Derrius Guice is one of several elite 2015 running back recruits who remain uncommitted. The Louisiana standout revealed where his process currently stands by sharing a top-five list with Rivals.com reporter Jason Howell.
"The order would be LSU, Southern Miss, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama," Guice told Howell.
The 5'10", 195-pound junior stars at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. He rushed for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013 during a trip to the postseason.
LSU has to like its chances of landing Guice, who received an offer from head coach Les Miles last April and frequents the campus. He told Howell the Tigers are "always going to be my No. 1."
If that sentiment holds true through national signing day, expect Guice to join an LSU offensive backfield already brimming with talent. It's notable Alabama ranks fifth on his short list, signifying an uphill climb in this competition for the Tigers' bitter rival.
This top five is significantly different from the list of four favorites Guice mentioned in March. Alabama, LSU and Texas remain in the picture, but Tulane has dropped off.
The Green Wave gave way to Texas and Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles may appear as a serious underdog given their comparative national status, but Guice has spent time on campus during multiple visits and is apparently impressed enough to consider the team a serious contender.
Charlie Strong is attempting to make inroads in SEC territory at Texas. The Longhorns hold commitments from running back prospects Jordan Stevenson and Tristian Houston, members of a nine-player class that strictly features in-state recruits.
Guice told Howell he plans to visit Texas and Georgia during spring break, while leaving the door open for other possible collegiate destinations during his time away from school.
This latest list of favorites provides momentary insight, but it's certainly subject to change again.
"I haven't really eliminated anyone because everything can change and I can change my mind," Guice told Howell.
Guice is rated No. 6 nationally among running backs in 247Sports composite rankings. He has yet to provide a timetable for his decision date.