National Signing Day is on Wednesday. Most recruits have verbally committed or at least telegraphed where they intend to sign. But here are five Top 100 recruits that have not committed and appear to be genuine mysteries heading into the last couple days. For more in-depth analysis, consult your favorite team-specific message board.
Damian Prince: Prince is a five-star offensive tackle from Maryland, No. 27 overall by 247 Composite. The latest reports have him as a toss-up between Florida and his home state school Maryland. Prince also took official visits to South Carolina and Florida State and has been targeted with a late push by James Franklin at Penn State.
Malik McDowell: McDowell is a five-star defensive end from Michigan, No. 32 overall by 247 Composite. He was thought to be an eventual Michigan man well into the 2013 season, taking multiple unofficial visits. That infatuation faded with Michigan’s fortunes. He has stayed quiet. His parents have not. He has been suspected to be leaning toward Michigan State, which would be a huge coup for Dantonio. His parents have said they don’t want him to go to Michigan State. Michigan may still be in it with an outside chance as a compromise. Stay tuned.
Michiah Quick: Quick is a four-star wide receiver from California, No. 56 overall by 247 Composite. He eliminated USC from consideration and is down to Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA, with most analysts having him landing at one of the former two. This would be another foray into Fresno for Notre Dame, who had Deontay Greenberry ditch them for Houston on Signing Day in 2012 and his cousin Tee Shepard leave the program.
Braden Smith: Smith is a four-star guard from Kansas, No. 63 overall by 247 Composite. He’s kind of a big deal in the weight room. He’s also an avid gardener. Smith took official visits to Notre Dame, Auburn, Texas A&M and TCU in January. He seems to have narrowed it down to the latter three. One factor may be his sister, already enrolled at TCU.
Derrick Nnadi: Nnadi is a four-star defensive tackle from Virginia, No. 99 overall by 247 Composite. This is thought to be a neck and neck battle between Virginia Tech and Florida State. Though, Nnadi took a late visit to Virginia, where Mike London already has two five-star defenders committed. He also visited Columbus earlier in January.