Prospects that earned their stripes at Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. — The 2018 Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series presented by adidas rolling into Mobile on Sunday, with just under 200 of the best college football prospects in the South turning out to compete. With so much talent on hand, there were plenty impressive performances, but only a select few can win position MVPs or earn a much-coveted invite to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas. We run through the players who won awards and earned their stripes at Sunday’s event.
Tyson has seen his recruitment explode in recent months and he showed why on Sunday. After a slow start to the day he picked things up and was more impressive and capped it off by shining against the events best defensive backs. Alabama is a major factor in his recruitment, as are programs like Kentucky, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame.
WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END MVP
Mingo got it started with his performance in the cat and mouse session. For a bigger receiver, he showed good quickness and a burst to win some battles there. When he got out to work at the receiver position, he showed that quickness, the ability to adjust to the ball and consistent hands. Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have each offered and he is considering all three at this time.
RUNNING BACK MVP
Spivey was one of the most pleasant surprises of the day, showing great wiggle for a prospect his size and then continuing his excellence in pass-catching drills. Because he plays at a high school loaded with talent, he's had to split carries at times, but make no mistake, he has the look and abilities of a Power Five prospect. South Alabama is his biggest offer to date, but the Jaguars should have company on his offer list soon.
OFFENSIVE LINE MVP
It was another dominant performance for Thomas, who earned offensive line MVP at a regional camp for the second consecutive year. Nobody could beat Thomas, who measured in at 6-foot-4, as he continues to improve his skills even though he's already one of the nation's best. For his efforts, Thomas was awarded an invitation to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas for the second consecutive year.
DEFENSIVE LINE MVP
Russell checked in at 6-foot-3, 211 pounds and he looked much taller than that. He is a long, rangy end and at check-in Sunday, his wingspan was measured at 80-inches. He is all about speed and quickness right now and he used those strengths to win all but one rep Sunday. When he is able to get a step, he is gone and he was impressive. He grew up a Mississippi State fan, and the Bulldogs have offered, but he is also eyeing schools like Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
It has been a big month for Constantin in recruiting and it showed Sunday why he has added all those offers. Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others have offered in recent weeks. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound linebacker out of Baton Rouge (La.) University made a strong case for a fourth star. He had about as dominant as a performance as a linebacker can in this setting. He was running with running backs and tight ends, he flashed great closing speed and you can expect to hear much more about this young man moving forward.
DEFENSIVE BACK MVP
Duncan was playing physical all afternoon and it paid off for him. He said, “If I don’t play aggressive, then the receivers will, so I have to do it first.” He had a couple of interceptions on the day and numerous pass break-ups. When he did fall back a step, he recovered well, and one of the most impressive things about his day, was how he finished. He never gave up and he worked to break the pass up until the play was over. Florida recently offered and his brother played at Vanderbilt, so those two schools are involved, but he is taking the recruiting process slow.
ADDITIONAL FIVE-STAR INVITES
Jackson came into the event riding a wave of strong performances at recent camps and Sunday just added to his resume. Thomas was the only player who could even slow Jackson down as he showed impressive power from the defensive tackle position. The former LSU commit has all the makings of a future star and will be high on the list of every program in the country. For his efforts, Jackson was invited to the Five-Star Challenge.
Not much more can be said about Thomas. He was dominant in Mobile. After the camp, he said he wants to always come to compete to get the best ranking possible. He did not hurt his stock on Rivals this week. His power is undeniable and he competes hard and he looks to dominate the man in front of him each and every rep. He is a strong LSU commitment.