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Fab 15: Offensive stars come out in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour rolled into Mallard Creek High School on Sunday for the annual Charlotte stop. Some of the best athletes in the Carolinas were joined by prospects from Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, leading to plenty of outstanding performances. Here’s a rundown of the day’s top offensive performances.

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Recruiting wrap: Sermon has a top six of Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn.

Performance: Sermon was the best running back in attendance from start to finish, showing excellent footwork and quickness during drills and then showing his versatility and ability to get open during one-on-ones. For a player of his size to be able to move the way he does is rare, and it’s no wonder some of the country’s top programs are battling for his services.

Recruiting wrap: Smith is considering Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia.

Performance: Smith was probably the biggest target at the wide receiver position and despite tipping the scales at 219 pounds, he was routinely able to get separation down the field. Smith made a name for himself at last year’s Rivals Camp Series: Charlotte by making several spectacular catches, and he did the same at Sunday’s event, using his height and leaping ability to go up and make some impressive grabs.

Recruiting wrap: Several schools are in the mix for Becton, including Virginia, Maryland and Pitt.

Performance: Becton surprised many by walking away with MVP honors at the offensive line position. The massive prospect was impressive, using both his size and reach to dominate opposing defensive linemen. Despite being one of the largest prospects in attendance, he was light on his feet and also did well against speedy edge rushers.

Recruiting wrap: Laborn has a top group of schools that includes Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Performance: Laborn is one of the nation’s top running backs for a reason. He showed quick feet during drills and then during one-on-ones he was a tough cover for every defender that took their shot at him. On video, he’s great at making people miss in the open field and he showed that at the camp as well.

Recruiting wrap: Kendrick has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and several others.

Performance: Kendrick is listed in the database as a cornerback but he elected to work out at wide receiver. It turned out to be the right call for the versatile athlete who put on a show, using his smooth strides to glide down the field by defenders. He was in the discussion for the position MVP until the very end, and looks like a major name to watch in his class.

Recruiting wrap: Jones is committed to North Carolina.

Performance: Jones continues to fill out his once-thin frame and his new strength paid off in a variety of ways. Jones was able to shrug off smaller defensive backs who tried to jam him at the line and he also showed a nice ability to go up and make tough catches.

Recruiting wrap: Harrell is waiting on his first offer.

Performance: Harrell is ranked as a mid-three star despite still waiting on his first scholarship offer. He more than lived up to his ranking, however, as he looked like a brick wall when it came time to anchoring in and holding his ground. Harrell is an ideal interior line prospect and it’s very surprising several FBS schools have not noticed his talent yet.

Recruiting wrap: Pope has early offers from N.C. State and Virginia.

Performance: Pope is a very physically impressive wide receiver, especially for an underclassman and he did a terrific job of getting open and consistently making catches. For a player with his size and build to be able to get separation against defensive backs is impressive and he also did a great job of using his size to his advantage when it came to going up for 50-50 balls.

Recruiting wrap: Rodgers is committed to Clemson.

Performance: Just a day after the camp, Rodgers revealed on Twitter that he actually competed in the entire camp with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Despite that fact, he was still one of the most electric wide receivers in attendance, showing a great burst and ability to run by defenders. He did have problems with more physical defenders, but it’s clear that was due large in part to his injury, not his ability.

Recruiting wrap: Pierce has offers from Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Performance: Pierce is a tall, lean wide receiver who is a terrific athlete. He’s still raw when it comes to route-running and some other technical aspects of playing the position, but he was great at making some big plays. He looks like an ideal red zone threat at the next level.

Recruiting wrap: Capehart has offers from Maryland, Arizona State, Miami and several others.

Performance: Capehart has a strong fundamental base, including great feet and an excellent ability to run sharp, precise routes. He started off a little slow with a few drops, but as the day went along he showed that he has very sure hands and the ability to get open.

Recruiting wrap: Dobson has several FCS offers but is waiting on his first FBS offer.

Performance: Dobson is a do-everything athlete who decided to work out at wide receiver at the camp. He was impressive in the open field and his quick feet and ability to change directions quickly led to him leaving more than his share of defenders in the dust.

Recruiting wrap: Hartman is waiting on his first offer.

Performance: Hartman turned in the best wire-to-wire performance at the quarterback position and was one of the skill position players favorites when it came time for one-on-ones. He was very accurate and while he can probably improve his arm strength, he is very mechanically sound.

Recruiting wrap: Roberson has offers from N.C. State, East Carolina and Wake Forest.

Performance: Roberson was one of the smoothest wide receivers as he made it look effortless at times when running routes. He’s still a little thin, so he had problems with physical defensive backs at the line, but he easily has the frame to add some weight.

Recruiting wrap: Florida State, Florida, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee are among the early favorites to land Ross.

Performance: Ross isn’t a flashy offensive lineman, but he had a very solid day and was even in the MVP discussion for a good portion of the day. He has good feet and pretty good technique and that allowed him to handle most of the defensive linemen he faced. It remains to be seen if he’s a tackle or a guard at the next level, but his versatility should help him.