We have entered the final days of the 2017 recruiting class, and at least in the Midwest, the pool of uncommitted prospects is starting to thin out. Today we look at three who are still trying to make up their minds in the final days of the process.
Contenders: Louisville, Notre Dame
The latest: A week ago, this was not a recruitment being watched because Yeast had been a solid commit to Louisville since announcing his pledge in October. Then, last Wednesday, the home-state Notre Dame Fighting Irish came through with an offer and an official visit was scheduled to South Bend. Oklahoma offered on Jan. 12, but the Sooners will not be receiving a visit and this recruitment appears to be coming down to Louisville and Notre Dame.
A true two-way player, Yeast is being targeted as a defensive back by Notre Dame, which lost two commitments at that position in the last month. The official to Notre Dame has been completed, the academics at the program certainly appeal to them and the opportunity to contend for playing time is there. Yeast has been very comfortable with his Louisville decision since making it, but Notre Dame may be an option too intriguing for him to pass up.
Prediction: Notre Dame
Contenders: Arizona State, Central Michigan, Memphis, Nebraska
The latest: It has been a long, strange recruitment for Robinson, but it will come to an end this week. The four-star from Oklahoma accelerated his commitment plans this past weekend and will now announce his decision on the afternoon of Jan. 25 after previously planning a National Signing Day decision.
This comes after a weekend official visit to Memphis, the school he was committed to for four months earlier in this process. His only previous official visits were taken to UCF, which is no longer under consideration, and Central Michigan. An official visit to Nebraska was planned for Jan. 27.
Contenders: Indiana, Iowa State, Virginia Tech
The latest: Jones narrowed his list to this top three back in August, and surprisingly has kept it the same throughout the fall and winter. He took his first official visit back in December to Indiana, right after the Hoosiers went through a coaching change. His second official visit went to Iowa State this past weekend and his final official visit is scheduled to Virginia Tech this upcoming weekend.
Jones reported on Sunday that he will announce his final decision on Jan. 31. There are compelling reasons why each of these three schools could be the choice – Indiana is close to home, Virginia Tech gets the last official visit and Iowa State is where his brother plays – but the Cyclones have been the team to beat throughout.
Prediction: Iowa State