With Wednesday's National Signing Day fast approaching, six of the nation’s top 10 prospects remain up for grabs. The jockeying, scrambling and final pushes before the dead period are in full swing. A minute doesn’t go by where there’s a rumor started about where some of the top players in the nation will play next season.
At the top of the speculation list is the nation’s No. 1 player, running back Bryce Brown of Wichita (Kan.) East. Brown remains committed to Miami, but he currently is with his family taking a vacation until Feb. 7. There has been rampant speculation that Brown will take an official visit to Auburn this weekend, but neither Brown nor his mentor Brian Butler have confirmed the visit.
It’s also unclear whether Brown will sign Wednesday. Butler has said repeatedly over the past week that Brown likely will wait until March before he signs a letter of intent.
Then there is wide receiver Rueben Randle, the nation’s No. 2 player, from Bastrop (La.) High. He has shifted his focus to three schools – LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma. But Randle said he intends to take one final official visit this weekend, to Auburn, before making up his mind.
”As of right now, I am taking my visit to Auburn,” Randle said. “I’ll then come back and figure out when I’ll make my decision.”
St. Louis Gateway defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the nation’s No. 4 player, has been a long-time Missouri commitment. However, he said he is still considering an official visit to Miami on Friday.
”They are still recruiting me, so we’ll see,” he said. “I’m down to two – Miami and Missouri. I said I was done for a minute, and then I saw they’re still coming after me. We’ll see if I visit. I’m talking to my father about that. We’ll see.”
There are several rumors regarding the nation’s No. 6 prospect, Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia running back Trent Richardson. His college choice was the center of rampant Internet rumors Monday night, with most speculating he had officially de-committed from Alabama and was heading to LSU. People close to Richardson denied the speculation, but the gossip won’t stop until Richardson signs.
Then there is linebacker Jelani Jenkins of Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel, the nation’s No. 10 player. He will wait until NSD to announce his decision on one of the ESPN network channels.
“It’s down to Florida, Penn State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Southern Cal,” said his dad, Maurice. “We saw Southern Cal and Stanford when we went on a West Coast trip last spring, and we went to Notre Dame as well. And last weekend we were at Penn State, so Jelani is done with official visits. He has a ton of stuff to do over the next few weekends as far as awards dinners and such, so we won’t be able to get any more in.”
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