Looking ahead to Feb. 6 signing date

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The Feb. 6 signing date for college football is a few weeks away but most of the major recruiting stories have been written. What is left? Well, the top three players in the country remain uncommitted and only two super prospects are still considering Big Ten schools.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette, Pa., the nation's No. 1 player, likely will choose Michigan or Ohio State. The 6-5, 225-pounder almost certainly will wait until signing day to announce his decision. He also is considering Tennessee and Oregon.

Ohio State was the early leader. Coach Jim Tressel did an outstanding job in selling his program. Pryor also liked Rich Rodriguez and West Virginia. But he wanted a bigger venue than West Virginia had to offer. When Rodriguez moved to Michigan, Pryor added Ann Arbor to his visitation list.

I can't see anyone else being rated as the No. 1 player in the nation. I've seen them all--running back Darrell Scott of Ventura, Calif., wide receiver Julio Jones of Foley, Ala., defensive lineman Marcus Fortson of Miami and linebacker Arthur Brown of Wichita, Kan.--and he is well ahead of the pack. If you pick anyone else, you aren't doing your homework.

Pryor was Player of the Year in Pennsylvania, played against great competition and was the MVP at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl against the best players in the country.

Scott likely will pick Colorado or Texas. Colorado had big lead but Texas has done a very good job in the last few weeks and is closing fast.

Jones, once thought to be a lock for Alabama, is expected to choose Florida State, Alabama or LSU.

Big Ten recruiting is mostly over. The only big names still in the mix are Pryor and defensive end Nick Perry of Detroit, who likely will sign with Michigan or Michigan State.

ESPN has elevated Miami to the No. 1 spot in the recruiting sweepstakes. But Pat Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla., the nation's top-rated defensive back, just de-committed from Miami to LSU.

My top 10 are Notre Dame, Miami, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, UCLA, Florida State, Texas, Florida and LSU. Michigan is No. 11 and Illinois is No. 15.

Why did Brett Nagel of Lemont opt for Northwestern over Stanford? I thought he'd go to Stanford, which wanted him badly. His cousin, former Joliet Catholic star Coby Fleener, is a tight end at Stanford. But Nagel liked Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and his young staff and his parents wanted him to play closer to home.

Fitzgerald recruited Nagel, an athletic and versatile 6-4, 225-pounder, to be a tight end, a position he never has played before. But Nagel, who has played quarterback, linebacker and defensive back, wants to play tight end in college. He has great hands and probably will red-shirt as a freshman to give him time to work into the new position.

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