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Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: Schools to Watch

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Here's a look at five schools that not only have pledges in action at this weekend's Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, but some big targets who may be influenced by those already committed.
Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: Teams to Watch
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The Crimson Tide are represented by a trio of current pledges in tight end O.J. HowardClick AlabamaHere to view this Link., linebacker Reuben FosterClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. and offensive tackle Grant HillClick AlabamaHere to view this Link.. Foster is a five-star prospect and the No. 2 overall player in the country. He will be in close competition with Jaylon SmithClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. to keep his title of top linebacker, though. Howard is the nation's No. 2 tight end and could see his stock rise even more with a strong performance, while Hill is looking to break into the Rivals100. The Crimson Tide is in on quite a few more prospects in action as well. From the Southwest team, athlete Rickey JeffersonClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. looks to be an Alabama-LSUClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. battle while class of 2014 prospects Hoza ScottClick AlabamaHere to view this Link., Tony BrownClick AlabamaHere to view this Link., Laurence JonesClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. and Demetrius KnoxClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. all have early Crimson Tide offers. They will also try to keep local 2014 running back Bo ScarbroughClick AlabamaHere to view this Link. at home next year.
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It seems Auburn's in-state rival Alabama has outrecruited the Tigers over the past decade, but this year the two schools have very strong recruiting classes. Auburn will have four commitments in action in wide receiver Earnest RobinsonClick AuburnHere to view this Link., linebacker Trey JohnsonClick AuburnHere to view this Link., defensive end Carl LawsonClick AuburnHere to view this Link. and defensive end Dee LinerClick AuburnHere to view this Link.. Lawson and Liner are both five-star prospects and will have targets on their backs from opposing offensive linemen because of it. Johnson can make his case that he belongs near the top of a loaded linebacker class this year. In addition to the four commits, the Tigers are in on some other prospects in attendance as well. Wide receiver Isaiah JonesClick AuburnHere to view this Link. is a major target, and Auburn may try to flip running back Greg BryantClick AuburnHere to view this Link. from his OklahomaClick AuburnHere to view this Link. pledge.
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Michigan currently has the top recruiting class in the Rivals.com team rankings so it is no surprise that it has several commits in action at the Five-Star Challenge. Three future Wolverines -- linebacker Mike McCrayClick MichiganHere to view this Link., athlete Jourdan LewisClick MichiganHere to view this Link. and offensive lineman David DawsonClick MichiganHere to view this Link. -- will be on the North squad, while offensive tackle Chris FoxClick MichiganHere to view this Link. will suit up for the West. Lewis is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Midwest and will prove his versatility by playing cornerback. Dawson has also seen his stock take off this spring, picking up a ton of offers even after committing. McCray is ranked as the No. 55 overall player in the country and will attempt to prove he belongs in the discussion with Reuben FosterClick MichiganHere to view this Link., Jaylon SmithClick MichiganHere to view this Link. and Matthew ThomasClick MichiganHere to view this Link. as five-star linebackers. Wide receiver Laquon TreadwellClick MichiganHere to view this Link., defensive end Malik McDowellClick MichiganHere to view this Link. and defensive end Da'Shawn HandClick MichiganHere to view this Link. are also big Michigan targets.
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The Longhorns have five commits all playing for the Southwest team over the weekend. Offensive lineman Jake RaulersonClick TexasHere to view this Link. has been to as many camps as any prospect in the country over the past few years, but the others have not been on display nearly as much. Fellow offensive tackle Kent PerkinsClick TexasHere to view this Link. has not attended a camp since prior to his freshman season, and linebacker Deoundrei DavisClick TexasHere to view this Link. has never been to one. Cornerback Antwuan DavisClick TexasHere to view this Link. is returning from an injury that cost him most of his junior season. The most intriguing thing to watch, though, will be how five-star quarterback Tyrone SwoopesClick TexasHere to view this Link. performs. He is seen as more of an athlete than a passer right now, but is looking to follow up a relatively strong Nike Camp performance with an even better one in Atlanta. One-time Texas commit Ricky Seals-JonesClick TexasHere to view this Link., the nation's top receiver, will also be in action and rooming with Swoopes.
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The Trojans have seven commitments in action, more than any other program. Five are on the West squad but this will give wide receiver Eldridge MassingtonClick USCHere to view this Link. and defensive end Kenny BigelowClick USCHere to view this Link. a chance to get to know and compete against their future teammates. Quarterback Max BrowneClick USCHere to view this Link. has a chance to cement his status as the sure-fire top passer in the country, and he will be throwing to fellow Trojan pledges Justin DavisClick USCHere to view this Link. and Steven MitchellClick USCHere to view this Link.. Cornerback Chris HawkinsClick USCHere to view this Link. and defensive end Kylie FittsClick USCHere to view this Link. will also be in action. USC is also after many of the uncommitted 2013 and 2014 prospects in attendance, including Tahaan GoodmanClick USCHere to view this Link. and Sebastian LarueClick USCHere to view this Link.. Can the seven future Trojans help recruit others to join them?
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