Top Uncommitted Recruits At End Of Dead Period

    The dead period has ended, and now coaches can hit the road to start visiting prospects in the 2017 recruiting class. Here is a list of the remaining uncommitted blue-chip recruits and predictions for where they'll commit.

    January 15, 2017

    The dead period has ended, and now coaches can hit the road to start visiting prospects in the 2017 recruiting class. Here is a list of the remaining uncommitted blue-chip recruits and predictions for where they’ll commit. 


    The recruiting dead period is finally over, and now it’s time for coaches to make the rounds. They’ll go from high school to high school, from home to home, looking to put the final touches on their respective 2017 recruiting classes. They better hurry, though. National Signing Day on Feb. 1 is right around the corner.

    There are only seven 5-star recruits who are still waiting to announce their college commitments with Devon Hunter, the nation’s No. 1 safety and No. 5 overall player, set to take his pledge public on Jan. 20.

    Here is a complete list of the uncommitted 5-star and 4-star prospects at the end of the dead period.

    Uncommitted 5-Star Recruits

    Devon Hunter, No. 1 S, No. 5 Overall

    The home-state Virginia Tech Hokies still appear to be the frontrunner for his commitment, but Devon Hunter has a great relationship with Florida defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. Keep an eye on the Gators in his recruitment. Hunter will announce on Jan. 20.

    Prediction: Virginia Tech

    Marvin Wilson, No. 1 DT, No. 11 Overall

    It may sound weird, but Charlie Strong’s USF Bulls legitimately have a shot at landing Marvin Wilson. It doesn’t appear they’ll get him, but Strong at least gives them a fighting chance. Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma are the other big contenders, but it appears as though the Buckeyes have the edge.

    Prediction: Ohio State

    Austin Jackson, No. 6 OT, No. 30 Overall

    This is USC’s race to lose. Arizona State is trying to lure him away from the Trojans and keep him close to home, but the odds are against that happening. Oregon and Washington are also vying for his pledge.

    Prediction: USC

    Joseph Lewis, No. 1 WR, No. 15 Overall

    This, like with Jackson, is pointing toward Clay Helton’s Trojans. Nebraska is trying to pull Joseph Lewis to Lincoln, but that’s highly unlikely. Oklahoma and Oregon are also in the mix.

    Prediction: USC

    Tedarrell Slaton, No. 2 OG, No. 34 Overall

    He recently named the Gators his leader, and it appears Florida will follow through on getting him to commit when it’s all said and done. It’s not guaranteed he’ll play on offense, though. Slaton has expressed interest in playing defensive tackle, which would fill a need for Jim McElwain’s team.

    Prediction: Florida

    DeVonta Smith, No. 2 WR, No. 24 Overall

    The Tide will continue to roll. Alabama already nabbed one 5-star Louisiana native in outside linebacker Dylan Moses, and Nick Saban’s team is now looking to land another top Louisiana prospect in DeVonta Smith.

    Prediction: Alabama

    Aubrey Solomon, No. 2 DT, No. 20 Overall

    The former Michigan commit now appears to be staying closer to home, as the battle has really come down to Alabama and Georgia.

    Prediction: Alabama

    Uncommitted 4-Star Recruits

    Willie Gay, No. 6 OLB, No. 89 Overall

    There are four teams left in Willie Gay’s recruitment: LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Starkville native felt at home when he visited Ann Arbor, but keep an eye on the Tigers. They desperately need to add a linebacker in this class.

    Prediction: LSU

    K.J. Jarrell, No. 31 S, Unranked Overall

    This is all Arizona State all the way.

    Prediction: Arizona State

    Jeff Thomas, No. 7 WR, No. 50 Overall

    This is going to be a close one. Mark Richt’s Hurricanes have taken a late lead, but Illinois is still in it, as Lovie Smith tries to keep Jeff Thomas close to home. Oregon is also in the picture but barely.

    Prediction: Miami

    K’Lavon Chaisson, No. 5 DE, No. 51 Overall

    USC has certainly tried, but this one is going to come down to LSU and Texas. However, it appears Tom Herman will win the battle.

    Prediction: Texas

    Greg Johnson, No. 8 ATH, No. 98 Overall

    This is another Nebraska-USC battle. Notre Dame is also fighting for Greg Johnson.

    Prediction: USC

    Lynn Bowden, No. 4 ATH, No. 60 Overall

    Kentucky, Michigan State and Penn State are all in it, but Mark Stoops’ Wildcats hold the edge.

    Prediction: Kentucky

    Connor Wedington, No. 6 ATH, No. 66 Overall

    Baylor, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA are the ones competing for Connor Wedington, but it looks like David Shaw’s staff is going to land him.

    Prediction: Stanford

    Lagaryonn Carson, No. 7 DE, No. 67 Overall

    He was the Longhorns’ first 2017 commit and has been the biggest advocator of the program during the cycle. He’s supposed to get a visit from Tom Herman soon to talk about giving him a scholarship offer. If Lagaryonn Carson doesn’t re-join Texas’ class, watch out for Baylor and Texas A&M.

    Prediction: Texas

    Anthony McFarland, No. 6 RB, No. 69 Overall

    With Najee Harris officially at Alabama, the Crimson Tide are basically out of it. That leaves Maryland and Miami. But it appears as though D.J. Durkin will land his future starting tailback.

    Prediction: Maryland

    Oliver Martin, No. 30 WR, No. 216 Overall

    Both Iowa and Notre Dame are leading the pack for Oliver Martin’s commitment, and both Michigan State and Oregon are trying to catch up.

    Prediction: Notre Dame

    Jarez Parks, No. 4 DE, No. 48 Overall

    Alabama, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina are all jostling for Parks. And this may come down to whether or not the Crimson Tide will take him. If not, expect the Gators and Seminoles to battle it out.

    Prediction: Alabama

    Henry Ruggs, No. 23 WR, No. 173 Overall

    Here is another situation in which Alabama dictates how the recruitment goes. The Crimson Tide already have wide receivers Tyrell Shavers and Jerry Jeudy committed, and are close to reeling in DeVonta Smith. That would leave the Gators in a great position to add Ruggs.

    Prediction: Florida

    Jay Tufele, No. 3 DT, No. 37 Overall

    Michigan, Ohio State and Utah are the last teams standing in Jay Tufele’s recruitment. But if he doesn’t choose his home-state Utes, expect him to pick the Buckeyes over the Wolverines.

    Prediction: Ohio State

    Cordarrian Richardson, No. 7 RB, No. 78 Overall

    Willie Taggart holds the upperhand here. Michigan State is involved, but it looks like the Ducks will land their guy.

    Prediction: Oregon

    LaBryan Ray, No. 9 DE, No. 86 Overall

    Alabama, Florida and Tennessee will all get visits before National Signing Day, but it looks like the Crimson Tide have this one locked up.

    Prediction: Alabama

    Phidarian Mathis, No. 8 DE, No. 96 Overall

    This is a classic Alabama-LSU battle with the Tigers ahead. TCU is also in the picture.

    Prediction: LSU

    Jaylen Harris, No. 14 WR, No. 108 Overall

    Michigan State and Penn State are trying. But with Tyjon Lindsey no longer being a Buckeye, it appears Ohio State will land Jaylen Harris.

    Prediction: Ohio State

    Todd Harris, No. 9 S, No. 113 Overall

    Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all involved. But Todd Harris will most likely end up in Baton Rouge.

    Prediction: LSU

    Elijah Gates, No. 11 CB, No. 117 Overall

    This one is between Oregon and UCLA.

    Prediction: UCLA

    James Robinson, No. 17 WR, No. 118 Overall

    Oklahoma is certainly a contender, but Florida is the clear-cut favorite.

    Prediction: Florida

    Chaz Ah You, No. 10 S, No. 121 Overall

    It’s a little hazy what’s going on here. BYU, Stanford, UCLA and Washington are all in it.

    Prediction: Washington

    Isaiah Pola-Mao, No. 12 S, No. 126 Overall

    The nephew of former USC and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu, Isaiah Pola-Mao appears to be down to Arizona State, USC and Washington. But with the way the Huskies have played this past season, the edge goes to Chris Petersen’s staff.

    Prediction: Washington

    Brad Stewart, No. 13 CB, No. 133 Overall

    He may be from New Orleans, but this one is pointing toward the Florida Gators.

    Prediction: Florida

    Chevin Calloway, No. 14 CB, No. 137 Overall

    The former Iowa commit picked up a Texas offer, but Arkansas appears to be in the lead.

    Prediction: Arkansas

    Nico Collins, No. 21 WR, No. 147 Overall

    Michigan has been the favorite to land Nico Collins for a long time. Alabama and Georgia are in the running, but this one screams Wolverines.

    Prediction: Michigan

    Markaviest Bryant, No. 14 DE, No. 166 Overall

    Georgia will likely win this battle with Auburn.

    Prediction: Georgia

    Levi Jones, No. 14 OLB, No. 189 Overall

    It looks like we have another Florida-Florida State fight. The Seminoles hold the advantage, but the Gators are still in it.

    Prediction: Florida State

    Christopher Henderson, No. 14 ATH, No. 192 Overall

    The former Miami commit has been a Gator lean for a long time. Alabama and Miami are still in it, but expect him to head to Gainesville.

    Prediction: Florida

    Chester Graves, No. 13 DE, No. 153 Overall

    This one looks like it’ll come down to Mizzou and Ole Miss.

    Prediction: Missouri

    Deommodore Lenoir, No. 8 CB, No. 87 Overall

    Expect Deommodore Lenoir to re-join Oregon’s class now that Willie Taggart is calling the shots.

    Prediction: Oregon

    Leonard Warner, No. 16 OLB, No. 195 Overall

    Expect Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs to win this one, too.

    Prediction: Georgia

    Ryan Johnson, No. 17 DE, No. 203 Overall

    Auburn looks like it’s going to beat out Alabama for Ryan Johnson.

    Prediction: Auburn

    Thayer Munford, No. 23 OT, No. 207 Overall

    Kentucky, Iowa State, Ohio State and Pitt are all battling. But it looks like the Wildcats will land him.

    Prediction: Kentucky

    Travis Etienne, No. 17 RB, No. 209 Overall

    The contenders are LSU, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M. However, it appears Ed Orgeron’s staff will add the talented halfback to its class.

    Prediction: LSU

    Latavious Brini, No. 20 CB, No. 210 Overall

    Georgia, Miami, Oregon and Virginia Tech are all pushing. Mark Richt will most likely bring Latavious Brini to Coral Gables, though.

    Prediction: Miami

    Paulson Adebo, No. 16 ATH, No. 213 Overall

    The former Notre Dame commit looks like he’s headed to Stanford.

    Prediction: Stanford

    TyJuan Garbutt, No. 20 DE, No. 238 Overall

    This is all Virginia Tech.

    Prediction: Virginia Tech

    Josh Falo, No. 8 TE, No. 248 Overall

    Colorado, Oregon and USC are all jostling for position. But the Ducks will get his final official visit on Jan. 28.

    Prediction: Oregon

    Tyler Taylor, No. 20 OLB, No. 249 Overall

    Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma are all in the mix.

    Prediction: Auburn

    A.J. Davis, No. 20 RB, No. 256 Overall

    North Carolina and Pitt are trying, but it’s hard to see Louisville not landing A.J. Davis.

    Prediction: Louisville

    Thomas Johnson, No. 10 ILB, No. 259 Overall

    Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Iowa and Ole Miss are all neck-and-neck.

    Prediction: Auburn

    Braylon Sanders, No. 40 WR, No. 260 Overall

    Georgia doesn’t necessarily need to add Braylon Sanders, as the Bulldogs can only take so many players. Expect Mississippi State to be the move.

    Prediction: Mississippi State

    Langi Tuifua, No. 22 DE, No. 262 Overall

    It looks like BYU is going to beat out Oregon here.

    Prediction: BYU

    Kendarian Handy-Holly, No. 25 S, No. 277 Overall

    Expect P.J. Fleck to land the 4-star safety.

    Prediction: Minnesota

    Tariq Castro-Fields, No. 27 CB, No. 286 Overall

    This is the Terrapins’ race to lose.

    Prediction: Maryland

    Antjuan Simmons, No. 22 OLB, No. 288 Overall

    The Ann Arbor native is likely headed to East Lansing.

    Prediction: Michigan State

    Mohamed Sanogo, No. 11 ILB, No. 297 Overall

    Mohamed Sanogo is all Ole Miss.

    Prediction: Ole Miss

    Brad Johnson, No. 12 ILB, No. Unranked Overall

    The smart bet is on Will Muschamp here.

    Prediction:  South Carolina

    Ellis Brooks, No. 13 ILB, No. Unranked Overall

    This recruitment favors the Terps.

    Prediction: Maryland

    Elijah Conliffe, No. 20 DT, No. Unranked Overall

    Florida is pushing hard, but Tennessee is still there.

    Prediction: Tennessee

    Noah Elliss, No. 23 DT, No. Unranked Overall

    Ole Miss is getting his last visit on Jan. 27, but it’s hard to beat the home-state team a.k.a. Colorado.

    Prediction: Colorado

    Davondre Robinson, No. 28 S, No. Unranked Overall

    Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are all trying to reel in Davondre Robinson.

    Prediction: South Carolina

    Stephan Zabié, No. 30 DT, No. Unranked Overall

    Boomer Sooner.

    Prediction: Oklahoma

    Isaac Slade-Matautia, No. 30 OLB, No. Unranked Overall

    It’s going to be tough to beat out the Ducks.

    Prediction: Oregon

    James Walker, No. 30 ATH, No. Unranked Overall

    Close call, but keep an eye on the national champions.

    Prediction: Clemson

    C.J. Cotman, No. 32 ATH, No. Unranked Overall

    The former Tennessee commit likes North Carolina a lot. But Illinois, Kentucky and Oregon are all vying for his pledge.

    Prediction: North Carolina

    R.J. Potts, No. 32 S, No. Unranked Overall

    This recruitment will probably lead R.J. Potts to Bloomington.

    Prediction: Indiana

    Jalen McKenzie, No. 33 OT, No. Unranked Overall

    He’s most likely headed for Los Angeles to be a Trojan.

    Prediction:  USC

    Ryan Jones, No. 46 WR, No. Unranked Overall

    Tar Heels … all the way.

    Prediction: North Carolina

    Sam Crawford, No. 50 WR, No. Unranked Overall

    He’s probably headed to Fort Collins.

    Prediction: Colorado State

    Danny Davis, No. 55 WR, No. Unranked Overall

    Mark Stoops will land another one.

    Prediction: Kentucky

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