With less than two days until Signing Day, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on over the next few days.
Chicago De La Salle standout senior four-star ranked offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (6-foot-5, 289 pounds) has been verbally committed to Ohio State since late June. However, Jones made a last minute official visit to Michigan State this past weekend. Jones has yet to make any comments on his visit to Michigan State, yet just taking the visit alone makes you wonder if Jones will sign on Wednesday with the Buckeyes or with the Spartans?
Chicago Simeon senior offensive tackle Denzel Ward (6-foot-9, 320 pounds) is literally the biggest undeclared 2014 target remaining heading into Signing Day. Ward is down to either South Florida or Syracuse and will announce his final choice at a press conference on Wednesday. Ward has made official visits to both schools. My guess? I'll go with Syracuse, and if this prediction holds true Ward would become the seventh member from the soon-to-be released Final EDGYTIM.com Class of 2014 recruit ranking to ink with the Orange on Wednesday.
While Wednesday is the beginning of the Football National Letter of Intent period (which runs up until April 1st) you will no question see names that sign a Letter of Intent who end up not being on that school's roster come August. Why? In many cases, look towards academics as a main culprit. Recruits are allowed to sign the Letter of Intent on Wednesday but this does not guarantee that those same recruits will be academically eligible come August. I know of more than a few current top-ranked recruit names who either still have work to do this semester, still need a qualifying test score or both. While the Class of 2014 in Illinois remains a strong class overall, unfortunately I'm also seeing more and more recruits who could come up short when trying to become academically eligible.