NSD Preview: Who Is Left On the Board?

With the 2019 recruiting cycle nearing it’s end, there are still many teams that are looking to make a statement to round things off. There are still some very good players left, including 2 5 stars left on the board and one that might end up going to play professional baseball rather than sign with a program. First, we’ll take a look at the top signing classes prior to National Signing Day. (These rankings are from 247Sports).

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas
  4. Texas A&M
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Oregon
  8. Michigan
  9. Clemson
  10. Penn State

The SEC has 4 of the top 6 teams and the Big 12 bluebloods put up a fantastic showing this year placing 3rd and 4th, currently in the nation. Even with the national championship, Clemson can’t quite crack the Top 5, but have a chance to do so with a big day from one certain recruit that can become a star. We’ll look at the Top 5 remaining highest rated recruits and where they could end up.

5 Star OT Darnell Wright

The 6’6 320 lbs. monster from Huntington, WV is the #2 rated OT in the class and ranks #10 overall according to 247 Composite. This race is interesting as 2 of the Top 3 contenders are well known recruiting powerhouses in Tennessee and Alabama. But New HC Neal Brown has done a really good job at staying in this race as West Virginia is near the top of Wright’s list.

Wright is in West Virginia’s backyard and took a visit not too long ago. But it was Tennessee that got the final visit this past weekend that could ultimately be the difference breaker when it’s all said and done. A player like Wright could anchor the OL for a Big 12 school and could be a multi Big 12-All American. Steve Wiltfong’s recent prediction had Wright going to Tennessee and I think he will end up being correct. (Tennessee 60%, West Virginia 30%, Alabama 10%)

5 Star RB Jerrion Ealy

Ealy is probably the most under the radar story in all of College Football as he is a dual-sport athlete. Ealy has a legit chance at the MLB level as he is currently the #4 Baseball Prospect in 2019. He plays outfield for Jackson Prep. in Carthage, MS. But on the gridiron, has been a monster in the backfield.

He had 1,743 yards and 32 Touchdowns his Junior Year and has offers from a ton of southeastern powerhouses. Ealy is down to 5 main schools with Clemson having the edge. He also has great interest from Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Auburn. It will be very interesting to see his decision of whether he wants the Baseball grind or a chance at a powerhouse football program. The favorite seems to be Clemson, but it will be interesting to see what happens. (Clemson 50%, Alabama 25%, Ole Miss 15%, 10 % Auburn.)

4 Star DE Charles Moore

Moore is a physical specimen that could play interior or on the edge. Moore weighs in at 268 lbs. It’s really up to which school gets him as to whether they want him to do both or just one. He had 22 TFL’s and 14.5 sacks just 2 years ago and is a difference maker to whichever team gets him. Moore was a long time Mississippi State commit, but started taking visits and decided to re-open his recruitment and has taken 3 of them ever since. He has visited Florida, Florida State, and LSU most recently this past weekend.

Moore looks to be a Auburn lead at the moment, but that LSU visit was more meaningful than most people think. I think Auburn will get him, but I also would not be surprised if he went elsewhere. And that elsewhere just might be LSU. (Auburn 45%, LSU 40%, Florida State 15%).

4 Star CB Kaiir Elam

One of the best corners in the nation has his eyes between 2 schools. This is strictly a UGA-UF race, but does have one outsider in Colorado with a slim chance. with 4.51 speed and 35 inch vertical. His game is comparable to one Jalen Mills from LSU. Colorado has the slight chance with Elam’s last visit being in Boulder and the last impression is important on your chances of getting a commit.

This is such a tight race between the two that the percentages are ever so close. Due to staying home in Florida, ill give the ever so slight edge to Florida for the moment being. (Florida 45%, Georgia 40%, Colorado 15%).

4 Star ATH Devonta Lee

Devonta is probably the most for certain of the 5 recruits on here. The 6-2 product from Amite, LA has been pro LSU for the longest time and was a surprise to some he didn’t commit during the early signing period. Lee was on campus with Charles Moore this past weekend and seems to be a huge LSU lean. Lee looks to be a WR and will more than likely play that position at the next level.

Crazier things have happened, but Lee is the most certain recruit out of them all and i’d be surprised if Lee doesn’t end up a Tiger once tomorrow night is over. (LSU 85%, Alabama 15%).

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