football Edit

RCS D.C. survey: Prospects weigh in on spring official visits

CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | State | Position | Team

MORE RCS DC: Thoughts from the sideline | Prospects that earned their stripes | Teams that should be pleased | The Friedman Awards

ALDIE, Va. -- The Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas stopped in the Washington D.C. area over the weekend and some of the region's best players came out to compete for an invitation to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas. Prior to the camp beginning on Sunday, some of the most heavily recruited prospects were asked about their views on taking spring official visits. Does it make their decision easier? Take a look at their responses.

“I feel like this spring is the best time to take official visits because you get to spend the most time with the players. I’ll probably try to take official visits to Auburn and Penn State. I really like both of the schools.” - Two-star athlete Charles Bell

“Right now, I’m not focused on taking my official visits in the spring … maybe late June or something like that, but for now I’m focused on finishing out the fourth quarter strong and my workouts. I’m really focused on my workouts so I probably won’t take any officials until the summer when I have more free time. That’s probably the best time to take my official visits.” - Rivals250 offensive tackle Olu Fashanu

“I think they’re cool. It’s an opportunity to get people involved, and if they know where they want to go then they might as well go early. Me, personally, I’m gonna take mine in the fall. I want to do it then because I want other commits to go to hang out with.” - Three-star Wake Forest quarterback commit Mitch Griffis

“I think it’s good to see schools in action when they're practicing and getting ready for the season, so I think spring official visits are a good thing. I might (take them), but it’s not on my radar right now. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan may (get official visits). I want to see how the coaches coach their players and if there's a difference between in the season and before the season.” - Rivals250 offensive tackle Anton Harrison

“Personally, my official visits are gonna be set up for the summer. I haven’t thought about any spring official visits. I wouldn’t say there's an advantage, but for me personally, because I’m busy with school, it’s better to do it in the summer.” -- Rivals250 tight end Curtis Jacobs

“I'm going to take official visits to LSU and Tennessee soon. Most of our games are on Saturday so I wouldn't really be able to take official visits until after the season.“ - Five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett

“For my specific situation being the captain of the team, we have spring workouts and summer workouts and I felt it was better to be there for my team because I still have one more season to play.” - Three-star Virginia commit Jestus Johnson

“I'm going to try to take official visits in the spring. Penn State will get one. I know I'd rather see them practice and get the vibe during practice and hang out with the players after.” - Three-star wide receiver KeAndre Lambert

“I’m going to take some official visits in the spring because I want to get my decision done before the season starts. It will help me get rid of the stress and focus on the season. I haven’t really figured out which schools and when I’m going to be taking those visits yet.” - Three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton

“I’m going to take official visits before the season because it gives me a good chance to go out there without missing some practices. I don’t want to go and do all of them during the season.” - Rivals100 offensive lineman Aaryn Parks

“I just took a (spring) unofficial because I want to save my official for the right time. I think they might get all the commits down at a certain time.” – Three-star Wake Forest offensive line commit Luke Petitbon

“I think the spring official visits can be very helpful for someone who’s going through the process and hasn’t made up their mind.” - Four-star North Carolina linebacker commit Ethan West