Top Five Storylines to Watch on National Signing Day
Five National Signing Day Storylines to Watch
With National Signing Day just a mere three days away, what a better time than now to look at some of the top storylines we will see on Wednesday.
The nation’s top players in high school have the next few days to not only reflect on what has been another crazy recruiting season, but to also make their final decisions as to where they will play come this fall. Some of the top recruits were at one point committed to a school, just to have other top programs put just that little ounce of doubt in their mind and have that athlete decommit.
It’s always a crazy time as it gets closer to signing day and this past month was no exception. From prospects who were already committed taking visits to other programs to recruits who we though were on solid ground with one program just to hear word that they took a “secret” visit to another school, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will happen come Wednesday.
One thing we will know for sure is that on February 6th, the guessing game will be over and we will finally see where all the recruits will fall into place.
It’s not only an exciting time for this writer and my fellow colleagues, but for all the high school and college football fans around the country. It’s a time to see how the school you cheer for every Saturday improves and matches up with the best not only in their respective conference, but with every other team around the nation.
Let’s take a look at the top five storylines to keep an eye on Wednesday as the best of the best sign their letters of intent.
5. Eddie Vanderdoes
We start with five-star and top defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and where he will finally wind up on Wednesday. Vanderdoes made news when he decommitted from the USC Trojans back in December and opened his recruiting back up. At first it seemed as if Vanderdoes would go back to the Trojans, but then the UCLA Bruins made a strong push and became the favorite. That was until this weekend when Vanderdoes took his last official visits to the Alabama Crimson Tide and had a great time. Where this one goes is anyone's guess, but as of now it looks like Nick Saban could be the slight favorite.
4. Vonn Bell
Vonn Bell is another interesting recruit to keep an eye on come Wednesday. The five-star, top three safety in the nation visited his top three schools this past month, and I thought I might have it figured out as to where Bell was going to choose. Now it looks as if I'm going to be dead wrong. I thought for sure that Bell would be signing with the Ohio State Buckeyes, but with a visit to the Tennessee Volunteers a week ago that prediction could blow up in my face. The Volunteers have made a very strong push for Bell this past week and could be a slight favorite right now. I'll stick with my Buckeyes prediction for Bell, but I am far from confident about making that guess.
3. Laremy Tunsil
Top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is a recruit I can't wait to see where he signs on Wednesday and could be a reason why my number one of this list is at that position. Tunsil has climbed a lot of people's list throughout the season and watching him play you can see why he is a top five recruit. Three SEC programs are after him and all three have a very good shot of landing Tunsil. The Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels all received visits from Tunsil in consecutive weeks in January.
Both the Tide and Bulldogs were neck and neck at one point, but with a visit to the Rebels last weekend it's a three-horse race. Some say he's leaning towards the Rebels, but do not count out the Bulldogs or Tide. This one could go either way.
2. Reuben Foster
This one gets more and more interesting as the days and hours tick by. Reuben Foster, the nation's top inside linebacker, was long committed to the Auburn Tigers before decommitting back in December. Foster had whittled his list down to three, the Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide. Foster took an official to the Bulldogs last weekend and surprisingly took an official to the San Diego State Aztecs a few days later. Foster was scheduled to take his last official to the Tigers yesterday, in which he did, but cut it short for whatever reason and decided to head to Tuscaloosa and the campus of the Tide.
If that is an actual sign that Foster is leaning towards the Tide is anybody's guess. For a guy who has the Auburn logo tattooed on his forearm, Foster is making this recruiting process very interesting to watch.
1. Does Ole Miss Land Top Class?
This is a storyline I absolutely cannot wait to see unfold on Wednesday. The Ole Miss Rebels and head coach Hugh Freeze and staff have been working their butts off recruiting this year and it could very well show on signing day. The Rebels are poised to possibly have one of the best classes in the nation and the best class the program has every seen.
Top overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche has all but signed to the program. Both top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and top safety Tony Connor seem to be leaning the way of the Rebels. Not to mention the Rebels have already received commitments from not only the top JUCO transfer DT Lavon Hooks, but also the top wide out Laquon Treadwell, top 10 defensive end Elijah Daniel, top all-purpose back Kailo Moore and the list goes on and on.
Freeze has had to defend his program and the allegations of fans out there that say he is probably breaking recruiting and NCAA rules to land these top players. I have no idea if that is true or not but one this is for certain, Freeze and the Rebels could very well have one of the top classes in the nation once signing day is over with.