10 Bold Summer Predictions for 2015 College Football Recruiting Trail

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 26, 2014

10 Bold Summer Predictions for 2015 College Football Recruiting Trail

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    This summer figures to not only be hot, but also packed full of developments on the college football recruiting trail. The heat will be bold, but the predictions in this piece will be even bolder.

    The summer will feature a couple shocking commitments, while a Pac-12 school will emerge as the leader for a 4-star receiver. Also, a 5-star recruit will lose a star in his rating.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Ohio State Will Pull off a Shocking Commitment

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    Although Ohio State is not off to a great start right now, the Buckeyes will eventually get going. When they do, they will come on plenty strong.

    Head coach Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters the game has ever seen, so don't count him out with any recruit right now. Whether it's getting a surprising commitment from 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson, 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat, 4-star receiver Christian Kirk, 5-star running back Damien Harris or 5-star defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr., look for Meyer and the Buckeyes to pull off a stunner this summer.

Jashon Cornell Will Commit to Notre Dame

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    Jashon Cornell is a 4-star defensive end with a bright future. At 6'4" and 270 pounds, the Minnesota native has a ton of schools after him due to his size and first-step quickness.

    Among Cornell's top suitors is Notre Dame, who 247Sports says is battling other programs such as Michigan, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Alabama.

    Cornell will be announcing his decision on August 28, and that is when he will commit to playing for the Fighting Irish.

USC Will Have a Top 10 Recruiting Class by the End of the Summer

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    USC is showing strong signs of returning to its old recruiting ways, as the Trojans are No. 12 in the 247Sports Recruiting Class Rankings.

    The Men of Troy have eight commitments, including two from 5-star prospects such as quarterback Ricky Town and offensive tackle Chuma Edoga.

    Head coach Steve Sarkisian surely will not rest on his early recruiting success. By the end of this summer, the Trojans will have one of the top 10 recruiting classes in the country.

Alex Ofodile Will Commit to Missouri

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    A 4-star receiver with terrific hands, Alex Ofodile will be committed to Missouri by the time fall arrives. The 6'3", 185-pound Missouri native is a sharp route-runner with solid speed.

    Missouri is fighting schools such as Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma for him, according to 247Sports. However, Ofodile will announce himself as a Tiger this summer.

A Recruit Will Come from out of Nowhere to Emerge as an Elite Prospect

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    Summer camps, combines and seven-on-seven showcases are great platforms for underrated recruits to emerge. Every summer, an unknown prospect performs well at a few summer events and rapidly rises up recruiting rankings.

    Whether it's a recruit who received a last-minute invitation to The Opening, an underrated quarterback who throws well at the Elite 11 finals or a player not on the radar dominating an elite college camp, you can bet one of the best recruits in the country you've never heard of will emerge this summer.

Torrance Gibson Will Commit to a School This Summer

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    Torrance Gibson is a 5-star quarterback from Florida who is 6'4" and 200 pounds. He's a talented lefty who also has solid speed and elusiveness as a runner.

    A decision from the 5-star dual-threat quarterback isn't coming soon, per a report by Austin Price of VolQuest.com, via Rivals.com (subscription required). However, quarterbacks generally do not drag out their recruitment. Many schools only take one, so prospects commit early so their slot isn't filled by another passer.

    Gibson will eventually follow suit, which will result in him committing to a school this summer. Keep an eye on Tennessee, Auburn and Ohio State. 

There Will Be 2 Big Decommitments

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    Decommitments have become a big part of recruiting, and there will be two big ones this summer. While it remains to be seen which two big-name prospects will back off their current commitments, you can expect at least a pair of decommitments to happen.

    Keep an eye on 5-star receiver Preston Williams and his Tennessee pledge, while the commitment to Florida Atlantic by 4-star running back Jordan Scarlett should also be closely monitored.

George Campbell Will Lose His 5-Star Rating

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    Right now, George Campbell is considered a 5-star receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He certainly looks the part at 6'3" and 184 pounds, plus he has outstanding speed.

    However, his hands, concentration and ball skills leave much to be desired. Campbell drops too many passes for an elite recruit, and he is not a natural plucker of the football.

    He will lose a star before the summer is over.

Byron Cowart Will Commit to Oregon During His Unofficial Visit

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    Byron Cowart is a beastly 5-star defensive end from Florida who can also menace an offense from the defensive tackle position. At 6'4" and 250 pounds, Cowart has great strength, plus he also has the quickness to squeeze the pocket as a pass-rusher.

    Florida is a school that is thick in the mix for Cowart, according to 247Sports. However, Oregon is his leader, says Woody Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required)

    Per Wommack, Cowart plans to visit Eugene in July for an unofficial visit. After being exceptionally impressed by the Ducks' facilities and program up close, Cowart will commit to Oregon. 

    Cowart told the following to Wommack on May 23: "I hope it's like I think it's like. I hope my expectations are met when I go up there."

UCLA, Not USC, Will Emerge as the Clear-Cut Leader for Cordell Broadus

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    At 6'2", 4-star receiver Cordell Broadus is a long-limbed athlete who can pluck passes with his mitts away from his body.

    He will play his senior season in Las Vegas, but Broadus is a Los Angeles native. USC is felt to be his leader by 247Sports, but that will not be the case when the summer is over.

    Not only will Broadus be playing with 4-star tight end and UCLA pledge Aliz'e Jones this fall, he also has been close friends with 5-star quarterback and Bruin commitment Josh Rosen for several years, according to Edward Lewis of BruinSportsReport.com

    Also, UCLA was the 4-star receiver's first offer. The Bruins will emerge as Broadus' clear-cut leader going into the fall. 

    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 and Cleveland Browns.