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RCS Houston: What to watch for

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Houston produces some of the top football talent in the country and is known as
a hotbed for future professionals. The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under
Armour stops in Houston on Sunday and there will definitely be some gifted
athletes ready to show they have what it takes to succeed on the next level and
beyond.
More than 200 prospects will take to the fields at Westfield High School with eight
Rivals250 prospects planning to participate as well as several talented
underclassmen. The expectations are high and there will be plenty of action to
watch.
Dominant defensive backs
Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall Rivals100 cornerback Kendall Sheffield participated in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge last summer and
has picked up offers from just about every college with a football program.
Sheffield has proven to be one of the top cornerbacks in the country and is
gearing up to show why on Sunday.
Joining Sheffield at cornerback is TCU commitment
P.J. Mbanasor.
The Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson standout has exploded onto the scene since
committing to the Horned Frogs. He may not be as highly touted at this point he
has a chance to vault up the rankings with a strong performance.
Then there is Texas commitment Jalen Campbell, who missed all
of the 2013 season with a knee injury. The four-star earned defensive skill MVP
honors at last year's Houston camp and now he returns to defend his title. He
will also be in Dallas.
Alabama Rivals100 safety commitment Deionte Thompson plans to
work double duty by putting in some time at receiver on Sunday and he has shown
in the past he has the goods at both positions.
Sunday will also be a big day for guys like James Locke, Holton Hill, Kenneth McGruder, Roney Elam and Keivon Ramsey who all have very impressive resumes of their own.
Wide receivers
will hold their own
The defensive backs will get plenty of attention, and rightfully so, but the
wide receiver group is going to provide plenty of challenges. Houston (Texas)
Cypress Ridge Rivals250 talent Kemah Siverand is a big, smooth pass
catcher who knows how to stretch the field. Lufkin's
Keke Coutee brings
plenty of quickness to the table. Justin Gamble just gets open.
John Humphrey is explosive and quick. Terry Mark and Sam Mays bring the size and athleticism. This is a well rounded group that is
sure to test those top flight defensive backs and make things a lot easier for
the quarterbacks.
Youth will be
served
There are plenty of talented 2015 prospects but do not overlook the
underclassmen. There are some very strong talents to be seen. Nacogdoches
(Texas) 2016 defensive back Brandon Jones and Spring (Texas) Westfield
2016 defensive tackle Ed Oliver are two of the most well known but
there are more who are already making noise.
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The running back position in particular has a few underclassmen to keep an eye
on. Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial 2016 Kameron Martin recently picked up
offers 10 and 11. Beaumont (Texas) Central 2016 Devwah Whaley already
has a couple of offers in his pocket. Richmond (Texas) George Ranch 2016
Darius Anderson is definitely one to watch after earning district
sophomore of the year honors.
The quarterbacks and receivers will also be well represented in the 2016 class.
Manvel (Texas) signal caller D'Eriq King will be joined by Channelview
(Texas) standout Jalen Hurts and West Orange-Stark's Dillon Sterling-Cole. They will be throwing to the likes of
Reggie Hemphill and Courtney Lark.
Oliver headlines a group of underclassmen defensive linemen which also includes
2016s Bravvion Roy, Darius Anderson and
Isaiah Chambers. Joining the defensive line group are standouts like 2016
linebacker Dontavious Jackson and safety
Deontay Anderson.
Plenty of running
backs
Underclassmen Martin, Whaley and Anderson were mentioned above, but the 2015
class is bringing plenty of star power as well. Houston (Texas) Episcopal
Rivals250 standout Tyreik Gray already holds offers from some of the
nation's top programs and averaged over 11 yards a carry as a junior. Texas A&M Rivals250 commitment Jay Bradford is also ready to show off
his rare combination of size and speed that made him such a highly coveted
prospect before committing to the Aggies.
Plenty of others are also attracting attention. Houston (Texas) Lamar's
Ronnie Wesley, Richmond (Texas) George Ranch's
Xavian Marks and
Humble (Texas) Summer Creek's DeUnte Chatman each bring a wide array of
skills to the table. Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial standout and
Texas Tech commitment Corey Dauphine is also looking forward to the
opportunity to step into the spotlight.
Of course, the running backs will have their obstacles with linebackers like
Rivals250 standout Cameron Townsend and College Station (Texas) A&M
Consolidated linebacker Riley Garner trying to stop them
Defensive in the
trenches
The talent on the defensive side of the trenches is looking pretty stacked.
Not only are their strong underclassmen in attendance but there is also a stout
group of upperclassmen on hand. Oklahoma commitment Du'Vonta Lampkin brings a nice blend of size and athleticism. Houston (Texas)
Cy-Fair defensive tackle Ross Donelly has been a multi-year starter for
the Bobcats and is attracting plenty of interest of his own. Conroe (Texas) Oak
Ridge standout John Williams is also an intriguing prospect with offers
already in-hand. The offensive counterparts will provide a solid test with the
likes of Cordel Iwuagwu, Tyler Higby and
Josh Jones
in attendance.
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Jason Howell is a Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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