Predicting what's going to happen on Signing Day is always difficult and risky based on the unpredictability of 17-year-old football players. However, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell, as usual, is willing to go out on a limb with his annual five predictions for National Signing Day.
1. DGB stays home
There's always plenty of interest surrounding where the nation's No. 1 player will sign, and for only the second time in five years it won't go past National Signing Day (see Terrelle Pryor, Bryce Brown and Jadeveon Clowney). After Arkansas was the leader for months, a final official visit to Missouri swings the favor to the Tigers and they get their biggest commitment ever and a great weapon to bring to the SEC.
USC might be struggling with scholarship numbers, but they aren't having any trouble getting quality in this class. Depending on how many commitments they decide to take, they could end up making a late surge towards the top 5 overall. The players still on the board include Agholor, Williams, Devian Shelton, Kyle Murphy, Aziz Shittu, Andrus Peat and even Cyler Miles, USC should easily move into the top 10 and make a push upwards.
4. Stanford has a five-star day
With all the attention paid to the crumbling of Cal's class, Washington's late surge, the great job Jim Mora has done at UCLA and USC's impressive haul, Stanford could end up stealing the Pac-12 show on signing day. Stanford is in play for four different five stars - Murphy, Shittu, Peat and FSU commitment Jameis Winston and could also flip a few commitments or players favoring other schools. While I think Winston sticks with Florida State and Peat heads with his brother to Nebraska, Stanford could very well finish with Murphy and Shittu and a couple of surprises.
5. Hokies finish strong…sort of
The big three decisions for the Virginia Tech four-star targets left on the board all occur early in the morning, but will the Hokies get all of them? They are in very good shape for linebacker Ken Ekanem and Joel Caleb, both of whom I expect to sign with Virginia Tech, but what of Korren Kirven? Word has it that Alabama could steal him away and break the Lynchburg (Va.) Brookline pipeline that sent Logan Thomas and Zack McCray to Blacksburg. I predict the Hokies get two, but lose out on Kirven.