National Signing Day picks: Fate of top undecided players from CIF-SS
Three top-10 players in the nation are still undecided and called the CIF-Southern Section home during their high school football careers.
All three could make one Pac-12 university very happy on National Signing Day -- similar to this time last year.
Serra defensive lineman Rasheem Green is the No. 5 defensive end in the country, according to Scout.com. His teammate, linebacker John Houston, is the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country. And, last but not least, Long Beach Poly cornerback Iman Marshall is the No. 1 player in the country at his position.
All three will make their announcements at their respective schools Wednesday and they will explain their decisions at 1 p.m. on the High School Spotlight Signing Day Special on Prime Ticket and Prep Zone.
Here's where we think those three and others will sign on Wednesday:
Jaylinn Hawkins, WR, Buena Park: The No. 2 wide receiver in the state will headline a group of four players who are set to announce their decisions on the High School Spotlight Signing Day Special on Prime Ticket/Prep Zone. The four-star recruit has been a huge part of the turnaround at Buena Park under head coach Anthony White. Playing for the Coyotes, Hawkins has flown somewhat under the radar but he put up huge numbers as a senior -- nearly 1,500 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns on 80 catches. Hawkins will choose between Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Utah, and Washington.
Prediction: Arizona State
Desean Holmes, WR, Alemany: Joining Hawkins on the High School Spotlight Signing Day Special is the former USC verbal commit. He was set to join former Alemany star Steven Mitchell with the Trojans but decided to open up his recruitment in December. He stands just 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, but he's one of the most dynamic playmakers in the CIF Southern Section. He's recruiting process has been compared to Colorado's Shay Fields -- both are small in stature and were once USC commits. Fields, a St. John Bosco alum, ended up at Colorado and was a standout freshman in the Pac-12 in 2014. Holmes will choose between Hawaii and San Diego State.
Joseph Wicker, DL, Long Beach Poly: The FOXSportsWest.com CIF Southern Section Defensive Player of the Year was a man among boys in 2014. Wicker enjoyed huge strides under first-year head coach Antonio Pierce and led his team with 138 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. The U.S. Army All American will choose between Arizona State, Texas Tech, and UCLA. Wicker enjoyed his visit to Lubbock; His most recent visit was to UCLA.
Rasheem Green, DL, Serra: As the story goes, an SEC coach was on the Serra campus and said Green "could play for us right now." Green had just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Cavaliers. It's now time for him to make his decision about the next level and it likely won't be in the SEC. Although the offers poured in from all across the country, Green has narrowed his choices to Arizona State, Miami, and USC. The Sun Devils are the darkhorse in the equation for the defensive lineman who recorded 22 sacks over his last two seasons despite constant double teams.
John Houston, LB, Serra: Like Green, Houston started for the Cavaliers as a sophomore. From that time until now he's been as impressive a linebacker as there has been to come out of the CIF-SS. From a statistical standpoint, the linebacker has improved his numbers every season. It's been a "stressful" last few days for the linebacker has he tries to trim his five finalists -- Arizona State, Miami, Oregon, Oklahoma, and USC -- down to one. Houston is not only impressive against the run but moves well for his size in the pass game as well.
Iman Marshall, CB, Long Beach Poly: As a senior playing for Pierce, Marshall was simply a football player -- he lined up everywhere. Marshall played some wide receiver and was a leader on special teams. Defensively, he moved around from cornerback to safety to linebacker. However, it's at cornerback where he'll make his mark at the next level. Marshall is a lockdown corner with the size and physicality of a safety. It's become the dream of USC fans everywhere to see Adoree' Jackson line up at one cornerback position and Marshall, opposite him, at the other cornerback spot for the Trojans defense for the next few seasons.