National Signing Day Countdown: Potential Commitment Flips

    With National Signing Day fast approaching, here is a list of recruits we could see have a change of heart and flip their commitments to a different program.

    January 25, 2017

    With National Signing Day fast approaching, here is a list of recruits we could see have a change of heart and flip their commitments to a different program. 


    Typically, when we get to this time of year, we see more smoke than we do fire. That’s the nature of the recruiting trail when National Signing Day is within striking distance.

    It becomes a he-said-she-said battle that feeds into the possibility for recruits to flip their commitments.

    With the last official visits set to wrap up, we could see a few players have a change of heart and give their pledge to a different school at the last possible second. Here is a list of recruits to watch for potential flips leading into National Signing Day.

    Potential Commitment Flips On National Signing Day

    4-star DT Cam Spence

    The Maryland commit has been faithful to the Terrapins, but D.J. Durkin still hasn’t hired a defensive line coach. That’s the main reason why Spence is considering backing off his commitment to the Terps. He loves the academics at Florida, so if he were to flip, it would be to the Gators. That would be ideal for Jim McElwain, as Florida is in desperate need of defensive tackles.

    4-star OLB Jacob Phillips

    He spent an unofficial visit at LSU recently, and there is a rumor floating that his dad wants him to be a Tiger. Ed Orgeron needs to add a few linebackers in this class, and Jacob Phillips would be a huge addition should he flip on National Signing Day. He’s committed to Oklahoma, but the Sooners also have pledges from Levi Draper, Kenneth Murray, Addison Gumbs and K’Jakrye Daley. It wouldn’t be shocking if Phillips ditched Norman for Baton Rouge.

    4-star DT Devonte Wyatt

    The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle has been committed to Georgia since Aug. 8, but despite an official visit to Athens this past weekend, Devonte Wyatt is still planning on officially visiting Gainesville this upcoming weekend. As mentioned with Spence, Florida is looking to add some big guys to the middle of that defensive line, and Wyatt would be a nice addition. However, Wyatt has gone on the record as saying he’s 50-50 on his decision right now with South Carolina being the biggest threat to lure him away from the Bulldogs.

    4-star CB Elijah Blades

    Elijah Blades has maintained he is solid on his commitment to the Gators. But now, following an official visit to Nebraska, he’s only 85-percent committed and will have to make a final decision come National Signing Day. Typically, that’s not great news for the team currently holding the pledge, but Blades knows he can play right away for the Gators given Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson’s early departures for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Cornhuskers have been building a pipeline to California, though, and they certainly have a shot at rerouting Blades to Lincoln.

    4-star DE D.J. Johnson

    It’s not likely D.J. Johnson would back off his commitment to Miami. He’s stated how he’s ready to get to work for the Hurricanes immediately. But if he is going to flip, Chris Petersen’s Huskies would be the team to do it. Johnson is from Sacramento, so flipping to Washington would make it more convenient then moving to Coral Gables. Still, Mark Richt has to feel strongly about Miami’s chances of preventing a flip.

    4-star OG Grant Polley

    Losing Grant Polley would be a huge blow for Colorado. Mike MacIntyre has done a great job of changing the culture in Boulder, and Polley’s commitment to the Buffaloes is an example of that. Highly-touted recruits from Denton, Texas don’t usually leave the Lone Star State for Colorado. And there is a chance it again won’t be the case come National Signing Day. Polley officially visited Texas on Jan. 13, and with Tom Herman in Austin, the Longhorns have a great shot at keeping the 4-star offensive guard close to home.

    4-star DT Breyon Gaddy & 3-star DT Brandon Gaddy

    If there were any flip possibilities that could be dubbed as the “most likely,” we’d have to turn our attention to Breyon and Brandon Gaddy. The brothers started off as Tennessee commits but eventually decommitted and decided to give their pledges to Maryland. However, if they can qualify academically, expect them to flip their commitments to Florida. It’s somewhat ironic the Gators are looking to spurn their former defensive coordinator by trying to flip not one, not two, but three defensive tackles from the Terps, but that’s how it goes in recruiting.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

    MORE: Uncommitted 5-Star Recruits, Where They’ll Sign Ahead Of National Signing Day

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