Posted by Bryan Fischer
1. Dorial Green-Beckham
The nation's top recruit overall has played the recruiting game pretty close to the vest so far and will withdraw from most media opportunities as the season begins. He has apparently cut his list down to five schools and took unofficial visits to schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama and Texas this summer. The one thing to keep an eye on with Green-Beckham (besides how he dominates defensive backs in high school this season) is where he takes his official visits to. Look for a commitment after the season.
2. Noah Spence
The number four overall recruit, and top defensive lineman, has narrowed his list of schools down to seven and probably won't make a decision until right before (or on) Signing Day. His dad played at one of his finalists, N.C. State, so they are a dark horse in a group of powers like Penn State, Florida, Notre Dame and USC. Maryland and North Carolina both have gone through coaching changes which could have an impact but look for an official to either ot them. After racking up 22 sacks last season, you can also keep an eye on if he gets in the backfield even more too.
3. Ellis McCarthy
There's big defensive tackles and there's McCarthy, who is big, quick and really, really good. From a lot of indications, it appears the seventh overall will state in-state given the frequent unofficial visits to Cal, USC and UCLA. He took in the Bruins scrimmage over the weekend and has shown up at USC several times during the spring. He's been pretty adamant that he'll make a decision on Signing Day so it wouldn't be surprising if he takes all five official visits.
4. Barry Sanders Jr.
You were probably already keeping tabs of Sanders Jr. because of his last name but he's someone to keep an eye on considering he's a top 10 recruit. He's been all over the map on the recruiting trail however, taking plenty of unofficials over the past few months and having a somewhat fluid top group of schools. He has apparently narrowed it down to Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Stanford. There could be a school (Notre Dame? UCLA?) that also sneaks onto the list. It will be a circus wherever he takes an official visit so it probably won't be hard to watch Sanders' recruitment from afar this year.
5. Rushel Shell
Another player who you didn't hear much about this summer, Shell begins the season with plenty of hype and the skills to back it up. Because he didn't really go to any camps, the first month of the season will be the first chance to see if he's improved any since last year. He hasn't talked about recruiting hardly at all, leaving most of the media to talk to his head coach. Alabama and local schools Pitt and Penn State are somewhere on his list and likely will remain there until he makes his decision after the season.
6. Andrus Peat
A five-star who is part of a strong group of linemen out West, Peat will likely be playing college football out-of-state. His brother Todd is at Nebraska and the Huskers will be a player until the end for the younger and more talented of the two brothers. He's taken unofficials to Florida State, Texas, Notre Dame and Michigan and that group of schools will likely get an official visit during the season as well. Longhorn commit Connor Brewer, from just down the road in the Phoenix area, has been doing his best talking about what Texas has to offer him too.
7. Zach Banner
While Peat is likely headed East, Banner is likely staying out West. He's narrowed down his list to 10 and will cut it again shortly. Florida State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame are some of the non-Pac-12 options for the mammoth offensive tackle but it's likely that Cal, Washington, Oregon and USC all will be in-line for an offical visit when the time comes. Expect a decision before Signing Day in late January.
8. Nelson Agholor
It's like pulling teeth to get Agholor to even name a school but it appears there might be some movement on that front soon. He's said he cut list down but isn't naming schools until discussing things with his coach and his mother, who has been out of the country for some time. The Florida schools will be major players but several indications are that USC is also a strong out-of-state contender. It will certainly be interesting to see where Agholor goes on official visits but don't hold your breath waiting on a decision before Signing Day.
9. Keith Marshall
There's plenty of rumors surrounding the all-purpose back, who hasn't come out with a set list of schools and stuck with them. He has scheduled three official visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida and it looks like those three are his leaders but there are several other schools fighting for an offical and he seems to be pretty open at this point.
10. Robert Nkemdiche
The only junior to make this list does so for a reason. Likely the number one overall recruit for the class of 2013, he already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and others. There's very few players coming out of high school who have pass rush skills as polished as Nkemdiche. He will take several unofficial visits this year and will likely see his brother at Ole Miss for sure. It's a long time before he'll sign but it will still be interesting to see how the nation's top junior handles the increased attention this year.