National Signing Day Primer: 5-Star Recruiting Predictions

    National Signing Day is just around the corner. Here are 5-star recruiting predictions and analysis to get you ready for the big day.

    January 12, 2016

    National Signing Day is just around the corner. Here are 5-star recruiting predictions and analysis to get you ready for the big day.

    There are 22 days left. That’s 22 days until the next batch of tomorrow’s football stars pick a hat and reveal which school they’ll call home for the next few years.

    National Signing Day can’t come soon enough.

    Everyone wants to know where the 5-star recruits are going to commit to. We all want to know how the landscape of collge football will change — if it changes at all — based on which programs land the biggest fish.

    Let’s take a look at the uncommitted 5-star prospects and the predictions for where they’ll end up as National Signing Day nears. Recruits are listed from lowest to highest rated. 

    Note: 247Sports Composite rankings and ratings used in this article.

    10. Demetris Robertson – No. 2 ATH

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. Prediction: Georgia

    The Bulldogs have a lot of momentum with Robertson, who’s from Savannah, Ga. And Kirby Smart has a lot of momentum in general, having landed 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta and capping off the 2015 season with a national championship. The Bulldogs have playing time and a new era to offer.

    9. Caleb Kelly – No. 3 OLB

  5. Oklahoma Sooners
  6. Oregon Ducks
  7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  8. Prediction: Oregon

    Oklahoma has been the favorite to land Kelly for a while now, but don’t count out Oregon just yet. Out of his top three schools, the Ducks are the closest. They can offer early playing time, too, which is always a big deal.

    8. Rashard Lawrence – No. 5 DT

  9. LSU Tigers
  10. Ohio State Buckeyes
  11. Prediction: LSU

    The Tigers have been cleaning up on the recruiting trail as of late, and it seems as though Les Miles is about to haul in another one. Lawrence would join Edwin Alexander and Glen Logan as the defensive tackles anchoring LSU’s 2016 class.

    7. Mecole Hardman Jr. – No. 1 ATH

  12. Georgia Bulldogs
  13. Alabama Crimson Tide
  14. Michigan Wolverines
  15. Tennessee Volunteers
  16. Clemson Tigers
  17. Prediction: Georgia

    The same reasoning behind why the Bulldogs will land Robertson would be why they’d land Mecole Hardman Jr. He named Alabama as his leader, but Kirby Smart can offer the idea of early playing time — and not just any kind of early playing time. It’s early playing time with 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason, who many expect to start next season.

    6. Mique Juarez – No. 2 OLB

  18. UCLA Bruins
  19. Ole Miss Rebels
  20. Prediction: UCLA

    Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss have a lot to offer, but it seems as though Mique Juarez is on his way to play for the Bruins. UCLA has produced some big-time linebackers, who are now making plays in the NFL. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks have been tearing it up for the Minnesota Vikings. Myles Jack is projected as a first-round pick this year, and Juarez could be next in line.

    5. Brandon Jones – No. 1 S

  21. Texas A&M Aggies
  22. Texas Longhorns
  23. Oregon Ducks
  24. Baylor Bears
  25. Prediction: Texas A&M

    What’s the opposite of momentum? Whatever it is, Charlie Strong has it on the recruiting trail. It doesn’t appear Brandon Jones will be a part of the solution in Austin, Texas. The Aggies may be losing quarterbacks left and right, but they did just land transfer Trevor Knight. So, the future is a little bit brighter with Texas A&M.

    4. Lyndell Wilson – No. 1 OLB

  26. Florida Gators
  27. Alabama Crimson Tide
  28. Georgia Bulldogs
  29. Prediction: Georgia

    Once upon a time, it was a two-horse race. And at that same time, the Florida Gators were the supposed leader to land Lyndell “Mack” Wilson. Now, it appears Kirby Smart is poised to land another 5-star recruit. Wilson knows Smart from Alabama, and with the excitement buzzing in Athens, Ga. the feel is Wilson will join the party.

    3. Ben Davis – No. 1 ILB

  30. Alabama Crimson Tide
  31. Georgia Bulldogs
  32. Prediciton: Alabama

    Well, there is one recruit Kirby Smart isn’t going to land, and his name’s Ben Davis. Nick Saban has definitely put in the work to land the 5-star inside linebacker. Alabama has a long legacy and playing time to offer. Oh, and there’s the whole playing for national titles thing. That’s a pretty big factor.

    2. Derrick Brown – No. 3 DT

  33. Georgia Bulldogs
  34. Auburn Tigers
  35. Alabama Crimson Tide
  36. Tennessee Volunteers
  37. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  38. Prediction: Georgia

    Isaac Nauta was from Buford, Ga., and he just committed to UGA. Now, it’s Derrick Brown’s turn. The 5-star defensive tackkle is also from Buford, and it seems as though Kirby Smart is targeting him as the defensive tackle of Georgia’s immediate future.

    1. Rashan Gary – No. 1 DT

  39. Michigan Wolverines
  40. Alabama Crimson Tide
  41. Auburn Tigers
  42. Ole Miss Rebels
  43. Clemson Tigers
  44. Prediction: Michigan

    Jim Harbaugh is up to something in Ann Arbor, Mich., and with the Wolverines having displayed one of the nation’s best defensive units this past season, it seems Michigan’s re-build may end sooner rather than later. Rashan Gary will likely end up with his good friend, Kareem Walker, a 4-star running back — also from New Jersey.

    MORE: 5-Star Isaac Nauta Commits To Georgia


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