Each weekday between now and Signing Day, we'll take a look at the latest chatter surrounding the top recruits, getting you ready for the big day. Today, we feature prospects No. 40-31 in the Scout 100.
No. 101+ | 100-91 | 90-81 | 80-71 | 70-61 | 60-51 | 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-1
No. 40 -- Shane Morris, QB
Ranking: (No. 3 overall QB)
The latest: The Michigan State product is locked into the Wolverines and set to enroll this summer.
In his words: "Focus is just to work. Get bigger, get stronger, faster, work on throwing, footwork -- spending a lot of time on campus, spending a lot of time with the guys that are already up there. I'm 40 minutes down the road so I'm going to be up there a lot." -- Jan. 8
More coverage: Go inside for more of Morris' thoughts on Michigan and more.
No. 39 -- Dymonte Thomas, S
Ranking: (No. 4 overall S)
The latest: Like Morris, Thomas is locked into the Wolverines and intends to enroll early.
In his words: "I can't wait. Once I get back, I'll go home and pack everything else. Next day I wake up early and go to Michigan and start early in the books. I want to get in there and start working out as soon as I can. But they say I have to wait a couple weeks after the bowl game. I'm going to try to do some workouts on my own just to get ready for football. I heard the workouts are hard. I can't wait to get in there." -- Jan. 2
More coverage: Go inside for a video interview with Thomas from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and much more.
No. 38 -- Joey Bosa, DE
Ranking: (No. 4 overall DE)
Commitment: Ohio State
The latest: Bosa is locked into the Buckeyes and has shown no signs of wavering in that decision.
In his words: "I'm looking to start next year at defensive end, and that's my mindset right now. Ohio State wants me to report at the weight I'm at right now (270 pounds), and they will add weight the right way." -- Jan. 10
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Bosa's thoughts on Ohio State and much more.
No. 37 -- Ty Isaac, RB
Ranking: (No. 7 overall RB)
The latest: Isaac maintains his commitment to the Trojans, though both Notre Dame and Michigan were showing interest as of early January.
In his words: "I'm good right now with my commitment. I know they didn't have the best season, but it would have to be something other than that for me to want to be elsewhere." -- Dec. 1
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Isaac's recent visit to USC and much more.
No. 36 -- Kent Perkins, OT
Ranking: (No. 2 overall OT)
The latest: A Texas commit since early 2012, Perkins has shown no signs of second-guessing his decision.
In his words: "(Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels) wants me to play left tackle. I'm confident if I just practice at it, I'll get better at it. I haven't played that much left tackle before, but I can make that adjustment." -- Jan. 3
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Perkins' time at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and much more.
No. 35 -- Greg Gilmore, DT
Ranking: (No. 5 overall DT)
The latest: Gilmore committed to LSU in November and all signs point to him suiting up for the Tigers.
In his words: "I think I'm mentally ready to start, but I may not be physically ready, so maybe with the (second team). If not, I mean, I'll take a redshirt. I love it there so much that really now playing time isn't a huge thing for me." -- Jan. 2
More coverage: Go inside to see Gilmore and fellow LSU commit Maquedius Bain have a little fun with the microphone.
No. 34 -- Jonathan Allen, DE
Ranking: (No. 3 overall DE)
The latest: Allen, a Virginia native, has maintained that the Crimson Tide commitment is rock solid.
In his words: "After I spent a few days down there (at Alabama), I felt it was the best fit. I liked the coaching staff. They are really welcoming and genuine. And I felt I would get better under Alabama's coaching staff." -- May 25
More coverage: Go inside to read Allen's thoughts about choosing Alabama and much more.
No. 33 -- Christian Hackenberg, QB
Ranking: (No. 2 overall QB)
Commitment: Penn State
The latest: Hackenberg was in wait-and-see mode as the Penn State bowl sanctions were being decided, but he has since maintained that he will be a Nittany Lion. Not a bad pull for Bill O'Brien -- Hackenberg is the No. 2 quarterback in the country.
In his words: "(The Penn State coaches) can help me take that next step in developing my game and in making me a better quarterback. I cannot wait to get there in the summer and start working with them."
More coverage: Go inside to read about Hackenberg earning a fifth star and much more.
No. 32 -- Jalin Marshall, WR
Ranking: (No. 6 overall WR)
Commitment: Ohio State
The latest: A quarterback in high school, Marshall is expected to switch to wide receiver at Ohio State, where he remains solidly committed.
In his words: "Ohio State told me they will use me at a lot of different positions. They told me to come in ready to learn and help the team, so we will see how that goes." -- Jan. 2
More coverage: Go inside for a full story on Marshall adapting to his new position and much more.
No. 31 -- Antonio Conner, S
Ranking: (No. 3 overall S)
Interested in: Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn
The latest: The only uncommitted recruit in this crop of 10, Conner has visited Auburn and Ole Miss this month and still has plans to see Mississippi State this coming weekend. He is set to decide on Signing Day.
In his words: "I know some people expect me to go (to Ole Miss), but if I do, it is because it is my decision. I will go where I feel most comfortable at." -- Dec. 30
More coverage: Go inside for a scouting report on Conner and much more.