Upcoming Visits: Black is set for a busy six weeks, beginning with his June 23 visit to Notre Dame. According to his father, a June 27 trip to Florida State is on the docket after his 7-on-7 team competes in a tournament at IMG Academy in Brandeon, Fla. He will then visit Georgia, Auburn and Alabama on successive days in July (July 16-18) with his coach, David Dykeman.
His father said Black will then visit Stanford July 28-30, and he is also trying to work in a visit to UCLA during that time frame.
Rating: 4- stars
Ranking: Black is the No. 1 receiver in Connecticut, the No. 1 rceiver in the East, the No. 14 receiver in the nation and the No. 103 overall prospect
Scouting Report: Black's combination of size, quickness, speed and strong hands makes him the top pass catcher in the East. He has the speed and hand movement to get off the line of scrimmage cleanly, he gets into his breaks well and he knows how to use his body to shield defenders.
Black also high-points the ball and tracks it well. He adjusts to the ball in the air. He goes over the middle to make plays in traffic, battles for balls, and he can make yards after the catch.
To top it off, Black already is a willing blocker. He knows how to turn a cornerback and allow a running back to get to the edge.
Quote to Remember: ""What’s important to me? Family atmosphere, playing time, developing into the receiver I want to be and the man I want to be. I just want to have a good career."
Scout-ing the Tea Leaves: Black's recruitment is interesting, particularly since he named at top five of Alabama, UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame and Michigan, but he is now set to also visit Auburn, Georgia and Florida State. It creates a lot of interesting options.
Starting with Michigan, there is plenty of familiarity there. The Wolverines just held a satellite camp at Cheshire Academy, and Black was able to bond with the coaching staff.
The visits to Georgia, Auburn and Florida State add an intriuing flavor to Black's recruitment. He could be an Amari Cooper-type receiver for the Crimson Tide, and a visit to campus could alter his recruitment significantly. The Auburn, Georgia and Florida State trips will give each of those schools a chance to make a legitimate run at Black, but none were in his top five, and he has a top five for a reason.
The biggest visits look to be to Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. Black, as well as his family, place a premium on academics, and each of those schools are making a big impression on the academic side with Black and his family.
The Notre Dame trip will set the bar for other schools, not only in football, but in selling the "40-year decision" coach Brian Kelly likes to talk about with recruits.
That Black set a Stanford visit and is trying to work a UCLA trip into it suggests the Cardinal sit in a very good position if he elects to play in the Pac-12.
Decision Time: This will be a fun one, and cauese a ton of speculation.Holmes said last week he wants to make a decision before his senior season. It could come during the summer, or it could be just before the start of the season at Cheshire Academy, which opens Sept. 24.