprisingly de-committed before the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and later in the action committed to rival Auburn.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of Alaska.
At 6'5", 285 pounds, Westerman is projected to be a star at either guard or right tackle at the next level.
He's a very strong blocker and moves his feet as well as anyone in the country, overpowering defenders with quick hits and a very low stance. But the way he's able to move suggests he would be successful as a pulling guard.
Westerman was one of the first recruits from Texas' class, but de-committed in favor of Auburn in January after watching a wobbly season in Austin.
Kiehl Frazier is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback who could run a spread, an option, a pro-style or pretty much any offense you could dream up.
He throws the deep ball with excellent power and accuracy and he can really do some damage when he gets loose in open space.
Frazier chose Auburn over in-state Arkansas in May, highlighting the early portion of the Tigers' quickly rising recruiting class.
Thomas has the potential to play any number of positions, from running back to cornerback, safety and even linebacker.
Most experts agree he'd be a 5-star prospect regardless the tag put on him. If he was not listed at 5'9" and 160 pounds, Thomas would most likely be the top prospect in the country, but even at his size, he has the tools to be a star wherever he lines up.
One of the Trojans' first commitments, the Crenshaw native pledged for USC back in May of 2010.
At 6'6" and 265 pounds, Austin needs to add some bulk to his frame in order to hold up against defensive ends at the next level.
But the basics are there.
A redshirt year would probably be best for Austin so he can focus on the weight room and learning the ropes. He's an intelligent kid who earns academic All-State honors, and it won't take him long to figure out the Cardinals' system.
Graham is a natural all-around outside linebacker with a solid skill-set against both the run and the pass. An athletic prospect with a knack for making players, he needs to bulk up in order to be as effective on the next level, but the talent is there.
A year ago he was a relative unknown and now ranks as one of the top 25 prospects at his position from the 2011 recruiting class.
Originally committed to Boston College, Graham de-committed and joined up with Florida on February 1, just in time for signing day.
Blackson stars as a two-sport athlete at the high school level and has the potential to play both football and basketball in college.
At 6'5" and 295 pounds, he's got great size for a defensive tackle, but plays a lot of end in high school due to his quick feet and athleticism.
Commitment: Florida State
Karlos Williams is not your average safety. He is built like a linebacker and could, therefore, easily end up there. He also has a great pair of hands and enough speed that it makes you wonder if this 6'2", 210 pound prospect could be a dominant receiver.
Williams plays the game with passion and when he's roaming in the secondary, he is looking to put a licking on the ball carrier every single play.
A longtime commitment to Florida State, Williams has maintained a status as a soft verbal, though there aren't many who think he's not bound for Tallahassee.
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 has played with a talented stable of rushers his entire high school career behind a very good offensive line. He has never carried the load himself and there are serious questions about his ability to ever be able to.
Crowell will likely wait until National Signing Day to announce his decision, though it has been down to Alabama and Georgia for months.
Paulay Asiata is one of the more overlooked prospects out there.
While he's given a 4-star grade by Scout, he ranks in as the No. 14 offensive tackle. But he has the potential to be in the top five.
The 6'5", 290 pound lineman has dominated his opposition. But the level of competition he's faced is somewhat suspect, and it's difficult to judge exactly how good he's been.
Commitment: Boise State
Lukehart played both linebacker and running back in high school, but it looks like he'll get first crack on the offensive side of the ball in college.
At 6'0" and 201 pounds, he's undersized, but runs with the type of authority you love to see from a downhill rusher with better than advertised speed.
Lukehart originally committed to Idaho, but once Boise started showing serious interest, it wasn't long before he de-committed and joined the boys on the Smurf Turf.
Commitment: Ohio State
Bobek is the top-rated center of the 2011 class and one of the best overall recruits in the country.
He plays both offense and defense, but scouts agree his future is on the offensive side of the line.
He's got the ideal build of a center and has one of the quickest releases when snapping the ball that you will ever see. He's also very good at recognizing what the defense is doing and calling out adjustments to blocking schemes.
Commitment: North Carolina
Holts is the type of player that could develop into an elite talent on the college level and a coveted prospect when it comes time for the NFL draft.
At 6'5" and 270 pounds, he is one of the strongest and most athletic tackles in the nation and could develop into a force for years to come.
Holts became North Carolina's first major commitment when he announced in favor of the Tar Heels back in June of 2010.
French is one of the top athletes in the 2011 recruiting class and has the potential to play on either side of the ball, though it appears his future is brighter on offense.
He's an extremely versatile playmaker who lines up at tight end and defensive end in high school, but at 6'6" and 235 pounds, he's got all the intangibles to be an very tough cover at the tight end position at the next level and could potentially shine in Oregon's offense.
Phillips is one of three prized defensive tackles committed to Oklahoma, but he was arguably the top defensive tackle at the 2011 Under Armour All-American Bowl in January.
Of the three Sooners DTs, Philips is by far the most athletic and moves about as well as any big man in the class. He's been described as a matchup nightmare and his play at the All-American game backed up that claim.
The second-to-last Oklahoma commitment to date, Phillips committed to the Sooners in June of 2010.
Dawson has ideal size for a middle linebacker, but it's his work ethic, aggressiveness, discipline and speed that really makes him an eye-popping talent.
He's got the linebacker mentality that you love to see in a prospect. He'll bulldoze his way through the offense to get to the ball-carrier, won't give up position or over-pursue and, best of all, will lay his body on the line and allow a teammate to make the play.
Dawson has been all over the place in his recruitment and plans on waiting until National Signing Day to make his decision. There's a lot of teams still in this one, but would we be crazy to think he'll end up at Central Florida? Probably.
At 6'5", 285 pounds, Collins is 15-20 pounds away from being an off-the-charts prospect at left tackle. His strength, athleticism and blocking skill is about as good as anyone's in the class.
From a physical standpoint, he's an imposing specimen who can knock back a defender a full yard with a single push.
The first recruit of LSU's 2011 class, Collins committed way back in October of 2009.
Imadhi Zagon is a name to remember, because in a few years, this no-name, undervalued recruit could be one of the top players in college football.
Zagon is relatively unknown outside of the state of Maine. In fact, until his performance at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 event at Rutgers in March, he didn't have a single collegiate offer. That was before he outperformed everyone, including blue-chip prospects like Savon Huggins.
At 6'6", 322 pounds, Kouandjio is one of the most athletic big men in the country.
When it comes to natural ability as a blocker, Kouandjio has top-end balance and moves his feet as swiftly as any high school player I've ever seen. He does a great job staying low to the ground and using his tree trunk-like arms to manhandle defenders.
Kouandjio will wait until National Signing Day to announce his commitment, but has narrowed his choices down to Alabama, USC, Iowa, Auburn and New Mexico.
Louis-Jean is best known for his ability to land a big hit and he's the type of player that's just waiting to put an opponent to rest.
His coverage skills are as good as anyone's and his speed is truly elite. He has the potential to be a star at either cornerback or safety, but based on his tackling ability, he seems best suited for the safety position.
Commitment: Michigan State
At 6'3" and 236 pounds, Thomas presents a unique prospect with the size and speed to play a variety of positions. He can play defensive end, linebacker, safety and even receiver.
He's projected as a defender on the next level, mostly because it would be a shame to let his ball-hawking and punishing tackling go to waste.
Look for him to find a home as an outside linebacker who can drop into coverage or cause havoc in the backfield, depending on the down.
A longtime Spartan commitment, Thomas has the chance to be the next Greg Jones.
Commitment: Virginia Tech
Is James Farrow a track star who plays football or a football player who runs track? That's one of the first questions that comes to mind with this 3-star athlete who's projected as either a wide receiver or a cornerback.
It seems his best chance for production would be as a return man, considering he runs a sub 4.43 40-yard dash and is quite shifty in open space.
With some prospects, the label of inside and outside doesn't quite fit, but with him there's no question.
Johnson is a middle linebacker.
He plays so well between the tackles and can hunt down a ball-carrier along the sidelines about as well as anyone. He's incredibly instinctive and reads blocks so well that he rarely gets caught up behind the play.
Johnson went back and forth between Ole Miss and Mississippi State before eventually settling on the Rebels in January.
The top prospect from the state of Missouri will be staying at home and playing for the Tigers is 2011.
He's got a strong arm and is a good decision maker with a pretty high ceiling. His game has developed a lot over the last couple of seasons and should only get better as he continues to figure out his strengths and weaknesses.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of Montana.
Ryne Reeves is at worst the No. 2 center in the country.
He's a very strong player who has incredible body control and hand movement, though he needs to work on his footwork and positioning to reach elite status.
He reads defenses very well and does a great job calling out adjustments for his teammates, serving as the anchor of the offensive line.
He's got the size, strength and athleticism to be a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or a defensive end in 3-4, but it remains to be seen how the coaches at USC plan to use him.
There aren't many big men better in pursuit, especially on the backside, and even fewer with the kind of motor he possesses.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of New Hampshire.
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 of Barry Sanders. He has the vision, the balance, the change-of-direction ability and simply the unwillingness to go down.
Huggins made his choice in late January, picking in-state Rutgers over Notre Dame, North Carolina and Auburn.
Commitment: Notre Dame
Another of Notre Dame's solid haul of offensive lineman is offensive tackle Matt Hegarty, ranked as a top 10 prospect at his position by both Scout and Rivals.
He's an ideal left tackle prospect with good size, long arms and a ton of athleticism. He moves about as well as any lineman in the country and can routinely use his superior athleticism to get to the second and third levels of defenders.
Commitment: Notre Dame
Ishaq Williams is an athletic freak with the potential to be a superb outside linebacker or strong safety on top of his skill along the defensive line.
He's long and rangy, runs a deceptively fast 4.7 second 40-yard dash and is one of the most intense players you'll ever come across.
Williams was part of a mid-January flood of big-time commitments for Notre Dame, along with Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt.
Stephone Anthony is a natural pass-rusher with a knack for causing turnovers. There are not many players who can make the ball come loose more often than this kid.
When he gets his hands on someone, there's a chance he will make something happen any given play.
Anthony plans on waiting until National Signing Day to commit and it looks like this North Carolina native is a Florida Gator all the way.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of North Dakota.
DePriest has the natural build of a linebacker and a natural ability to read snap counts, get out of his stance quickly and beat his man off the ball.
He has a great motor and is excellent in pursuit. Not many prospects can cover the field from sideline to sideline the way he can.
There were rumblings that DePriest and Ohio State commitment Braxton Miller would be a package deal for the Buckeyes, but DePriest committed to Alabama instead.
Turner is another great addition to the Longhorns' secondary. He's a great all-around corner with a great pair of hands and solid football instinct.
He is the No. 2 CB on Rivals and the No. 4 CB on Scout. He and Leroy Scott should form a dominating tag team on the outside and really, it's hard to decide who's the better of the two.
Lyerla plays both tight end and outside linebacker in high school, but his future looks like it'll be on the defensive side of the ball.
He's very athletic and displays some of the most fluid movements of any defender of 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.
Lyerla committed to Oregon at the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Commitment: Notre Dame
Koyack is one of the top tight ends from the 2011 recruiting class and the top player on Notre Dame's commitment list to this point. He's basically a wide receiver in a tight end's body.
He runs very smooth routes, has a great set of hands and presents a mismatch for practically any defender on the field. He can beat you in flats, down the middle, downfield and on the sidelines.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of Rhode Island.
At 6'5", 225 pounds, Clowney is the definition of a playmaker. He can cut through an offensive line, get into the backfield like a knife through butter and has off-the-charts natural pass-rushing instincts.
No matter where the ball goes or where Clowney lines up, he'll make something happen so often it's scary. There's game film of him chasing down ball-carries who've had a 20 to 30 yard head start on him.
There's a good reason why he's considered to be one of the finest high school recruits in over a decade.
Farniok is definitely a raw prospect, there's no denying that. But at 6'8" and 308 pounds, he's got size that just can't be taught.
Add in the fact that he's lined up almost exclusively at left tackle and is a mauling run blocker and Oklahoma just might have something special here with this 3-star gem.
Farniok committed to the Sooners back in June of 2010.
At 6'5" and 310 pounds, Richardson's the No. 1 prospect from the state of Tennessee and a player everyone in the SEC is trying to get their hands on.
He's a bit raw, but extremely strong with a good deal of athleticism and a massive reach. If he can sort out issues with his footwork and blocking technique, you could be looking at a future NFL pillar for someone's offensive line.
Brown is the premiere rusher of the class and a near-ideal prospect for the position. He is a powerful rusher that will put his shoulder down and punish defenders, wearing them down as the game goes on.
He will not wow you with his speed, but as a downhill rusher, he is about as impressive as they come. Brown explodes into defenders, has great vision, subtle but quick movements and breaks tackles at an eye-popping rate.
The last recruit to date from Texas' 2011 recruiting class, Brown joined up with the Longhorns in August and has the chance to start as early as next season.
Harvey Langi is one of the running backs you don't hear too much about nationally, but you certainly should. He's one of the hardest backs to bring down in the 2011 class.
He's a powerful rusher with elite balance, body control and a low center of gravity that makes him a defender's nightmare in one-on-one situations. Arm tackles aren't going to do anything to slow him down.
Langi made his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, choosing to stay in-state at Utah over USC and Stanford.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of Vermont.
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.
One of the most coveted prospects in the nation, Grant will wait until National Signing Day to commit, but at this point it looks like a two-horse race between Ohio State and Florida.
Seferian-Jenkins presents a near-ideal target to throw to at 6'7" and 245 pounds. Because of his size, strength and athleticism, he is almost always open and rarely has to beat out his defender for the ball.
His route-running is polished and he does a great job of getting off the line of scrimmage fast, generally embarrassing anyone who tries to jam him.
Seferian-Jenkins committed to Washington over Texas back in August of 2010.
West Virginia's local talent is a little thin this year, so that might explain why Allan Wasonga has been overlooked by most experts.
But the 3-star running back with the mentality of a bulldozer has talent. At 5'9" and 198 pounds, running a 4.51 second 40-yard dash, he doesn't have the size or speed you'd like to see from the position, but Wasonga has a winner's mentality and that can't be quantified in numbers.
Bowling Green, Marshall and Ohio are the most probable landing spots at this point.
After watching the film, the jury is still out on Keefer on this end, but there's definitely a lot of potential. He plays mostly from a middle linebacker spot in high school, but spends a lot of time blitzing or dropping back into coverage.
Keefer has good instincts, a very nice burst off the ball and good pursuit skills on the edges. He also can lay a licking on a ball-carrier in open space and has solid tackling form.
The first commitment of Wisconsin's 2011 recruiting class, Keefer has been a Badger since last March.
There are no qualifying prospects from the state of Wyoming.