Heading into National Signing Day in 2016, 10 of the 25 5-star recruits had yet to announce their destination. In the 2017 class, four of the 32 5-star recruits remain uncommitted.
Fortunately for schools looking to add players, plenty of talent still is out there. Among the top 100 recruits in the 247Sports Composite rankings, 16 are uncommitted. And that doesn’t include Jamyest Williams, who’s committed to South Carolina but is deciding between the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Here’s a look at some of those guys and which SEC schools they might be headed to.
Marvin Wilson: No. 6 recruit
Wilson is the highest-rated uncommitted prospect in the country. He’s also the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the 2017 class. While he’s drawing interest from all of the country — Florida State, Ohio State and Texas are after him— his best shot to land in the SEC will be at LSU.
Aubrey Solomon: No. 25 recruit
At one point, the South Georgia native was a Michigan commit. But the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle backed off that commit to explore his other options. He’s got a final four of Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and USC, with the Crimson Tide and Wolverines believed to be the favorites. Solomon will announce his decision on National Signing Day.
LaBryan Ray: No. 26 recruit
Ray is the top high school player in Alabama. The experts expect him, much like 5-star linebacker Ben Davis last year, to stay in-state and sign with the Crimson Tide. Tennessee is pushing hard for his services, though.
DeVonta Smith: No. 64 recruit
Smith is the top receiver in Louisiana, which has produced its fair share of standout pass catchers including Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. He originally was supposed to announce his decision in August, but the flooding in his home state delayed his announcement. He’s down Alabama, LSU and Miami.
Tedarrell Slaton: No. 69 recruit
Slaton hasn’t spoken much during his recruitment, but he recently indicated Florida is his leader. He’ll also take an official visit to Georgia. Slaton is the No. 2 guard prospect in the class and would be a huge boost for the Gators.
Willie Gay: No. 73 recruit
Gay is the No. 2 prospect in Mississippi and the No. 3 linebacker prospect in the class. And though he is a Starkville, Miss., native, Gay isn’t a lock to stay home and play for the Bulldogs. LSU is in the running to land the standout linebacker.
Levi Jones: No. 92 recruit
Jones is another linebacker, and, like Gay, he’s not a lock to play for his hometown Texas Longhorns. Texas A&M, Florida State and Florida are in the running.
Jarez Parks: No. 93 recruit
Parks is down to Alabama and Florida. If Parks were to commit to the Gators, he would become their highest-rated commit (if Slaton goes elsewhere). If the defensive end picks Alabama, he’d be the fifth player ranked among the top 20 recruits in Florida to sign with the Crimson Tide.