Cheshire Academy (Conn.) wide receiver Tarik Black informed the world of his expected commitment date in a Tweet on Sunday morning.
Black will commit on January 7 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio. The decorated four-star wideout will be one of a handful of commitments airing live on NBC during scheduled TV timeouts.
A top 100 player by most recruiting services' standards, the senior has whittled his list of potential schools to eight: Alabama, Auburn, Maine, Michigan, Stanford, Southern Connecticut State, Tuskegee, and UCLA.
It's an interesting mix, one which many recruiting experts believe Black is leaning towards the Wolverines. Connecticut's top in-state prospect took visits to Ann Arbor and Auburn in September and is set to head to Tuscaloosa in mid-November.
Stanford still has a decent shot, as Black's two remaining official visit slots could be used on both Pac-12 schools. That being said, distance could be the biggest driving factor in Black's decision, which may explain how Southern Connecticut State (Cheshire Academy is a half hour away from SCSU) and Maine (just a few states north) are still in the picture.
Black will join linebacker and fellow Stanford target Nathan McBride and quarterback commit Davis Mills on the East team.
As far as his skill set goes, Tarik Black is an incredible 6’2", 206-pound asset on the outside. He’s got the explosiveness to burn cornerbacks in the vertical passing game, but has the mitts and the physicality to win a one-on-one matchup for a jump ball. If you ask me, he’s a shorter version of Devon Cajuste, a guy who had the speed to get deep but had hands like glue to convert the short third-down throws.
Like it or not, we’ll have to wait and see if he chooses the Cardinal in San Antonio.