Rivals Camp Series: Top five running backs of the 2019 tour
The regional schedule of the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas is now completed and now only the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas on June 25 in Atlanta remains. There were 12 stops from California to Florida to New Jersey and many cities in between.
Today, we continue to look back at the top performances, position-by-position, with the running backs.
1. BIJAN ROBINSON
Robinson isn’t the highest-rated running back on this list, but he’s the only one to beat a five-star running back (Kendall Milton) for an MVP award and earn an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge. His consistent wins during the one-on-one period at the Los Angeles camp caught everybody’s attention, but the way he won each rep was equally as impressive. Robinson’s soft hands, effortless route running, and burst in the open field made him dominate the competition and earn the top spot on this list.
2. JAYLAN KNIGHTON
Knighton was lightning in a bottle at the Miami camp back in February and really ran away with the MVP award. His elusiveness in the open field and quickness out of his breaks made him a favorite target for quarterbacks. Knighton’s skill set makes him a very tough matchup in the camp setting and he will likely excel at the Five-Star Challenge.
3. DEMARKCUS BOWMAN
Bowman toyed with the competition at the Tampa regional camp and walked away with a Five-Star Challenge invitation. The five-star Clemson running back commit didn’t win the MVP award that day, but he has no problem handling anything the defense throws at him. Bowman’s impressive blend of size and speed should serve him well in Atlanta.
4. JALEN BERGER
At the rain-soaked camp in New Jersey, Berger impressed as a big, versatile back with good hands and the route-running skills to get open with ease. The competition for the MVP award that day was close, and Berger walked away with the hardware along with an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge.
Ohio State and Michigan are the two main suitors for the Rivals100 back out of New Jersey.
5. REGGIE LOVE
A tough, physical all-purpose back out of St. Louis, Love won the MVP award at the camp in his home city and did so in impressive fashion. Linebackers could not slow down the Illinois commit. His quickness and ability to slip by the defenders made winning one-on-one reps relatively easy. Look for Love to make plenty of big plays early in his career at Illinois.