Best of the 2018 Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series: Wide receivers
Now that the regional stops of the Rivals 3 Stripe Camps presented by adidas are complete, Rivals.com has been showcasing the top five players by position across all of the events. Here is a look at the players at the wide receiver position that showed that they were among the best in the nation with their performances - all ending in invitations to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas next month in Atlanta.
1. JOHN DUNMORE, RIVALS THREE STRIPE CAMP MIAMI
Dunmore set the tone for receivers in the camp series by making a variety of acrobatic catches in routine fashion at the first camp in Miami. This year’s series included some changes to the format, and in that first camp, one-on-one reps weren’t quite as plentiful, but Dunmore took the chances that he was given and made the most of them. Miami also featured several other top receiving talents - most notably Clemson commit Frank Ladson - but Dunmore was as consistent as he was eye-catching and his results on the afternoon allowed him to take top honors in South Florida.
2. GARRETT WILSON - RIVALS THREE STRIPE CAMP HOUSTON
If there is one thing there is no shortage of in Texas in this year’s class, it’s wide receiver talent, and Wilson is among the best in that conversation. At a camp that also included fellow Five-Star Challenge invitees Jalen Curry and Elijah Higgins, as well as a glut of 2020 receivers making big plays of their own, Wilson showed he is capable of not only winning battles downfield with defensive backs for deep catches but also kept them guessing on more intermediate routes. Wilson frustrated DBs with his ability to stop and contort himself in mid-air to make seemingly impossible grabs. He committed to Ohio State later in the spring and has been one of the hottest wide receiver names in the country.
3. TREJAN BRIDGES - RIVALS THREE STRIPE CAMP DALLAS
Bridges stole the show in Dallas in trademark fashion, making big play after big play - as has become the norm for him whenever he’s in a competitive environment. There are few receivers in the country that can freeze a defender on a post route like Bridges, and even fewer that have the sort of catch radius that he does.
Bridges has had a bit of a reputation for a brash personality on the field, but that could also be interpreted as the sort of confidence that many like to see in their top receivers. With the re-commitments of Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson to Oklahoma this spring, the Sooners have arguably the scariest incoming crop of wide receivers in the country.
4. LANCE WILHOITE - RIVALS THREE STRIPE CAMP NASHVILLE
By the time the camp series made its way to Nashville, players like Wilhoite were able to get involved in more one-on-one reps against defensive backs, and Wilhoite took full advantage of the opportunity. In some cases only one or two other players took a turn before he was up again looking for another rep, and seldom did it not end with the ball safely in his hands. With good length, an easy athleticism and an obvious motor, Wilhoite showed exactly why he is one of the most highly pursued wide receiver prospects in the nation.
5. THEO WEASE - RIVALS THREE STRIPE CAMP DALLAS
Wease wins out in a close one over Trey Knox for the final spot on this list, but there is a reason that Wease is a five-star prospect - and he plays with all the confidence of one. Both are big, physical prospects, but Wease makes every power element of his game look effortless from the moment that he takes off the line to start his routes. Knox had a couple of highlight-worthy grabs in Nashville, but Wease has been on a mission since last year’s Five-Star Challenge to be the top wide receiver in the country, and has been anything but complacent since taking that spot with performances like the one he turned in at Dallas.