OT Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)
Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil says he’s down to three schools – Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss. He has visited this trio all over the last three official visit weekends. He was stunned at how much he liked his official visit to to Oxford and came off that visit and cancelled his Florida State trip. Hmmm. The Dawgs seem to be the team to beat but how can you dismiss Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Georgia and Alabama have both been his long time frontrunners. There’s no doubt that Hugh Freeze and his Rebels are the wildcard that want to pull a stunner.
Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington)
This has been and will be a Miami/Florida State battle. He has visited both schools as well as Alabama and USC. Georgia gets his last trip this weekend. The coaching turnover in Tallahassee is certainly a speed bump for Jimbo Fisher and FSU. But consider it a good sign that Thomas made it to his visit to Florida State this past weekend. Still, there’s a ton of pressure for him to stay home and sign with Miami. There are a few out west that say the Trojans are lurking in the weeds. Pay attention to that one. Alabama is the wildcard and no one knows where the Dawgs stand until he trips to Athens this weekend. In the end I am going to be Mr. Obvious and say I believe this one boils down to FSU and Miami.
RB Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation)
Collins is now done and in the clubhouse after taking his five official visits – FSU, Wisconsin, Florida, Miami and Arkansas. This looks like a two-horse race between the hometown ‘Canes and the Razorbacks. Yes, Arkansas has a real shot to pull a shocker here. He loves Brett Bielema and his style of offense, specifically that he likes to ride one horse at the running back position. Bielema also has strong ties to the South Plantation program. Helping the Hogs is the potential sanctions that could come down for Miami. Collins doesn’t want to play and pay for others mistakes. But the likelihood of any kind of penalties coming down before national signing day are slim for Miami. Add to that the NCAA investigating blunder involving this case and it could be months before Al Golden and his program hear the NCAA verdict. I still contend that Miami is going to be awfully tough to beat on this one as things stand right now but stranger things have happened.
OG Denver Kirkland (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington)
Like his teammate Matthew Thomas this should be a very heated Hurricane/Seminole recruiting battle. He has made his two official visits to those schools along with Arkansas, Ole Miss and South Florida. His latest was to Fayetteville to check out the Razorbacks. Randy Shannon is one of their new assistants and that can only help. Plus, you know Bielema wants to build his run game around a massive offensive front. That could start with Kirkland. Still, the Seminoles and Hurricanes will prove tough to beat. FSU has had a ton of coaching turnover, although their offensive line coach, Rick Trickett, still resides on the Florida State campus. I would give a slight nod to Miami. Kirkland is a must have for Golden.
CB Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.)
Ah, the mystery man of this season is none other than the talented Mackensie Alexander. This super cornerback prospect wants to find a home where he can play right away and he would love to stay as close to home as possible. So far he has made official visits to Texas A&M, Clemson, Mississippi State, and Auburn. He has one more visit left and there’s a chance he could trip to West Virginia or Rutgers or perhaps stay in-state and check out USF or Miami. Pay close attention to what his brother Mackenro is up to. He visited West Virginia this weekend and Mississippi State last weekend. The two obviously want to play college ball together. To speculate what Alexander will do is too difficult. In fact you mine as well put the schools on a wall and throw a dart to pick one.
WR Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast)
Coley is the state’s top wide receiver and one of the top recruits at his position in the country. Like some others already mentioned this one could come down to Florida State and Miami. For the ‘Noles it’s a good thing Seminole wide receiver coach Lawrence Dawsey picked up the recruiting torch after the season. He has FSU still in it and it’s too close to call between these two bitter rivals. James Coley taking the Miami offense coordinator position only helps the Hurricanes here. If there is a dark horse it’s South Florida. Don’t sleep on the Bulls.
TE Travis Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit)
At one time Johnson was committed to Miami but now he’s down to three schools – South Florida, Missouri, and Kentucky. This one doesn’t divulge much. Does he want to play in the SEC or take a chance and stay home and play for the local Bulls? That’s a tough call but with the way Willie Taggart has recruited and their need at Johnson’s position, don’t be surprised if he picks USF.
DT Jaynard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie, Fla./St. Lucie West Centennial)
It was a two-horse race between Florida and Miami. Then Jaynard Bostwick visited Alabama earlier this month. Now he’s seriously considering the Crimson Tide. He was at Miami last weekend and had a great trip. His cousin, Thurston Armbrister, plays for the Hurricanes and the two are very close. Bostwick is scheduled to visit the Gators this weekend, which is the last official visit weekend before national signing day. There are some that believe if he makes that trip that Florida will be the team to beat.
DT Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic)
Bryant committed early in the recruiting process only to back off that pledge some time ago. It appears that this defensive tackle prospect could end up in Tallahassee and play for Florida State. If not, Steve Spurrier and South Carolina have made a nice run at this south Florida standout. It’s not out of the question he could re-commit and sign with Miami. There’s some talk he could visit FAU this weekend.
OLB Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland)
Quinton Powell was a long time commitment to Florida before opening things back up a few weeks ago. Since, he has visited South Carolina and Southern Cal. It’s a two-team race between the Gators and Trojans. Before you say he’s going to re-commit to Will Muschamp and the Gators remember this – he’s from the same school as Leonard Williams. If you don’t remember Williams he’s the big time defensive end prospect from the 2012 class that shocked the recruiting world and signed with Lane Kiffin and USC. Powell said on twitter Monday night that he was having a difficult time with the decision.
WR James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)
James Clark was a fast riser this fall after a fantastic 2012 campaign. His senior film is as good as you will find out there in this class. Many of his suitors came on late in the process. This a Santana Moss type of receiver that has visited Ohio State, Purdue, Clemson, Nebraska and Northwestern. Clark may not be finished. He could make an unofficial visit to Gainesville this coming weekend and check out the Gators for the sixth time. If that happens Florida will be in the game. Clark looks best suited in a spread and you can’t help but wonder if he will ultimately pick the Buckeyes or Tigers. What happens or doesn’t happen this weekend could play a big effect in his decision. Look for Clark to narrow things down to three schools before he makes his decision.
QB Asiantti Woulard (Winter Park, Fla.)
USF thought they had their signal caller of the future in Asiantti Woulard. He committed early to the Bulls and then head coach Skip Holtz. But Woulard opened things back up and it now seems like he’s leaving the state. Woulard sounded as if he had a great visit out west to UCLA this past weekend. He has also visited Kentucky, Clemson and N.C. State. Woulard has also made an unofficial trip to see Willie Taggart and his Bulls. By all accounts he could very well be the Bruins to lose at this point but keep an eye on the others, especially Kentucky.
WR Taj Williams (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln)
Wide receiver/cornerback Taj Williams has visited Auburn this month and may visit Louisville this weekend. He has worked hard off the field and in the classroom to get himself into position to qualify. He’s not there yet but very close. There’s a chance he may not sign with anyone on National Signing Day.
MLB James Hearns (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln)
Hearns has worked himself into an academic corner where really the University of Kentucky is the only viable option at this point. Someone could always jump in late and challenge the Wildcats.
RB Matthew Dayes (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay)
Dayes was a well-known and thought of running back prospect as a sophomore. He had an injury plagued junior season. Then Dayes bounced back in 2012 in a big way, especially in the post-season. At one time he was committed to North Carolina State before backing off that pledge after the coaching change. He visited the Wolfpack over the fall and made two trips to UCF and Vanderbilt this month. With the Commodores just losing Jonathan Ford (New Hope, Ala.) on Monday that should certainly help the Commodores with this back. Or does Dayes recommit to the Wolfpack and stay in-state and play for George O’Leary and the Knights?
WR Jordan Cunningham (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School)
Cunningham has made official visits to Stanford, Oklahoma State, FSU, Vanderbilt. The Cardinal and Cowboys visits were during the season while he tripped to the Seminoles and Commodores over last two weekends. Cunningham is hoping for a late Miami offer. As things stand now watch out for the Cardinal..
OLB Skai Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School)
Skai Moore committed shortly after leading his high school team to a state championship to Rutgers only quickly to open things back up. He has since visited South Carolina and the Scarlet Nights on consecutive weekends while taking in Vandy over the fall. He says he could visit Arkansas, Tennessee or Kentucky this weekend. This is another player that had a big senior year and got hot late.
RB JoJo Kemp (DeLand, Fla.)
Running back JoJo Kemp was a one time commitment to USF for then head coach Skip Holtz. He decommitted some time ago and now the Bulls are right back in it. South Florida is battling West Virginia, Pitt and Kentucky. Hmmm. This one is interesting. All will have made in-home this week by the time he decides on Friday. Kemp’s decision has been made so we all have to wait until February 1st.
WR Eddie Jackson (Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson)
Like James Clark, Eddie Jackson was a guy that blew up this fall. He had early offers from schools like FIU and Hawaii. He had very late offers from Alabama, Arkansas and LSU. Florida State also offered and they were the early favorite. The coaching changes in Tallahassee haven’t helped with this one. Now it appears the Tide have crept out front. He is scheduled to announce tomorrow.