Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Charlotte: Recruiting news and notes
CORNELIUS, N.C. - The Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series presented by adidas rolled into North Carolina on Sunday as some of the region's top prospects turned out to compete. With so many stars in attendance there was plenty of recruiting news to report. Here’s a roundup of some of the day's notable nuggets.
Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia Tech and South Carolina have been doing a great job recruiting Henry but the five-star is taking his time going over his options. Pittsburgh, Penn State, Louisville and Charlotte round out his top 10 but he will be cutting down his list to five this summer. Virginia Tech was Henry’s latest visit and he took trips to Clemson, Georgia and Alabama before that. More visits are in store for Henry. He did mention that Tosh Lupoi from Alabama and Todd Bates from Clemson are working on him the hardest. Henry plans on taking all of his official visits and enrolling early.
It feels like Mitchell’s recruitment has gone on for a very long time. Florida State was his top team for a lengthy stretch but it seems like Ohio State has pulled ahead of the Seminoles. Mitchell will visit Tallahassee again for what feels like the 100th time the weekend of May 12 and a decision could come shortly after that. Clemson, Alabama and LSU round out Mitchell’s top five but they are well behind Florida State and Ohio State. Look for Mitchell, who is trying to be an early enrollee, to cut his list down again before a late May or early June commitment.
Sandidge recently hit the road for a series of visits to schools that are near the top of his list. Miami, Florida, Florida State and Georgia all got a chance to try to impress him and it seems like each visit made a big impression on Sandidge. He had memorable conversations with the coaches at Florida and Florida State. South Carolina and North Carolina are also very much involved in Sandidge’s recruitment and the Gamecocks are recruiting him the hardest. He plans on visiting LSU, Ohio State and Michigan sometime soon. Sandidge will release a top 11 later this month. Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Tech will make the cut.
Justin Fields skipped the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Atlanta last weekend so he could get up to Penn State for the program's spring game. That was good for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions. For the first time since Fields has been committed to Penn State, there is a little chatter about him looking around. Florida, Florida State and Georgia are three schools we know that are staying in contact with Fields and he is likely going to see those three schools again this summer. Auburn offered Fields over the weekend and the Tigers are now on his radar too. He says all the right things about his commitment to Penn State and he appears to still be pretty strong in his commitment, but the door is still cracked at least a little.
Adams has become one of the most sought after wide receivers in the nation but he’s done a good job keeping his recruitment from getting out of control Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Clemson and Ohio State are his top five but he claims no leader. Adams, who’s last visit was to Ohio State for their spring game, plans on visiting Alabama early in the summer and wants to get back to Clemson before announcing a commitment. All five of these schools are giving him the opportunity to also play baseball. Expect Adams to announce a commitment on or before his birthday on Oct. 18.
Hollifield said his top eight schools are Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Stanford and Notre Dame. He enjoyed his visit to South Carolina on Saturday and he was very impressed by Florida and Florida State during his recent visits. He was happily surprised by how early those two schools said he would be able to get playing time. Hollifield will visit Stanford on May 19 and begin the application process this summer. That should be his last visit before the season.
Rivals250 wide receiver Demarcus Gregory released his top five on Saturday, narrowing his list to Ole Miss, Tennessee, N.C. State, Florida and West Virginia. It appears as if the Rebels have the advantage based on Gregory’s comments on Sunday, but he said he will continue to give every school a fair shake heading into the summer. As of now, Gregory said he will camp with the Rebels, Vols and Gators in June but could make a commitment announcement before then.
Dean is not too far from a decision. He is looking at June announcement right now, but a commitment in May is not out of the question. He still would like to get out to visit UCLA, so that could slow things down if he decides to get that visit in before he commits. Alabama is a school you hear a lot about behind the scenes, with Georgia right there as well. South Carolina had him on campus Saturday and the Gamecocks are right in the thick of this as well. Dean almost committed last year to Florida, so the Gators are not going away, either. He is an early enrollee who wants to put his recruitment behind him this summer.
Virginia Tech and Maryland the big two right now for Chatman but that could change when more offers come in. Hokies head coach Justin Fuente is all over Chatman and the two talk almost every day. Maryland’s recent foray into the Tidewater region of Virginia definitely caught Chatman’s attention and he’s hoping they have a good season. Florida State is going to watch Chatman work out next week and an offer from the 'Noles could drastically alter his recruitment.
With more than 30 offers to sort through, Smith is planning on cutting down his list to nine in mid-May. Northwestern, Duke, Wisconsin, Clemson, Tennessee and Notre Dame are all major candidates to make Smith’s short list. His most recent visit was to Tennessee for its spring game and the experience really impressed Smith. Look for him to work on setting up a visit to Notre Dame. Smith wants to commit in June and be an early enrollee.
Lane has only been committed to Tennessee for about a month but said he already feels like a long-time member of the Vol family. Now that he’s in the fold with the school he’s shifted his attention from recruit to recruiter, with his prime target being three-star Knoxville area tight end Jacob Warren. Lane said Warren has been receptive to his pitch so far and he will continue to help the coaches with whoever they ask.
Durant is starting to narrow his list of schools and he said one school that is sure to make the eventual cut is Duke. The Blue Devils have pitched him and his family on the combination of academics and football and the Durants are very impressed thus far. Other programs in the mix include Wake Forest and Virginia Tech but it appears as if both programs are chasing the Blue Devils as this point.
Crouch’s offer sheet features plenty of big time programs and he is working on sorting things out. Ohio State is his newest offer and he plans on visiting the Buckeyes in the summer along with Michigan and Alabama. Some of his recent visits include Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia. He is very comfortable at all three of those schools and plans on returning. Schools with a strong tradition of developing running backs will get a close look from Crouch.
Pinckney continues to add offers but said Virginia Tech is among the schools standing out early in the process. He’s already taken a couple of visits and came away impressed and has done a nice job of developing relationships with the Hokies' coaches. Another thing in the school’s favor is the recent record of producing NFL wide receivers, something Pinckney said is his ultimate goal.
Robertson is the cousin of former five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson who left Georgia for California. The younger Robertson has interest in California because of that, but the odds are high at this time that he stays a little closer to home. Alabama recently offered the 2020 talent and Georgia, his in-state school has always been high on his list. The Bulldogs offered Robertson when he was in eighth grade, they were first to pull the trigger. His recruitment is in the infant stages, but he has double-digit offers, he is going to be a top prospect and Alabama and Georgia are two schools to watch early on.