10 Bold Predictions Just Two Months Away from 2014 National Signing Day

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 24, 2013

10 Bold Predictions Just Two Months Away from 2014 National Signing Day

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    February 5 is shaping up to be huge, as National Signing Day will see a ton of recruiting fireworks blasting off throughout the day. Many surprises will happen, as it's traditionally a day that brings forth several shocking moments.

    Going into National Signing Day, every person that follows recruiting will have several predictions of their own. However, while being smart is always key when making recruiting predictions, it's also wise to have some fun and be bold. 

    An ACC powerhouse will not sign an elite recruiting class, while a Pac-12 school will finish strong. Plus, at least one committed 5-star recruit will flip his pledge to another program.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Cal Will Ultimately Upset Oklahoma and Wisconsin for Joe Mixon

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    Joe Mixon is a 5-star running back who can also help a team as a receiver and returner. At 6'2" and 195 pounds, he has great straight-line speed and hands.

    The northern California native has Wisconsin, California and Oklahoma among his top schools, says 247Sports. The Bears are just 1-11 this season, which means they don't have maximum momentum on the recruiting trail.

    However, the ability to stay close to home and play in an offense that best suits his skill set will lure Mixon to Cal. 

Matt Elam Will Spurn Alabama for Kentucky

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    At 6'6" and 350 pounds, Matt Elam is a mammoth 4-star defensive tackle with great strength. He could be physically ready to contribute to a college defense as a true freshman.

    From the Bluegrass State, the space-eating defensive tackle has Alabama and Kentucky among his favorites, says 247Sports. 'Bama is rolling on the trail this year, so joining the Crimson Tide would be a good move for Elam.

    However, he will ultimately decide to stay home and be a Wildcat. 

Florida State Will Not Finish Ranked in the Top 10 for Recruiting

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    Florida State is one of the top recruiting programs in the country. Head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff are at it again this year, as they have the No. 8 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.

    However, only 11 commitments in the 'Noles 24-man class are 4-star prospects. This is a solid group, but FSU has seen better classes come to Tallahassee. Plus, several schools will make recruiting runs that will see them pass the Seminoles in the recruiting rankings.

    On National Signing Day, Fisher will not be celebrating a top-10 class.

Damian Prince and Jalen Tabor Will Hold a Joint Press Conference to Commit

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    Damian Prince and Jalen Tabor are both 5-star prospects who hail from Maryland and Washington D.C., respectively. They are among the top players in the country, plus they both are top targets for Maryland

    The Terrapins are pulling out all the stops to bring in the pair of local studs, which will eventually result in landing them. Yet, the fashion in which they do will be interesting.

    Tabor and Prince will both call a joint press conference to announce they are signing with the Terps.

LSU Makes a Late Surge to Finish with a Top-5 Class

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    With the No. 13 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, LSU is hanging tough. However, head coach Les Miles has a chance to really make a ton of noise on the recruiting trail before National Signing Day.

    With 5-star prospects like running back Leonard Fournette, cornerback Tony Brown, athlete Adoree' Jackson, receiver Speedy Noil, defensive tackle Gerald Willis, safety Laurence Jones and receiver Malachi Dupre all looking hard at LSU, Miles' club has a chance to close with a bang.

    The Tigers will sign one of the five best classes in the country. 

Elijah Hood Will Become a 5-Star Recruit Before National Signing Day

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    Elijah Hood is a terrific 4-star running back who has great strength, power, vision and deceptive speed. At nearly 6'0", the 222-pound runner will make a big impact next season at North Carolina.

    Ranked 44th in the 247Sports composite rankings, Hood deserves another star by his name. Before this recruiting cycle ends, he will be considered a 5-star running back.

Stanford Will Finish with at Least Three Commitments from Top-100 Recruits

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    The 247Sports composite rankings is a solid and fair board for ranking recruits, as it places an emphasis on a prospect's average ranking from the four major recruiting services.

    Keller Chryst, a 5-star quarterback, is Stanford's top commitment. The talented passer from California is ranked 31st in the 247Sports composite rankings.

    Yet, he will not be only player among the Top 100 that signs with the Cardinal. Stanford will receive at least two more pledges from prospects who are among the best 100 players in the country on the 247Sports composite board.

There Will Be a Decommitment from a 5-Star Recruit

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    It remains to be seen who will be the guy, but at least one 5-star recruit will not sign with the school he is committed to now.

    It happens almost every year right before, or on National Signing Day.

    There's several 5-star prospects who could very well decide to flip their pledge. Names won't be named right now, but it's not tough to figure out who the candidates are. 



USC Will Land John Smith and Damien Mama

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    USC has found new energy under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. The dullness of former head coach Lane Kiffin is gone, and now the Trojans are having fun again.

    Things are also slowly picking up on the trail for USC, as they're routinely among the elite recruiting programs in the nation.

    Although their 2014 class will not be the best in school history, the Trojans will see 5-star prospects John Smith and Damien Mama decide to play in Troy.

Leonard Fournette Will Sign with LSU

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    Perhaps the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, Leonard Fournette will soon be a household name in college football.

    At 6'1" and 226 pounds, Fournette has just about every physical tool needed to be a fantastic runner. However, it remains to be seen exactly where he will play at the next level.

    Alabama and LSU are his top schools, according to 247Sports. It makes complete sense for Fournette to sign with the Crimson Tide, as 'Bama has several elite offensive line commitments, plus it's known for its rushing attack.

    Yet, Fournette will ultimately decide that LSU is the best fit for him.


2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    The 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map should be your No. 1 resource for recruiting information through National Signing Day!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.