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Predicting Destinations for Top 25 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 19, 2014

Predicting Destinations for Top 25 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits

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    Top uncommitted recruits are without a doubt the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail right now.

    At this point, many of the nation's best prospects have a decision on where they are going to college. Yet some recruits are still mulling their options.

    That means college coaches are contacting the uncommitted through an array avenues to convince them to be among the final pieces to a recruiting class. The top 25 uncommitted recruits are all coveted by many schools, but here's exactly where they are headed!

    *Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Late Addition: Budda Baker, ATH

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    Budda Baker is on this list since he tweeted that he's decommitted from Oregon. The Washington native is an athletically gifted bundle of dynamite who is 5'9" and 174 pounds.

    Baker has the ability to play corner or safety, but he's so good with the ball in his hands that he'll likely be used on offense. With his speed and elusiveness, he also should be a great return man.

    The Ducks are not completely out of it, but Washington looks like the team to beat now, says 247Sports. Also keep an eye on UCLA. 

    Prediction: Washington

     

K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB

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    A one-time Vanderbilt commitment, K.J. Carta-Samuels is now back on the market. The 4-star quarterback is a California native who is 6'2" and 210 pounds.

    Carta-Samuels, who has solid arm strength and big upside, could end up anywhere. Schools such as Washington, Penn State and Boise State are in the mix, plus Vanderbilt is still in the race, per 247Sports.

    Prediction: Washington

Chris Lammons, CB

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    Chris Lammons is another recruit who opted to decommit in recent weeks. Hailing from Florida, the 4-star cornerback has solid short-area quickness and athleticism.

    At just 5'9.5" and 170 pounds, Lammons makes up for his lack of size with toughness and moxie.

    South Carolina and Wisconsin are the teams to beat, says 247Sports. Lammons will not pass up on a chance to play in the SEC.

    Prediction: South Carolina

Kenny Young, LB

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    At 6'2" and 220 pounds, Kenny Young has ideal size for a prep linebacker prospect. He played his high school ball for New Orleans' John Curtis High School, which is one of the best programs in the country.

    Young has the range to track running backs to the edges of the box, and he flashes enough athleticism in space to hold his own in coverage. LSU is in the mix, but 247Sports has UCLA in the lead. 

    Prediction: UCLA

Matt Elam, DT

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    Among the largest players in the nation is Matt Elam, who is from Kentucky. The 4-star defensive tackle is 6'5" and he tips the scales at 372 pounds.

    Elam has impressive strength at the point of attack, as he can punch blockers and anchor to make a mess in the middle versus running plays. He's not much of an explosive pass-rusher, but he'll push the pocket with power.

    He's down to Alabama and Kentucky, according to 247Sports. While playing for the Crimson Tide is tough to pass up, the chance stay in his state and play early will lead Elam to Lexington.

    Prediction: Kentucky

Wesley Green, CB

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    Hailing from Georgia, 4-star cornerback Wesley Green is a quick-footed athlete who has the ability to mirror receivers routinely on the perimeter.

    Green, who is 5'11" and 170 pounds, also has the range to factor in zone schemes. The race for him is between Georgia and South Carolina, according to 247Sports. It's always wise to pick the in-state school in tight races like this.

    Prediction: Georgia

Trevion Thompson, WR

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    Trevion Thompson is one of the top receiver recruits who is still up for grabs. The North Carolina native is 6'3" and nearly 190 pounds.

    Thompson has above-average speed and quickness, plus he uses his length to reach out to pluck balls with his hands. Clemson, Ohio State, North Carolina, West Virginia and North Carolina State are his top schools, says 247Sports.

    Look for Thompson to sign with Clemson.

    Prediction: Clemson

Roderick Johnson, OT

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    At 6'6" and 315 pounds, Roderick Johnson is a talented 4-star offensive tackle with a ton of potential. The Missouri native has good quickness at the snap, plus he plays to his size at the point of attack.

    Johnson has the ability and versatility to play guard or tackle on either side of the offensive line in college. Florida State leads Ohio State, per 247Sports. Johnson will become a multi-year starter for the Seminoles.

    Prediction: Florida State

Derrell Scott, RB

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    Running backs who can help out in the passing game are seeing their stock rise these days since teams are throwing the ball more. That's why 4-star prospect Derrell Scott is such a coveted recruit.

    The North Carolina native is a 5'11", 180-pounder who has the quickness and elusiveness to threaten defenses each time he touches the ball. Scott has a trio of standouts that includes South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, per 247Sports.

    Tennessee could be the pick, but the Gamecocks have stayed on Scott throughout the process.

    Prediction: South Carolina

Steven Parker, S

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    Steven Parker is a classic third-level roamer who is at his best when he can read passing plays and attack passing lanes. The Oklahoma native hails from powerhouse Jenks High School, which means he has been coached well and has a mature approach to the game.

    Parker, who is 6'2" and 188 pounds, is a smooth athlete who has wonderful ball skills. Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are his top schools, according to 247Sports. The Sooners will win over the 4-star safety.

    Prediction: Oklahoma

Travonte Valentine, DT

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    At 6'3" and 338 pounds, Travonte Valentine is a huge 4-star defensive tackle from Florida who was once committed to Miami. 

    When he wants to be dominant, Valentine is a stud in the trenches. He has the strength to fight through blocks, plus he has no issues anchoring and clogging alleys. The Hurricanes remain in the picture, but LSU is the team to beat for Valentine, says 247Sports.

    Prediction: LSU

Derrick Nnadi, DT

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    A 4-star defensive tackle, Derrick Nnadi excels at stopping the run. He's not overly tall for his position at 6'1", but he does a good job of playing with leverage at the point of attack.

    The 305-pound Virginia native has great strength and toughness, plus he can be slippery when getting through creases. Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State and Florida State are his core suitors, says 247Sports.

    Staying close to his family will be the deciding factor that leads Nnadi to sign with the Hokies.

    Prediction: Virginia Tech

Casey Tucker, OT

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    A tough and nasty 4-star offensive tackle from Arizona, Casey Tucker is one of the better blockers in the country. The 6'6", 270-pounder is a good athlete for his position, but he executes most of his blocks with strength and power.

    Tucker has a good punch at the point of attack, and he has the mentality of an enforcer. Via 247Sports, he's down to Stanford and Arizona State. This is a tough one to call, but the attraction of early playing time and staying close to home leads one to believe Tucker will be a Sun Devil.

    Prediction: Arizona State

Braden Smith, OL

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    Braden Smith is another tough 4-star offensive lineman who works hard every snap. The Kansas native is a 6'6", 290-pound blocker who has an impressive frame.

    Smith has solid athleticism, but his strength and toughness are his top qualities. TCU, Texas A&M, Auburn and Notre Dame all have a shot, according to 247Sports. The Aggies and Tigers will come close, but the Horned Frogs will get their headliner in Smith.

    Prediction: TCU

Michiah Quick, ATH

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    While playing defensive back in college is an option for Michiah Quick, the 4-star athlete fits best on the offensive side of the ball.

    From California, Quick is a speedy baller who is 6'0" and 170 pounds. As a receiver, he shows good quickness in and out of his breaks, plus he has the skills of a running back after the catch. Notre Dame, UCLA, Oklahoma, USC and Washington are all hustling for Quick, per 247Sports.

    While he could easily end up at any of his top schools, look for Quick to head to South Bend.

    Prediction: Notre Dame

Damien Mama, OL

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    A mammoth at 6'4" and 370 pounds, Damien Mama is an intimidating force on the field. The California native has excellent strength and power to dominate in the trenches, plus he flashes quick feet.

    Mama can play both guard spots, but he could see some snaps as a right tackle in college. USC, UCLA, Alabama and BYU are the schools still standing in the fight for him, according to 247Sports. The Bruins and Cougars have a solid chance, but it would be a surprise if he didn't become a Trojan.

    Prediction: USC

Malik McDowell, DL

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    Malik McDowell is the top player in Michigan for the class of 2014. The stud defensive lineman has exceptional size at 6'7" and 290 pounds.

    McDowell is a good athlete for a big man who plays with good strength and quickness. He can fit as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme but also possesses the skills to play defensive end in a 3-4 alignment.

    Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are renewing the recruiting rivalries once again, as 247Sports shows McDowell is considering all three schools. In an upset, the Spartans' wonderful 2013 season will help them sign this 5-star prospect.

    Prediction: Michigan State

Rashaan Evans, OLB/DE

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    Due to his versatility, 5-star prospect Rashaan Evans has several schools drooling over him. The Alabama native is a 6'3", 220-pound defensive player who has the ability to play defensive end, outside linebacker and perhaps even safety.

    Evans has a quick first step to crash off the edge, plus he shows more than enough speed and range to make plays all over the field. Alabama, Auburn and UCLA are the schools Evans is down to, per 247Sports.

    He'll stay right at home and play for the Tigers.

    Prediction: Auburn

Damian Prince, OT

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    A 5-star offensive tackle, Damian Prince is the top prospect in Maryland. The 6'5", 295-pound blocker has surprising agility and balance for a big man.

    Playing left tackle is not out of the question, as Prince has the skills to develop into an all-conference player in college. Florida, South Carolina and Maryland are in the mix, says 247Sports. This is another tough call, but Prince will ultimately decide to stay close to home.

    Prediction: Maryland

Ermon Lane, WR

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    A former Florida commit, 5-star receiver Ermon Lane has had a change of heart. The 6'3", 193-pounder is now back on the market, but it's not hard to see where he is leaning.

    Florida and Miami are still in the race, according to 247Sports, but it would be a surprise if Lane didn't sign with Florida State now. 

    Prediction: Florida State

Solomon Thomas, DL

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    Solomon Thomas is a 5-star defensive lineman from Texas who is nearly 6'3" and 260 pounds. He flashes solid first-step quickness, but he's a warrior at the point of attack.

    The Texan has the strength to bully offensive linemen by setting the edge with force before shedding versus running plays. He'll fight to pressure passers, plus he hustles after the ball.

    Thomas is considering Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, Arkansas and Alabama, among other schools, according to 247Sports. He'll play on The Farm.

    Prediction: Stanford

Lorenzo Carter, DE

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    A recruit who has the potential to be a superstar, Lorenzo Carter is a 5-star defensive end who can also fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

    At 6'5" and 232 pounds, he has explosive quickness at the snap, plus the athleticism to bend around the pocket. He has great straight-line speed and closing quickness to the ball, and he also possesses excellent range versus running plays.

    Carter has narrowed his list to Georgia, LSU, Florida and Florida State, per 247Sports. The Bulldogs will pull this one out.

    Prediction: Georgia

John Smith, ATH

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    At 6'1" and 200 pounds, John Smith is an explosive 5-star athlete from California. Juju has the speed and ball skills to menace secondaries as a receiver and also possesses the vision and range to be a dynamic safety.

    With size and speed, he has the skills to develop into a fantastic kickoff returner.

    Schools such as USC, Alabama, Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame and Ohio State are in the picture, says 247Sports. It could be close, but look for the Trojans to get Smith's signed national letter of intent.

    Prediction: USC

Malachi Dupre, WR

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    Hailing from New Orleans, Malachi Dupre is a fantastic 5-star receiver. He's a graceful athlete who has a long frame that is 6'2.5" and 187 pounds.

    Dupre has solid quickness to release off the line, plus he possesses above-average speed to climb on top of secondaries. Along with his great hands, he also runs with more power after the catch than many defensive backs realize until it's too late.

    Schools such as LSU, Florida State, UCLA and Alabama have a shot with Dupre, per 247Sports. But it would be a mild shock if Dupre did not sign up to join the folks in Baton Rouge.

    Prediction: LSU

Marlon Humphrey, CB

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    Alabama is full of talent this year, but the best player in the state is 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey. At 6'1" and 175 pounds, he has rare size, length and instincts for the position.

    Humphrey, who is also a great sprinter and hurdler, has great anticipation and vision. He plays with a natural feel for the game—and it helps that he's an outstanding athlete.

    The two main schools for him are Alabama and Florida State, according to 247Sports. While it's more than possible that Humphrey signs with 'Bama, the Seminoles are on the verge of pulling off a major recruiting upset.

    Prediction: Florida State

Adoree' Jackson, CB/ATH

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    The reason why 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson has the "athlete" label attached to his name is because he could play on offense in college.

    Jackson isn't big at 5'9.5" and 182 pounds, but he's exceptionally explosive, quick and fast. He has deceptive strength, plus this guy is just a naturally instinctive football player on both sides of the ball.

    Florida, USC, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma and UCLA are his final six schools, according to Bob Redman of FightinGators.com (subscription required).

    Jackson could go in any direction, but the Gators' track program could be what puts them over the top.

    Prediction: Florida

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to track the nation's top uncommitted recruits 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.

     

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