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Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: Who could push for top DL?

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Carl Lawson
Carl Lawson (Wade Rackley/Auburn athletics)

The Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on June 25, an event that has hosted some of the best high school prospects in the country since its inception in 2012. Could someone make history and put in the top performance ever this year? We take a look at each position continuing at defensive line and see who could make that push.

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In 2012, at our first event, defensive end Carl Lawson entered the Five-Star Challenge as a four-star and left as a clear five-star and a legitimate threat to Robert Nkemdiche for the No. 1 spot overall. No one could touch Lawson at the event and he made some very good offensive linemen look foolish. His combination of size, power and quickness was unmatched and to me he’s still had the best performance by a defensive lineman in the event’s history.


Bryan Bresee can play defensive end or defensive tackle at the event and has the power, agility and quickness to dominate. He’s a physical specimen like Lawson was with a little more length but not quite the same level of athleticism. I expect him to be one of the most dominant linemen at the event, but surpassing Lawson will be tough.