“Take your time.”
That’s free advice from Warren Easton wide receiver Tyron Johnson, who gave that three-word answer when asked the one thing he would tell someone going through the recruiting process.
He knows perhaps better than any of you.
Think about all the letters, phone calls and text messages you have received from coaches, then multiply that by 10. That’s what Johnson’s recruiting process was like.
So listen when he tells you to take your time and think it through when deciding where you will spend the next four years of your life.
Remember, it’s the next four years of YOUR life.
Not your parents. Not your high school coach. And definitely not the thousands of fans who tweet at you begging you to come to their school. (Watch how fast they unfollow you on Twitter when you choose another school.)
National Signing Day is still 10 days away, so there’s still time left for you to decide where you will be faxing that paperwork Feb. 4.
Here is a look at the top five players in the New Orleans area who have yet to announce where they will be playing next season.
By the way, Rummel defensive lineman Tyrell Jacobs would have made this a top- six list, but he committed to Missouri on Saturday during his official visit to the school that reached the Southeastern Conference championship game each of the past two seasons.
Jacobs had originally committed to Oklahoma in July, but changed his mind in December after turnover on the Sooners’ coaching staff.
Hunter Dale, John Curtis
The Patriots defensive back originally committed to Nebraska in July. At the time, he had narrowed his list to Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Miami, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon and Florida.
Some of those schools no longer have scholarships available, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Dale (5-11, 195) is a two-time all-state selection and has a knack for making big plays.
He has kept his recruitment close to the vest lately.
If he follows the suit of most John Curtis players in the past, we likely won’t find out where he will sign until signing day.
One thing to note: Dale has always said he wants to play football and baseball wherever he ends up.
Brandon Singleton, Hahnville
The 6-foot, 170-pound receiver originally committed to Georgia Tech but de-committed this past week. Is there a tougher recruiting job in the country than being the guy responsible for trying to recruit a receiver to come play in Georgia Tech’s run-happy offense?
They threw just 7.5 passes per game in 2014. That may not have had anything to do with Singleton’s decommitment, but he opened it up this weekend and took a visit to California.
The Bears, by the way, threw the ball 44 times per game. FORTY-FOUR.
Arthur McGinnis, Easton
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound McGinnis visited Texas Tech this weekend after going to Arizona last week, with a trip to Oklahoma scheduled for next week. Anyone wondering just how good he is should take a look at film from the championship game when McGinnis chased down a Neville ball carrier on what looked like a sure touchdown.
His Easton teammate Kendall Franklin has been committed to Arizona for quite a while, and teammate Darrel Clark, a receiver, committed to the Wildcats on Saturday. Could McGinnis make it a trifecta? Time will tell.
Alfred Smith, Destrehan
Smith (5-9, 170) committed to Arizona State last summer, but de-committed last week. He announced his decision on Twitter.
“I’m not sure what his intentions are now,” Destrehan coach Stepehen Robicheaux said.
He is one of two Destrehan receivers to make this list.
Kirk Merritt, Destrehan
Merritt, who is undecided, has visited Oregon, Texas A&M and Auburn.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is considered one of the state’s top recruits, thanks in part to going to Oregon this summer and winning the Nike SPARQ national championship (given to the most athletic player in the country based on vertical jump, 40-yard dash and other measurables).
“I think they are both are guys who remind me of Jarvis Landry,” Robicheaux said. “They are both physical. Kirk is a faster guy who can take the top off a defense. Alfred is more of a slot guy that finds seams in the defense. They are both going to really help somebody.”
Who that somebody is remains to be seen.
We should know something soon though.
But take your time, guys. Take your time.