With early signing day just weeks away, we take a look at the top 100 uncommitted recruits in the 2023 cycle based on the 247 Composite rankings.
Top 100: Uncommitted Recruits
These are the recruits within the Top 100 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. We take a look at which schools are in the mix for these recruits and where they will most likely commit to.
Damon Wilson, EDGE
The No. 3 EDGE in the country, Damon Wilson is down to three schools, including but not limited to Ohio State, Georgia, and Alabama. Ohio State is the team to beat but Georgia won’t go without a fight. Alabama is on the outside looking in.
The Buckeyes were able to get Wilson in for an official visit back in September. This past Friday, they sent representatives to see Wilson at his game last Friday. Head Coach Ryan Day has saved his home visit for later this week.
The Bulldogs, while in second place, are still active in his recruitment and are giving Wilson reasons to sign with Georgia. Wilson took two visits to Athens recently, including a game day visit to Georgia’s win over Tennessee.
Last Tuesday, Wilson had a family meeting to discuss where he will choose. Hard to say if a final decision was made, but seems like he will be in position to announce his final school real soon.
Nyckoles Harbour, ATH
The No. 1 ATH in the country, Harbour posted a list of his top schools back in May, which included Michigan, USC, Miami, Maryland, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina. As of now, it seems like the Gamecocks and the Terps are the teams to beat.
What makes Harbour’s recruitment interesting is if he even chooses to play collegiate football. Harbour could choose to go pro in track, as he’s arguably one of the fastest athletes in the country, owning a blazing 10.28 in the 100 meters and 20.79 in the 200 meters.
If Harbour were to choose football, he has a plethora of options. He recently took an official visit to Maryland a week after an unofficial. The Terps have stood out to Harbour for a while due to the closeness to home and the ability to play early on. The Gamecocks are another team to watch, as they recently hosted Harbour for an official visit and currently hold a crystal ball to land him.
James Smith, DL
Smith transferred from IMG’s National powerhouse to Carver in order to play his last season back at home with fellow teammate and best friend, Qua Russaw. Both players have elected to become a package deal, meaning they’ll both choose the same school. Most of the time these package deals don’t work out, but in this case it seems like it will.
The duo hasn’t announced when they’ll commit, but sources close to the their recruitment predict they will sometime during the early signing period. Both have finalized their list of top schools, which include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida. There doesn’t seem to be a clear leader in their recruitment, but Alabama and Auburn have been pushing the hardest, as they’ve gotten the pair multiple times on campus.
The Tide got them for their OV last weekend, while both Georgia and Auburn hosted them for their OV’s back in June. They’ve taken multiple game day visits to their top choices, but the school that stands out here the most is Auburn, as the Tigers have hosted them for four game day visit compared to the two from Bama and one from Georgia.
Duce Robinson, TE
The No.1 tight end in the country and No. 1 player in the state of Arizona, Duce Robinson has expressed his intentions to play both football and baseball at the collegiate level. For football, he has finalized his top schools, which includes USC, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Oregon.
Robinson recently took three of his official visits to Texas (Sept. 10th), Georgia (Sept. 24th), and Alabama (October 8th). He also took his OV to USC back in June. Texas, USC, and Georgia have emerged as the top contenders for Robinson, with USC holding four crystal balls in their favor for landing the nations No. 1 tight end.
Even with the CBs for USC, Texas should still be part of the picture. Longhorns commit Arch Manning has a long lasting relationship with Robinson, dating back to their freshman year. Both are in constant communications with each other, and Manning has pitched to Robinson the idea of catching passes from him in a high-powered Texas offense.
Robinson has yet to announce a commitment date, but sources close to his recruitment believe he will sign in February.
Desmond Ricks, CB
The former No.1 player in the 2024 recruiting cycle, Ricks reclassified to the 2023 class with the intention of getting on campus earlier. Ricks won’t be able to enroll early, but has still planned to announce his commitment on December 22nd.
Ricks will be choosing between LSU, Alabama, and Florida. LSU looks to be the team to beat, with Bama trailing behind and Florida looking like a dark horse candidate. Two crystal balls are in place with high confidence for LSU to land Ricks. However, Alabama should still be viewed as a legitimate threat to the Tigers, as they’ve have a track record of sending defensive backs to the NFL.
Both LSU and Alabama offer Ricks an opportunity to not only get early playing time, but also have a chance to compete as a day one starter, as both the Tigers and the Tide have dealt with issues throughout their secondary all season long.
Samson Okunlola, OT
The No. 3 ranked offensive tackle has set to announce his commitment date this Thursday, December 15th. Okunlola will be choosing between Miami, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Alabama. Miami and Florida have emerged as his top schools, and it seems it’ll be a toss up.
Florida recently hosted Okunlola this past weekend for his final official visit before his commitment. They were able to gain ground in his recruitment and catch up to Miami, who currently holds two crystal balls in favor of landing Okunlola. Miami is visiting him this Tuesday, trying to be the last coaches he sees before signing.
His decision will come down to two things, where he can best be developed and the best off-field opportunities with NIL (Name-Image-Likeness), especially considering he has a brand of his own in Pancake Honcho.
Anthony Hill, LB
The No.1 linebacker in the country was formally committed to Texas A&M before backing off his pledge from the Aggies. He is now expected to announce his commitment on the 21st.
Since backing off from his pledge to the Aggies, Hill has been heavily linked with Texas, receiving three crystal balls for the Longhorns. Another school to watch out for is Alabama, as they have yet to sign a high end linebacker to their No.1 recruiting class.
Matayo Uiagalelei, EDGE
The younger brother of former Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, Matayo recently dropped a list of his top three schools, which included Oregon, Ohio State, and USC.
A favorite hasn’t emerged in his recruitment, but recent rumors have linked Matayo and D.J. as a package deal. If that were the case, USC is immediately out of the picture, as the Trojans are keeping Caleb Williams as their starting QB. Oregon seems like they have the best chances, especially if Bo Nix were to declare for the draft.
If Matayo doesn’t become a package deal with D.J, the expectation is he’d stay close to home, mainly USC.
Javien Toviano, CB
The No. 6 corner in the class recently announced his plans to commit on December 15th, all while dropping his final schools that included LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, and Texas A&M.
Currently, two teams seem to hold favorites, Texas and LSU. LSU was able to bring him in for an visit during their win against Alabama. The win helped LSU gain momentum in his recruitment along with their need to have someone who can come in early and play corner. Texas has done their due diligence, hosting him on campus multiple times. The longhorns are in need for corner, and can offer Toviano the opportunity to play right away.
His recruitment will come down to the day he signs, but there seems to be a belief he will be a Tiger when all is said and done.
Jordan Hall, DL
Jordan Hall recently announced he’d be committing on December 22nd during the early signing period. He made a list of his top schools which included, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and LSU.
Currently Georgia is seen as the team to beat, as they have four crystal balls in their favor to land Hall. However, Alabama and Florida should still be looked out for, as they’ve hosted Hall on multiple visits. Florida in particular is a dark horse contender, as Hall lives only a few hours away from Gainesville. Florida also offers the opportunity of early playing time, as their defensive line has been depleted due to transfers and injuries.
Rodrick Pleasant, CB
Roderick Pleasant is one of the fastest players in the country, owning a 10.14 on the 100 meters and a 20.40 on the 200 meters. Pleasant has many schools pushing to get his commitment, but so far, three schools have emerged as finalists for the speedy corner out of California.
Boston College, Cal, and Oregon have all been able to get him on campus for an official visit. Oregon hosted him most recently, on November 19th. Cal was also able to get him on an official visit back in October. No school has yet to emerge as a favorite, but expect some type of decision soon.
Malachi Coleman, ATH
Coleman was originally committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers before de-committing after Scott Frost’s firing. He has since been relinked to the Cornhuskers yet again after the hiring of Matt Rhule, wth six crystal ball’s in favor of Nebraska.
No other team has really stepped up prior in his recruitment as much as the Cornhuskers have. There was a short time Miami entered his recruitment and looked to get him on campus for an OV, but that never ended up going through. Oklahoma also had interest but nothing ever happened there.
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