RCS Chicago: What to watch

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After 15 stops, the regional portion of the Rivals Camp Series presented by
Under Armour will conclude this weekend in Chicago and the top prospects from
the Midwest, and around the country, are showing up to mark the occasion.
A national camp
The 16th and final regional camp of the year in the Rivals Camp Series is going
to feature one of the most diverse rosters on the tour. Prospects from 20
different states are headed to the Windy City this weekend, from as far east as
South Carolina and Florida to Colorado in the west. And there are some big names
coming from long distances to attend Sunday's camp. Class of 2016 running back
Robert Washington from Huntersville (N.C.) Southlake Christian Academy
has an offer list populated by more than two dozen of the top programs in the
country. Meanwhile, Nebraska four-star defensive back commits Eric Lee and Avery Anderson will be making their way east to work out
on Sunday.
Collection of top
2016 offensive linemen
Based on early returns, the offensive line group in the Midwest's 2016 class
promises to be one of the best in recent memory with a top-heavy group of
national prospects. Four of those top 2016 linemen -- and quite possibly the top
four in the region -- will be in attendance Sunday. The most well-known is
Downers Grove (Ill.) South's Erik Swenson who made a commitment to
Michigan last fall. Arguably the hottest offensive line prospect in the
Midwest right now is Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson, who has
added offers six offers from Big Five programs in the last two months. Sioux
Falls (S.D.) Washington's Matt Farniok and Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel
Catholic's Sean Foster also have impressive early offer list, and this
will be the first time all four will go head-to-head in the same camp.
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Chicagoland wide
receivers set to do battle
Wide receiver is one of the deepest positions in the state of Illinois in 2015,
and the top-rated prospects at the position will be at Maine South High School
for Sunday's camp. Four-star Miles Boykin of New Lenox Providence
Catholic is the highest rated of the bunch, checking in as the nation's No. 114
overall prospect in the 2014 class. Boykin's ranking jumped after a stand out
performance at the Under Armour All-American Combine in January, and a trio of
Chicagoland receivers will be looking to similarly increase their stock going
heads-to-head with Boykin this weekend. Nebraska commit Spencer Tears
of Oak Lawn Richards, Leon Thornton of Lombard Montini and Cameron Green of Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson are all high three-stars and
represent four of the top five at the position in the state. Only Lemont's
Flynn Nagel, who is currently rehabilitating a foot injury suffered
earlier this spring, will not be competing from that top five.
Rivals250 well
The top-end talent at Sunday's camp will feature several already ranked in the
Rivals250 presented by Under Armour, with several more who are looking to earn
their way into that tier. Headlining the group is East St. Louis (Ill.)
defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., the nation's No. 35 ranked prospect
in the 2015 class. Another Rivals100 member, linebacker
Justin Hilliard
will be making his way up from Cincinnati to compete. The other Rivals250
participants include wide receiver Miles Boykin, Nebraska defensive
back commits Eric Lee and Avery Anderson and Missouri
quarterback commit Drew Lock and running back commit
Natereace Strong.
The offensive line will not be the only position where elite underclassmen will
perform. Robert Washington, the stand out sophomore from North
Carolina, will be joined at the running back group by O'Fallon, Ill., sophomore
Kentrail Moran. The quarterback position will feature 2016 Woodbury
(Minn.) East Ridge quarterback Seth Green, who holds six early offers.
At wide receiver, East St. Louis class of 2017 wide receiver
Jeff Thomas is up to 12 offers while the cornerback position will feature
another St. Louis-area underclass standout in Chaminade cornerback Roderick Campbell. Combined with the quartet of top 2016 offensive linemen, Sunday's
event will give us a good look at future talent.
Josh Helmholdt is a Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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