Common Sense

By Adam Caparell - February 05, 2008

We're one day away from Signing Day with many of the nation's top prospects yet to be signed, but using a little common sense should tell you where the nation's best uncommitted high school seniors will land Wednesday.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette, Pa. -- Tom Lemming Ranking: 1
Interests: Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State
Where He Should Land: It should be a no-brainer that Pryor lands at Michigan. He was heavily recruited by Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia and may have likely ended up in Morgantown if Rodriguez had stayed. With Ryan Mallett's transfer to Arkansas, the path to quarterback is clear for Pryor. And running Rodriguez's spread offense - which emphasizes QB athleticism - suits Pryor's talents quite well. He's rumored to be leaning toward Ohio State, but Michigan is the better immediate fit.
Odds He Ends Up There: 2-1

Darrell Scott, RB, Ventura, Calif. -- Tom Lemming Ranking: 2
Interests: Colorado, Texas
Where He Should Land: With Jamaal Charles leaving early for the NFL, there's a big spot open for the Longhorns and considering he's got the type of talent that will see him rack up big yards in his freshman year, Scott to Texas makes all the sense in the world. Plus, the Texas coaching staff has been hard after him the past few weeks.
Odds He Ends Up There: 3-1

Julio Jones, WR, Foley, Ala. -- Tom Lemming Rank: 3
Interests: FSU, Alabama, Oklahoma
Where He Should Land: Jones took a visit to Oklahoma almost two weeks ago and it created quite a stir around Alabama. The prevailing thinking is Jones will stay in-state and play under Nick Saban. But if he really wants to play for a young, established quarterback and have an immediate impact, Norman is the place for him. With Sam Bradford back for his sophomore season and Malcolm Kelly gone to the NFL, everything Jones has repotedly been looking for in a school can be found at Oklahoma.
Odds He Ends Up There: 10-1

Quinton Coples, DE, Chatham, Va. -- Tom lemming Rank: 25
Interests: Tennessee, Florida State, North Carolina
Where He Should Land: Considering his history of playing against run-oriented offenses in high school, Tennesse would be the best fit for Coples for a couple of reasons. For starters, success in the SEC is always predicated on running the ball and stopping the run and the Vols need to improve on last year's 164 ypg average they allowed. He can help them in that department. And when you consider the pedigree of defensive linemen the Vols have produced over the recent years like Shaun Ellis, John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth and Justin Harrell...
Odds He Ends Up There: 6-1

Posted by Adam Caparell at 09:51 AM on February 05, 2008

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