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The Undecided

National Signing Day is Feb. 5, and as the deadline bears down, a handful of the nation's best high schoolers still haven't made their choices

1 MARLON HUMPHREY

CB Hoover (Ala.) High

The 6-foot 179-pounder has size and physicality. As a sophomore, he broke Robert Griffin III's AAU record in the 110-meter hurdles.

Considering: Florida State, Alabama (his father, Bobby, played at Bama)

2 ADOREE' JACKSON

CB Junipero Serra High (Calif.)

He'll likely end up a corner but could line up at slot receiver and punt returner. At 5'10", 182 pounds, he's also a 2016 Olympic hopeful in the long jump.

Considering: USC, Florida, LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma, Tennessee

3 DAMIAN PRINCE

OT Bishop McNamara High (Md.)

When the 6'6" lineman trimmed from 337 pounds to 292, his stock ballooned. With sound footwork and oven-mitt-sized hands, he's a future stud.

Considering: Several schools, but leaning toward Maryland

4 MALACHI DUPRE

WR John Curtis Christian High (La.)

A 6'3" 190-pounder with soft hands, he's the 2013 state champ in the high jump, long jump and triple jump who excels at going up to get the ball.

Considering: LSU is the favorite

5 JOHN SMITH

S Long Beach Poly High (Calif.)

Smith, nicknamed JuJu, continues to add muscle to his 6'1" frame. He has the classic skill set for a safety and grew up dreaming of USC. (He played in Snoop Lion's Pop Warner league.)

Considering: USC, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon

6 SOLOMON THOMAS

DE Coppell (Texas) High

The 6'3" 258-pounder has a 6'6" wingspan. He's not overly quick, but he compensates with his football IQ (great at timing the snap count) and physicality.

Considering: Arkansas, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas

7 DERRICK NNADI

DT Ocean Lakes High (Va.)

At 6'1" and 305 pounds, Nnadi controls the line of scrimmage. His quick hands shed blockers, and his feet never stop moving.

Considering: Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech

8 DAMIEN MAMA

OG/OT St. John Bosco High (Calif.)

With imposing size (6'4", 370 pounds), Mama can play guard or tackle. Either way, he finishes his blocks with devastating power.

Considering: USC, UCLA

9 STEVEN PARKER

S Jenks (Okla.) High

The 6'2", 188-pound Parker, a rangy quarterback in the secondary, may stay in state at Oklahoma, where his grandfather Charles helped break the color barrier in the 1950s.

Considering: Oklahoma, Texas A&M

10 LORENZO CARTER

DE Norcross (Ga.) High

Georgia's top prospect, Carter is a 6'5", 230-pounder athletic enough to play linebacker in a 3--4 scheme. His frame could handle another 30 to 40 pounds.

Considering: Georgia, Florida

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MARK LOMOGLIO/ICON SMI (HUMPHREY)

HUMPHREY

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DAVID HOOD/CAL SPORT MEDIA/LANDOV (JACKSON)

JACKSON

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Photograph by ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Moment of Proof Michigan State's old-school, 24--20 Rose Bowl win over equally gritty Stanford picked up a whiff of Cinderella when former walk-on linebacker Kyler Elsworth (41) made the game-clinching stop. On fourth-and-one with 1:46 left, Elsworth, who was playing only because All-America Max Bullough had been suspended for violating team rules, went over the top to stone Stanford fullback Ryan Hewitt. Shilique Calhoun (89) arrived a split second later to finish the play. It was MSU's first Rose Bowl win in 26 years.