Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: Five on Flip Watch
One of the biggest benefits of the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas is a chance for the Rivals.com team to spend time with prospects and talk in-depth about their recruitment. And while most of the field in this year’s challenge is uncommitted, there are several committed prospects who continue to explore their options. Today we take a look at five players who are committed heading into the event, but might be on flip watch heading into the summer.
Others in the mix: Alabama, LSU, Oregon, USC, Georgia, Miami.
The situation: It’s hard to imagine Cook going anywhere else than Florida State, where his brother Dalvin starred for three years before being selected in this year’s NFL Draft. But the younger Cook continues to insist he’s going to explore options outside of Tallahassee, even going as far to release a list of his top schools in March. Several assistant coaches visited Cook in the spring and he has insisted that he will repay the favor with official visits this fall. The more Cook talks about visiting schools and keeping an open mind, the more he’s likely to be taken seriously.
Others in the mix: Notre Dame, Miami, LSU.
The situation: Jason committed to LSU early in his high school career but backed off that pledge last summer, along with close friend and teammate Corione Harris. Earlier this year, both Jason and Harris stunned the recruiting world when they committed to Kansas over several other options. At the time, most experts predicting the commitments wouldn’t last long, but it’s been almost four months and both players are still all in with the Jayhawks. Camp season just kicked off, but both are expected to make more visits this summer. Jason, now a five-star, will likely continue to be heavily courted until his signature is on a letter-of-intent.
Others in the mix: Miami
The situation: Williams has been committed to Alabama since January but it didn’t take long for people in South Florida to start speculating on when he might flip to the Canes. After he visited Coral Gables during the spring, speculation heated up even more, but it’s June and Williams is still on Alabama’s commitment list. The longer he sticks with the Tide, the more it seems like that’s where he will sign, but will Williams close the door on other schools when asked this weekend?
Others in the mix: Georgia, Alabama
The situation: Cox surprised many when he committed to Ohio State in April, just a few days after a visit to Georgia. At the time, Cox seemed torn between the Bulldogs and the Buckeyes, but then made the decision to pledge to the Buckeyes. Since then, things appear to be going well between the two sides, despite pressure from Alabama, among others. There has been talk of Cox completely shutting down his recruitment, so it will be interesting to see if he plans on making any visits this summer.
Others in the mix: Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan
The situation: Scott has been committed to USC for more than a year but that hasn't stopped other programs from trying to make an impression on him. The Oklahoma staff made multiple trips to see Scott during the spring evaluation period and he has talked openly about visiting Norman this summer. The Sooners have had success recruiting linebackers from California before, most notably landing five-star Caleb Kelly in 2016. It's going to be no easy task for any school to steal Scott away from USC, but it's clear he's going to give other programs a chance to impress him this summer.