Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Orlando: Top underclassmen
OVIEDO, Fla. -- The Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas in Orlando was held Sunday with several of the nation’s top players turning out to compete. There were many outstanding performances turned in on both sides of the ball, and plenty of them came from the younger players in attendance.
Here’s a breakdown of the top underclassman performers.
Recruiting wrap: Moorer has early offers from Louisville, Indiana, Miami and others.
Performance: Listed at just 5-foot-7, Moorer doesn't look like he's going to be a dominant player when he walks off the bus. But given his speed and elusiveness, combined with the fact that he's just a rising sophomore, he really impressed. He looks like a future slot wide receiver and the type of guy who will be lighting up the camp circuit over the next few offseasons.
Recruiting wrap: Helm is waiting on his first offer.
Performance: Helm plays a number of positions for his high school team, including quarterback and running back, but he really impressed while caching the ball in space. He has very good hands and did a nice job of running sharp routes and consistently getting open. He's waiting on an FBS school to notice him, and his performance at the camp surely helped.
Recruiting wrap: Florida, Purdue, and Vanderbilt have shown some interest in Wolff, but he is still waiting on his first offer.
Performance: Wolff has great size and plenty of power behind his throws. He quickly developed a good rapport with the wide receivers and running backs because of his accurate downfield passes. Wolff isn’t as polished as many college coaches would like, but there is a lot to work with.
Recruiting wrap: Florida, Miami, and Louisville have already extended offers to Merriweather-Lewis.
Performance: Development is key with Merriweather-Lewis. He has a good frame and is pretty strong, but keeping his leverage and balance will really help him in the long run. Merriweather-Lewis had some good reps during the one-on-one session, and it’s easy to see the potential he possesses.
Recruiting wrap: Ellison has offers from Kentucky, Rutgers and a few other programs.
Performance: Ellison is a solidly built back, but he really impressed with his shiftiness during the one-on-one period between linebackers and running backs. His moves were quick and decisive and on several occasions he left opposing linebackers reaching for air as he blew by into space. With Power Five programs already starting to offer, he's a prospect to watch this offseason.
Recruiting wrap: Gagg is waiting on his first offer but has received some interest from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Purdue.
Performance: Much like Wolff, Gagg is a bigger quarterback with a lot of pop in his arm. His good passes were exceptional and drew a lot of praise from the coaches, but there were a number that missed their mark. College coaches value accuracy above all else, but as long as he develops in this area, Gagg should see some action in his recruitment.
Recruiting wrap: East Carolina was Gordon’s first offer.
Performance: Gordon is a physically imposing prospect that had a lot of success in the cat-and-mouse drills as well as one-on-ones. He was disciplined and did a good job of slowing down running backs as they came out of the backfield. Gordon’s patience and good instincts will be an asset to him at the college level.
Recruiting wrap: South Carolina is Vaughn’s biggest offer, but he also holds offers from UCF and Bowling Green.
Performance: Vaughn has a great build and his frame has plenty of room to pack on muscle. He looked light on his feet during one-on-ones and had decent technique. As he gets stronger and consistently plays with leverage, he will be a more effective pass blocker.
Recruiting wrap: Mitchell has an early offer from UCF.
Performance: Mitchell was performing on his home field Sunday at Oviedo High School, and he sure looked comfortable as the day moved along. His performance peaked during one-on-ones, when he routinely threw impressive deep balls down the field right into the hands of his wide receivers. People at Oviedo compare him favorably to former Oviedo quarterback Blake Bortles, and he could be the next big quarterback to come out of the program.
Recruiting wrap: Solomon-Wilson holds offers from Oregon and USF.
Performance: At 5-foot-10. Solomon-Wilson doesn’t have elite size, but he is certainly big enough to play in the slot when you factor in his track speed. Solomon-Wilson is a sprinter in addition to his football prowess and he showed off his speed. It’s hard to argue against Solomon-Wilson as an athletic specimen who is able to make plays on the college level.
Recruiting wrap: Jean has an early offer from South Carolina.
Performance: Jean comes from the powerhouse program Lakeland High, and despite being relatively unknown and an underclassman, he showed no signs of intimidation while battling the camp's top offensive line prospects. He was one of the few prospects to give Rivals100 offensive lineman William Barnes problems and had his way with some other prospects. Once coaches get out on the road this spring, his list is likely to keep blowing up.
Recruiting wrap: Davis has an early offer from UCF.
Performance: Davis impressed with a quick first step and ability to knock opposing offensive linemen off balance early during one-on-one drills. He's listed at 6-foot-1, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in drive. He consistently got leverage and used his strong lower body to overpower opposing linemen.