Takeaways: QBs battle, DL duo shines at Charlotte 3 Stripe Camp
FORT MILL, S.C. — The Charlotte edition of the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas is always one of the better events on the circuit and today was no different. Competitors from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia came out to show off their skills and generated headlines on and off the field. Take a look at the major takeaways from the camp.
THREE AT THE TOP FOR 2019 NO. 1 QUAVARIS CROUCH
For the first time in his recruitment, Rivals100 No. 1 prospect Quavaris Crouch named a short list, consisting of South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida State. That list isn’t set in stone, as he said, but those three programs are doing the best with him right now.
Crouch’s recent visit to Florida State for the Seminoles' spring game made a major impact on him, and his friendship with Rivals250 FSU quarterback commit Sam Howell could pay dividends for Willie Taggart’s program.
Crouch was quick to mention that South Carolina was recruiting him the hardest and he has a strong relationship with Gamecocks assistant coach Bobby Bentley. The position Crouch will play in college will have a major effect on his recruitment but the distance from home seems like it helps the Gamecocks.
The new coaching staff at Tennessee continues to do a very good job making Crouch feel comfortable and he is watching to see how the team progresses this season.
Michigan is also one of his favorite schools because of his relationships with coaches Pep Hamilton and Jay Harbaugh.
Look for Crouch to take official visits this summer and announce a decision during the season. South Carolina will likely host Crouch this coming Saturday.
It’s a down year nationally for quarterbacks but the group that competed at the camp today was very impressive. Quarterback MVP Sam Howell had the best day but it certainly wasn’t a runaway win. Luke Doty and Max Johnson, two 2020 signal callers, pushed Howell for the majority of the day. Howell, a Florida State commit, showed the best delivery, arm strength and accuracy while Doty wasn’t far behind him. Johnson, a lefty, threw with good power and decent technique but the ball fluttered on him at times.
The surprise of the day at quarterback was freshman DC Tabscott out of Nashville (Tenn.) Father Ryan. He was very accurate, made nearly all the throws and had good timing.
JOHNSON BROTHERS STAND OUT
Speaking of Max Johnson, his younger brother, class of 2022 tight end Jake Johnson, really stole the show. He likes playing wide receiver but looks like he will grow into a prolific tight end. Johnson was a mismatch problem all day and was in contention for the WR/TE MVP award. With an early Miami offer already under his belt, look for Johnson to pick up plenty of momentum on the recruiting trail as his high school career blossoms over the next few years.
SOUTH CAROLINA DEFENSIVE LINE DUO SHINES
The defensive line group was pretty good overall but two South Carolina prospects grabbed the spotlight. Defensive line MVP Demonte Capehart is a class of 2020 prospect with zero offers to his name but that is likely to change soon. His size, strength, speed, and surprisingly crisp technique caught everybody’s attention. Capehart’s performance today will certainly draw attention from college coaches around the country.
In a close second was defensive end Shamar McCollum. Already a three-star prospect, McCollum’s speed off the edge was outstanding. He has improved his hand techniques and does a good job mixing up his moves. Missouri and Arkansas are among his biggest offers to date.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND DEFENSIVE BACKS IMPRESS
Wide receiver and defensive back were easily the most talented and deepest position groups at the camp. Nolan Groulx, a Wisconsin commit, has been tearing up the camp circuit and it wasn’t a surprise that he won the position’s MVP award but there were a few other players that were pushing him. The aforementioned Jake Johnson was among the finalists and so were Khafre Brown, Porter Rooks, Jalen Jennings and JaHad Carter.
On the defensive side of the ball 2020 safety Cameron Roseman-Sinclair was the defensive back MVP but Cameron Smith out of Blythewood (S.C.) Westwood and Cameron Allen out of Graham, N.C. made it a very difficult decision. Roseman-Sinclair had a bit more success than them but it wasn’t an easy call to make. Shyheim Battle, Fentrell Cypress, Jalen Frazier and a few others were in the final group as well.