National Signing Day: Five flip candidates
While many of the nation's top prospects have already made verbal commitments, it's a solid bet that some may have changes of heart before or on National Signing Day. Here's a look at five flip candidates in the 2017 class.
USC picked up a commitment from Rivals100 defensive back Bubba Bolden during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but many thought he was going to select Arizona State. The Sun Devils have been pushing for a flip ever since, and there is a chance it could happen. Bolden has always wanted to go to Arizona State and Alex Perry, his good friend and longtime teammate, will play for the Sun Devils next year.
South Carolina lost Rivals100 safety Hamsah Nasirildeen to Florida State and they are hoping to hold on to Rivals250 prospect Jamyest Williams. Williams took an official visit to Georgia on Jan. 20 and just took his official trip to South Carolina this past weekend. This one will be close, so it’s definitely worth watching what Williams does on Signing Day.
Rivals250 athlete Russ Yeast is already on his second commitment, and he could make it a third heading into Signing Day. He first decommitted from Kentucky in June of last year and committed to Louisville in October. Now Notre Dame is pushing to flip him and got him on campus for an official visit on Jan. 20. It’s hard to say whether Yeast will stick with Louisville or take his talents to South Bend, but he’s one to keep an eye on.
Nebraska is working hard to avoid a repeat of last year with Rivals250 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick flipping to Louisville right before Signing Day. This year, four-star defensive end Guy Thomas, a Nebraska commit, is considering a last-minute flip to Louisville. Thomas took an official visit to Louisville over the weekend and one to Pittsburgh the weekend before that. Cornhusker fans are watching this one just as close as they were Fitzpatrick last year.
LSU is in line to land five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, and that means Farrell could end up flipping to another school. Florida State looks like they’ll be the beneficiaries. The Seminoles hosted Farrell over the weekend, and they are in good position to get his signature Wednesday.