East Spotlight: Flip candidates for 2021
More than half of the 2021 prospects rated four stars or higher are currently committed to a college program and many of those commitments have come since the start of April. This uptick in spring commitments from previous years is likely to be mirrored by a higher percentage of decommitments when the NCAA re-opens recruiting and allows campus visits to take place.
With that in mind, we look at five prospects to watch from the East Coast who are potential flip candidates.
CLASS OF 2022: Top 100
JUSTUS BOONE - Florida
An early commitment to Florida hasn’t stopped Boone and other schools from talking. The South Carolina native is actively in contact with the Gamecocks coaching staff and is planning a visit for this fall. Arizona State and West Virginia are also in pursuit. The Gators will have to continue to work hard to keep Boone in the fold.
JAHZION HARRIS - Texas A&M
It’s not unusual for Texas A&M to reach out to the East region for standout prospects. The Aggies have signed at least one player from the East region in six of the last eight cycles. In 2019, Texas A&M signed two players and then four in 2020 so Harris could very well stick with the Aggies. He does have family in Texas, but many people thought Harris would end up staying close to home at Rutgers. Ohio State and Michigan were also serious contenders for his commitment.
COLIN MOBLEY - USC
The Trojans haven’t signed a player from the East region since 2016 and the last player to sign with USC and finish his career there was Anthony Sarao from the 2011 recruiting class. Obviously, USC hasn’t had much success signing players from across the country, so what does that say about Mobley’s verbal commitment? He does have family on the West coast, so that could help, the Trojans here but there will be other teams that kick the tires of Mobley’s commitment later this recruiting cycle.
KEVIN WIGENTON - Michigan State
Wigenton hasn’t visited East Lansing yet. He continued to pull in offers after he announced his commitment and others could end up pushing for him down the road. Michigan State offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic did a great job building a relationship with Wigenton and getting him to commit, but he’ll have to hold off other suitors this fall.
JAYLEN WRIGHT - Tennessee
Tennessee recruiting is off the charts right now and they have momentum with some big targets, but they’ve already taken commitments from 23 players. The Vols are running out of room in this class. Three of those 23 commitments are from running backs. One of them could easily jump ship and Wright does have some other suitors to think about.