National Signing Day 2014: Where Did the Top Undecided Recruits End Up?

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Top Undecided Recruits' Landing Spots

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National Signing Day was the biggest day of the offseason for many college football fans. In a way, it's the biggest day of the offseason for many teams as well. The top high school players in the nation were all ready to sign the letter of intent and choose which school they will be playing their college career at.

It has to be nerve-racking for coaches and athletes alike. Not knowing which top recruits will sign with you or choose a different destination and make your life as a coach that much harder when you're scrambling to find a recruit to fill his spot.

There were about 34 big-name players that had not yet committed to a school prior to Feb. 5's National Signing Day. Top players from across the nation packed into their high school gyms and sat down at a table with a world full of anticipation backing them up. Some had hats laid out and would choose the hat of the school they would pick while others just announced where they would be attending after thanking everyone who got them to where they are today.

Some schools excelled yesterday and picked up a few of the nation's top prospects. One of those winners was the USC Trojans who arguably had the best National Signing Day of any school. After a quiet start to the day, the Trojans picked up the nation's top available cornerback and the No. 9 overall player as well as one of the best available offensive linemen.

Steve Sarkisian and the Trojans didn't stop with those two as they also received a commitment near the end of the day from another top defensive back.

Let's take a look at who the nation's top undecided recruits were yesterday and which school they have committed to.

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Juju Smith, DB: USC Trojans

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The defensive back from Long Beach, Calif., joins the No. 10 recruiting class for the Trojans in 2014.

Ranking: No. 24 overall on Rivals, No. 24 on ESPN

Star rating: 5-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Rashaan Evans, LB: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Rashaan Evans was one of the top linebackers in the nation. Fitting he would join such a dominant defense.

Ranking: No. 14 overall on Rivals, No. 52 on ESPN

Star Rating: 5-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Damian Prince, OL: Maryland Terrapins

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The Terrapins added the crown jewel of their recruiting class. Prince will surely be a staple in the offensive line for years to come.

Ranking: No. 20 overall on Rivals, No. 26 on ESPN

Star Rating: 5-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Malik McDowell, DE: Michigan State

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Malik McDowell chose the Spartans even though his mother wanted him elsewhere. This saga is far from over.

Ranking: No. 26 overall on Rivals, No. 60 on ESPN

Star Rating: 5-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Adoree' Jackson, DB: USC Trojans

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As the top cornerback available on National Signing Day in this year's class, Jackson made a spectacle of his announcement ceremony. He will surely help the Trojans' defense become elite.

Ranking: No. 6 overall on Rivals, No. 9 on ESPN

Star Rating: 5-star on Rivals, 5-star on ESPN

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Ermon Lane, WR: Florida State Seminoles

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This is just yet another case of the rich getting richer. I'm sure Lane and Winston will be a deadly combo next season.

Ranking: No. 28 overall on Rivals, No. 22 on ESPN

Star Rating: 5-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Lorenzo Carter, DE: Georgia Bulldogs

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The Georgia Bulldogs are looking to forget their poor defensive season in 2013 and Lorenzo Carter is a good start.

Ranking: No. 36 overall on Rivals, No. 14 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 5-star on ESPN

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Solomon Thomas, DE: Stanford Cardinal

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Stanford's defense just reloaded with one of the nation's top available defensive ends. Thomas is sure to be a stud at the next level.

Ranking: No. 37 overall on Rivals, No. 25 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Braden Smith, OL: Auburn Tigers

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The Auburn Tigers are looking to get back to the promised land, and this is a pretty good way to do so.

Ranking: No. 50 overall on Rivals, No. 127 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Travonte Valentine, DT: LSU Tigers

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The LSU Tigers were one of the most successful teams on National Signing Day. Les Miles just added one of the nation's best defensive forces.

Ranking: No. 59 overall on Rivals, No. 164 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Budda Baker, S: Washington Huskies

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Although he committed the day before National Signing Day, Budda Baker was still a hot commodity and he was uncertain until the final hours before the big day.

Ranking: No. 61 overall on Rivals, No. 122 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Michia Quick, ATH: Oklahoma Sooners

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Michiah Quick is exactly what his last name implies. The athlete has drawn comparisons to Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas.

Ranking: No. 76 overall on Rivals, No. 75 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Derrick Nnadi, DT: Florida State Seminoles

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Again, Florida State made sure that their national title was not going to be a fluke. The Seminoles will be a top team for years to come thanks to Jimbo Fisher's top-notch recruiting.

Ranking: No. 81 overall on Rivals, No. 253 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Damien Mama, OL: USC Trojans

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Damien Mama will give the Trojans some much-needed help on the offensive line.

Ranking: No. 39 overall on Rivals, No. 67 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Kenny Young, LB: UCLA Bruins

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The Bruins snagged one of the nation's best available linebackers and Jim Mora has changed the atmosphere at UCLA.

Ranking: No. 95 overall on Rivals, NR on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Nifae Lealao, DE: Vanderbilt Commodores

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Nifae Lealao has a pretty cool name and a solid game, but he will be attending one of college football's biggest underdog schools.

Ranking: No. 130 overall on Rivals, No. 243 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Malachi Dupre, WR: LSU Tigers

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Malachi Dupre was the top receiver in this class and he will have no problem filling in for Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham.

Ranking: No. 15 overall on Rivals, No. 17 on ESPN

Star Rating: 5-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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D'Ernest Johnson, RB: South Florida Bulls

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It will be interesting to see how well Johnson fares with one of the nation's worst teams in 2013.

Ranking: No. 185 overall on Rivals, NR on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 3-star on ESPN

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Wesley Green, DB: South Carolina Gamecocks

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Steve Spurrier's 2014 recruiting class was one of his best. Wesley Green should impact the team right away.

Ranking: No. 208 overall on Rivals, No. 120 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Kevin Mouhon, LB: Cincinnati Bearcats

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Cincinnati doesn't usually have the kind of lure that other top schools have, but the Bearcats made a step in the right direction with a top linebacker commitment.

Ranking: No. 209 overall on Rivals, No. 293 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Roderick Johnson, OL: Florida State Seminoles

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Jameis Winston is going to have some solid protection from his offensive line for a while.

Ranking: No. 220 overall on Rivals, No. 158 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Michael Sawyers, DT: Tennessee Volunteers

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Tennessee finished with the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation for 2014. Michael Sawyers was the icing on the cake.

Ranking: No. 238 overall on Rivals, NR on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Isaiah McKenzie, ATH: Georgia Bulldogs

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McKenzie should bolster the Bulldogs' offense and make it scary once again.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 286 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Myles Autry, ATH: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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It seems like Georgia Tech always gets an athlete who could excel at the wide receiver position.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 249 on ESPN

Star Rating: 3-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Poona Ford, DT: Texas Longhorns

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The Charlie Strong era started off pretty strong as he locked up the No. 20 class in the nation. Poona Ford was a solid final addition.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 266 on ESPN

Star Rating: 3-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Mattrell McGraw, S: Oregon Ducks

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Oregon didn't have quite the recruiting class that it has been used to, but Mattrell McGraw is no joke.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 194 on ESPN

Star Rating: 3-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Andrew Williams, DE: Auburn Tigers

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Gus Malzahn added a top defensive end to an already talented unit. The Tigers aren't going anywhere, folks.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 174 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Donte Thomas-Williams, RB: West Virginia Mountaineers

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Donte Thomas-Williams will surely be a star for years to come in West Virginia.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 138 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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Chris Lammons, ATH: South Carolina Gamecocks

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South Carolina finished off a four-for-four National Signing Day performance as Lammons picked the Gamecocks. This guy can be a game-changer.

Ranking: NR on Rivals, No. 86 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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J.C. Jackson, ATH: Florida Gators

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J.C. Jackson will look to boost the Florida Gators' offense to a point far away from where it was in 2013.

Ranking: No. 243 overall on Rivals, No. 79 on ESPN

Star Rating: 4-star on Rivals, 4-star on ESPN

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