Rivals Camp Series: Predictions for D.C. this weekend
The Rivals Camp Series presented by adidas is back in the Washington D.C., area for the first time since 2014. That camp featured familiar names such as Dwayne Haskins Jr., Felton Davis, Trevon Diggs and Isaiah Prince. After looking over the players that are signed up for the event on Sunday, this edition of the camp could end up being even better. Here are some predictions about what might occur at the camp.
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Five-star Bryan Bresee will handle his business
Five-star defensive lineman Bryan Bresee looks more like a defensive tackle when he walks into a room but he has the skills to play all over the defensive line. Look for him to give offensive lineman a really tough time on Sunday, whether he’s playing inside or outside. His strength, combined with his quickness and advanced technique, will be on full display and he is the favorite to win the MVP award for the defensive line. Clemson just hosted Bresee on an unofficial visit for their spring game last weekend and he has canceled his previously scheduled official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. He’s set a commitment date of April 23 and has been thinking about taking some more visits later this spring and into the summer, but for now Clemson appears to be in the driver’s seat.
Loaded DL group will muddy the MVP race
Bresee isn’t the only defensive lineman who is being heavily recruited by colleges around the country that will be participating on Sunday. Coziah Izzard and Tre’ Williams garner plenty of headlines on the recruiting trail. Williams was one of the most heavily recruited defensive tackles in the country before he committed to Clemson. Emerging defensive lineman Kris Jenkins, son of the former NFL all-pro defensive lineman by the same name, is hoping to show everyone why his offer sheet is quickly expanding. The underclassman ranks will also be extremely talented. Defensive end Monkell Goodwine, Tyleik Williams, James Gillespie, KaTron Evans, Kelvin Gilliam and many more won’t make this an easy position to win the MVP award.
Offensive line MVP won’t be obvious
As good as the defensive linemen will be on Sunday, the offensive line will have plenty of talent to compete. Rivals250 linemen Anton Harrison, Aaryn Parks and Olu Fashanu lead the way for this group and they will get a lot of attention, but it won’t be easy for them to overshadow the rest of the offensive linemen. Penn State commit Golden Achumba is planning on making the trip despite visiting the Nittany Lions for their spring game on Saturday. Reuben Adams Jr. has the same plan. Coveted underclassmen Landon Tengwall, a Rivals Camp veteran at this point, and Wyatt Milum are looking to grab the spotlight as well.
Five-star WR Rakim Jarrett will leave no doubt
There will be a lot of receivers in attendance on Sunday but no one is higher rated than five-star Rakim Jarrett. The No. 2-rated wide receiver in the Rivals100, Jarrett is a well-rounded receiver who can play on the outside or from the slot. His hands are very reliable and his route-running skills are exceptional. Look for him to have his way with nearly all of the defensive backs he comes across. He is the favorite to win the MVP award, but players such as KeAndre Lambert will make sure it isn’t a cakewalk.
Younger linebackers will shine
Standout 2020 linebackers Mitchell Melton and North Carolina commit Ethan West are planning on competing on Sunday and they could easily win the MVP award at their position, but the younger linebackers that will be in attendance will give them all they can handle. Greg Penn will be a junior in the fall and, even though he is an inside linebacker he has the speed and patience in coverage to excel in the camp environment. Demeioun Robinson is a long outside linebacker with pass-rushing skills and plenty of athleticism. Those types of linebackers are always big playmakers in the camp setting.
Jaishawn Barham and Shawn Murphy are just finishing their freshmen year, but they are already major recruits. Barham has the look of a linebacker that could end up putting his hand in the ground, but has the open-field speed and physicality to do a good job against the competition on Sunday. Murphy also has a ton of athleticism and seems to move really well in space. He could shine in his first major camp opportunity.