National Signing Day Countdown: Uncommitted 5-Star Recruits And Where They’ll Sign

    As National Signing Day draws closer, here is a look at the uncommitted 5-star recruits still left on the board and a prediction for the schools they'll commit to when it's time to sign their National Letters of Intent.

    January 24, 2017

    As National Signing Day draws closer, here is a look at the uncommitted 5-star recruits still left on the board and a prediction for the schools they’ll commit to when it’s time to sign their National Letters of Intent. 

    It’s the question that every recruiting fan and follower is asking right now. Where will the the nation’s top uncommitted recruits commit?

    Well, there are only six 5-star prospects still left on the board without a public pledge — silent commitments happen all the time. And we’ll soon find out where they’ll spend the next three to four years of their lives.

    With that being said, let’s take a look at the uncommitted 5-star recruits and where they’re likely to end up on National Signing Day.

    Marvin Wilson, No. 1 DT, No. 10 Overall

    This recruitment is the one everyone is watching. Marvin Wilson has played his hand relatively close to the vest, but of his final five schools, it’s clear who the real contenders are. USF is only involved because of Charlie Strong — end of story. Oklahoma has tailed off, and is highly unlikely to land Wilson.

    On the flip side, Florida State has a real shot at him because Odell Haggins is one of college football’s elite recruiters. Ohio State has a few Texas natives committed, including Baron Browning and Jeffrey Okudah, who are recruiting Wilson to Columbus. And LSU is the trendy pick right now. Choosing the Tigers would keep Wilson closer to home, and he’d be a program-altering commitment early in Ed Orgeron’s tenure.

    Prediction: Ohio State

    Aubrey Solomon, No. 2 DT, No. 11 Overall

    When he decommitted from Michigan, it appeared unlikely that the Wolverines would be able to work their way back into Aubrey Solomon’s recruitment because of the communication issues the two parties were having. But you can never count out Jim Harbaugh. He’s done an incredible job working Michigan back into the mix, but it’ll be hard to beat out Alabama, who Solomon has named as his leader. Georgia and USC have outside chances at landing him, but this one will mimic Najee Harris’ recruitment and come down to Harbaugh versus Nick Saban on National Signing Day.

    Prediction: Alabama

    Joseph Lewis, No. 2 WR, No. 24 Overall

    Mike Riley’s staff has been on a tear when it comes to California natives, and is looking to add another West Coast commit on National Signing Day. However, it’s going to take a lot for the Cornhuskers to beat out USC here. With JuJu Smith-Schuster moving on, USC is looking for that next great, standout wide receiver to feature in its offense, and Joseph Lewis could be the guy. The Trojans will get his last official visit this upcoming weekend, and they’ll likely close the deal.

    Prediction:  USC

    DeVonta Smith, No. 3 WR, No. 26 Overall

    For Orgeron to be successful at LSU, he must lock down the borders in Louisiana. LSU is certainly still pursuing DeVonta Smith, but this has been Alabama’s race to lose for a long, long time. Florida State and Miami have done their due diligence, but it’s difficult to imagine the Crimson Tide not landing Smith.

    Prediction: Alabama

    Austin Jackson, No. 5 OT, No. 30 Overall

    If you want to talk about a cornerstone prospect, Austin Jackson could be just that for Clay Helton’s team. The Trojans are the clear-cut favorites to land the 5-star offensive tackle come National Signing Day, and it’s not even close. He spent an official visit in Los Angeles on Nov. 26 when USC dismantled Notre Dame, 45-27. Arizona State and Washington will technically continue to be considered, but Jackson is going to end up playing for Helton.

    Prediction: USC

    Tedarrell Slaton, No. 2 OG, No. 32 Overall

    The recruitment of Tedarrell Slaton is a prime example of how suddenly things can change when it comes to recruiting. Florida was nowhere to be seen early on in the process for Slaton, but now it appears as though he’s going to end up in Gainesville. What is even more intriguing is the fact he probably won’t play on the offensive line at the next level. Slaton wants to play defensive tackle, and the Gators need as many defensive tackles as they can get right now. Miami has hung around, but expect him to end up in orange and blue by the end of National Signing Day.

    Prediction: Florida

    K’Lavon Chaisson, No. 5 DE, No. 33 Overall

    There wasn’t a single defensive player in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game more impressive than K’Lavon Chaisson was. He lived in the backfield and racked up three sacks. He’s made it clear his final two schools are LSU and Texas, but this looks like it’s going to be all Longhorns. Tom Herman has done an incredible job of building the Texas brand back up in a short amount of time, and when it’s all said and done, he’ll have another blue-chip defensive end to plug into the defense next year.

    Prediction: Texas

    Jay Tufele, No. 3 DT, No. 36 Overall

    Michigan has certainly hung around in Jay Tufele’s recruitment, but it’s highly unlikely he ends up in Ann Arbor now. The Wolverines are focused on getting Aubrey Solomon back into the class. For awhile it looked like he would end up, at Ohio State but they’ve turned their attention to Marvin Wilson. Expect Tufele to land with the Utes on National Signing Day.

    Prediction: Utah

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