January 6, 2007

Forecasting the All-American commitments

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - It's prediction time folks, that special time where when I'm right I'm supposed to be and when I'm wrong I'm a buffoon. But regardless of the thanklessness of prediction time, I fight on. There are 11 players expected to announce their college destinations on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and we have all 11 of them pegged right here….we hope.


John Clay, RB, Racine (Wis.) Park

Let's start with an easy one shall we? Clay will announce out loud that he's headed to play for the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday but he's already told local newspapers and head coach Bret Bielema. This is a very nice way for the rookie coach to cap off a 12-1 season.

Forecast: Wisconsin

Confidence Level: High

Luther Davis, DT, West Monroe (LA)

Davis has been an LSU lean for quite some time according to sources and the defensive tackle should make it official on Saturday with a commitment. There's always at least one surprise commitment at the U.S. Army Bowl, but I don't think this is the one.

Forecast: LSU

Confidence Level: High

Matt Romine, OT, Tulsa (OK) Union

Romine will be one of those previously mentioned surprises. After being what many thought was an Oklahoma lean for awhile, Romine looks like he'll be heading to South Bend according to some good sources. This is a great get for the Irish if they pull it off.

Forecast: Notre Dame

Confidence Level: Medium

Michael Williams, DB, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure

The talented defensive back narrowed his list down to Notre Dame and Michigan quite some time ago and has pretty much been a Wolverine lean for some time now. This is a great pickup for Ron English and his defense.

Forecast: Michigan

Confidence Level: High

Simi Fili, DT, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood

Oregon has been the team to beat for Fili since his official visit there in October and it doesn't seem like anyone has been able to change that since. Fili is very tight with coach Mike Bellotti and is sold on being the next HalotiNgata for the Ducks.

Forecast: Oregon

Confidence Level: Medium


Anthony Davis, OG, Piscataway (N.J.)

Davis is the kind of recruit that might have left Jersey a few years ago and gone off to some Big Ten, ACC or SEC power. But after an amazing season, Greg Schiano has things rolling in Piscataway and Davis will be attending school just minutes from home.

Forecast: Rutgers

Confidence Level: High

Ben Martin, DE, Cincinnati LaSalle

The assumption has been that Ohio State will keep Martin in state and why not? The Buckeyes don't often lose top in-state talent, they are in the national title game and they put players in the pros. However, late Friday afternoon Martin apparently chose Tennessee over Notre Dame with the Buckeyes a distant third. This one is a bit of a stunner, but a great get for the Vols if it holds up.

Forecast: Tennessee

Confidence Level: Medium

Chris Donald, LB, Huntingdon (Tenn.)

Donald was a Notre Dame lean early in the week but it seems the tide changed by Thursday. The longtime Tennessee fan will be playing for the Vols next season after coming very, very close to becoming Irish. Martin and Donald are a nasty 1-2 punch for Phillip Fulmer and his staff.

Forecast: Tennessee

Confidence Level: Medium

Chris Little, OG, Jeffersonville (Ga.) Twiggs County

Figuring out where Little is going this year has been difficult. From being a Clemson lock at one point to being a day away from a Notre Dame commitment the big man from Georgia will finally land in Tallahassee, Fla. And the 'Noles need offensive linemen in a big way.

Forecast: Florida State

Confidence Level: High

Joseph Barksdale, DT, Detroit Cass Tech

If you think Little's recruitment has been confusing, take a look at Barksdale's. He's another player who nearly committed to Notre Dame, flirted with Michigan, passed on a deadline from Texas and is apparently going to spurn Ohio State for LSU. If the Tigers get this big man along with Davis, that's a nice combination in the middle.

Forecast: LSU

Confidence Level: Medium

Lorenzo Edwards, DB, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater

I hate to keep bringing up Notre Dame, but Edwards was another one who was a Notre Dame lean as recently as last week. However, the Florida Gators will celebrate his commitment just a few days before they play for a national title.

Forecast: Florida

Confidence Level: High

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