2013 College Football Recruits: Predicting Commits for Top Remaining Prospects

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIFebruary 5, 2013

As the Feb. 6 national signing day looms, five of the nation's top 10 recruits remain uncommitted toward any program.

Of course, there's plenty of speculation and rumors out there as to where these top guys will land.

Well, we're sifting through those rumors and giving our best bet as to where these top recruits will land when all is said and done.

(Prospect ranks and school lists from ESPN Recruiting Database)

Robert Nkemdiche, DE

Prospect ranking: No. 1

Visits: Florida, Ole Miss, LSU

The No. 1 high school prospect remains undecided about his future, but after an official visit to LSU, things may becoming more clear.

While family ties still make Ole Miss a front-runner, the Tigers seem to be sneaking in for the upset. After his visit, Nkemdiche had this to say on Twitter:

That "Wilson" is LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.

The Tigers are a top program in the SEC that knows how to produce NFL-level defensive players. Not to mention they'll have plenty of open roster spots after the NFL draft, meaning Nkemdiche could start from Day 1.

While Nkemdiche remains uncertain, it's hard to look past his excitement towards LSU. This close to national signing day, a Tigers steal is fully within the realm of possibility.

Prediction: LSU

Mackensie Alexander, CB

Prospect ranking: No. 4

Visits: Texas A&M, Clemson, Mississippi State, Auburn

If you're looking for any kind of sign of where Mackensie Alexander is going to land, good luck.

The 5'11", 175-pound recruit is arguably this year's best prospect at cornerback. Because of that, there's plenty of people focused on where the 5-star athlete will land.

But Alexander has been fairly quiet. He's made his visits but has done very little to share which teams he has the most interest in.

Since that's the case, the only way to predict a landing spot is to see who can offer the most. Right now, that's Texas A&M.

The Aggies have one of college football's most electric players in Johnny Manziel and plenty of youth at cornerback, meaning Alexander shouldn't have trouble finding plenty of playing time.

If the young man wants to be part of a team that's taking college football's best conference by storm, Texas A&M is the way to go.

Prediction: Texas A&M

Laremy Tunsil, OT

Prospect ranking: No. 5

Visits: Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss

For the longest time, it's been expected that Tunsil—the best offensive lineman in this year's recruiting class—would land at either Alabama or Georgia.

But after a last-minute visit to Ole Miss, everything has seemed to change. JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com broke the news with this tweet:

Not long after, Mike Farrell of Rivals.com chipped in with his best guess:

It seems whatever happened at that Ole Miss trip has turned things upside down, and right now the school is the hot ticket in regards to landing Tunsil.

While Tunsil has admitted he feels "confused" about the whole process, it's impossible to ignore all the attention suddenly directed towards the Rebels.

Prediction: Ole Miss

Matthew Thomas, OLB

Prospect ranking: No. 6

Visits: Alabama, USC, FSU

As the nation's best linebacker prospect, Matthew Thomas has a full plate of schools vying for his services.

Topping the list are Miami and FSU, which makes plenty of sense. Thomas lives in Miami and has ties to both schools.

It seems like a pretty even draw for either program, but again, when analyzing which school can offer the most, Florida State gets the edge.

The Seminoles are coming off a 12-2, Orange Bowl-winning season. The Hurricanes were 7-5 last season, and until the NCAA figures things out, they remain on the competitive bubble.

Add in the fact that Thomas paid a visit to FSU—and not Miami—and you get a winner.

Prediction: Florida State

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT

Prospect ranking: No. 10

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

Recruits like Nkemdiche and Tunsil continue to waffle from Alabama, and you better believe Nick Saban is pulling out all the stops to land some top athletes.

While UCLA seemed like a perfect fit for California native Eddie Vanderdoes, his Feb. 1 visit to Alabama seems to have changed things.

During that trip, the 6'3", 310-pound defensive tackle had this to say on Twitter:

With the Crimson Tide looking to build on their defensive success, a strong brick wall of a player like Vanderdoes is a perfect match.

Saban knows it, and it seems Vanderdoes is starting to figure it out as well.

Prediction: Alabama


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