As players are set to begin preparations for the All-America games, where some top players are planning to make their college commitments, USA TODAY High School Sports is taking a look at the status of the uncommitted players among the top 25 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Many of these players will wait until National Signing Day in February to announce but they will be peppered with questions in the coming weeks about where they stand.
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RELATED: ALL-USA Defense1. Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.): The American Family Insurance ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Gary initially had expressed interest in announcing his commitment at the Under Armour All-American Game, but that now is not expected. Gary is scheduled to take an official visit to USC on Jan. 15. He has already officially visited Michigan, Ole Miss and Auburn along with a slew of unofficial visits. Ohio State has not received an official visit, but coach Urban Meyer and a number of assistants visited Gary in December.
8. Derrick Brown, DT, Lanier (Buford, Ga.): Brown has already made official visits to Alabama and Mississippi State and has his final three lined up for the three weekends immediately preceding National Signing Day: Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee. Brown, a finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year, has long been viewed as remaining in-state and heading to the Bulldogs. He told USA TODAY High School Sports recently that “Coach (Kirby) Smart doesn’t really affect the way I view the school that much.”
9. Issac Nauta, TE, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Nauta tweeted Dec. 20 that his top three in alphabetical order were Alabama, Georgia and Michigan. A former Florida State commit, Nauta is expected to make his announcement during the Jan. 9 Army Bowl.
12. Ben Davis, ILB, Gordo (Ala.): Most expected Davis to remain in-state and attend Alabama and the Crimson Tide will get the last shot at him with his official visited scheduled for the final weekend before National Signing Day. He also has January official visits scheduled for Auburn and Notre Dame. He also visited Georgia and LSU, although the Georgia visit was before the coaching change. He said in early December that Georgia was his leader and he has a close relationship with Kirby Smart from when the then-Alabama defensive coordinator was recruiting him for the Tide.
13. Lyndell Wilson, OLB, Carver (Montgomery, Ala.): Wilson announced his top three on Christmas Day in order: Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Those schools will get official visits in inverse order to signing day with Florida on Jan. 29, Alabama on Jan. 22 and Georgia on Jan. 15. Wilson initially planned to announce in early December but postponed when it appeared Kirby Smart was leaving Alabama for Georgia.
15. Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches (Texas): Jones is expected to remain in-state at Texas A&M, but still has two visits scheduled before signing day: Auburn and Texas. He has visited A&M and Ole Miss and has taken unofficial visits in the last month to TCU and Baylor.
16. Mique Juarez, OLB, North (Torrance, Calif.): Juarez decommitted from USC in the aftermath of Steve Sarkisian’s departure and could remain in Southern California at UCLA. Since decomitting, he has visited Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Washington.
21. Mecole Hardman Jr., ATH, Elbert County (Elberton, Ga.): Hardman was among the contingent of players who took an unofficial visit to Georgia in mid-December along with Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland. Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are in the mix, but he has also visited Michigan and has an official visit scheduled to TCU in late January.
22. Rashad Lawrence, DT, Neville (Monroe, La.): He has taken official visits to UCLA and Ohio State and had consistent contact with LSU and interest from Alabama. Lawrence told NOLA.com after his team repeated as 4A state champions that he was done with visits and hoped to make a decision in January. He said he did not want to wait until signing day. His relationship with LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron could help keep him in his home-state.
23. Caleb Kelly, OLB, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.): The Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker, he has taken visits to Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oregon. Multiple reports have said Kelly is a lock for the Sooners, but he has left one visit open should he want to add another school and coaches will be making in-home visits in January.
24. Demetris Robinson, ATH, Savannah Christian (Savannah, Ga.): He decommitted from Alabama, but the Crimson Tide remain in the mix as he was among the prospects that Nick Saban visited during the December period and also took an unofficial visit to the school following his decommitment. He has taken official visits to Cal and Notre Dame and unofficially visited Georgia in late November before the coaching change.