National Signing Day is upon us.
While the majority of 2014 recruits have already solidly verbalized their commitments to schools, a select few remain uncommitted. The committed players can rest easily tonight, with their only decision left to be made being how they will fax or text or email a letter of intent to their chosen school. But for the coaching staffs of the schools left with players on the board, and the undecided players themselves, tonight might be the most stressful night of the offseason.
Plenty of highly ranked, highly sought-after players haven’t decided yet. Here are a few of those that have yet to make a decision and which way each player is leaning.
Adoree Jackson, Cornerback
Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)
Top Schools: USC, Florida, UCLA
Jackson is a lockdown corner and a track star. He hails from Gardena, Calif. and Junipero Serra High, the same high school as USC alums Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Even this far along into the recruitment process, Jackson still seems to be split between UCLA and USC, taking a visit with each Los Angeles program on the final day of the recruiting contact period. But when it comes to decision time, he’ll follow his former high school teammates and become a member of Steve Sarkisian’s first recruiting class at USC.
Predicted Choice: USC
Rashaan Evans, Outside Linebacker
Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)
Top Schools: Auburn, Alabama
Evans to Auburn seems to be obvious. His father went to Auburn and played there, Evans is from Auburn and goes to Auburn High School. For the recruiting class following Auburn’s BCS title appearance, Gus Malzahn has to protect his own territory and be able to sign players that are obvious needs for his team. Like Jackson, Evans met with recruiters from Alabama and Auburn on the final day of the contact period, so he still may be making his mind up, but it seems like a done deal for the Tigers.
Predicted Choice: Auburn
Malachi Dupre, Wide Receiver
New Orleans, La. (John Curtis)
Top Schools: LSU, Alabama, Florida State
Dupre also took meetings with LSU coach Les Miles and Alabama head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin recently but he is the easiest to call on this list. Alabama is incredibly deep at the receiver position, with two more receiving talents Cameron Sims and Derek Kief signing tomorrow. LSU just lost its two best receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to the NFL Draft. Dupre can stay close to home and step in immediately, developing a rapport with whoever LSU taps to replace exiting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Predicted School: LSU
Lorenzo Carter, Defensive End
Norcross, Ga. (Norcross)
Top Schools: Georgia, Alabama, LSU
Georgia hired away Florida State’s defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt this offseason and that may have been the most important move of their offseason. Pruitt has won three national championships - two at Alabama as defensive backs coach, one last year at FSU - and is a seriously good recruiter. Carter has made four separate visits to Georgia and is the No. 1 recruit in the state. He’ll stay home, too.
Projected School: Georgia