Biggest questions ahead of Signing Day

Eddie Vanderdoes

Our experts chime in on the biggest questions from their regions ahead of Signing Day.

What will the No. 1 prospect do?

Anytime you have the top prospect in the country uncommitted this late in the process, he is a hot topic.

Robert Nkemdiche will be watched closely across the country. Ole Miss is the favorite, a big favorite -- he'll visit campus this weekend -- but he is still the top prospect in the country and nothing is certain yet. He visited Florida this past weekend, and LSU is still hoping to receive an official visit on the final weekend.

-- Chad Simmons

How will USC's class shape up?

The Trojans were on pace for the best class in terms of sheer quality early on in the recruiting cycle. But they've since lost a slew of commits, some to rivals (Max Redfield to Notre Dame) and some who just want to go through the process (Eddie Vanderdoes).

There are also a handful of commits who are taking a look at schools closer to home, especially from the national ranks (Jason Hatcher, Jalen Ramsey and Torrodney Prevot). The Trojans did get Max Browne, Justin Davis, Su'a Cravens and Kenny Bigelow, all five-stars, to sign intent-to-enrolls, so they're locked in. But the question will be who else still ends up inking with the Trojans come Signing Day.

-- Brandon Huffman

Who will end up at the top?

Michigan is No. 1 in the team rankings right now, but can the Wolverines hold off strong challenges from Ohio State and Notre Dame?

The Wolverines still have some highly ranked guys on the board, like five-star running back Derrick Green, but the Buckeyes and Irish also are still in contention for several Scout 300 members. Last year, Urban Meyer was able to come in and take the Big Ten recruiting title from Brady Hoke. Can he do it two years in a row?

Five-star Reuben Foster's college decision will go right down to the wire.

-- Allen Trieu

What will Foster's final call be?

Reuben Foster is the biggest storyline in the South, possibly the country. We said this even when he was previously committed: Nothing will be final with Foster until that fax is received on Feb. 6. Will it be Alabama, Auburn, or Georgia? Those are the three players left in the mix. This one will go down to the wire.

-- Chad Simmons

Who will win the Tunsil race?

What will the nation's No. 1 offensive lineman do? Laremy Tunsil has visited Alabama and Georgia so far in January, with visits to Ole Miss and Florida State also planned. The Dawgs and Crimson Tide have been his leaders for some time. But pay close attention to the Seminoles as they try and make their late move. They get his final visit. Tunsil will make his decision on Signing Day.

-- Jamie Newberg

Will Ty Isaac stay put?

There are rumblings out there that USC running back commit Ty Isaac of Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.) may not end up a Trojan on Signing Day. Isaac himself has not contributed to any of these rumors, but the smoke is there. We will see if the fire follows.

-- Allen Trieu

Where will Vanderdoes go?

There isn't a bigger prospect out West than Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. The former USC commit has visited USC again this month and still has trips ahead to Notre Dame and Alabama. UCLA and Washington are heavily involved right now, and you can make a case that the big tackle could end up at any of the above mentioned programs. He is shooting to decide by Signing Day, but he says he could extend the process beyond Feb. 6.

Ty Isaac is a USC commit for now ... but there's a lot of time before Signing Day.

-- Greg Biggins

Will Robinson stick with Texas?

The top uncommitted player left on the board in the Midlands is also the top-rated defender in the region -- A'Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle from Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights High.

The five-star prospect originally made a commitment to play at Texas but has taken official visits to Florida State, USC and Alabama. He still confirms that he is a "solid" commitment to the Longhorns -- he'll take another visit there this weekend -- but schools will not be backing down from the chance to land the explosive defensive tackle.

-- Greg Powers

Who wins in-state fight for Thomas?

This is your classic Miami/Florida State battle. Matthew Thomas -- a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 2 outside linebacker prospect -- will visit both schools this month, and he also visited Alabama and USC in recent weeks. Still, it will likely come down to the ‘Noles and ‘Canes, with FSU having a slight lead at this point.

-- Jamie Newberg

Who will be Big 12's best?

It looks like there is a battle forming for the race to be considered the top recruiting team in the Big 12.

Oklahoma State slipped past Texas for the No. 1 spot earlier this month with the commitment of four-star defensive end Naim Mustafaa. Oklahoma has since leapfrogged both rivals with a trio of commits in the past 10 days. Each school has some more room to add recruits before Signing Day.


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Currently, no team from the conference is listed among the top-10 schools in the national team recruiting rankings. Oklahoma is No. 15, Texas No. 16, and Oklahoma State No. 19 as of Jan. 22.

-- Greg Powers

Will Jack stick with UCLA?

Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker Myles Jack was an early commitment to UCLA, but the hometown Washington Huskies are pushing hard. Jack will visit Washington this weekend and will also take a trip to Oregon before Signing Day. He visited Arizona State this past weekend. The Bruins will have some serious competition on their hands to hang on to the top outside linebacker in the West.

-- Greg Biggins

How big will it be for FSU?

The Seminoles have closed as well as anyone over the past few years under coach Jimbo Fisher. They still have a ton of guys on their big board and will make as much noise as anyone between now and Signing Day. Will their assistant coach departures affect the outcome on the first Wednesday in February? Doubtful.

-- Jamie Newberg Recommended Stories


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