College Football Recruiting 2013: 8 Bold Predictions for National Signing Day
National signing day is the Super Bowl, so to speak, for recruiting fans, writers, analysts, coaches and players alike. It's the day that many decisions are made, the coverage is extensive and it's always a special time.
The day already has a ton of hype around it and the speculation that leads up to it is an exciting buildup. For this read, I just want to make some bold predictions about what will happen on NSD 2013.
Come on inside and check some extremely bold predictions for the upcoming national signing day.
8. A Silent Commitment Will Be Revealed
I don't know who it will be, perhaps Alquadin Muhammad to Notre Dame, but there's going to be a silent commitment revealed.
Silent commitments are real in recruiting, and rumors abound every year about possible recruits who are silently committed.
This year on signing day, a recruit will sign and fax his LOI and reveal that he's been committed for quite some time.
7. Tom Luginbill Will Get Annoyed About Predicting Heisman Winners
Last year Tom Luginbill did an excellent job with his wall-to-wall coverage of NSD on ESPNU. He's a sharp guy and shows good talent when he does TV work for ESPNU high school games.
Yet when he was asked towards the end of the day to predict which player would win the Heisman from this class, Lugs' showed some annoyance towards the question.
The producers at ESPNU will likely pose the question as a discussion topic agan this year, and Luginbill will probably get annoyed again.
6. Auburn Will Fall out of the Top 15 Recruiting Rankings
The Tigers hired Gus Malzahn as their new coach, and he has let go just about everyone from Gene Chizik's staff. That has cause a ton of uncertainty to hang over Auburn's current top-10 ranked class.
Reuben Foster has already bolted, and I get the feeling Carl Lawson could leave too. Jordan Wilkins and Tashawn Bower could also choose to sign elsewhere.
Losing prospects like that would drop Auburn from the top 15 recruiting class rankings. It'll happen.
5. Montravius Adams' Announcement Will Have Predictions to Several Schools
Adams could announce at an all-star game, but he could also simply opt for NSD as his announcement date. The big 6'3", 310-pound DT has several different schools in the mix and doesn't seem to be leaning anywhere heavily.
Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Florida, LSU and even USC are schools that I can see Adams signing with.
On NSD, when he comes to the podium, we will have seen predictions from people that have Adams signing with a wide range of schools.
4. Atleast One Major Recruit Still Won't Be Ready to Decide
National signing day will come and go and at least one major recruit still will not be ready to decide. Two years ago, of course, it was No. 1 prospect Jadeveon Clowney.
Last year, it was Davonte Neal. The players that I have my eye on this year this scenario are Mackensie Alexander and Priest Willis, among a few others.
3. Laremy Tunsil Will Pick Georgia
Nothing fancy or funny with this one here. I'm calling Tunsil to Georgia on NSD. The big 6'6", 295-pound LT prospect will likely wait until NSD to make his announcement.
On that day, he will step up to the podium and announce he is headed to Athens to be a Bulldog. Will Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams and Reuben Foster join him?
2. We Will See Atleast 2 Shocking, Left Field, Unforseen De-Commitments
Another cool aspect to national signing day is that it is always full of surprises. Some of those surprises are unforeseen de-commitments.
Last year we saw Toshro Davis back off his LSU commitment and shockingly sign with Texas. I'm predicting that we will see two occurrences of a similar nature this year.
1. There Will Be Another LOI Hold Up
Two years ago Cyrus Kouandjio committed to Auburn and a few minutes later we got word that he had yet to fax his signed letter on intent.
Then last year, Georgia had to wait a few days before receiving a signed LOI from Josh Harvey-Clemons. I'm not sure who it'll be yet, but I'm predicting we'll experience another short LOI-gate this year too.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.