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Signing Day Story Lines

Wednesday promises to feature plenty of drama.

Bookmark Signing Day Central for live updates from across the country. Here are five story lines we’ll be following:

1. Who’s No. 2?

Unless Nick Saban decides to leave Alabama on Wednesday morning for, oh, let’s say Vanderbilt, and takes all of his recruits with him, the Crimson Tide will undoubtedly end the day with the nation’s best recruiting class. Alabama’s class is ranked No. 1 by all four major recruiting sites, and for good reason. The Crimson Tide has five five-star commits, according to Rivals.com. Only five other schools have at least two five-star commits.

MORE: The Top 10 recruiting classes

So who might finish No. 2 in our composite team rankings? Ohio State and Texas A&M are the most likely candidates, though Florida State is poised to move up if some of the uncommitted prospects leaning the Seminoles’ way, including Homestead (Fla.) WR Ermon Lane, sign with Jimbo Fisher.

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2. Will Malik McDowell go against his parents’ wishes?

Deciding where to go to school is a difficult and often stressful process. Southfield (Mich.) defensive lineman Malik McDowell, one of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects, has plenty of suitors, but there’s one school his parents definitely don’t want him to attend.

“We don’t want him at MSU,” Malik’s mother, Joya Crowe, told the Detroit Free Press on Monday night, giving multiple reasons.

“Something happened, I don’t want to put it out there what it was,” she said of her son’s recent official visit, “but I had a bad experience at MSU.”

Greg McDowell, Malik’s dad, told 247Sports:

“You have to be somewhere you have less distractions and be around people that do what you do, go to class, be football players, be a student-athlete. That’s the environment I want him to be around, and not be in close proximity to his friends. I want him out of Michigan. I don’t care if that’s Ohio State or Florida State.”

Well then. Wednesday should be interesting. McDowell is scheduled to announce at 9:30 a.m.

Last year, Arkansas running back recruit Alex Collins’ mother delayed her son’s signing by a day when she ran off with his letter of intent. Unlike McDowell’s parents, Collins’ mom wanted her son to go to school closer to home, in Florida. The year before, top safety recruit Landon Collins of Geismar (La.) Dutch committed to Alabama during the 2012 Under Armour High School Football All-America Game. Collins’ mom was visibly upset with her son’s decision and told a reporter, “I feel LSU is a better place for him to be.”

3. Waiting Out West

Two of the most anticipated decisions of the day won’t happen until after 2 p.m., when Serra (Gardena, Calif.) athlete Adoree’ Jackson and Long Beach Poly defensive back John “JuJu” Smith will announce. Jackson, who is considering Florida, LSU, UCLA and USC, is the No. 6 prospect in our composite player rankings. Smith, the No. 19 prospect, is down to Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.

4. Who will flip?

Seemingly every year, at least one elite prospect renegs on his commitment to one school and signs with another. In 2013, Brentwood Academy (Nashville) cornerback Jalen Ramsey flipped from USC and signed with Florida State, while DeSoto (Texas) running back flipped from Oregon to Ohio State. Who will it be this year?

5. Expect the unexpected.

It isn’t a secret where most of the top remaining uncommitted prospects will sign, but with so many high school athletes involved in today’s festivities, there are bound to be some wild stories. We’re looking forward to bringing them to you.

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