There wasn’t much drama during the first signing period when it came to great men. Of the three five-star defensive tackles, Walter Nolen was the last to commit – in early November – while Bear Alexander returned to Georgia a month earlier. Travis Shaw put an exclamation point on his recruiting over the summer.
Two of the top 10 tackles in the country remain unsigned, and four of the 28 tackles rated four-star or higher are still available. Here are the latest on them:
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Miller will reveal his college engagement at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on January 8. Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State are all contenders for the four-star Peach State, which recently made its first visit to Tuscaloosa and had Ryan Day at home earlier this month. He’s another candidate to shake up the race for Recruiting Class No. 1 between Bulldogs and Tide.
Woody has long been a Florida state commitment that has chosen not to ink his documents in advance. The Alabama four-star, who has been recruited to play both offensive and defensive online by various schools, will make a final decision on National Signing Day in February.
Auburn has emerged as the team to watch. The SEC program in the state lured Woody to campus a few times this fall. He will return to both Auburn and the state of Florida before finalizing his plans.
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The Rivals250 defensive tackle from the West did not make a decision in December. Ohio State liked where they were with Kanu, but with recent manager changes to another contender, Oklahoma, and neighboring USC, prospect No. 134 of the nation needed more time to consider its options. This is another recruiting that is gaining new life amidst the wild shuffle of coaching across the country.
Moten, a four-star defensive tackle in South Florida, is not surprisingly a local priority for the new Miami manager Mario cristobal. Recently, the 6-foot-4,300-pound has attracted the attention of SEC programs such as Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, as well as Oklahoma, among others. Moten has family ties in Miami and is expected to return to campus to meet the new staff and will be an important piece for one of these teams.
Roney was considering a series of Pac-12 shows in the offseason. Of them, the same staff remains only in Colorado and Arizona. USC and Oregon were both looking for Roney, but it’s unclear if new coaches Lincoln Riley or Dan Lanning will review the three stars. Arizona State is another regional program to watch.