National Signing Day 2013: Offensive Studs Still Up for Grabs

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 27, 2013

Photo Courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo Courtesy of 247Sports.com

With just over a week to go until national signing day, college football fans across the country are impatiently waiting to find out whether or not their favorite programs will secure one of the remaining high-end recruits.

Though the majority of the top-ranked available recruits (via 247 Sports) are defensive players, for teams on the market for offensive game-breakers, there are still a handful of offensive studs that remain unsigned.

As we close in on decision day, here's a look at the best offensive prospects that are still up for grabs. 

Alex Collins—South Plantation, Florida

At No. 17 on 247 Sports' big board, Alex Collins is a versatile option in the backfield. He is being hotly pursued by a number of storied programs, such as Florida, Florida State, Wisconsin, Miami and Arkansas, but hasn't given a clear indication with regards to where he's headed in the fall.

After rushing for more than 3,200 yards in the last two seasons, the 4-star recruit will be a difference-maker immediately at the college level, so he won't be looking to head to a team that features a logjam at running back. 

As such, it's no surprise that Collins is reportedly leaning slightly towards Miami and Arkansas, as Arkansas is losing its top back in Dennis Johnson, while Miami will be without one of its two leading rushers from 2012.

With Collins' explosiveness and size, there's no reason to believe that he won't make an impact if given an opportunity to do so as a freshman. 

Stacy Coley—Northeast, Florida

Virtually all of the top wide receivers are off the market, so for teams still searching for elite talent to bolster their receiving corps, Stacy Coley is the best remaining option. 

Ranked No. 4 among all receivers, Coley has largely been considering schools strictly from his home state of Florida (via 247 Sports).

At this stage, after having made recent visits to both South Florida, Miami and Florida State, Coley's search would appear to narrowed down to three, but of the three, Florida State would appear to offer a level of stability that the other two programs don't.

Coley isn't quite a sure bet to put up big numbers at the next level, but only because, at 175 lbs, he may not be physically ready to be a threat offensively just yet. 

Durham Smythe—Belton, Texas

At 6'5", 233 lbs, Durham Smythe has the frame and raw athleticism to be an effective tight end at the college level. But in order to do so, he'll need to put on some muscle between now and this fall.

Smythe, who had previously committed to Texas before reneging on his decision in December, has an impressive collection of schools in the running to land him. And, according to 247 Sports, he's made official visits this month to Michigan, Stanford and Notre Dame.

He might be more of a project than an immediate difference-maker, but he's been productive at Belton, and he has all the tools to make his mark wherever he goes next.

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