Robinson HS lineman Tristan Leigh (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Robinson lineman Tristan Leigh narrows his offer list
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
And then there were five.
Adding some drama and flair to his recruiting journey, Robinson offensive tackle Tristan Leigh (c/o 2021, 6-5 270) has been tweaking his social media followers of late, as he whittles through a long and exhausting list of college suitors.
On July 16, Leigh took to Twitter to announce that he would soon be releasing his list of final six schools. Yet, hours later, the Ram altered his message with another announcement, that his list would instead be a top five.
Six days later, another tweet was posted – “I will be releasing my Top 5 tomorrow at 3 PM EST!!”
On Thursday, the list, accompanied by a 26-second video was dropped. In order, the final five are LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Alabama.
The video, which included highlights from each team, has created quite a buzz, generating 4,600 views and 3,900 likes in the first 24 hours. However, the next question becomes, will there be another elimination round, or will Leigh make his next decision the final one?
For Leigh, who along with Hopewell running back TreVeon Henderson, is widely regarded as one of the top two prospects in the state of Virginia, the answer is uncertain. To reach this point, he has already eliminated 35 offers.
One scouting service has suggested that Clemson is the immediate front runner for the Adidas All-American. The Tigers’ offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell has led the recruiting charge for Leigh, and it will be interesting to see the efforts coming from the Clemson faithful over the next few weeks. They already have one tackle commit from the Class of 2021, Marcus Tate (6-4.5, 318) from the University School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Another interesting dilemma could be answered after the Virginia High School League decision on Monday about the future of football in Virginia. With the likelihood of football being pushed back to the spring, some top athletes may opt to skip their senior season and directly prepare for their collegiate, rather than endure the possibility of playing as many as 30 football games in the calendar year of 2021.
In the case of Leigh and many other top prospects, many questions should be answered in the next two weeks.
– Jim McGrath