Each weekday between now and Signing Day, we'll take a look at the latest chatter surrounding the top recruits, getting you ready for the big day. Today, we feature prospects No. 20-11 in the Scout 100.
No. 20 -- Jalen Ramsey, CB
Ranking: (No. 2 overall CB)
Commitment: USC (soft verbal)
The latest: Ramsey has been committed to the Trojans since July, but he's been taking his share of visits ever since. The Tennessee native says the three schools above are now his finalists.
In his words: "After I visit USC, I will have a few weeks to sit back, think things over, talk about things with my family, and make my final decision. I will just take a step back, look at everything, and make the right decision." -- Dec. 17
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Ramsey's final three and much more.
No. 19 -- Derrick Henry, RB
Ranking: (No. 4 overall RB)
The latest: The Florida star running back has been a solid commitment to the Crimson Tide since September with no indication of wavering.
In his words: "It means a lot for me to be committed to Alabama and for them to play for the national title. You know maybe that will be me next year with Alabama. Dreams can come true. It's about hard work, and that's what I will continue to do. I will just go in there and compete and will one day earn that starting job." -- Jan. 4
More coverage: Go inside for a story on how Henry fits in to Alabama's running game and much more.
No. 18 -- Robbie Rhodes, WR
Ranking: (No. 2 overall WR)
The latest: The highest-rated Baylor commitment in Scout's history is showing no indications of changing his mind.
In his words: "I love (Baylor) University. It's a great place to be." -- March 22
More coverage: Go inside for a breakdown of his performance at the recent Under Armour All-America Game and much more.
No. 17 -- Alex Collins, RB
Ranking: (No. 3 overall RB)
The latest: Collins made his decision official Monday night on FOX Sports South, picking Arkansas over a host of other schools. He emphasized his approval of Arkansas' running style of play.
In his words: "It's good to be recruited. It's good to have options because not a lot of people have the opportunity to be in the recruiting process, to be recruited, to be able to pick a college. But it's also stressful on the other end because, you know, everyone's calling, everyone wants to talk, everyone wants to see what's on your mind." -- Jan. 2
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Collins' recent visit to Arkansas and much more.
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No. 16 -- Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
Ranking: (No. 1 overall CB)
The latest: A Florida commit since July, Hargreaves is poised to suit up for the Gators come the fall.
In his words: "(Florida defensive backs) coach (Travaris) Robinson said I am starting at corner, and if I can play receiver I will play receiver, and if I can't then I can't. I think I am pretty smart when I get out there with alignments and things like that as well as my ball ability." -- Dec. 31
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Hargreaves' decision to pick Florida and much more.
No. 15 -- Kenny Bigelow, DT
Ranking: (No. 4 overall DT)
The latest: Bigelow, who recorded a sack of future teammate Max Browne at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has early enrolled at USC and will put his name to paper for the Trojans.
In his words: "I am excited (to get to USC), it's kind of hitting me now. It wasn't hitting me before but it's definitely starting to feel real." -- Dec. 18
More coverage: Go inside for a video interview with Bigelow and much more.
No. 14 -- O.J. Howard, TE
Ranking: (No. 1 overall TE)
The latest: Howard pledged back in July and maintains he's a solid commitment to the Crimson Tide.
In his words: "Tight end, it's one of the hardest positions. If you don't have a lot of weight on you, like me, with all the linebackers it's hard to get through the middle. You have to use your hands a lot, keep running while you're running routes." -- Jan. 7
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Howard's experience at the Under Armour All-America Game and much more.
No. 13 -- Matthew Thomas, LB
Ranking: (No. 2 overall OLB)
Interested in: Florida State, Alabama, USC, Miami
The latest: Thomas is debating the four powerhouse programs listed above and plans to make a decision on the morning of Signing Day.
In his words: "I'm thinking about making the right decision and making sure I don't regret it and just looking at every school." -- Feb. 4
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on the latest in Thomas' recruitment and much more.
No. 12 -- Thomas Tyner, RB
Ranking: (No. 2 overall RB)
The latest: No reason for Ducks fans to be concerned here. Tyner, an Oregon product, says his commitment is solid.
In his words: "Last year, when there was talk about (Chip Kelly) leaving, I said on Twitter, 'I don't know where I'm going to go with Chip leaving.' But now that I'm more mature, I look into it and see you have to commit to the school and not the coach. I committed to Coach Kelly but I'm committed to more than Coach Kelly. I'm committed to Oregon. That is my dream." -- Jan. 10
More coverage: Go inside for a feature on Tyner and much more.
No. 11 -- Montravius Adams, DT
Ranking: (No. 3 overall DT)
The latest: Clemson and Georgia appear to be the frontrunners for Adams' services, but the other big programs are still in the mix. He is set to announce on Signing Day.
In his words: "I am getting close to making my decision. My mind is getting closer, I have been thinking a lot, and I am definitely closer than I have been. It feels good to be getting close." -- Jan. 22
More coverage: Go inside for more expert insight into Adams' decision and much more.