Last summer, Christian Green planned to commit early.
In fact, he hoped to do so by the time his senior season began.
Well, national signing day is Wednesday, and the talented Tampa Catholic quarterback, who will play receiver in college, still has yet to make a pledge. "This has really been a tough process for him," said Hiram Green, the player's father.
The younger Green, who is down to Florida State and Georgia, isn't alone. With the clock ticking, several top local players are still uncommitted. A breakdown for five of them:
Christian Green, ATH, Tampa Catholic: Many believe Green, a lifelong FSU fan, is signed, sealed and delivered to the Seminoles. Hiram Green, however, insists Georgia, which like FSU has a great need at receiver, is very much in the mix. How badly do the Seminoles want (need) Green, who is at the school this weekend? New coach Jimbo Fisher sat with Green's parents during TC's Class 2B final against Jacksonville Bolles in December. PICK: FSU
Chaz Green, OL, Tampa Catholic: Like Christian Green, Chaz will make his commitment Wednesday on ESPNU. This appears to be a Florida-Southern California battle all the way. This weekend, the talented tackle is visiting USC, whose coach, Lane Kiffin, was trying to recruit Green to Tennessee. Early playing time isn't likely at either school, so comfort might be the deciding factor. As with many East Coast kids, the distance from home could hurt the Trojans. PICK: Florida
Bernard Reedy, RB/WR Lakewood: Some kids go down to the wire before making a pledge; Reed might go past it. The Pinellas offensive player of the year likes Toledo and Western Kentucky (he's at WKU this weekend) but is holding out to see if anyone else (USF, for instance) swoops in late and offers. In fact, he might not sign until after Wednesday. Risky? Not at all. Toledo and WKU need Reedy more than he needs them, so they'll wait. PICK: Toledo
Jeremy Deering, ATH, Leto: Deering, who will wait until signing day to make his pick, lists FSU and Rutgers as his leaders, with USF still somewhat in the mix. The Seminoles are the team to beat, but might the Bulls make a last-minute charge the way they did with Hillsborough DB Terrence Mitchell, who switched over from FSU on Friday? FSU has been on Deering all the way, even before he became a hot commodity, and the guess is that its persistence will pay off. PICK: FSU
Eric Dungy, DB, Plant: Though Dungy isn't saying much, FSU and Oregon look like the leaders. FSU, at least for now, would like Dungy to wait until January 2011 to enroll. Though Dungy is a die-hard Seminoles fan, that could sway him to the Ducks, whom he was scheduled to visit this weekend. PICK: Oregon
--KEITH NIEBUHR (firstname.lastname@example.org)