Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Signing Day Crystal Ball

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Signing Day Crystal Ball

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Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer

Today is signature time for college football recruits all over the nation, and many top-flight prospects are still undecided -- or at least claiming to be still undecided -- and have college coaches nervously awaiting their letters-of-intent by fax.

The Times-Union takes a crystal-ball look at where some of the top remaining fence-sitters may sign:

ERNIE SIMS

Sims is considered by some as the nation's top overall prospect, but the competition he faced at the Class A prep level will make for a quantum leap in the tacklers he will begin to face next year in a major college conference. The Tallahassee North Florida Christian star could make an impact at either running back or linebacker in college, but is expected to play offense. Sims claims to still be considering Florida, FSU, Miami, Georgia and Auburn. Just a hunch an upset is coming here: Hunker down, Ernie.

Crystal ball says: Georgia.

DECODY FAGG

The Quincy Shanks wide receiver has narrowed his choices to Florida, Florida State and Georgia. He averaged 20 yards per catch as a senior and for his career. Fagg is expected to qualify academically but can't afford a classroom slip before he graduates. Shanks has been a Florida State feeder historically, and the Seminoles were his last official visit.

Crystal ball says: FSU.

ANTONIO CROMARTIE

Regarded as one of the state's top players as far back as his sophomore season, Tallahassee Lincoln's Cromartie will announce his decision live on ESPN from among Florida, FSU and Auburn. He prefers to play defense, but college coaches believe he could star on either side of the ball with his size (6-3, 200) and 40-yard speed (4.45 seconds). Also a gifted kick returner. In what would be a heartbreaker for Seminoles fans . . .

Crystal ball says: Florida.

ANDRE FLUELLEN

The Cartersville, Ga., defensive tackle has been pursued by Florida State, Florida, Vanderbilt and Auburn in recent weeks. At various times, Fluellen has narrowed the list to two or three only to change it, but the Seminoles and Gators were the front-runners for most of January. …

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