Where top uncommitted recruits will be on final weekend

Where top uncommitted recruits will be on final weekend

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Where top uncommitted recruits will be on final weekend


Elite recruits will fan throughout the country on their final official visits this weekend as we close in on days until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. Eleven players remain uncommitted among the top 25 in the final 247Sports Composite rankings. Here is where those players stand as best as we can tell and where many are headed for their final visits.

1. Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.): The American Family Insurance ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year was a unanimous choice as the No. 1 prospect in the nation. Gary spent last weekend on his fourth visit to Michigan that was extended because of weather preventing him from getting back to New Jersey. He will take his final official visit to Clemson. Gary told USA TODAY Sports that Alabama coach Nick Saban and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn were lobbying for him to swing through their campuses one more time before before heading back to New Jersey to make his decision. Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge, Gary’s former coach at Paramus Catholic, was set to meet with Gary in Atlanta as Gary accepted the Bobby Dodd National High School Lineman of the Year award. Gary is scheduled to make his announcement at 1 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2.

9. Derrick Brown, DT, Lanier (Buford, Ga.): Brown has been reluctant to name a leader and has stuck with the five schools that he is visiting: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Most, however, view it as a three-school race among Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. Georgia coach Kirby Smart attempted to make a late run by flying with his defensive coordinator Mel Tucker via helicopter to visit Brown’s school Thursday.  The Volunteers will get the last chance at him with an official visit scheduled for the final weekend. He is scheduled to announce during the 3 p.m. hour Wednesday on ESPNU.

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10. Ben Davis, ILB, Gordo (Ala.): The nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker is an Alabama legacy – his father Wayne is the Crimson Tide’s career leading tackler. While dad has said he’d like Ben to attend the school that his parents went to, he also has said Ben is making his own decision. Davis is down to the Crimson Tide, Georgia, Auburn, Notre Dame and LSU and will make a final visit to Auburn. Davis is scheduled to announce at 10 a.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.


Army All-American Mique Juarez is a finalist for the Butkus Award (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

Army All-American Mique Juarez was a finalist for the Butkus Award (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

11. 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. His other finalists are Ole Miss and Alabama, but Rivals.com broke the news that he will visit BYU this weekend. Juarez is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so BYU could be a fit. He visited Alabama last weekend and Nick Saban flew cross-country for an in-home visit Monday.

13. Mecole Hardman Jr., ATH, Elbert County (Elberton, Ga.): Hardman said at the Army Bowl that Alabama was the leader. “They’re already at the top,” Hardman told USA TODAY High School Sports. “Why not stay at the top with them?” Hardman visited Alabama last weekend, but Ohio State and Georgia remain possibilities. He will be playing for Team USA at the International Bowl rather than taking an official visit this weekend. “I’m still undecided, I partially know where I want to go but I’m still trying to decide what would be the best place. I go back and forth all the time,” he told USA TODAY High School Sports this week.

14. Demetris Robertson, WR, Savannah Christian (Savannah, Ga.): Robertson can play a variety of positions and could make an instant impact depending on the school that he selects. He decommitted from Alabama, but the Crimson Tide remain in the mix. Notre Dame showed just how important he is to them by driving the school’s equipment truck to his house and parking it across the street. That had to impress Robertson — the only recruit who got such treatment — but will he pick the Fighting Irish.

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15. Lyndell Wilson, OLB, Carver (Montgomery, Ala.): Wilson announced his top three on Christmas Day in order: Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Those schools were scheduled to get official visits in inverse order to signing day with Florida getting the last crack. However, Wilson tweeted on Thursday that he was canceling his visit to Florida because the school did not have communication with his mother. He later deleted the tweet so the Gators might still be in the mix, but Alabama seems to be the leader. Wilson developed a good relationship with then-Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who is now the Georgia head coach, so the Bulldogs have a shot. He is scheduled to announce at 10 am ET on Wednesday on ESPNU.

19. Jeffery Simmons, DE, Noxubee County (Macon, Miss.): Simmons, among the biggest risers in many of the final recruiting rankings, is seen as likely to remain in-state with either Ole Miss or Mississippi State. He will visit the Rebels on the final weekend before signing day. Alabama also remains a possibility. He was in Tuscaloosa last weekend.

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21. Kristian Fulton, CB, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.): Fulton says LSU is the leader after his official visit last weekend. Florida is making a late run to get Fulton to leave his home state, although the Gators already have four defensive backs in their class. Fulton will take an official visit to Gainesville on the final weekend. Fulton got visits this week by Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and LSU coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.

Jack Jones receives his honorary jersey for the Army All-American Bowl from (from left): Sergeant First Class Giles Aisenbrey, Staff Sergeant Greg Romanovitz, Staff Sergeant Jose Juarez and Staff Sergeant Eric Scott.

Jack Jones receives his honorary jersey for the Army All-American Bowl from (from left): Sergeant First Class Giles Aisenbrey, Staff Sergeant Greg Romanovitz, Staff Sergeant Jose Juarez and Staff Sergeant Eric Scott.

22. Jack Jones, ATH, Long Beach Poly (Calif.): His top five in December included USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Alabama. It would be a surprise if he leaves Southern California and USC seems like the likely destination. He would be reunited in the Trojans’ defensive backfield with Poly teammate Iman Marshall, an elite recruit in the Class of 2015. He visited Alabama in mid-January.

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, although he was visited this week by a contingent of coaches from Notre Dame and coaches from Oklahoma.  The Notre Dame coaches are said to be very confident.


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