USA TODAY Excessive College Sports activities‘ Friday Night time Notes is a weekly highschool recruiting recap that appears on the newest information from across the nation—from the Class of 2023 to ’24 and past.
The highest remaining undecided recruit within the class of 2023 has lastly made his choice.
After months of hypothesis and anticipation, Pinnacle (Ariz.) five-star tight finish prospect Duce Robinson introduced his dedication to USC. Robinson did it by sharing a slick and touching video on social media.
#PLAY ✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/gI1zBLioiT
— Duce Robinson (@Ducerobinson2) March 31, 2023
Robinson (6-foot-6, 225 kilos) is a multi-sport athlete who has drawn comparisons to Ravens Professional Bowl tight finish Mark Andrews and was a particularly fashionable recruit. He had provides from 28 different faculties, with Georgia and Texas being the opposite high contenders for his dedication.
Robinson advised ESPN that USC made probably the most sense for him.
“It form of simply felt like whichever one made probably the most sense, form of got here right down to these three faculties between Georgia, USC and Texas, I had nice relationships with all these staffs and I’ve been speaking to all these staffs for a number of years now. However on the finish of the day, we form of simply needed to sit down and focus on the college that was going to take advantage of probably the most sense to us.”
The already-loaded Trojans are getting a exceptional pass-catcher in Robinson. As a senior, he posted 84 catches, 1,614 yards, and 14 touchdowns.
Going by the composite rankings, he’s No. 1 amongst tight ends in 2023 and No. 17 general in his class. Robinson is the third five-star prospect in a USC class that ranks No. 7 within the nation.
Tennessee provides one other top-10 QB recruit
USC isn’t the one college that acquired a giant recruit this week.
On Thursday, Calvary Day College (Ga.) four-star quarterback Jake Merklinger introduced his dedication to Tennessee.
4 Star QB Jake Merklinger has simply dedicated to the Vols over in state Georgia. 🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/dO2CB2ppPv
— Hewitt Pruitt (@HewittPruitt) March 30, 2023
With present starter Hendon Hooker projected to be taken late within the first or early within the second spherical of the upcoming 2023 NFL draft, there’ll quickly be a gap on the high of the depth chart right here. Nonetheless, Merklinger has some severe competitors – most notably from Warren (Calif.) five-star QB Nico Iamaleava, the second-ranked QB within the class of 2023.
Going by the composite rankings, Merklinger (6-foot-3, 195 kilos) is No. 6 amongst quarterbacks within the class of 2024 and No. 55 general. He had provides from 27 different applications, together with Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Ole Miss.
You possibly can learn extra about Merklinger at Vols Wire.
Colorado commit wins MVP at Rivals camp
Colorado has turn into the most popular recruiting hub within the nation since Coach Prime was employed in December. To date, the highest-ranked recruit that Deion Sanders has gotten is IMG Academy (Fla.) five-star extensive receiver Winston Watkins Jr.
Watkins put himself on the map with a powerful sophomore season, posting 25 catches, 393 yards and 10 touchdowns in 9 video games. This week his inventory rose even additional, as he earned rave critiques at Rivals camp and was named their extensive receiver MVP.
Right here’s a take a look at a spectacular one-handed catch he made for a landing.
One other view of the catch of the day made by Colorado commit Winston Watkins [email protected]_ | @CUSportsNation | @adamgorney | 🎥: @KiddRyno_Rivals pic.twitter.com/Gr5zeM2rMO
— Rivals (@Rivals) March 27, 2023
The nephew of NFL extensive receiver Sammy Watkins, Winston is ranked No. 6 amongst extensive receivers in his class (2025) and No. 24 general.
You possibly can learn extra about Watkins Colorado Buffaloes Wire.
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