Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Dallas: Which programs had the most buzz?
Some of the Lone Star State's best prospects attended the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas in Dallas on Sunday, and several of the day’s top performers could be linked back to three college programs in particular that recruit the area heavily.
Two of Oklahoma State’s commits were in action on Sunday, linebacker Blake Barron and tight end Nic McTear. Prior to the camp, McTear said that his commitment to the Cowboys was "probably around 85- or 90-percent" solid and that only a major shakeup with the coaching staff would affect things. Of course, that was before LSU offered this week, but McTear did choose Oklahoma State over Auburn, Baylor, Miami and others, and has put communication with others on the backburner. McTear took his last unofficial visit to Stillwater on Monday of last week.
Class of 2019 defensive lineman Jayden Jernigan was one of the top underclassmen at the event and had good things to say about his recent visit to Oklahoma State as well. He came straight to last weekend’s event from a visit there with several of his teammates. Fellow 2019 defensive lineman Gerald Irons made an appearance at the Dallas camp after competing at the New Orleans event earlier this spring. He picked up his first offer from the Cowboys and was decked out in Oklahoma State gear. He’ll visit Texas A&M this weekend.
The only commit from the Horned Frogs at the camp this past weekend was Rivals250 safety Atanza Vongor, who was as good as expected, and still in the afterglow of his recent pledge to TCU. Without much to worry about in regards to Vongor, more attention was placed on four-star cornerback Jalen Green and three-star offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai.
Earlier this spring Ghirmai was outspoken in his praise of TCU as a program and maintained his position, reminding that he is a fan of the coaches and players as well as the proximity to his hometown of Frisco. He said that his family’s ability to come watch him in person is a nice selling point.
Although Green didn’t bring that up specifically, the same would hold true for him. Many assume Texas and Texas A&M will factor in heaviest in his considerations, but he gave his visit to TCU high marks. After watching the team’s spring game, he spent one-on-one time with cornerbacks coach Paul Gonzales breaking down some tape.
Tech is one of the more proactive teams in the state when it comes to offering prospects, and a number of its targets had an impressive afternoon. Leading the way, however, was wide receiver commit Jaylon Robinson, who reported enjoying himself at Tech’s spring game on Saturday. Robinson ended the day as one of the camp’s top offensive performers.
Jernigan also played up his relationship with Tech, as the Red Raiders are one of his four FBS offers. He said that their recruitment of him as of late has been strong relative to the others involved with him.
“I love Tech,” he said. “I’m up there all the time … They’re at the top of the list right now.”
Texas Tech is also one of the more notable teams recruiting Sachse defensive end Tyler Lacy, 2019 Ridge Point defensive end Nelson Ceasar, and Jernigan’s 2019 quarterback teammate, Grant Tisdale. All three were standout performers at Sunday’s event.