The 'Big Fish' of South Florida recruiting ready to make a splash on National Signing Day

Jermaine Grace, Keith Bryant and Alex Collins will announce their college decisions this week. [File Photos}

The vast majority of South Florida's elite football prospects have made up their minds. The commitments have been pouring in, and only a few players remain uncommitted ahead of Wednesday's National Signing Day.

But what players those uncommitted players are.

They're the big fish left in the nation's best recruiting pond. These are the players that get the signing day specials on ESPN networks — the athletes that can make or break a coach's recruiting class.

During the college football bowl season, recruiting was limited by the NCAA, but after Alabama took home the National Championship, it was game on. For the past month, coaches have been canvassing the South Florida landscape, peddling their four-year programs with a fevered intent.

As of Sunday NCAA recruiting rules dictate that coaches can't have face-to-face contact with recruits and their parents.

So now, those coaches wait while the young men decide which school is best for them.

South Planation's Alex Collins is the nation's top-rated running back. For a while, he was committed to play at Miami, but a cacophony of dissuaders led him to drop that commitment, making him, in essence, a free-agent for the final three months of the recruiting process.

During that time, Collins has become priority No. 1 for a number of coaching staffs.

When Brett Bielema jumped from being the coach at Wisconsin to Arkansas, he took his game plan to sign Collins with him, and he used the extra resources in Fayetteville to help.

Bielema has put on the full-court press in courting Collins, but, ironically, it might be the Miami basketball team that could be the difference in where Collins signs.

When the Hurricanes blew out No. 1 Duke, Collins stormed the court with UM students. A little before that, the crowd chanted his name.

On appearances, Collins will decide between Arkansas and Miami, but he's not saying anything that could be left to interpretation. Not before Monday, at least.

The same silence is coming from the camp of Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley — but that silence has been year-long. The nation's No. 3-rated receiver has kept his recruitment process quiet, and that has kept fans of Miami and Florida State grasping for straws as they try to predict where he'll sign.

Late Monday night, Collins will announce his college choice on Fox Sports South, though unless Miami fans have a full-blown cable package, they might not be able to see if Collins commits to the Hurricanes again — the show isn't expected to air in South Florida until Tuesday.

Coley will announce on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on National Signing Day.

While the suspense of Collins and Coley's decisions have fan bases in a paralysis of worry, two of South Florida's best say that they've already made up their minds.

Chaminade-Madonna defensive back Adrian Baker committed last week, but his destination is a secret until National Signing Day.

Baker had a public commitment and a well-publicized December break-up with Florida State, after which, he narrowed down his choices to Clemson and Oklahoma.

For the past two months, Baker has teased his followers on Twitter with cryptic messages, team shout-outs.

He's playing the slow game with them, piquing their interest to a point of insanity, and though the decision has been made, he wants it to come to a crescendo on Wednesday.