The stretch run to National Signing Day has begun with the first of three January official visit weekends in the books. With Feb. 1 looming, we shine the spotlight on a trio of prospects from the Southeast with intense recruitments ongoing.
The latest: Solomon has kept people guessing over the past few weeks, changing official visit plans and also cutting his list to a final four group of Georgia, Michigan, Alabama and USC. After visiting the Trojans this past weekend, Solomon has now seen Los Angeles, Ann Arbor and Tuscaloosa officially and has also made several visits to Athens during his high school career. The one-time Michigan commit isn't expected to wait until Signing Day to announce a decision, but when he does announce and which school he picks is still very much up in the air.
Prediction: Alabama. Solomon recently called the Tide his leader, something he did during the summer before committing to Michigan. Will the same thing happen again?
The latest: Smith officially visited LSU over the weekend and will visit Alabama and Miami before announcing his decision on National Signing Day. The electric playmaker nearly committed to Alabama over the summer and many think the Tide are still the team to beat. However, the option of staying close to home combined with the new offense makes the Tigers a major player. Miami is the wild card, but Smith was once committed to Mark Richt while he and his staff were at Georgia and the relationship with the Canes coaches remains a major factor.
Prediction: Alabama. The Tide almost got Smith once and he's one of their last remaining uncommitted targets heading into National Signing Day.
The latest: Ray is uncommitted, but the fact that he’s fond of Alabama has been public knowledge for some time. Ray visited Ole Miss, but a commitment to the Rebs is highly unlikely. Tennessee and Florida are slightly more realistic players in Ray’s recruitment. That said, it will take some impressive recruiting heroics from the Vols or Gators to knock him off his path to Tuscaloosa. Alabama has to be seen as the heavy favorite to land Ray as things stand now.
Prediction: Alabama. The Tide should be able to seal the deal with Ray.