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Rivals.com, the nation's leader in football recruiting coverage, is bringing more than 100 of the country's top prospects to participate in the second annual Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour. The free, invite-only camp for the nation's elite will feature top prospects at all positions from the class of 2014 and 2015. Each position is loaded with talent and today we take a look at the offensive linemen.
Alex Bars, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy, Joshua Casher, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's, Natrell Curtis, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe, Mitch Hyatt (2015), Suwannee (Ga.) North Gwinnett, Sterling Jenkins (2015), Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin, Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal, Damien Mama, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Sam Mustipher, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel, Quenton Nelson, Red Bank (N.J.) Red Bank Catholic, Zach Okun (2015), Newbury Park, Calif., Javon Patterson (2015), Petal, Miss., Damian Prince, Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara, Drew Richmond (2015), Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis University School, Zach Rogers (2015), Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, Casey Tucker, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, Isaiah Wynn, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood.
Damian Prince is the highest-ranked offensive lineman at the event and you can bet he will have a target on his back. However, that's exactly what he wants.
He wants to go against the best to prove where he is on the national level. Prince missed pretty much the entire spring and summer camp season last year, so this year he is making up for it and has slimmed down and added to his athleticism. Prince will certainly be tested with three five-star defensive ends at the event.
Sterling Jenkins is a 2015 prospect, so it's rare for a rising junior to be considered a sleeper, but you have to consider how quickly he has emerged. He attended the RCS in Pittsburgh and since then the offers have been flying in. At 6-foot-8 and 296 pounds, Jenkins will be one of the biggest offensive linemen at the event. Still learning his craft, he will be exposed at times but he will also earn tremendous experience moving forward from going against the best in the country.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Keeping an eye -- or two -- on Damien Mama won't be difficult because he's so huge. At 6-foot-5 and 360 pounds, Mama has a way of engulfing defensive linemen and establishing control early in one-on-one situations. What's most impressive, though, is that Mama is so light on his feet and moves so well and that's why college coaches are looking at him to play offensive guard or offensive tackle. This setting is unique with so many outstanding defensive linemen, so Mama will be tested like never before.
RIVALS100 FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE
The Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge will be held June 7-9 in Chicago. Rivals.com will break down a different position each day this week. Here is the series schedule:
Tuesday: Running backs
Wednesday: Receivers/tight ends
Thursday: Offensive linemen
Friday: Defensive linemen
Sunday: Defensive backs
MOST TO PROVE
Sam Mustipher comes from a great program and goes against top talent in practice, but he struggled at the RCS Newark. He was shooting his hands without keeping his feet moving and guessing too often rather than remaining patient and countering his opponent's moves. Mustipher is one of the nation's top guards on film and he's out to show that his performance in New Jersey, which got better as the camp progressed, wasn't the norm.
BEST CHANCE TO BOOST STOCK
Alex Bars has great potential with a family tree that includes a brother at Penn State, another brother at Michigan and a father who played at Notre Dame. He grew up destined to be an elite offensive lineman, and after spending most of the spring away from football, Bars has a chance to come to Chicago and show that he's better than the nation's No. 7 overall offensive tackle, where he's currently ranked. Bars is committed to Notre Dame and Irish fans are hoping that playing well in the Midwest will become a regular occurrence in the future.
UNDERCLASSMAN TO WATCH
When it comes to elite offensive linemen in the Class of 2015, Mitch Hyatt's name is one of the first that comes to mind. He's already high on the board of several schools in the Southeast and he turned in a very impressive performance at the RCS Atlanta stop. Now he has a chance to show that he's not just one of the best underclassmen in the country, but one of the best offensive linemen period.
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