National Signing Day 2013: Where Will Top Undecided Players Sign?

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2013

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With three weeks to go before National Signing Day, most of the top recruits have made up their mind about where they will be playing. However, there is still some drama left to be decided with elite prospects still undeclared. 

Coaches and fans will spend the next 21 days agonizing over what will happen.

These players are like toys that you get on Christmas morning, except the toys get to choose whose house they go to and not the other way around. 

Since Christmas has come and gone for a lot of teams, there may not be as much stress involved in the National Signing Day process as there used to be.

In an effort to alleviate some fears, here are our predictions for where the top unsigned players will go. 

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Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche

List: Mississippi, Florida, LSU

 If anyone can figure out where Nkemdiche is going or when he plans on making an announcement, you deserve a prize. 

The latest news from 247Sports (via has Nkemdiche possibly taking a visit to the University of Florida.

A big reason for this possible trip to see Florida's campus in person stems from his time at the Under Armour All-America game. During the week of practice, Gators five-star cornerback commit Vernon Hargreaves III hit it off with Nkemdiche and is helping to persuade him to take the visit.

Even if the Gators are a late entry into the field, Nkemdiche and Mississippi seem to be the match. His brother plays linebacker for the Rebels and his mother wants him to play with his brother. 

Unless there is a drastic change of course in the next three weeks, Nkemdiche looks like he is going to end up a Rebel. 

 Prediction: Mississippi

Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil

List: Georgia, Alabama, Florida State

After taking his official visits, Tunsil appears to be nearing a decision. He is the best offensive lineman in the country, as he boasts an incredible combination of size and speed that no one else can match. 

Usually Tunsil is the kind of player who Nick Saban lands in his sleep. However, there are some signs that he might be looking to take his talents elsewhere. 

When Alabama and Georgia met in the SEC Championship game, Tunsil said (via that he was rooting for the Bulldogs. 

I really wanted Georgia to go [to the BCS title game] to see how they were going to do. It was a pretty good game.

What exactly that means, only Tunsil can say for sure.

It is interesting that he would have a rooting interest in a game between two schools so high on his list. Typically, when you are faced with a decision like this, you want to remain as neutral as possible. 

Perhaps we are reading too much into Tunsil's rooting interest. 

Prediction: Georgia

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes

List: Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Washington, UCLA

Vanderdoes' recruitment is all over the map, literally.

He understands the importance of this decision, not to mention the fact that where he goes will shape his entire future.

He could to a place like Alabama and be one of many prospects on a great team. 

He could go to Notre Dame and hope to maintain that excellent defense Brian Kelly has built.

He could help resurrect a USC team that had high expectations in 2012, but failed to live up to them— though the fact he decommitted from the Trojans doesn't bode well for them.

Washington and UCLA are two programs on the rise who could use him to recruit other elite players. 

With so many choices, it ultimately comes down to where Vanderdoes feels his skills will work the best. 

Alabama will have the last chance to make a great impression, as Vanderdoes is scheduled to visit the campus on February 2, his final scheduled visit before National Signing Day.

Unless one of the other schools can manage to sweep him off his feet, the smart money seems to be on Alabama.

Plus, how can you bet against Nick Saban in any situation?

Prediction: Alabama