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Top uncommitted players

Where will these recruiting gems land?

With national signing day approaching, here’s a look at the nation’s top uncommitted recruits.

Marlon Humphrey, DB, Hoover (Ala.) | UPDATE (1/29): Humphrey committed to Alabama.

6-0, 168

Considering: Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi State

Outlook: Humphrey is a state champion sprinter and the son of former Alabama star and NFL player Bobby Humphrey. Alabama and Florida State are considered the favorites to land the two-time First Team American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection, who said defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s decision to leave Florida State for Georgia will not affect his decision.

Prediction: Alabama

Alabama

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Adoree’ Jackson, ATH, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)

5-10, 172

Considering: Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC

Outlook: Jackson, another ALL-USA selection, was a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball at Serra. In addition to his 12 touchdowns rushing and receiving last season, he had six return touchdowns, including three on interceptions. Jackson also had an interception in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Prediction: USC

USC

Damian Prince, OL, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)

6-5, 292

Considering: Florida, Maryland, South Carolina

Outlook: The top-ranked recruit in Maryland originally planned to commit on Valentine’s Day, but will now make his announcement on National Signing Day. Prince, who missed the Under Armour All-America Game due to injury, recently visited South Carolina and Rivals.com reports he is “listening” to late pitches from Auburn, LSU and Penn State.

Prediction: Maryland

Maryland

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Malachi Dupre, WR, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)

6-4, 175

Considering: Alabama, Florida State, LSU, UCLA

Outlook: Dupre, a First Team ALL-USA selection, averaged 17.8 yards per catch to help lead John Curtis to a state title. With LSU wide receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry headed to the NFL, Dupre could contribute immediately for the Tigers alongside LSU running back commit and fellow Louisiana native Leonard Fournette.

Prediction: LSU

LSU

John “JuJu” Smith, ATH, Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)

6-1, 207

Considering: Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, USC

Outlook: Like fellow Southern California prospect Adoree’ Jackson, Smith contributed in a variety of ways at Poly, playing some running back and tight end in addition to wide receiver and defensive back. He is scheduled to visit USC on Jan. 24.

Prediction: USC

USC

Solomon Thomas, DE, Coppell (Texas) | UPDATE: Thomas committed to Stanford.

6-3, 263

Considering: Arkansas, Stanford, UCLA

Outlook: Thomas, who shined in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with three tackles for loss, has more than 30 offers. He learned he was accepted to Stanford during his official visit to Palo Alto earlier this month, but still has visits scheduled to Arkansas and Ohio State before Signing Day.

Prediction: Stanford

Stanford

Malik McDowell, DE, Southfield (Mich.)

6-6, 292

Considering: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State

Outlook: McDowell is the top-rated prospect in Michigan according to Rivals.com and scouts project he could play defensive end or defensive tackle wherever he ends up. McDowell has taken numerous informal visits to Michigan and Michigan State and has taken or scheduled official visits to his other finalists.

Prediction: Michigan State

MichiganState

Derrick Nnadi, DT, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach) | UPDATE: Nnadi committed to Florida State.

6-1, 299

Considering: Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech

Outlook: Nnadi, who can bench 400 pounds, had 20 sacks as a senior. One college coach told the Virginian-Pilot that Nnadi is the “best prospect and most ready to play on the college level.”

Prediction: Virginia Tech

VirginiaTech

Damien Mama, OL, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)

6-5, 360

Considering: Alabama, BYU, UCLA, USC

Outlook: Mama, a First Team ALL-USA selection, helped lead St. John Bosco to a 16-0 record and the Pac-5 Division title. “The best attribute he has is his leadership ability,” St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s rare coming from a lineman. The kids kind of gravitate to him. It’s remarkable.”

Prediction: USC

USC

Ermon Lane, WR, Homestead (Fla.)

6-2, 172

Considering: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami

Outlook: Lane was originally committed to Florida, but he reopened his commitment in early January after his friend, Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook, flipped from Florida to Florida State at the Under Armour All-America Game. Lane will wait to Signing Day to announce his decision, but Florida State is the heavy favorite.

Prediction: Florida State

FSU

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