Southeast: Five-star Watch

Who will they commit to and sign with? There are five uncommitted five-star prospects in the southeast right now and we take a close look at that quintet here...

We are less than four months away from signing day 2014 and there are still quite a few top prospects out there that have yet to declare.

Five of the premiere prospects out of the southeast remain uncommitted at this time and here is the latest on those five-star prospects:

Leonard Fournette | RB | New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine
Fournette has every offer a kid could want, but it is really a two school race between Alabama and LSU. Alabama signed four running backs in 2013, LSU signed zero. The Tide has one running back (Bo Scarborough) committed in the 2014 class and the Tigers have the same (Sione Palelei). If anyone can get Fournette out of the Boot State, it is Alabama, but LSU is trending here and they have been for some time. He will announce at the Under Armour All-America game.

Lorenzo Carter | DE | Norcross (Ga.)
Carter announced he was down to seven schools late in the summer, but this is a three school battle. All three are SEC schools, all three have had Carter and his family on their campus multiple times, and he will take the recruiting process all the way through signing day. There were rumors floating around last week that he committed to Alabama, but those were false. He does have strong interest in the Tide, but he has high interest in Florida and Georgia too. He has already visited Florida officially and he will likely take officials to Alabama and Georgia after the season. Carter has attended two games (South Carolina and LSU) at UGA this fall and he will be in Tuscaloosa for the LSU game early in November. This one has gone back and forth when talking trends and 'Bama may be that school today if there is one, but this one will go down to the wire.

Marlon Humphrey | CB | Hoover (Ala.)
What is really going on here? Does Humphrey have legit interest in Florida State and Mississippi State or is he just keeping those schools in the race to have someone in his final group with Alabama? He has been in Tuscaloosa so many times over the years, he has a very good relationship with Kirby Smart (Defensive coordinator/Defensive backs), and his father [Bobby Humphrey] is one of the best running backs Alabama has ever had. It looks like FSU has some type of connection there with former Tide coach Jeremy Pruitt (Defensive coordinator) and former five-star quarterback Jameis Winston being from the state of Alabama. FSU's track program is also appealing to Humphrey. Winston did surprise some choosing FSU over 'Bama, but we don't see Humphrey doing the same. Alabama is on this one and when all is said and done, Scout likes Alabama's chances.

Gerald Willis | DL | New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Willis continues to down-play his interest in LSU, but the Tigers are very much in this and are the school to beat here. Willis has visited Texas A&M officially and he has a former teammate/close friend there in Noel Ellis, but is that enough for the Aggies to defeat the Tigers? A visit to Florida is scheduled for November and USC may still get a visit at well, but look for Willis to announce for the Tigers at the Under Armour All-America game early in 2014. He has a great relationship with multiple coaches on the LSU staff, he is from Louisiana, and the Tigers have a rich history on the defensive line.

Malachi Dupre | WR | Rivers Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian
There are still four or five schools in this race, but will any catch LSU? Probably not. Dupre was back in Baton Rouge over the weekend for the Florida game and he has grown up a fan of the Tigers. He is an in-state target for Les Miles, he has visited LSU more than any other school, he knows many of the Tiger commitments, and Scout has liked LSU's chances from the beginning. Alabama, Florida State, and UCLA are among the other schools Dupre is considering, but it will be tough for them. LSU is in command here with UCLA likely being No. 2 right now. He has visited the Bruins on a couple of different occasions.

If things go the way Scout sees them going at this time, LSU will close with three of the five prospects featured here. It looks like all five will end up playing in the SEC for either Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or LSU.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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