National Signing Day 2013: Updating Status' of Undeclared Stars

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports
Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

National signing day is a mere three weeks away and the rumors are swirling around the nation's top undeclared star recruits.

With college visits planned and universities making their best pitches to acquire the 5-star recruits, here's the latest news on some of the biggest names in the future of college football.


Robert Nkemdiche

ESPN's No. 1-ranked recruit has offers from multiple schools—Ole Miss, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oregon to name a few—but CBS Sports reports that Ole Miss and LSU are the stud defensive end's top two schools.

According to ESPN, LSU has not made the 5-star recruit an offer, but Chip Patterson of CBS Sports reports another team, the Florida Gators, may possibly be hosting the DE on campus soon.

As Patterson cites:

As is the nature with recruiting, this is a very fluid situation, but multiple people have confirmed the visit is being planned at this time, including Grayson High School head football coach Mickey Conn. If the trip to see the Gators in Gainesville does in fact take place, this would be Nkemdiche's first official visit with signing day only three weeks away.

Despite the potential visit to Florida, I still think Nkemdiche will sign with Ole Miss when it's all said and done.

His brother Denzel had success as a Rebel this past season and Patterson reports that their mother would like them both to attend the same school.

All signs point to Robert joining his brother at Ole Miss.


Mackensie Alexander

There haven't been many rumblings lately of where 5-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander will play college football, but one Kentucky fan's Twitter account cites that ESPN's Tom Luginbill has suggested Alexander could go with the Wildcats:

Tom Luginbill says look out for Kentucky with Mackensie Alexander on espnU

— The Worlds Greatest(@BigTymer4UK) January 15, 2013

According to ESPN, Alexander has offers from large schools like Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia and Ohio State, but doesn't even have Kentucky listed as a top school.

As far as the latest for Alexander, 247 Sports reports that the CB is slated to visit Mississippi State on Jan. 18.

Clearly, Alexander isn't showing his hand as to where he'll land, but with so many suitors, it sure makes for one exciting signing day.


Matthew Thomas

ESPN's No. 1-ranked linebacker and sixth-ranked recruit overall, Matthew Thomas, has a handful of offers from the usual suspects (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, USC and more), but believes there are other schools going harder for him.

As he told ESPN's Corey Dowlar (Insider access required), "I think the schools that are recruiting me the hardest are Florida State, Alabama and Miami."

Corey Long of ESPN reports that Thomas is still deciding whether he'll visit USC or Miami next, but his visits to Florida State (Jan. 25) and Georgia (Feb. 1) are still intact.

With FSU showing a ton of interest in the 5-star OLB and the fact that it's one of his top-ranked schools, my projection is that Thomas ends up a Seminole.


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