Tuesday, May 7, 2013
ESPN 150 DE reshuffles leaderboard
By Kipp Adams
As colleges hit the road for the spring evaluation period, offers continue to pour in for ESPN 150 defensive lineman Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose).
Last Thursday, Notre Dame and LSU stopped by his school. The Tigers offered the 6-foot-2, 265-pound prospect, and Miami offered the day before, both of which could net a visit from the No. 34 prospect in the country.
“The LSU offer really weighed on my mind because I know they produce some great defensive linemen and I want to be one of the best to come through,” Street said.
Early on in his recruitment, Street had FSU as his leader, but coaching changes in Tallahassee, Fla., led to the University of Georgia taking the top spot. And on a trip to NC State, the Wolfpack made a big impression on him.
“I still have NC State in the lead, followed by Miami and then Georgia,” Street said. “I do not know after that.”
Street touched on what each school has done to make it into his top group at the moment.
NC State: “The visit was breathtaking. The players, alumni back on campus and the entire coaching staff. I was able to tour the facilities, talk to the players about their everyday life and that was amazing. I felt at home there, and that is something I have not felt before. My relationship with the coaches there is like a family; they stay on me every day and make sure I am doing the right thing. I can talk to them about more than just football, and that really stands out.”
Miami: “My dad was an FSU fan and my mom liked Georgia, but me, I watched a lot of Miami. My idol was Ray Lewis and I would love to go back to the place where he prospered. The feeling that I could go back to that same place is unreal. Maybe the people there now can make me the impact person that Ray is. Miami has had some great players like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, so when I talked to Larry Scott he said they are always coming back and giving the guys tips. That would be great for my experience in college.”
Georgia: “I talk to Coach [Mark] Richt, Coach [John] Lilly and now Coach [Chris] Wilson some too, but I feel like I need to talk to them more. I think I just need to go down and visit because my interest in them is sliding up and down like a roller coaster. I still love Georgia, though, and I cannot wait to see the school.”
Having cancelled a visit to FSU on Memorial Day weekend because of a change in plans, Street says he intends to check out Georgia and Georgia Tech in June. And while NC State in the top spot for now, Street admits that could be short-lived.
“I think they will be able to stay my leader until I make visits to LSU, Miami and Georgia,” Street said. “I am pretty sure from what I have been hearing that those visits will shake things up, and I am looking forward to seeing them.”
Expect more twists before Street makes his decision, as his recruitment appears far from finished.
“I was thinking about committing at the Army All-American game, but I am starting to think my recruitment could affect my performance during my senior season, so if things progress how I think they will, I could make a decision before the season,” Street said. “But if not and everything stays where it is right now, I will probably just wait until signing day.”