Rivals Camp Series Nashville: Five schools that should be pleased
NASHVILLE -- The Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series made its penultimate stop on the regional series over the weekend in Nashville, with players from double-digit states converging on the city for the event. With several highly ranked players on hand, there was plenty of recruiting news for fans to pay attention to, and today we provide a mix of on-field performance and off-field comments and analyze which schools should be feeling good after the proceedings.
It would be hard to have a camp in Tennessee and not mention the Vols, especially considering how many prospects in attendance have offers from the program. One of the program’s top 2020 targets, offensive lineman Chris Morris, turned in a very impressive performance to earn MVP honors, as well as an invite to the Five-Star Challenge.
The Vols were also on the mind of several elite talents, with prospects like Rivals250 defensive tackle Tymon Mitchell, defensive back MVP award winner Woodi Washington and wide receiver MVP award winner Lance Wilhoite all mentioning the Vols among their top programs. Despite not having a commit in attendance, Vols fans should pay close attention, as some of the top prospects in the country are right in the school’s relative backyard.
The Cardinal don’t do a ton of recruiting in Tennessee or Kentucky on a year-in, year-out basis, but the school had a pair of its top targets at the event and both turned in impressive performances.
Rivals100 Michigan defensive lineman commit Stephen Herron won the MVP at his position and during his interview continued to mention the Cardinal as a program he is entertaining into the summer. Rivals250 defensive tackle Tymon Mitchell arrived at the event in Stanford gear and then proceeded to win some very impressive battles during one-on-ones. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the school land one, if not both, of the prospects, which shows just how much the pull of Stanford means to prospects around the country.
Nearly a dozen prospects mentioned the Razorbacks during their time with the media, but obviously the Hawgs fans should be most excited about elite prospects like four-star wide receivers Trey Knox and Lance Wilhoite raving about the program. Both players received invites to the Five-Star Challenge, and both said that Arkansas is on their very short list of favorites.
Defensive back MVP Woodi Washington also spoke highly of the school, as did fellow Five-Star Challenge invitee Adonis Otey. The school’s efforts in the state start at the top and go down to several other prospects and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a nice haul from Tennessee before it’s all said and done.
4. OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes have done a nice job recruiting Tennessee in recent years, including in 2018 when they signed a pair of four-stars in running back Master Teague and offensive lineman Max Wray. They are in on a number of prospects in the 2019 class, including wide receivers Trey Knox and Lance Wilhoite. Both prospects were impressive and also mentioned the Buckeyes as schools high on their list, a testament to just how ingrained the Buckeyes are in the Tennessee mid-state area. Even if the Buckeyes don’t land either wide receiver, or Rivals100 defensive back prospect Woodi Washington, another target, it’s clear the school will be after the state’s top players on a yearly basis.
The Wolverines had a great day, mainly because of commit Stephen Herron’s on-field performance. He was dominant during one-on-ones, and he looks even more explosive than he was a year ago. During interviews Herron refuted comments that his relationship with the school has soured, saying he still keeps in regular contact with the staff and is hoping to get back on campus soon.
The Wolverines also made headlines in the state of Tennessee when they offered Class of 2022 quarterback Ty Simpson earlier this spring despite the fact that he had yet to start high school. But on Sunday, Simpson was going throw for throw with some of the camp’s best quarterbacks, showing that Jim Harbaugh and company have an eye for talent, even very early in a prospect’s development.