Top 2023 Uncommitted Recruits After Early Signing Day

David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVDecember 24, 2022

Top 2023 Uncommitted Recruits After Early Signing Day

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    Nyckoles Harbor
    Nyckoles HarborBrian Dohn, 247Sports

    Although the overwhelming majority of college football prospects ink a letter of intent in the early signing period, a handful of key players remain on the board.

    In the 2023 recruiting cycle, only six top-150 talents are still uncommitted. While a couple of them might actually have signed in December—more on that shortly—they've exited the early window publicly unattached.

    Decisions may be revealed during All-American games in January, but some players might wait until February's traditional signing day. They may need additional time to make a choice, too.

    One thing is clear, though: These six players are officially the most coveted prospects in the nation.

Mikal Harrison-Pilot

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    Mikal Harrison-Pilot
    Mikal Harrison-PilotJordan Scruggs, 247Sports

    Although most players sign during the early window, prospects will occasionally wait to announce their decision at one of the All-Star showcases in January.

    Mikal Harrison-Pilot will be a headliner in 2023.

    A 4-star from Texas, he's the No. 150 player in the country. Harrison-Pilot has officially visited Cal, Houston, TCU and Texas, though he most recently traveled to Houston and TCU in December. He's set to announce at the All-American Bowl, per Steve Wilftong of 247Sports.

    Harrison-Pilot would be the highest-rated player in Houston's class or third-best prospect in TCU's haul.

Jelani McDonald

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    Jelani McDonald
    Jelani McDonaldCody Nagel, 247Sports

    In another battle for a Lone Star State prospect, Jelani McDonald also has a couple of Big 12 schools on the radar.

    Oklahoma State and Texas are key contenders for McDonald, who previously was committed to OSU. He gave a verbal pledge soon after visiting Stillwater in the summer but backed off in October.

    McDonald will be revealing his choice at the All-American Bowl in January, as well. It's worth noting the 4-star wideout received a late offer from and visited TCU in December.

    The major question will be whether McDonald (or Harrison-Pilot, for that matter) has quietly signed and submitted a letter of intent in this early window. That is a common practice—though not required—for players who announce at All-Star games.

Walker Lyons

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    Shortly after Stanford coach David Shaw announced his resignation in November, Walker Lyons reopened his recruitment.

    "I'm decommitting, but Stanford is still a top school of mine," Lyons told Brandon Huffman of 247Sports. "I just want to see what happens with the new coach and I'm pushing my signing to February."

    BYU, Georgia, USC and Utah are among the programs still in the running for the 4-star tight end. Lyons officially visited each of the schools—along with Stanford—in the summer or fall.

    One critical note: Lyons will serve his LDS mission before enrolling in the fall of 2024, according to Huffman.

Rodrick Pleasant

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    Among the highest-ranked players available, Rodrick Pleasant seems to have the most uncertain recruitment.

    So far, he's visited Boston College, Cal, Oregon and UCLA. However, per Greg Biggins of 247Sports, the 4-star corner is considering taking his final permitted official trip to Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State or USC.

    Pleasant, who's ranked No. 86 nationally, will play in both the Under Armour All-America Game and Polynesian Bowl.

    His decision likely won't arrive until national signing day in February, but the top-100 talent is worth the wait.

Duce Robinson

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    Duce Robinson (L) and Arch Manning (R)
    Duce Robinson (L) and Arch Manning (R)Tim Warner/Getty Images

    Duce Robinson is already on the radar of professional teams. We're not talking about the NFL, though.

    Yes, he's a 5-star tight end who's visited Alabama, Georgia, Texas and USC and is working on a January trip to Oregon, per Matt Prehm of 247Sports. But Robinson is also a high-tier baseball prospect, and there's a non-zero chance he trades the football field for the diamond.

    "The goal is to hear my name called (in the 2023 MLB Draft) and make a decision from there, but we'll see how that goes," Robinson said in the fall, according to Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic.

    Robinson didn't play baseball last spring—although he participated in summer camps and showcases—so the expectation remains that he'll pursue college football.

Nyckoles Harbor

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    Nyckoles Harbor is also a two-sport standout. But as Robinson has a powerful bat, Harbor is an accomplished sprinter who has recorded a sub-10.3-second 100-meter time.

    That speed only makes him a nightmare to stop on the gridiron.

    Where he'll be bringing that explosiveness is the question. Harbor has been a regular visitor at nearby Maryland, while Michigan and South Carolina also landed official trips. LSU is on Harbor's radar for a fifth OV, according to Brian Dohn of 247Sports.

    The highest-rated uncommitted prospect at No. 16 overall, Harbor is expected to announce his choice on signing day in February.