O'FALLON, Ill. - The final stop of the 2017 Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series presented by adidas took place Sunday at O’Fallon Township High School with players from more than 20 states turning out to participate. Only the best of the best earned walked away with hardware. We recap the award winners and players who earned invitations to the Five-Star Challenge here.
POSITION MVP WINNERS
Three-star Arkansas quarterback commit Connor Noland made the trek to St. Louis and was rewarded for his travel and his performance by taking home quarterback MVP honors. Noland was singled out by both coaches and his fellow competitors as a guy who impressed, and he was consistently sharp from drills to one-on-ones.
Class of 2018 running back Canaan Brooks came out of nowhere to win MVP honors after having a day to remember. Brooks has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but the shifty playmaker lit it up during the tackling drill one-on-ones and then continued his impressive showing during passing drills. With his speed and hands it’s tough to see why he hasn’t caught the eye of a college program yet.
Class of 2019 wide receiver Trey Knox has seen his stock rise in recent months with several new scholarship offers rolling, in and that stock might soar even higher after his showing on Sunday. The four-star prospect had a dominant day, with some of his most impressive plays coming against the camp’s best defenders. Not only did Knox earn MVP honors, he also earned an invitation to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge.
Class of 2019 Alabama offensive line commit Pierce Quick was an unfamiliar face to many of his fellow campers, but it only took one rep for opposing defensive linemen to learn his name. Quick was very impressive and he continues to makes leaps and bounds in his development as a pass blocker. In addition to winning offensive line MVP honors, Quick also earned an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge.
A class of 2019 prospect, Williams was beaten solidly just once during one-on-one work and used his incredible length to his advantage all afternoon. He’s already a physical defensive back but should improve in press coverage as he adds size. Williams already lists offers from Nebraska, Missouri and others. Still, his recruitment remains in its infancy.
Herrold, who earned his way into the camp through Saturday’s combine, impressed in drills by showcasing light feet and smooth lateral movement. He continued his impressive run during one-on-one drills, where he showed a knack for covering smaller targets. He needs to add weight in the year ahead, but if he retains his agility while doing so, he could become a solid FBS prospect.
The most dominant player at the camp, Thompson asserted himself early in one-on-ones and lost just one rep during the event. His build is that of an elite-level college lineman, and his raw power was on display from the jump. Thompson is shockingly light on his feet for a prospect of his massive size and possesses the explosiveness of a smaller prospect. There’s a reason Thompson holds offers from a long list of major programs and he showed off that reason all afternoon. In addition to his MVP honors, Thompson also earned an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge.
ADDITIONAL FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE INVITES
Four-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye only had to make a short trip from St. Louis to compete on Sunday, and he looked at home as he put on an impressive performance to earn his invitation. Adeoye is a very physically impressive prospect. and his work against shifty backs in space along with his ability to cover are why he’s one of the nation’s top linebackers. He showed both skills at the event.
Rivals100 wide receiver Kamryn Babb earned his invitation after showing the impressive skills that have him ranked that high to begin with. Babb is electric with the ball in his hands, and his ability to shake defenders is what really impressed Sunday. Babb already has offers from many of the nation’s top programs, and now he can make his argument for a move up the rankings next month in Indianapolis.
Rivals100 defensive back Houston Griffith missed the Orlando stop of the series because of spring break, but he wasn’t going to let that keep him from earning his invitation to Indianapolis. Griffith showed no ill effects from his travel from Florida and he used his physicality to overpower several wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.
Rivals100 Nebraska commit Cameron Jurgens is ranked as an athlete in the Rivals.com database and took reps at both tight end and wide receiver on Sunday. While he was impressive on both sides of the ball, it was his time at tight end that helped him earn his ticket to Indianapolis for the Five-Star Challenge. Jurgens has surprising speed and good hands, and he will now get a chance to show he’s one of the nation’s best tight ends against elite competition next month.
Rivals250 athlete and Tennessee commitment Alontae Taylor punched his ticket to the Five-Star Challenge after a very impressive showing. Taylor has transitioned from a quarterback at the start of his career to a very polished wide receiver, and what’s scary for defenders is it still looks like he’s got plenty of room to continue to improve going forward.
Rivals100 defensive tackle Trevor Trout will be making his second consecutive trip to the Five-Star Challenge after having an excellent day while working at defensive tackle. Trout is just the latest defensive lineman in a long line of impressive prospects from the St. Louis area. He comes into events expecting to dominate, and that’s exactly what did on Sunday.