Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Nashville: Where could top prospects land?
After a Sunday camp loaded with some of the best prospects in the nation and a week’s worth of coverage, it’s time to put a bow on the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series presented by adidas stop in Nashville. But before we do, it’s time to take our best stab at where some of the top players in attendance will end up playing their college ball.
Breakdown: Washington entered last fall without any offers, but by the time his season wrapped up, he had programs from all over the country on his list. This spring, he’s kept a relatively low profile, with visits to a few programs but no official visits. He’s also yet to trim his list, so that makes projecting this pick even harder. However, he’s been high on Ohio State ever since the Buckeyes offered, and he visited Columbus. With him expected to be back on campus this summer and the school’s tradition of producing NFL talent at the position, Ohio State is the safest pick as of now.
The pick: Ohio State
Breakdown: Knox nearly committed to Ohio State last summer after winning MVP honors at the Buckeyes camp, but he has elected to take his time on making a decision - while taking several visits in the time since. Arkansas has made him the No. 1 priority on its list, and Knox has been feeling the love. But when it comes down to it, it’s hard to see him turning down a chance to stay close to home and play for the in-state Vols.
The pick: Tennessee
Breakdown: Wilhoite is a curious case, because he has suitors from all over the country still sitting very high on his list. Oregon has made a nice push into his top group of schools over the past two months, and Arkansas is also continuing to woo him. But before Wilhoite ever even picked up his first offer, it was the Seminoles that were his dream school - and also a favorite of his family. The last time the 'Noles reached into the Nashville area to get a player it was Jalen Ramsey, and it’s very possible Wilhoite follows in his footsteps.
The pick: Florida State
Breakdown: The one-time Tennessee commit was recently on campus in Knoxville, and the Vols still remain very much in the picture for his commitment. But a slew of out-of-state schools continue to push for Otey as well, and he’s getting ready to take a number of visits this summer. Ohio State is an intriguing option and - much like other players on this list - Arkansas is coming hard after Otey. However, the lure of getting away from home and playing for the Sooners might be too much for Otey to pass up, and I’m going to go with the wildcard and bet that he ends up playing his college ball in the Big 12.
The pick: Oklahoma
Breakdown: The mercurial Wright is terrific at keeping recruiting reporters guessing, but it’s clear that a few of college football’s heaviest hitters are battling the hometown Cardinals for his services. Alabama coach Nick Saban recently made a personal pitch to Wright and his family, and Wright continues to feel the love from the Buckeyes as well. But despite his litany of offers, I think when it comes down to it the chance to play close to home and put up big numbers in the Cardinals' offense will be too much for Wright to pass up.
The pick: Louisville