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Uncommitted spotlight: Predictions on three Mid-Atlantic prospects

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We have entered the final days of the 2017 recruiting class, and 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.

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Miami and Maryland are the final two contenders for McFarland, who postponed a planned Wednesday commitment announcement. Both coaching staffs, current players and members of the recruiting classes have excellent relationships with McFarland and his family. It sounds like the four-star all-purpose back's decision will come down to whether he wants to continue his development in a similar environment to where he has been all his life or if he wants to get away from home and experience a different lifestyle. This is clearly a very tough decision for him and he obviously hasn’t made up his mind just yet.

Prediction: Toss up

If I’m forced to pick one I’ll say Maryland because he pushed his decision date back. If he was committing today, I would’ve said Miami.


Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville and Oregon are the final schools Becton is considering going into his commitment on National Signing Day. Virginia and Virginia Tech coaches have visited him this week, and he took an official visit to Blacksburg last weekend.

Louisville got an official visit earlier this month, Michigan hosted Becton for an official visit in November and Oregon will get the last official visit this weekend. That means Virginia and Michigan State will not get official visits. Virginia Tech is in very good position after his official visit, and Louisville is holding strong near the top of his recruitment. Michigan could turn up the heat, but the idea of staying near home is very important to Becton.

Prediction: Virginia Tech


Garbutt has set Friday as his commitment date and all signs point to Virginia Tech picking up his commitment again. He was previously committed to the Hokies but decommitted in July because he wanted to take some visits. Pittsburgh has emerged as the biggest threat to Virginia Tech, and Garbutt enjoyed his official visit last weekend. Pat Narduzzi, his staff and the current Pittsburgh commits have worked hard making Garbutt feel like Pittsburgh is the place for him.

Prediction: Virginia Tech