The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour hits the Queen City on Sunday
with a stop at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C. Led by five-star
defensive end Shameik Blackshear, the battle for the defensive line MVP
could highlight the day. Here are five things we're looking forward to seeing.
1. The defensive line group is stacked
The defensive line battle could be epic. Five-star defensive end
Shameik Blackshear from Bluffton, S.C. leads a group that also includes four-star
defensive end Jalen Dalton from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth,
(S.C.) Woodland. Throw in three-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson
who is coming for that fourth star and many others and you have a terrific group
that has the potential to dominate the top performers list.
2. Contrast in styles
two styles. Love, from Wake Forest (N.C.) Rolesville and Gallaspy from
Greensboro (N.C.) Southern Guilford are both four-star talents with different
skill sets. Love is a 5-foot-9, 179-pounder who is excellent in space and is
dangerous out of the backfield in the passing game when it comes to making
people miss while Gallaspy is a 5-foot-11, 213-pound big back with excellent
one-cut ability and a powerful upfield burst. Love has the advantage for obvious
reasons in a wide open camp setting, but Gallaspy is a talent who has been
excellent at numerous camps before. Keep an eye on this battle.
3. Charlotte will be about discovery
This camp will be about discovery, something I love when it comes to scouting.
Compared to the Atlanta RCS or some of the other camps loaded with four and five
stars, this camp will have a ton of three star prospects and even unrated
players with offers. That means we'll be able to find guys that are flying under
the radar or perhaps are under-ranked right now. There are few things more
exciting for a scout and analyst than finding a kid who is a top talent who
hasn't gotten the exposure yet. North Carolina kids often emerge later, but this
camp could allow some of them to emerge before the Spring Evaluation Period.
4. Keep an eye on the underclassmen
There will be plenty of 2016 and 2017 and even 2018 prospects with offers at
this camp that we will be getting a good glimpse of the future in many states.
The running back position itself has close to double-digit underclassmen
prospects to keep an eye on and the state has become known for producing some
great ones in recent years. Other positions like wide receiver, defensive back
and offensive line have some intriguing prospects to watch for. Can one of them
break through and take home MVP honors at their position? Virginia Beach (Va.)
Ocean Lakes star Levonta Taylor, a 2016, could be a guy to watch at
5. Who will emerge at linebacker?
For, I believe, the first time in RCS history, we have a camp with zero
linebackers with offers so a few guys will have to emerge. What's amazing is
that in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina for 2015 and 2016, there
are only three prospects at linebacker with BCS offers. That's a simply
astonishing number. Linebacker is the one position where someone can emerge more
than any other at this camp.
Woody Wommack is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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