While the ACC was well-represented among teams mentioned prominently in Charlotte at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas, a Big Ten school was also a big topic of conversation. Here is an update on how each is doing with the players from this past weekend’s camp.
It’s not a surprise that Clemson is a hot team with prospects in the Mid-Atlantic region. The national champions were well represented Sunday. Commitments Derion Kendrick and Jake Venables both drew a lot of attention throughout the day.
The Tigers are in great position with five-star defensive end K.J. Henry, the highest-ranked player at the camp. Dabo Swinney and his staff will have to fight off Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State to land Henry’s commitment, but so far they are doing a good job.
A pair of highly sought-after running backs are very high on Clemson as well. Freshman Devyn Ford has the Tigers near the top of his list right now along with North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. Clemson is also in a good spot with 2019 Rivals100 running back Quavaris Crouch. Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and others are very much involved as well.
Virginia Tech has always made its home state a priority, but the program is also putting a bigger emphasis on North Carolina. The Hokies have a legitimate shot with five-star defensive end K.J. Henry after his last visit. Justin Fuente and his staff seem to have made a big impact on Henry and his family. Rivals100 prospects Dax Hollifield and Rick Sandidge have the Hokies on their short lists. Four-star defensive Nate Thompson is giving Virginia Tech a hard look and so is three-star defensive back DJ Crossen.
Back in their home state, four-stars Armani Chatman and Darryl Jones have Virginia Tech at or very near the top of their lists. Underclassmen like 2020 running back Chris Tyree, 2019 linebacker Brandon Smith and 2019 defensive back Jayden Curry all like what the Hokies bring to the table.
Penn State has had a lot of hype so far in the 2018 recruiting class and that hype has extended into some southern states. Commitments Nana Asiedu and Justin Fields, both Rivals250 prospects, were top performers from Sunday. Five-star defensive end K.J. Henry had plenty of good things to say about the Nittany Lions even though his good friend Micah Parsons decommitted from Penn State a few weeks ago. Underclassmen Brandon Smith, Savion Jackson and Jeremiah Gray all hold early offers from Penn State and recently made the trip to Happy Valley. Keep an eye out for Penn State to continue to work hard in Virginia and North Carolina.