Published January 25, 2013 - 9:30am
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College staffs are vigorously trying to make up ground on prospects and swoop in for big flips on National Signing Day, which is under two weeks away. And just like every year, blue-chip recruits are still taking visits and hosting coaches even though they are “committed” to one school.
Is there such a thing as being “committed” in recruiting?
Here are three flips that could happen between now and National Signing Day:
Carl Lawson, DE, Alpharetta, Georgia
Currently Committed: Auburn
Could Flip To: Tennessee
Buzz: Carl Lawson is one of the top rated weakside defensive end prospects in the country. At 6-3 and 245 pounds, Lawson’s stature is similar to Sam Montgomery with quickness as a pass rusher off the edge. He has been “softly” committed to Auburn since last March, but he’s taken visits to Clemson and Tennessee, and he’ll visit North Carolina next. Many think Lawson stays in the SEC but doesn’t end up with Auburn. He’ll be a premier pass rusher in the SEC in two years.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Nashville, Tennessee
Currently Committed: USC
Could Flip To: Florida or Florida State
Buzz: Jalen Ramsey could play either wide receiver or corner in college, but he’ll start out as a defensive back. That’s exactly what Marquise Lee was going to do until he transformed into arguably the best receiver in the country at USC. Ramsey is a big and physical corner at 6-0, 190 pounds. While Ramsey says he is still “committed” to USC, they just fired their DB coach, and Ramsey won’t end up in Los Angeles. Will Muschamp is making Ramsey a priority, already having the top corner in the country in Vernon Hargreaves III. If Florida lands Ramsey, they’ll have a nasty corner combo and a stellar defensive secondary for the next several years.
Altee Tenpenny, RB, Little Rock, Arkansas
Currently Committed: Alabama
Could Flip To: Arkansas
Buzz: Altee Tenpenny has been made the top priority of Bret Bielema and his staff at Arkansas, and they are making a very strong push to keep Tenpenny in state. He’s been committed to Alabama for almost a year, and he’s comfortable with Nick Saban and the Tide. Unlike Ramsey and Lawson, I think Tenpenny sticks with Alabama and doesn’t flip. But you can’t count out any team in recruiting with under two weeks left.
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