Though many of the top high school football prospects in the country have already committed to which college they will play for in 2017, there are quite a few uncommitted recruits who are trying to make the most of the process. National Signing Day is still two months away, but that doesn't mean fans don't want to know where these potential superstars will end up. Here are the early favorites to sign the top 10 uncommitted prospects in the 2017 class:
10) DT Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg, GA) - Georgia Bulldogs
The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder has been leaning towards staying in-state at UGA since decommitting from Michigan in August. He is still exploring his other options and has scheduled official visits to USC and Florida in January. However, at this point, it will be a shock if Kirby Smart doesn't land him.
9) DE Joshua Kaindoh (Bradenton, FL) - Penn State Nittany Lions
Originally from Maryland, Kaindoh committed to the Terps in April before playing his senior season at IMG Academy. He is now back on the market after decommitting from Maryland over Thanksgiving weekend, and his recruitment appears to be wide open. Maryland, Florida State and Notre Dame are still in the mix, but that decommitment came just days after making an official visit to Penn State. To me, that signals how much he likes the Nittany Lions.
8) OT Walker Little (Bellaire, TX) - Texas Longhorns
Little is a MASSIVE tackle at 6-foot-8 and 305 lbs, and it's really a two-team race right now between Stanford and Texas (although he is making an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend). New Texas head coach Tom Herman met with Little yesterday, hoping to get him for an official visit before signing day. Given Herman's proven recruiting ability, Little will likely land in Austin.
7) WR Joseph Lewis (Los Angeles, CA) - USC Trojans
Nebraska's strong push in California includes Lewis, who is heavily considering the Huskers. However, he is also leaning towards USC, who always seems to get these kind of local kids. He could give them the kind of explosive offensive weapon they're losing in JuJu Smith-Schuster.
6) CB Darnay Holmes (Calabasas, CA) - UCLA Bruins
Holmes has been all over the map in his recruitment, seeming to favor Stanford, Nebraska, Michigan and UCLA at various points over the past year. Nebraska has signed a pair of his high school teammates (WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., QB Tristan Gebbia) that are close to him, keeping them in the running, but the Bruins have stayed as the leader after his visit. The top cornerback in the country can very much shut down one side of the field because of his ball skills and tackling prowess, both of which will translate to the college game.
5) WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit, MI) - Michigan Wolverines
The race for the top wideout in the country seems to be between Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, and the Wolverines have the edge right now. The 6'2", 190-pounder has the best hands in the country combined with breakaway speed - a deadly combo.
4) CB Jeffrey Okudah (Grand Prairie, TX) - Ohio State Buckeyes
The top safety in the 2017 class, Okudah has no shortage of suitors. Texas, Stanford and Alabama are all very much in the mix, but many think he'll end up at Ohio State, who have emerged as the clear frontrunner. He's a physical safety that shows no fear when tackling and making plays in the run game, but he's also excellent in coverage with very good ball skills - he also plays receiver in high school.
3) RB Cam Akers (Clinton, MS) - Florida State Seminoles
Akers is ranked as the No. 2 running back in the country behind Alabama commit Najee Harris, meaning he essentially has his pick of schools. Many have come calling, but in-state Ole Miss, Florida State and Ohio State seem to be his top three choices. It certainly wouldn't be a shock if he chose the Rebels, but FSU is putting on the full-court press this month to land him, thinking he can be the next Dalvin Cook. I think their efforts will pay off.
2) DT Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, TX) - Texas Longhorns
LSU and Texas are locked in a tight race for Wilson, but he's expected to stay in-state and sign with the Longhorns (especially with Herman now in the fold). Though he makes his mark as a run-stopper at 6'4" and 330 lbs, he's surprisingly quick for his size, allowing him to also be effective rushing the passer.
1) OT Foster Sarell (Graham, WA) - Washington Huskies
Want a big left tackle that can do it all? Sarell is your guy. He's already massive at 6'6" and 320 lbs, giving him the strength to start from day one. Stanford has kept this from being a real slam dunk for the in-state Huskies, but I ultimately don't expect him to end up anywhere other than Washington.