Predicting where top undecided recruits in Rivals100 will sign
For the first time in two years, the No. 1 prospect will actually sign on Signing Day
Plenty of other elite recruits remain undecided, including No. 2 Seantrel Henderson
Lane Kiffin's move from Tennessee to USC shook up the process for many players
National Signing Day is less than a week away, but numerous committed and uncommitted four- and five-star prospects have yet to make their final decisions.
For the first time in two years, it looks like the nation's No. 1 prospect will actually sign a Letter of Intent on Signing Day. However, others could extend the process.
So where will five-stars like Seantrel Henderson and Keenan Allen land? In his last Weekly Whispers on the 2010 class, Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell takes a look at those in the Rivals100 who are still in play.
OL Seantrel Henderson: The nation's top offensive lineman has narrowed his choices to Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Florida and Miami. The Buckeyes hold the edge here, and Notre Dame is emerging as a sleeper. Miami gets the final visit, but it would surprise many if he ended up anyplace but the Midwest.
DB Keenan Allen: He must decide whether to stick with Alabama or join his brother, Zach Maynard, at Clemson -- or possibly Cal. A package deal to Clemson is gaining momentum, and we'll see if Allen and Maynard decide to take the long trip to Cal. Right now it appears family has the edge over his current commitment, and the trip to Cal is this weekend.
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa: Owa is supposed to make his decision by the weekend, but likely won't announce until Signing Day. Oregon State has replaced Oregon in his top three to go with UCLA and Nebraska. Nebraska is his personal favorite according to sources, but will he stay closer to home and play for the Beavers? UCLA was once the leader but has faded. Nebraska seems to be the pick right now.
WR Da'Rick Rogers: Will he follow his quarterback and friend Nash Nance to Tennessee, or will he stick with his current commitment to Georgia? Sources say Rogers is inclined to stick with Georgia. However, this is another potential package deal that needs to be followed. There are forces in play that would love to see Rogers at Tennessee.
RB Marcus Lattimore: It's down to South Carolina and Auburn, with a lot of loud confidence coming from the Tigers' side of things. There is quiet confidence in Columbia, S.C. Some think Lattimore has been a part of this Gamecock class for quite some time -- which is why Steve Spurrier hasn't recruited another running back. The Gamecocks are still thought to be the team to beat, but time will tell.
ATH Latwan Anderson: It is likely down to West Virginia, USC or Ohio State. Anderson is committed to West Virginia, but he might visit USC this weekend. He has labeled USC his dream school, but West Virginia has been his favorite for a long time. This all depends on how things go in L.A. If he makes the trip, everyone knows Lane Kiffin and his staff will put on the full-court press.
LB Christian Jones: The Florida rumors are going strong, but if Jones ends up anyplace but Florida State it will be a surprise.
OL Shon Coleman: Coleman is committed to Auburn, but looking at other schools. He visited Arkansas, and has trips scheduled to Alabama and Miami this week. Ole Miss remains in the picture. Alabama could be the biggest threat right now.
WR Markeith Ambles: USC has emerged as the team to beat here. A lot depends on where Ambles decides to visit this weekend, and if he decides to delay things beyond Signing Day. LSU could be a threat if he visits there this weekend. North Carolina and Tennessee are still in the mix, but his silence since his USC visit speaks volumes. He looks like a Trojan.
DE Gabe King: King was down to Oregon and Cal, but apparently it's all Cal now -- as it was earlier in the process.
DE J.R. Ferguson: Even Ferguson doesn't have a clue where he's headed. The hunch here is that he ends up playing in Florida at either Florida State or Miami. He had a great visit to FSU last weekend, and Miami gets the last shot this weekend. LSU can't be counted out, either, while Cal and Notre Dame trail.
DE Corey Lemonier: It's FSU or Auburn for Lemonier, with confidence high on both sides. FSU is the guess here, but it's simply a hunch based on early playing time. This could obviously go either way.
WR Ivan McCartney: Rumor has it that West Virginia has a silent commitment from McCartney, but Miami is still trying to pull him to their side. The Hurricanes get the last shot with a visit this weekend, but WVU is the team to beat - and has been for a long time.
OL Chaz Green: Florida has the edge here, followed by USC and Ohio State. Tennessee, a lock for his services at one time, seems to be gone from the picture. The USC visit this weekend will be a big one because Green was all set to play for Tennessee when Kiffin was the coach of the Vols. But will Green go that far away? Florida is the safest bet right now.
ATH Trovon Reed: We put Reed on here simply because he took a late visit to LSU, but he appears to be all Auburn.
DT Jeffrey Whitaker: Whitaker is down to Auburn, Georgia and Miami -- with the Tigers holding the edge. Auburn will be hard to beat here, but Georgia is making things tough. A lot depends on if Whitaker takes his Miami trip this weekend. Auburn is the safe bet right now.
ATH Christian Green: It's FSU and Georgia here, and it would be a stunner if he went against all the ties he has to the Seminoles.
OL Matt James: Notre Dame has emerged as the leader here, especially if the Irish take his quarterback, Luke Massa. James once listed Ohio State as his leader, but the Irish have made up all that ground.
DT Ricky Heimuli: Washington gets the last shot at Heimuli, but many feel this will come down to UCLA and Utah in the end. Utah has always been high on his list, so don't be shocked if the Utes pull an upset here.
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