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Top Five Uncommitted Southern Prospects

By Matt Osborne
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Many college teams are still busy preparing for their upcoming bowl games, but they cannot allow this year’s postseason to interfere with the future of their program.

As high school football seasons across the country have come to an end, we have started to see top prospects come off the recruiting board with much greater frequency.

Many college teams are still busy preparing for their upcoming bowl games, but they cannot allow this year’s postseason to interfere with the future of their program.

Here is a look at the top five uncommitted prospects in the south as we head into bowl season.

No. 1 – RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Breakdown: Alabama and LSU have been the only real contenders for Fournette over the past year. He took an official visit to Baton Rouge on December 6, and followed that up with an official visit to Tuscaloosa one week later. The longer that Fournette’s recruitment has drawn out, the more it appears that Les Miles will be able to keep the nation’s top recruit in the Bayou State.

Prediction: LSU

No. 2 – CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Alabama)

Breakdown: Humphrey is just the latest elite prospect to come out of Hoover High School in Alabama. Though currently listing a final three of Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi State, it appears that the Bulldogs are out of contention. Ultimately, it would be a huge surprise to most recruiting pundits if Humphrey did not stay in state to play his collegiate ball for Nick Saban.

Prediction: Alabama

No. 3 – DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Georgia)

Breakdown: There is currently a three-team race for Carter’s services, with Alabama, Georgia and Florida all still in the running. Georgia has long been presumed to be the front-runner, but Alabama appears to have made up significant ground, perhaps even taking the lead to land the five-star defensive lineman. Carter will take an official visit to Athens on January 31 in what will be a huge day for Mark Richt and his staff.

Prediction: Georgia

No. 4 – DL Gerald Willis (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Breakdown: Willis recently narrowed his list of finalists down to just Florida and LSU after already having taken official visits to both schools. Willis’ teammate, Devante Noil, is also an elite prospect, and the two have talked about the potential of playing together in college. Considering that Noil’s list of finalists does not include Florida, it would seem to make this prediction very easy.

Prediction: LSU

No. 5 – WR Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Breakdown: In case you haven’t noticed, there is a plethora of elite talent in the city of New Orleans this year. Dupre has a final four of Alabama, Florida State, LSU and UCLA, but he still has some things to sort out after putting recruiting on the back-burner for much of the season. LSU is still considered to be the favorite, but he could still change his mind on one of his official visits.

Prediction: LSU

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.