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Early National Signing Day 2022: Top Uncommitted Football Recruits to Watch

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2022

Matayo Uiagalelei
Matayo UiagaleleiMeg Oliphant/Getty Images

The college football recruiting window is wide open, and the early signing period is set to begin on Wednesday, December 21.

Heading into that period, many of the nation's top five-star recruits have already committed and are expected to sign national letters of intent (NLI) either in the coming days or when the traditional signing period opens on February 1—a full list of NFI dates can be found here.

Five-star quarterback Arch Manning, for example, has committed to Texas for the 2023 season. Fellow five-star signal-caller Nicholaus Iamaleava has committed to Tennessee.

While we know where most of the top 2023 recruits are headed, there remains plenty of intrigue ahead of Wednesday. Decommitments do occur, and a few top recruits have been quiet about their college plans.

We're here to examine the latter group and dive into some of the top prospects who remain uncommitted heading into early signing day.


Nyckoles Harbor, Athlete, Archbishop Carroll

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 19: Nyckoles Harbor poses for a portrait at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 19. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Nyckoles Harbor, an all-around athletic prospect out of Archbishop Carroll in Washington D.C., is ranked 16th among 247Sports' list of top recruits.

With an impressive 6'5", 225-pound frame and elite athleticism, Harbor is widely projected to play either tight end or edge-rusher at the collegiate level. His next role could depend heavily on where Harbor lands.

Also recruited by Maryland, Georgia, Michigan and LSU, Harbor is predicted by 247Sports' Crystal Ball to land with the South Carolina Gamecocks. However, a recent visit with Maryland could throw a wrench in South Carolina's plans.

"Official visit to Maryland blows away five-star ATH Nyckoles Harbor and his family, a trip that included time spent with the university president, AD and one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country," Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports tweeted.

Expect Harbor to be on the fence about his decision until at least mid-week.


Matayo Uiagalelei, Edge, St. John Bosco

Pass-rusher Matayo Uiagalelei from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California, is another five-star recruit who remains uncommitted.

According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Ohio State now holds a "slight lead" over USC to land Uiagalelei. However, Oregon, Alabama and Arizona are also in the mix for the 6'5", 265-pound prospect.

According to Garrick Hodge of Eleven Warriors, the Buckeyes have recently put the proverbial full-court press on the Uiagalelei.

"OSU visited Uiagalelei this week and the Buckeyes are doing everything they can to secure the five-star California target," Hodge wrote. "But it will be a close battle between Ohio State, Oregon and USC for his commitment."

One potential factor to consider is that Uiagalelei's brother, former Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, is in the transfer portal and looking for a new home. If the two are looking to play together, D.J.'s decision could impact that of his younger brother.


Jordan Hall, DL, Westside

Defensive lineman Jordan Hall from Westside High School in Jacksonville, Florida, is a very intriguing prospect. At 6'4.5" and 300 pounds, he has the build of an interior defender. However, the four-star recruit also possesses a tremendous amount of athleticism.

Hall has the combination of size and quickness needed to play on the inside or at defensive end.

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While Hall might not be ready to make an immediate impact, he should develop into a star at the college level.

"Likely going to need a few years of coaching before he's ready to go on Saturdays and must keep evolving as a player, but should be viewed as an interior lineman with pass rushing upside that can provide a spark at the Power 5 level," Andrew Ivins of 247Sports wrote.

Hall has taken official visits with Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Alabama. According to his Twitter account, Hall plans to make an official announcement on December 22.


Rodrick Pleasant, CB, Junipero Serra

For now, Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA) cornerback Rodrick Pleasant is focused on playing in next month's Under Armour High School All-America Game in Orlando. His college decision may not come during the early signing period.

"I'm not in a rush right now," Pleasant said, per Damian Calhoun of the Daily Breeze.

The four-star defensive prospect, however, is drawing serious interest from schools like Cal, UCLA, Oregon and Miami—and it's not hard to see why.

"Pleasant has tremendous speed and is arguably the fastest player in the '23 class," Greg Biggins of 247Sports wrote. "His speed shows up on the football field, and he's a dangerous player in all three phases of the game."

Pleasant recently agreed to an official visit with UCLA, and there's a chance that he does commit this month.

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Rodrick Pleasant of Gardena Serra is taking official visit to UCLA. The future season tickets of his head coach, Scott Altenberg, are at stake. lol.

However, it feels likely that Pleasant will remain one of the top uncommitted recruits when the early signing period ends.


*Recruiting information via 247Sports.