We are one week from national signing day and the information is strong and constant. Wednesday night, we offered up our latest projections for the non-committed, non-five star Top247 (somebody change our MarQuez North projection to Tennessee, please!). Late last week, we offered up our five-star projections.
When all is said and done, Auburn should hold on to five-star defensive end Carl Lawson, though Tennessee and Clemson are in the thick of things.
Now we take another look at a third category.
It surely is getting down to brass tacks for many of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects, but there are also quite a few committed prospects that will have decisions to make. Here’s a look at 10 prospects who “could flip” by national signing day. 247Sports National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt and I break them down and offer our projections.
Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Ms.)
The Prospect – The No. 2 strong-side end in the country, and the No. 2 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – The Mississippi State commitment made a late and surprising visit to Ole Miss over the weekend, which has put the 6-foot-5, 250-pounders recruitment back in play. With possible unofficial visits expected at Ole Miss and Mississippi State this weekend, and a signing day announcement, it has the appearance of anyone’s game. Projection – Mississippi State (Hamilton), Ole Miss (Shurburtt)
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 and Tennessee Jan. 18 and will be at 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, but this one seems to be trending back to the Tigers. Projection – Auburn
There was plenty of Alabama talk surrounding five-star A'Shawn Robinson this week and USC is still a big factor. In the end, though, we are not sure the Texas commit goes far from home.
A’Shawn Robinson, OT, Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights
The Prospect – The No. 3 offensive tackle in the class, and the No. 26 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – The Texas commitment made his final official visit over the weekend to Texas, and many thought the Longhorns were a lock. That doesn’t appear to be the case as of today with Alabama head coach Nick Saban having made a school visit on Monday. USC, who was once thought to have the best shot to pull the upset, is now considered third in the race. Projection – Texas
Elijah Daniel, DE, Avon (Ind.)
The Prospect – The No. 3 strong-side defensive end, and the No. 27 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny –Daniel committed to Ole Miss on January 20, and looked to be a cone deal for the Rebels. That has all changed in the last 48 hours with the news breaking that the 6-foot-3, 249-pounder will trip to Auburn this weekend. While the Rebels remain the favorite, Gus Malzahn and staff will have a number of top prospects on hand this weekend as the Tigers look to close with a flurry. Projection – Ole Miss
Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
The Prospect – The No. 5 cornerback in the 2013 class, and the No. 39 prospect overall.
Top247 quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who is committed to Arizona State, is a better fit for what new Tennessee coach Butch Jones will run on offense than any of the current quarterbacks on the Vols' roster. Will his visit put Tennessee over the top?
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 a week away, it’s remains in question if 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. Projection – Florida State (Hamilton), USC (Shurburtt)
Joshua Dobbs, QB, Alpharetta (Ga.)
The Prospect – The No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the class, and the No. 107 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – The strong-armed Arizona State commitment visited Tennessee over the weekend and has been very quiet since leaving Knoxville. Where there is smoke, there is often times fire in recruiting, and for that reason Vols fans have reason to stay engaged. With that said, there is one offer out there that could change the dynamic of Dobbs recruitment – Stanford. Projection –Tennessee
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 last weekend the 5-foot-10, 175-pound jet wade an official visit to Columbus. While it looked to be a two-team race, Wilson will again be making an official visit this weekend – to Texas. Wilson has always maintained he wanted to go away for college, and that still remains the case unless Mack Brown and staff can change his mind. Projection – Ohio State (Hamilton), Oregon (Shurburtt)
Tarean Folston, RB, Cocoa (Fla.)
Auburn has made a huge push for four-star Notre Dame running back commit Tarean Folston.
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. While the Notre Dame staff felt positive about Folston shortly after the Auburn visit, the Tigers are all the talk behind the scenes. Projection – Auburn
Daeshon Hall, DE, Lancaster (Texas)
The Prospect – The No. 6 weak-side defensive end in the class, and the No. 147 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – Hall has been committed to Washington since June 29, but the commitment was always considered “soft”. Talk behind the scenes continues to build that the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder will end up staying in the state of Texas with Texas A&M, TCU and Baylor under consideration. Projection – Texas A&M (Hamilton), TCU (Shurburtt)
Torrodney Prevot, DE, Alief (Texas) Taylor
The Prospect – The No. 10 weak-side defensive end in the class, and the No. 240 ranked prospect overall.
The Skinny – The 6-foot-3, 205-pound ultra quick edge prospect remains committed to Southern California, but has tripped to Oregon and Texas A&M the last two weekends. This one is very hard to get a read on, but the final decision is expected from the Trojans and Aggies. Prediction – USC (Hamilton), Texas A&M (Shurburtt)
Also on “flip watch”- Ole Miss defensive tackle commitment Jarran Reed (Scooba, Ms./East Mississippi C.C.), Ohio State running back commitment Ezekiel Elliott (Saint Louis, Mo./John Burroughs), USC running back commitment Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), Oregon wide receiver commitment Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon) and Texas Tech offensive tackle commit Maurice Porter (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall), Pittsburgh wide receiver commit Tyler Boyd (Clariton, Pa.), South Florida defensive back commit Lamar Robbins (Miami, Fla./Southridge).
Gerry Hamilton is the lead national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. Follow him on Twitter @GerryH247Sports
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