Rivals 3 Stripe Camp L.A.: Which programs had the most buzz?
GLENDORA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles stop of the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas is in the books and after having a chance to gather news and notes from the region’s top players as well as see them in action, it’s time to take a look at the three college programs that had the most hype at the event.
It seems like nearly every elite prospect at the event has USC somewhere in the mix when it comes to their recruitment, including the camp’s unquestioned star, five-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Other prospects talked about how they can see him breaking the mold and being the first of three St. Brown brothers to stay close to home. He looks like a special talent and the type that the Trojans will want to land.
Linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu remains as one of the school’s top targets regardless of position and has the potential to excel in USC’s defensive scheme. He had very good things to say about the Trojans during the time he spent with the media and then excelled on the field as well, earning an invite to the Five-Star Challenge.
Add in an impressive performance from Rivals100 Trojans linebacker commit Raymond Scott and the school’s fans have something to celebrate after an excellent weekend.
The Bruins also had a number of targets in attendance, highlighted by Rivals100 offensive lineman Penei Sewell. The Utah resident is one of the Bruins' top targets from outside of California, so the fact that he made an effort to visit campus while he was in town for the camp shows that he’s giving the Bruins a serious look. Sewell, who is also very involved with Utah and USC, was one of the most physically impressive prospects at the camp, winning nearly every one-on-one rep he took while just narrowly missing on position MVP honors. Sewell was invited the Five-Star Challenge, an event where several other UCLA targets are likely to attend as well.
Half of the Bruins' current commit list was in attendance at the event and versatile athletes Jhevon Hill and Isaiah Johnson both impressed at various points during the event while also getting a chance to do some recruiting on behalf of the school.
The camp was loaded with talent from the state of Utah, headlined by four-star offensive line commit Hunter Lotulelei. During the media portion of the camp, Lotulelei said he’s doing his best to recruit for the Utes and he’s trying to stay in the ears of several of the school’s top targets. Despite his quiet approach on the field, Lotuleli was impressive during one-on-ones, winning the majority of the reps he took. As one of the cornerstones of the Utes’ class, his presence at top camps can only be a good thing for the program.
Joining Lotulelei in impressing during one-on-ones was Utah offensive line target Justin Dedich. Currently ranked as the nation’s No. 2 player at the center position, he’s set to visit Utah soon. Dedich has been linked to USC and UCLA, but if the Utes can impress on his visit, a pairing of Lotuleli and Dedich on the offensive line would be an excellent start to the Utes' 2018 class.