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Camp Chatter: What players were saying at Rivals 3 Stripe Charlotte

CORNELIUS, N.C. – There is no higher honor for a football player than to earn the respect of his follow competitors. So we asked some of the participants at Sunday’s Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas in Charlotte to talk about which players impressed them most that they battled all day.

BEST QUARTERBACK


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Justin Fields

Justin Fields. He made great decisions all day. He would throw back shoulder, hold the ball and he just made the right decisions with the ball.” – Rivals100 DB Derrik Allen, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter

“Justin Fields. He played smart and with a great attitude. He knew when to get rid of the ball and he was throwing great passes all day.” – Rivals250 WR Derion Kendick, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe

BEST RUNNING BACK

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Devyn Ford

"Of all the ones I went against, I thought Devyn Ford was the best. Ford was the most fluid back. His routes were smooth and he had good speed." - Three-star LB Jake Venables, Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel

“In the first 1-on-1’s in the tag up drill, Devyn Ford looked the best, but I didn't see him in the pass coverage... from what I saw on the route running and pass coverage Ricky Person was almost scoring every time.” – 2019 LB Drake Thomas, Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage

“I think it was Devyn Ford and Chris Tyree looked good as well. They had good route running mainly. They were cutting on a dime” – Rivals100 LB Teradja Mitchell, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan

"I thought Patric Edwards was the best running back. I didn't realize how fast he was until he went by me. I had to work to keep up." - 2019 LB Brandon Smith

BEST WIDE RECEIVER

Kyle Wright. He ran great routes today. He knows how to get open, he has good speed and he was easy to throw to.” – Rivals100 QB Justin Fields, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison

Derion Kendrick. He is fast, he has great feet and he is a great all-around wide receiver. He was a great match all day.” – Four-star DB Trey Dean, Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown


BEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

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Nana Asiedu

“The best offensive lineman was Nana Asiedu. He was really tall.” - 2020 DL Ben Smiley, Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River

“I thought Jovaughn Gwyn was really good. He was tough.” - 2019 DL Savion Jackson, Clayton, N.C.

Raiqon O’Neal. Usually I can just kill guys with speed but he did a good job kicking out and beating me to the point and then I really had to work on a move to beat him.” – Three-star DE Chris Collins, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine

BEST DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

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Rick Sandidge

Rick Sandidge. He is a big and tall defensive lineman, but he played with great leverage. He was tough for most to stop.” – Three-star OC Hank Manos, Chapin, S.C.

“Rick Sandidge was the best defensive lineman. He was really strong.” - 2020 OL Altirque Barlow, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan

K.J. Henry. He did pretty good. He does a good job of getting out fast, and when you get out fast you put the o-lineman in a touch position and that’s when you can get him.” – Collins

Akeem Smith. He had a lot of enthusiasm and you can tell he likes the sport and he was more passionate and he had energy and a purpose to everything he did.” – Three-star OL Jovaughn Gwyn, Charlotte (N.C.) Harding

BEST LINEBACKER

“The best linebacker was Gerald Nathan. He really loved to compete and was good in coverage.” – 2020 RB Demetrius Mauney, Forest City (N.C.) East Rutherford

Kalen Allen; for his size he kept up with me on a seam.” – Ford

BEST DEFENSIVE BACK

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Trey Dean

“Out of the ones I went against, Steven Gilmore. He was the one that guarded me really good and we've been against each other before and it's always been a good battle.” - Rivals250 WR Jordyn Adams, Cary (N.C.) Green Hope

Derrik Allen and Trey Dean were the best to me. They both have great size and technique. And both of them are physical.” – Fields

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