With the Early Signing Period all but upon us, here’s a look at five uncommitted five-star prospects whose signatures will drastically shape who we see as winners and losers come February.
Trey Sanders, RB, IMG Academy (FL)
The No. 1 running back in the class has remained a relative unknown since decommitting from Alabama in January—with now just days remaining before the early signing period begins.
What Sanders has yet to display in terms of power between the tackles, he has more than made up for with rarely seen gamebreaking ability in space—both as a runner and as a route runner.
He is the perfect weapon for someone like, oh, I don’t know, Georgia?
You got extra room...? https://t.co/GuAukHirPB— Trey sanders (@6sixGod_) December 10, 2018
For whatever it’s worth, 247’s Crystal Ball is leaning towards a recommitment to Alabama, with Florida a very distant second.
Jadon Haselwood, WR, Cedar Grove (GA)
Waiting for the Haselwood chip to fall has been and will continue to be one of the most fascinating stories involving this year’s class.
Rivals’ second-rated wide receiver—and fourth-rated overall player—stunned the recruiting world with an October decommitment from his home state Bulldogs, but Georgia is still very much in play.
Miami and even Oklahoma seemed to be gaining ground for Haselwood’s services throughout the fall, but with the Hurricanes’ class falling apart and OU already holding firm commitments from Theo Wease (No. 1) and Trejan Bridges (No. 4), those scenarios just don’t make as much sense as a renewal of vows with Georgia would.
According to Rivals, Haselwood will be in Athens on Dec. 14, as well, so the tea leaves are there for the reading if you’re interested.
Bru McCoy, ATH, Mater Dei (CA)
Will it be Texas or Southern Cal for Bru? Whichever he chooses, the choice won’t come until National Signing Day—which, frankly, can’t be seen as super awesome news for USC, who has long been considered the front-runner for McCoy.
That he will wait until February just means more time for a dark horse—say, Oklahoma, for example—to become a more serious player.
In any case, McCoy is worth the wait. At 6-3, 205 pounds, the Mater Dei product has star potential on either side of the ball, perhaps even as an outside linebacker.
Chris Steele, CB, St. John Bosco (CA)
One of the most polarizing prospects in the country, Chris Steele was once thought to be bound for Oklahoma before one of the stranger commitment scenarios you’ll ever see.
Five-star corner Chris Steele has decommitted from USC.— FloFootball (@FloFootball) October 18, 2018
We breakdown the strange recruitment of Steele and what this means for his future moving forward.
That commitment, to Southern Cal, fell apart rather predictably—though the Trojans are still listed among a top five that includes the Sooners, along with Florida, South Carolina and Oregon.
The 6-2, 182-pound St. John Bosco product is a big, physical corner with a skillset that likely translates to safety at the next level. In whose secondary, though, is anyone’s guess. In a very on-brand move, Steele has set an arbitrary January signing date—because apparently December is too early and February is too late.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Horn Lake (MS)
Dean has five stars next to his name and is widely regarded as the top linebacker in the class—and, yet, he’s still criminally underrated.
Dean was an absolute force to be reckoned with in 2018, wrecking opposing offenses, playing a key role on his own offense, and helping to lead Horn Lake to a 15-0 season and a Mississippi State Championship.
For the duration of his time as one of the most sought after players in the country, Dean has maintained neutrality and insisted that he had no favorites. At this point, however, it does feel like it’s coming down to Alabama and Georgia, with Ole Miss as a potential spoiler on the outside.