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National Signing Day 2013: Projecting Where Top Undecided Recruits Will Land

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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 24, 2013

We are quickly approaching National Signing Day and there are still plenty of top recruits who are undecided.

On Feb. 6, these recruits will sign with the teams they are most comfortable with, whether it be for family reasons or personal gain.

Here's a look at where I see the top five undecided recruits in the 2013 class ultimately landing (in order of 247Sports.com's rankings).


Robert Nkemdiche, DE: Ole Miss

As the No. 1 overall recruit (according to 247Sports.com), Robert Nkemdiche has received plenty of interest throughout the nation during recruiting season.

The Georgia native, who decommitted from Clemson in November, appears to be interested in Ole Miss, Florida and LSU, but the likelihood is that he follows his brother Denzel to Ole Miss.

He also said the following, per ESPN: "It would be hard to see myself not going to Ole Miss because it is a family thing. My whole family wants me to go there. They are on the rise and doing a lot of good things."


Laremy Tunsil, OT: Georgia

The race for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil appears to be between Georgia, Alabama and Florida State, but Georgia and Alabama are the likely front-runners.

I expect Georgia to ultimately land the dynamic recruit. Tunsil reportedly had a great visit in Athens last week, spending time with some of the players and coaches, according to UGASports.com.


Eddie Vanderdoes, DT: Alabama

Eddie Vanderdoes decommitted from USC in December and now he has official visits slated for Notre Dame and Alabama.


I think not.

Vanderdoes appears to only be interested in the big boys after pushing the Trojans to the side like an annoying offensive lineman.  

The 6'3", 310-pounder appeared to particularly be interested in Alabama right after decommitting from USC.

He told Al.com in early January:

I love Alabama. I have a lot of love for them. I can't wait to get out there and take an official visit and sit down with the whole coaching staff and meet (defensive line) coach (Chris) Rumph in person. Obviously, the football's great, so I just want to see what the campus looks like too.

Given Alabama's recent success and the potential to skyrocket up NFL draft boards if he succeeds in the SEC, I expect Vanderdoes to go to the top program in the nation.


Montravius Adams, DT: Clemson

Montravius Adams, like Nkemdiche, appears to have a lot of faith in his family's opinion.

Based on that, I could see him signing with Clemson. Adams seemed to really like his visit to the campus on Jan. 11 and he even said, "I think my momma really liked it,” via ESPN.

He also mentioned his mother enjoying talking with head coach Dabo Swinney.

Georgia is certainly on the table for the defensive lineman, given the strength of the program and the fact that Adams is a Georgia native, but I'm thinking Clemson will be his destination.


Matthew Thomas, OLB: Florida State

Matthew Thomas has expressed interest in a variety of programs, but I expect the Miami native to stay close to home, ultimately spurning the Hurricanes and the rest of the nation for Florida State.

Thomas has an official visit to Florida State slated for Friday. The Seminoles have undergone a lot of changes in the coaching ranks, but Thomas said those changes wouldn't affect his decision moving forward, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Thomas noted in early January, via the Orlando Sentinel report:

I like FSU because I have an opportunity to come in and compete and play early. I have a good bond with all of the coaches. Coach Jimbo (Fisher) is real cool and (offensive coordinator James) Coley, and (defensive coordinator Jeremy) Pruitt, I’ve talked to him and he just got hired, so I have a good bond with all of them.

It's worth noting that Pruitt came over from Alabama, one of the schools that has been courting Thomas.


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