Playing in the Southeastern Conference is a big draw for many of the nation’s top prospects and five-star Washington, D.C, native Rakim Jarrett is no exception. Based on what the nation’s No. 2-rated receiver recently had to offer up on his recruitment, it sounds like there’s an excellent chance he’ll be testing his ability against the best defensive backs college football has to offer by playing his college football in the SEC.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Jarrett, rated as the No. 16 overall recruit in the nation in the 2020 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings, was on hand for the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp from Washington DC and caught up with Adam Friedman of Rivals to share the latest on his recruitment in a video posted to Twitter by Rivals. According to Jarrett, Tennessee, LSU, Clemson and Ohio State are the programs that are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
Based on his visit history, Jarrett’s interest in Tennessee seems to be very high as the DC native has made his way to Rocky Top several times this spring. What is it about the Vols that Jarrett likes so much? The hire of Tee Martin appears to be paying off already for the Volunteers.
“Coach Tee Martin, he’s probably one of the most down to earth guys that’s recruiting me so far, that’s one major thing,” Jarrett said. “The development of his players back at SC and they have four senior receivers leaving, so that’s a big plus also.”
Peer recruiting has never been bigger in high school/college recruiting and Tennessee’s 2020 quarterback commit Harrison Bailey has been working hard behind the scenes to recruit some elite targets to join him on Rocky Top. According to Jarrett, Bailey is on him often about playing his college football in Knoxville.
“He probably texts me every day about Tennessee,” Jarrett revealed. “He’s a cool guy, we played each other last year. We talk about me coming to school with him so, he’s a real cool guy.”
The other SEC team that has Jarrett’s ear at the moment is LSU. Here’s what the five-star receiver had to say about his interest in the Tigers.
“(Playing in the) SEC, that’s one of the biggest things,” Jarrett offered up on why he’s so high on LSU. “To me, they like to have fun and that’s what I’m all about. Their players play freely, which a lot of schools don’t do. I like that about LSU. Especially given the player I am.”
According to Jarrett, the LSU coaching staff already has a role carved out for the five-star prospect. Here’s what he had to say when asked what part of the offense LSU is selling him on playing in Baton Rouge.
“The role JaMarr Chase is playing right now because he’ll be a junior when I’m there so I’ll probably…,” Jarrett cut off after that comment but it’s interesting how he chose to word his response.
LSU will have the next opportunity to impress Jarrett as he plans on taking official visits to LSU and Tennessee in the coming weeks. Based on his comments on both Tennessee and LSU, it’s easy to see why it’s looking like Jarrett will be playing in the SEC this time next year.