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Southeast Spotlight: Predictions on top uncommitted prospects

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Ishmael Sopsher
Ishmael Sopsher (Rivals.com)

The pool of available prospects in the 2019 class is slowly evaporating, but there are still recruiting stories persisting into the fall months. Several top prospects remain on the board in the Southeast. Here are predictions on where some of the most high-profile prospects will eventually land.

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ISHMAEL SOPSHER  

Sopsher may take five official visits, but it is likely to come down to two schools — Alabama and LSU. The Tigers are an in-state school and the head coach is Ed Orgeron, a coach who knows the defensive line position. Coach O and Sopsher have a strong relationship, and LSU is going to be tough to beat. Some think the decision may already be made, but Sopsher does not plan to announce his decision until Signing Day in February.

Prediction: LSU

CLAY WEBB 

One of the most interesting prospects in the 2019 class is five-star offensive lineman Clay Webb. The Oxford (Ala.) star has been linked to the Alabama Crimson Tide for the last 18 months, but this race is far from over. Auburn is in this more than many thought they would be at this stage, and Clemson is a real contender.

But Georgia may be the school trending the most at this time. Webb is an early enrollee, and he plans to announce his decision and sign during the Early Signing Period in December. This is one that could have a few different predictions, and it will be very entertaining until that time. He likely won’t take all five official visits.

Prediction: Georgia

  TREY KNOX  

After spending the summer taking several visits, Knox has kept a relatively low profile while playing a major role on his high school team for his senior season. The Rivals100 wide receiver is also playing some quarterback and linebacker so far this fall, showing his versatility and athleticism.

Knox missed a scheduled official visit to Penn State, thanks to a road football game and an early kickoff for the Nittany Lions, but he was on campus at Florida this weekend. He’s expected to officially visit the Gators again soon, and also has plans to be on campus at Tennessee this month. But all those programs are playing catch-up with Arkansas, which has been the leader in the clubhouse for Knox for most of 2018. Can the other programs catch the Hawgs? It’s going to be an uphill battle, but the Gators might have the best shot.

Prediction: Arkansas

DERRIAN BROWN  

The Texas Longhorns made a big move over the summer for Buford (Ga.) four-star running back Derrian Brown. The Peach State talent has connected with the staff, and a decision could happen sooner than later. Brown has yet to visit Austin, but that is likely to happen this fall. When asked recently about a No. 2 school, Brown had no answer. All he knew was Texas was on top.

Prediction: Texas

  WANDALE ROBINSON  

The versatile offensive weapon has become a wanted man over the past few months, with some of the nation’s top programs jockeying to get him on campus. After taking summer official visits to Michigan and Purdue and several unofficial visits to programs like Florida State, Robinson opened the year by taking an official visit to Nebraska. Long believed to be a lean to the in-state Wildcats, the Kentucky native now appears to be leaning toward the Huskers.

In the coming weeks he plans to officially visit Alabama, and could be back in Lexington as well. Nevertheless, the chance to be featured in Nebraska’s new high-powered offense might be too much for Robinson to pass up.

Prediction: Nebraska