Rivals Camp Series Charlotte: Forecasting where elite prospects will land
FORT MILL, S.C. -- The Rivals Camp Series presented by adidas hit the Charlotte area last weekend and welcome in a number of touted prospects. With the camp and the interviews that preceded it now in the past, Rivals.com's analysts Adam Friedman and Woody Wommack tried their hands at predicting where some of the event's most notable players will land on National Signing Day.
Cowan has been taking full advantage of the recruiting process and has visited at least a dozen schools. His short list included 12 schools, but Tennessee and North Carolina seem like the front-runners at this point. Cowan is going to take a visit to Oregon in the next month or two and Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, and Ohio State are keeping tabs on him. At this point Cowan doesn’t have a firm leader, but don’t be surprised if Tennessee goes into Charlotte and beats North Carolina for his commitment.
Another in a long line of four-star defensive linemen from the state of South Carolina, Huntley has seen his stock rise in the eyes of many schools over the past year. With a number of offers nationally, he recently trimmed his list of schools to six in advance of taking official visits this spring. The schools that made the cut were Stanford, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and LSU. At this point, it seems like the Gamecocks and Sooners could be at the top of his list, but it's going to be pretty tough to pull him away from his hometown school, where he has been a regular visitor as of late.
Prediction: South Carolina
The younger brother of former five-star offensive lineman Cade Mays, who is now at Georgia, Cooper has his own impressive list of suitors from around the country. He was on campus in Athens last weekend and some have thought he's poised to reunite with his brother at the next level. But the younger Mays is also a Tennessee legacy and the pull to stay close to home and follow in his father's footsteps with the Vols might be too much to pass up. Mays has taken several visits to nearby Tennessee recently and the Vols appear to have a leg up on the competition at this point.
It’s still pretty early in Muhammad’s recruitment as he has yet to name a short list or give any sort of inkling that he favors any schools over the others. That being said, he has visited North Carolina and NC State many times over the last year or so and he has grown comfortable in those environments. Muhammad has a couple other visits coming up in the summer to programs like Texas A&M, but if he committed today, it would probably be NC State.
Prediction: NC State
Simpson has a long way to go before he announces his commitment, but a short list isn’t far off. There are plenty of programs involved with his recruitment but North Carolina, Georgia and Auburn are the three programs that have most of his attention right now. An offer from Clemson would push them into that group as well. The coveted linebacker is hard to read but he will continue to methodically move through the recruiting process, taking visits and trying to figure out where he is most comfortable. For now, it seems like the possibility of playing at Georgia with former teammate Jordan Davis is really intriguing to him but this could easily swing towards North Carolina or Auburn down the road.