Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Dallas: Predictions on top prospects
COPPELL, Tex. - The athletes that participate in the Rivals 3 Stripe Camps presented by adidas come out to show their talents, but the events are also a great opportunity for Rivals.com analysts to get some insight into where highly-ranked prospects may be leaning towards committing. Here is a look at where it appears some of the camp’s top talents seem likely to commit.
The situation: Wease may have decommitted from Oklahoma once before, but he hasn’t strayed far from the Sooners. Among his peers, there was a bit of a trend towards predicting that he might be leaning Texas A&M, and the Aggies are an interesting pick as things continue with him. He said he and fellow former Sooners commit Arjei Henderson talk ‘hourly’ about which college they might go to, and Henderson has both Oklahoma and A&M in his top three. Henderson has also committed and decommitted from Oregon since then, and is pretty close to College Station, living in the Houston area. If the Aggies can get Wease to come visit more as the fall nears, they may pique his interest at just the right time and steal him and Henderson away.
Prediction: Texas A&M
The situation: The Rivals250 defensive end/linebacker said before the camp he would like to make his commitment on May 19, and although he has yet to release a list of finalists in the running for his decision, it seems pretty well understood that Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M are likely to be part of it. Most of the play has gone to the Irish in terms of public opinion as to who he favors, and he said that he will take an official visit to South Bend as well, but he’s also got one lined up closer to his commitment date with the Longhorns. There is still time for the Aggies to step in step things up and leapfrog the other two, but it seems more of a two-horse race at the moment.
Prediction: Notre Dame
The situation: After raising eyebrows with an offer from Ohio State and some flirtation with Florida State and Texas, it seems as though programs of the more local variety are the ones working on Tisdale at the moment. Texas Tech has upped its game with him and he recently visited Baylor and has had positive things to say about his relationship with the staff there. Both the Bears and Red Raiders could use a marquee talent like his to bolster their quarterback depth and talent overall, but he also mentioned that he has a high level of interest in Oregon and Penn State, should either of those teams offer.
The situation: Bragg just released a top eight, which included Texas, LSU and Oklahoma - all programs that he plans on visiting in the coming weeks. He’s taken an unofficial visit to Stanford and has a return official visit planned for the end of next fall, but that leaves a lot of time for other programs to enter the picture. Arkansas and Texas A&M are also expected to be a factor, and he was also in College Station last month for a junior day event. Things still seem pretty wide-open, even though there seems to be bolder lines drawn to Stanford.
Prediction: It’s still too early to make a truly confident prediction, but should Texas stay involved, the Longhorns likely have enough working in their favor to keep him at home.
The situation: The natural expectation is for Orji to follow the path of his brother to Vanderbilt, as his family puts a high value on his education and he’ll have an obvious family connection there. Before the camp on Sunday, however, he downplayed the level of exposure that he had to Vandy and several of the out-of-state schools that have been recruiting him hardest so far this spring. It seems as though Baylor is looking more and more the most realistic option with him looking to make a commitment before the end of summer. One surprise team that could convince him to take an official visit before then is Minnesota, which has been making a furious push for him since offering recently.