With signing day only hours away, here are 10 fearless predictions for the 2010 class.
1. Seastrunk shines
ESPNU 150 running back Lache Seastrunk (Temple, Texas/Temple), who has slid in our positional rankings due to concerns about his abilities as an every-down back, will flourish in Eugene, Ore., as an underclassman. However, the Ducks already have the highly productive LaMichael James and are adding No. 13 running back Dontae Williams (Houston/Aldine) in this class, so Seastrunk won't have to carry the load. Also, Chip Kelly's offense caters to elusive backs who create mismatches in space and get to the perimeter. Seastrunk is a big play waiting to happen.
2. Rettig to the rescue
Under Armour All-American quarterback Chase Rettig (Sierra Madre, Calif./San Clemente) will emerge as a starter for Boston College. His arm strength and savviness will push Dave Shinskie sooner rather than later. Plus, being an early enrollee will help him to pick up the offense this spring.
3. Changing of the guard
Jimbo Fisher, who just replaced Bobby Bowden -- one of the all-time great recruiting closers -- will establish himself as a fine closer as well. The Seminoles are in a good position to potentially add several prospects by the end of national signing day, including four ESPNU 150 players.
4. Don't sleep on Dew
Despite signing a class that will be ranked near the bottom of, or just outside, the top 25, Virginia Tech will continue to be a serious contender in the ACC and will get the most it can out of the 2010 recruits. Look for physical safety Nick Dew (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) to flourish in defensive coordinator Bud Foster's system; we feel he landed in an ideal situation to showcase his strengths.
5. Strong showing
Charlie Strong has wasted little time at Louisville making an impact on the recruiting trail, and he already has the Cardinals battling for the top class in the Big East. The former Florida assistant has been very active in the Sunshine State. Expect him to remain so and make the Cardinals a strong recruiting power.
6. Hitting the ground running
Several of Florida's recruits in this class will be quick contributors, like No. 1 overall prospect Ronald Powell (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) and Under Armour All-America Game MVP Dominique Easley (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis).
7. Bold move in Happy Valley
A true freshman will be leading Penn State's offense before the 2010 season is over because Daryll Clark is gone and a new starter needs to emerge. Robert Bolden (Orchard Lake, Mich./Saint Mary's) will prove to be the best overall option over Kevin Newsome and fellow true freshman Paul Jones (Mckees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox).
8. The next Charles Woodson?
The top prospect in Florida State's class, Lamarcus Joyner (Miami, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas), could very well turn into a defensive Heisman dark horse during his stay in Tallahassee. He is an outstanding athlete who will make his impact on defense, but like former Heisman winner Charles Woodson, Joyner also has the tools to make an impact on offense and in the return game, which could help him gain attention.
9. Reloading the receiver corps
The Longhorns have assembled a great class with a deep pool of wide receiver prospects. With No. 1 target Jordan Shipley gone and Dan Buckner leaving Austin, the door is open for some of the true freshmen to have an impact in the passing game. Look for Darius White (Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar), Mike Davis (Dallas, Texas/Skyline) and Darius Terrell (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to emerge as contributors quickly.
10. Better behaved Lane
Lane Kiffin will create far less controversy in Los Angeles than he did in Knoxville because he won't have to. USC already is established as a power in college football. However, expect the Trojans to remain major players on the recruiting trail, and contenders in the conference and on the national scene.
Craig Haubert is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. and has more than a decade of coaching experience. Billy Tucker also is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. and has close to a decade of coaching experience at the college and high school levels.