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Signing day: Cowart, Ivey lead best uncommitted recruits

Spend a few hours on national signing day watching teenagers pick hats in their high school gymnasiums and you might find it hard to believe that the vast majority of top football prospects have long ago made their choice of colleges.

Those who do hold out tend to get a lot of attention — especially when they are among the best players in country.

This year, several five-star prospects are set to announce where they will attend school on signing day. A look at the players expected to produce the most drama and excitement on Wednesday, when college football teams re-stock their shelves with fresh talent.

1) Byron Cowart, LB, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Armwood (Florida) High School. The No. 1 player on the board according to both Rivals and ESPN, he seemed destined for Florida until the Gators fired coach Will Muschamp. When Muschamp landed the defensive coordinator job at Auburn, Cowart turned his attention to the Tigers. Cowart reportedly tore up the practices for the Under Armour All-America Game and has the look of a player who could turn into a menace of a pass rusher.

“This kid really loves to play the game and I think that sometimes can be an overlooked trait in the evaluation process,” ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said. “Some guys, they’re living for it. I think he’s that type of guy. There’s a tremendous amount of drive and passion for the game. I don’t think it’s necessarily something that can be taught.”

2) Martez Ivey, OT, 6-5

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