National signing day is only two weeks away, college staffs are burning the midnight oil trying to turn top targets and put the finishing touches on recruiting class. As is always the case, there are a number of committed prospects making official visits and listening to the sales pitch of others.
There is a feeling that Carl Lawson will end up playing in the SEC. The only question is- what school for the Auburn commit?
Here is a look at a handful of prospects that could flip and make predictions headed into the last two official visit weekends of the 2013 cycle.
Carl Lawson, WDE, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton
The Prospect – The No. 1 weak-side defensive end in the 2013 class, and
the No. 24 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – Lawson has been committed to Auburn since March 24 of 2012, but his commitment has been “soft” at best since the coaching change after the season. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder with an excellent first step has made official visits to Clemson Jan. 11, Tennessee Jan. 18 and will be at North Carolina this weekend and Auburn Feb. 1. Should Lawson select someone other than Auburn, look for it to be another SEC program with a new coaching staff and instant impact ability. Prediction – Tennessee
Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
The Prospect – The No. 5 cornerback in the 2013 class, and the No. 39
The Skinny – Ramsey has been committed to Southern California since July 16, but his pledge has always been of the “soft commitment” variety. With signing day just two weeks away, it’s looking more and more like the 6-foot-0.5, 189-pounder will stay closer to home with Florida State looking like the possible destination over Florida. Should the Seminoles win the Ramsey sweepstakes, assistant Jeremy Pruitt will deserve the majority of the credit. Prediction – Florida State
Altee Tenpenny, RB, Little Rock (Ark.) North Little Rock West
The Prospect – The No. 5 running back in the 2013 class, and the No. 51 prospect overall.
The Skinny – Tenpenny has been committed to Alabama since Jan. 28 of 2012, but a Jan. 18 official visit to Arkansas and the possibility of a visit to Auburn have doubts setting in. Bret Bielema and staff have made keeping Tenpenny home a priority, and the 5-foot-11, 212-pounder is definitely listening. Arkansas is also hosting five-star running back Alex Collins (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation) this weekend, so Collins’ decision could also impact Tenpenny’s final decision. Prediction – Alabama
Dontre Wilson, APB, DeSoto (Texas)
The Prospect – The No. 7 all-purpose back in the 2013 class, and the No. 113 prospect overall.
The Skinny – Rumors have been swirling for months that the Oregon commitment would end up signing with Ohio State, and this weekend the 5-foot-10, 175-pound jet will make an official visit to Columbus. While Texas and other regional programs have attempted to throw their hat in the ring, Wilson has always maintained that he wanted to go away for college. Prediction – Ohio State
Tarean Folston, RB, Cocoa (Fla.)
The Prospect – The No. 9 running back in the 2013 class, and the No. 122 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – Folston picked Notre Dame over Oregon on January 2 during Under Armour All-America week. Since that time Auburn has been working the 5-foot-9, 190-pound versatile back very hard, and got him on campus Jan. 18 for an official visit. The Notre Dame staff was in Cocoa this week following the Auburn official visit, and feels very confident in keeping Folston in the fold. Prediction – Notre Dame
Also considered were Arizona State quarterback commitment Joshua Dobbs (Alpharetta, Ga.), Washington defensive end commitment Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas), Vanderbilt running back commitment Johnathan Ford (New Hope, Ala.), Ole Miss junior college defensive tackle commitment Jarran Reed (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.), Texas Tech offensive tackle commitment Maurice Porter (Missouri City, Texas/Marshall) and Florida State wide receiver commitment Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones).