Commitment predictions for top 10 uncommitted athletes
Summer visits are taking shape and recruits are coming off the board all the time. Here is a recruiting breakdown of the top 10 uncommitted athletes in 2023 as we wrap up a two-week series looking at each position.
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There is still no certainty in the recruitment of M’Pemba, who projects as an edge rusher at the next level. He’s planning officials to Notre Dame and Oregon, and while the Irish have long been established as a real contender the Ducks are new this high on the list, but the additions of coach Dan Lanning and assistant Tosh Lupoi bode well for the Pac-12 program.
Georgia is absolutely a major contender and a recent visit to Athens went well, and Miami is also intriguing. If M’Pemba, originally from St. Louis, picks the Irish it wouldn’t be a surprise, but lots of SEC teams are calling as well.
A long list remains for Harbor as he works through the early stages of his recruitment. USC, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Texas A&M and Texas are some of the possibilities, but things still remain unclear.
Harbor is also a track superstar, so that could play a significant factor in his final landing spot. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him stay somewhere up North, but many other teams are calling as well. LSU and South Carolina will be two other teams that could emerge for him as things get more solidified.
Brooks has the ability to play running back, safety or pretty much anywhere else on the field because of his athletic and playmaking ability, and it sure looks like Texas A&M has emerged as the team to beat in his recruitment.
Texas has always been a team on Brooks’ radar and he’s flirted with some Midwest schools, including Michigan, but it would be a surprise if he didn’t end up two hours away in College Station.
Prediction: Texas A&M
Cal, Houston, TCU, Texas and Oklahoma make the top five for Harrison-Pilot, who is focused on playing receiver in college but could also make a talented safety. Harrison-Pilot’s dad played at Houston, so the Cougars are definitely a major contender, but TCU has the edge right now in his recruitment.
The other top programs are definitely making a run but the Horned Frogs have moved ahead of the other four.
Unless he’s playing incredibly coy and Georgia is still the frontrunner, it sure sounds like the Danvers (Mass.) St. John’s Prep standout is looking elsewhere in the SEC and LSU has potentially become the new favorite in his recruitment.
Projected as a safety in college, Aguero loves the DBU tradition in Baton Rouge, and after back-to-back visits to LSU it looks like the Tigers have taken the lead in his recruitment. Ohio State is definitely another serious contender, and Aguero is looking at Florida and Miami as well with visits coming up.
Florida and Miami are the in-state schools that are taking a serious look at Carter, and if Clemson really makes a concerted effort then the Tigers should be able to land him. But North Carolina looks to be in the best position right now.
Prediction: North Carolina
LSU was the dream school for Smith growing up and he loves the DBU tradition there, but there seems to be other schools in the SEC with a bigger focus right now for one of the top players in the state of Mississippi. As his recruitment continues, it seems like Smith is warming up to the idea of playing at either Ole Miss or Mississippi State after months ago leaning toward looking elsewhere to play his college ball.
Prediction: Texas A&M
If Lincoln Riley were still at Oklahoma then the Sooners would absolutely be the pick. But the Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington prospect has hinted he might want to play offense in college, and Oklahoma might want him on the other side of the ball. That definitely opens the door for another top contender in Arkansas as the Razorbacks have made him a top priority and there is definitely mutual interest.
Others could get involved - especially if the four-star is dead set on playing offense - so things are largely uncertain in his recruitment right now.
Carroll is a long, rangy athlete who should play linebacker or some kind of nickel role in college, and it looks like in-state programs are going to be the biggest targets for the Eads (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian standout. Vanderbilt should absolutely be a program to watch, with Memphis, Kentucky and TCU also being in the mix.
The more coaches see of Carroll in person the more programs that could get involved, but it looks like the local schools have the best shot at him right now.
A recent offer from Alabama does make things interesting. Oklahoma State is a contender, and Stanford and Michigan have caught his attention. But Oklahoma has to be considered the frontrunner for the Mustang, Okla., standout, since he lives only 30 minutes away. The Sooners have made him a top priority and Oklahoma doesn’t miss on a lot of local prospects that it wants.
Others could steal him away, but a betting man would take Oklahoma here.