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Recruiting nearing a fever pitch as Signing Day nears

Published 11:23am Friday, February 1, 2013

As we draw closer to Feb. 6 and college football’s national letter of intent signing day, there are no less than 20 important names that are still in play for various Southeastern Conference schools.
Head coaches and recruiters are working their perspective recruits, with in home visits high school visits and the umpteen phone calls, tweets and texts being made to these kids.
Unless a kid is an early-enrollee and is already on campus, every kid is still in play, regardless of his previous commitment to one of these college football programs.
By monitoring the national recruiting scene the entire year, I have made some very reliable contacts, not just within the Southeast, but nationwide.
Historically, any early season commitment should be considered as a reservation until the reservation is cancelled.
Here are the simple guidelines for the next few days. These guidelines are taken directly from the NCAA Division 1 recruiting calendar.
From Nov. 25, 2012 through Feb. 2, six in-person off campus contacts with perspective student-athletes shall be permitted with not more than one permitted during any one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday).
Feb. 3 marks the quiet period — recruits can visit coaches but only at those college campuses.
Feb. 4-7 is known as the “dead period” — Coaches are not permitted to make in-person recruiting contacts, call a recruit but there is no mention of texting in the NCAA guidelines.
Recruits and/or a parent or guardian may call a coach at any time. Feb. 6 through April 1 is the period where a student-athlete can fax in their “letter of intent” to the university of choice.
Remember this; nothing is binding until that LOI is in the hands of the university.
Here is what I feel will be the final outcome regarding some of the select recruits still in play for SEC schools and are not committed.
Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes is visiting Alabama this weekend. I feel he has an open mind and Alabama is on a roll.
He was once committed to USC but his choice are now between Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Washington, UCLA Prediction: UCLA
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is a Florida kid, so I believe it is between Georgia and Alabama, with Mississippi being the long shot. Prediction: Alabama
As for defensive tackle Montravius  Adams? Well, along with Reuben Foster (we’ll get to him later) and Carl Lawson, he is visiting Auburn Feb. 1 and I really like it when a kid visits late in the process.
It is between Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Clemson. Prediction: Auburn
Speaking of Foster, Mr. hard to read is visiting Auburn this Saturday. Once committed to the Tigers, the middle linebacker has visited Alabama, Georgia, Washington and San Diego State (free trip).
Talked to some reliable sources Tuesday evening and here is what I came up with. Prediction: Auburn
Outside Linebacker Matthew Thomas is visiting Georgia this Saturday. He’s a tough kid to read, even tougher than Foster. Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Miami and USC are the top five. Prediction: Florida State
Safety Vonn Bell has Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State as his finalists. My sources tell me he is a silent commit to Alabama. Prediction: Alabama
Safety Antonio Conner has visited Alabama and Mississippi. He is visiting Mississippi State Saturday. Prediction: Mississippi
Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche is considered the top recruit in the 2013 class. Nkemdiche was committed to Clemson, but his mother stepped in and Robert was no longer committed.
It is down to Florida and Mississippi. Prediction: Mississippi
An interesting scenario will take place on Feb. 6 involving running back Alex Collins.
Look for Collins to wait and see where Alabama commit Altee Tenpenny ends up.
If Tenpenny flips to Arkansas, look for Collins to choose between Florida and Miami. Florida is at the limit with commitments and Miami is about to get hammered by the NCAA.
I am limited in space, but these are the best of the best five-star recruits still on the board.
Expect the unexpected and do not be surprised when committed kids flip to other schools.
Until next time …
Meyers is a columnist for The Outlook. He can be reached via Twitter at @brucemeyers11