10 Recruits Who Could Flip on National Signing Day 2014
If you've followed recruiting throughout the years, then you know national signing day is never without drama. The 2014 class is not showing any signs of being different, so Wednesday should also be dramatic.
Many recruits are locked in with their commitments, but some are still unsure of their decisions. Examining the class, a solid group of 10 players has emerged as candidates to flip their commitments on signing day.
Texas may not keep a 4-star defensive end committed, while a 4-star offensive lineman's pledge to Ohio State is not as strong as it once was. Plus, Florida State could lose three talented prospects to other schools.
Recruiting totals are based on 247Sports.
Committed to: Florida State
A 4-star defensive tackle, Dexter Wideman has a chance to develop into an outstanding defender in the trenches in college. Although he's light at 255 pounds, the 6'4" South Carolina native has great quickness.
Speaking of the Palmetto State, the South Carolina Gamecocks have not given up on Wideman. What makes things more interesting is that he told Chad Simmons of Scout.com (subscription required) that the program in Columbia has always been his favorite.
Wideman was in Tallahassee this weekend, but he visited South Carolina on Jan. 17, according to 247Sports.
Committed to: Alabama
Remember, the emphasis on this piece is "could" flip on national signing day, not "will."
The Gators and Rebels will likely come up short in their attempts to flip the 5-star prospect, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
Committed to: USC
Malik Dorton remains committed to USC, but there's some uncertainty regarding just how strong his pledge is. He's listed as a soft commitment by 247Sports, which also says Arizona State is in the mix.
Plus, Dorton took a visit to Washington this past weekend, so it appears he's going to have a final decision to make on national signing day.
This means there's a chance the 3-star defensive end could flip.
Committed to: Wisconsin
Tennessee is making a late push for Evans, per M. Riley Blevins of Inside Tennessee (subscription required). The Volunteers have been one of the hottest recruiting schools during the 2014 cycle, so this should make folks around Madison nervous.
Committed to: Florida State
After winning a national title, you would think Florida State would be choosing who it wants from the recruiting trail.
Well, 4-star athlete Jojo Robinson doesn't see it that way. He's committed to the Seminoles, but his pledge is only "soft," says 247Sports. To make things even more shaky, Robinson is flirting hard with Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and TCU, according to Dudley E. Dawson of HawgsIllustrated.com (subscription required).
He appears to have loved his visit to Fayetteville, which will likely be on his mind when he makes his final decision.
Committed to: Ohio State
Jamarco Jones is a 4-star offensive tackle who is a good fit for Ohio State's spread-option offense. He's an athletic blocker who can perform an array of blocks with a 6'5", 290-pound frame.
The Buckeyes, however, are going to have to work a little harder to keep him committed. Michigan State has crept into the picture, as 247Sports says Jones took a visit to see the Spartans this past weekend.
Surely, Michigan State will mention to Jones that it beat Ohio State and won the Rose Bowl last season during his visit.
Committed to: Texas
Among the best players in Texas' class, 4-star defensive end Derick Roberson can really be a menace to offenses. At 6'3.5" and 235 pounds, he has deceptive strength, plus he's quick off the ball.
From the Lone Star State, Roberson could decide playing in Austin is ultimately not the best thing for him. Mack Brown being replaced by Charlie Strong as head coach has helped Roberson become somewhat available.
He mentioned schools such as LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Oregon and Baylor in a report by Josh Harvey of Scout.com (subscription required) last month.
Committed to: Miami
Chad Thomas is a 5-star defensive end who has the quickness, strength and natural pass-rushing ability to warrant playing time as a true freshman. The Miami native oozes potential at 6'5" and 240 pounds.
He's been committed to his hometown school since July, but that may be changing soon. Thomas visited Florida State and Alabama in January, according to 247Sports.
The Seminoles and Crimson Tide don't lose too many recruiting battles, so this one should be closely monitored.
Committed to: Florida State
Harris played quarterback impressively this past fall for Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, but he's only 5'11" and 180 pounds. His heart is likely set on staying under center in college, but Florida State could very well be visualizing him making plays as a receiver or defensive back.
Thus, Harris could opt to flip his commitment when it's time to sign.
Committed to: Minnesota
At 5'11" and 196 pounds, Jeff Jones is seeing his stock slowly rise late in the recruiting cycle. He's a solid 4-star running back with good vision, instincts and quick feet.
Jones has been committed to in-state Minnesota since March 2013, but some heavyweights have come calling in recent months.
“I’m thinking about Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Tennessee, and Iowa State.”
While Minnesota is a program on the rise, the Gophers don't exactly beat the Wolverines, Gators or Volunteers for 4-star prospects on a consistent basis.
Several recruits who could flip on national signing day are featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!