Top 10 Uncommitted Southern Prospects
By Matthew Osborne
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The next three weeks of recruiting will have a huge impact on the future of college football.
We are now less than three weeks away from National Signing Day and there are still a number of elite prospects in the south who have yet to make their college decisions.
As college coaches across the ACC and SEC are currently scorching the recruiting trail in hopes of finding program-changing talent, let’s take a look at the top 10 uncommitted prospects in the south for the class of 2013, including scouting reports and a prediction for where they will eventually sign.
No. 1 – DL Robert Nkemdiche (Grayson HS – Loganville, GA)
Scouting Report: Arguably the most freakish athlete in the 2013 class, the six-foot-four, 275-pound Nkemdiche is an opposing offensive tackle’s worst nightmare. Blessed with the rare combination of elite agility, speed and power, Nkemdiche will be an immediate impact player wherever he ends up.
Prediction: Ole Miss
No. 2 – OT Laremy Tunsil (Columbia HS – Lake City, FL)
Scouting Report: Very rarely are offensive linemen adequately prepared to become an instant starter at the collegiate level, but Tunsil is an exception to the rule. He has the prototypical size for an offensive tackle, and moves very light on his feet for a man of his stature. He will become a dominant force after a couple of years in a college weight training program.
No. 3 – LB Reuben Foster (Auburn HS – Auburn, AL)
Scouting Report: Foster’s productivity took a slight dip during his senior campaign, but there is no denying his elite athleticism and tenacity. He diagnoses plays very quickly and flies to the football, delivering bone-crushing hits. His quickness makes him a very difficult blocking assignment on the second level.
No. 4 – DT Montravius Adams (Dooly County HS – Vienna, GA)
Scouting Report: Adams has dominated playing against the lower level competition in the Peach State, showing his amazing raw abilities. He is outstanding at anticipating the snap count and exploding off the ball with exceptional quickness. Adams is not the most polished of prospects, but you simply can’t coach guys of his size to have his agility and strength.
No. 5 – S Vonn Bell (Ridgeland HS – Rossville, GA)
Scouting Report: Bell is slightly undersized as a safety prospect, but you would never get that impression watching him deliver vicious hits. One of the elite athletes in the class, Bell always seems to find himself around the football. Many experts are blown away by his athleticism, but his natural football instincts are greatly undervalued.
No. 6 – LB Matthew Thomas (Booker T. Washington HS – Miami, FL)
Scouting Report: Despite his overwhelming athleticism, Thomas may take a couple of years to fully develop, as he has played a number of positions in high school. Still a little light for linebacker, Thomas makes up for his lack of elite strength by using his tremendous speed to patrol the field sideline to sideline.
Prediction: Florida State
No. 7 – S Antonio Conner (South Panola HS – Batesville, MS)
Scouting Report: An elite running back prospect as well, Conner has the athleticism to play a number of different positions in college. There isn’t much that Conner doesn’t do well, and he will be helped exponentially by settling down at one position. His athleticism is exceptional for a defensive back prospect.
Prediction: Ole Miss
No. 8 – RB Alex Collins (South Plantation HS – Plantation, FL)
Scouting Report: Watching Collins run the football, you would never know that he has only played two years of organized football. Collins has an outstanding blend of size and athleticism, although there is still room for improvement in his game. Currently, his biggest area of weakness is in pass blocking.
No. 9 – RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross HS – Norcross, GA)
Scouting Report: Kamara really helped his recruiting stock with a highly-productive senior campaign. Though he is not the biggest running back, he is a “do-it-all” prospect who can make plays in a number of different ways. He won’t wow you with many individual aspects of his game, but there is no arguing with his productivity.
No. 10 – DT Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals HS – Muscle Shoals, AL)
Scouting Report: A similar player to Montravius Adams, Liner’s best attribute is his quickness off the ball. He is very good at beating offensive linemen at the point of attack, but he could use some work on his disengaging skills. Potentially a candidate to see the field early in college.