Top 10 performers at Rivals Camp Series events so far
Throughout the 2022 Rivals Camp Series we have been keeping a running leaderboard of the top performers from the camp series thus far. With the Philadelphia Rivals Camp last weekend, seven of the eight regional camps are in the books.
Here's a look at the top 10 Rivals Camp Series performers so far.
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1. QB NICO IAMALEAVA, Los Angeles RCS
The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star quarterback and Tennessee commit messed up the date for the Rivals Camp in Los Angeles, so he showed up rushed. But that did not affect his performance at all. Iamaleava showed off his skills – like he has at every event – as he has great size and a phenomenal arm and he remains the No. 1 performer so far.
He had excellent accuracy that day and a charisma that receivers love as well. The five-star is smooth, capable and not only wants to perform at the highest level but also have fun doing it. Everything looks so natural in his game.
2. WR ZACHARIAH BRANCH, Los Angeles RCS
Branch is so dynamic and elusive throughout his routes and then with the ball in his hands that it’s almost unfair to ask one cornerback on an island to stay with him during one-on-one routes. In camp settings, Branch just runs by people and uses his elite speed to his advantage.
The USC commit is too shifty and fast to be contained and he’s also stronger than one would expect, so corners cannot be physical with him at the line.
3. OT SAMSON OKUNLOLA, Philadelphia RCS
Okunlola’s performance on Sunday was one of the better offensive line performances at a camp in recent memory. The massive offensive tackle has impressive quickness for his size, showing the ability to change directions fast enough to keep the defensive lineman in front of him.
Not only does he bring size and speed to the table, Okunlola also has outstanding strength. He took a defensive lineman off his feet with one hand during 1-on-1s and his base didn’t budge. Okunlola does an incredible job of playing with really with solid leverage and makes sure to time his punches correctly.
4. DE JAHKEEM STEWART, New Orleans RCS
We’ve written this before, but it’s worth saying again: It’s hard to believe Stewart is not even in high school yet because if he was a member of the 2023 class he would at least be in the discussion for a five-star ranking.
The Reserve (La.) East St. John defensive lineman is 6-foot-5, 280 pounds and he is so advanced with his moves and how he uses his arms for leverage. He was unstoppable against some pretty talented offensive linemen at the New Orleans stop. Stewart is a superstar in the making and will easily be a national recruit.
5. OL TJ SHANAHAN, Dallas RCS
Every time Shanahan shows up somewhere he’s highly competitive, tough, physical and wants to impose his will on everybody in his way. That’s how the five-star offensive lineman performed at the Rivals Camp in Dallas – and that’s how the Austin (Texas) Westlake prospect has played for years.
He can play offensive tackle, but is probably better inside mixing it up and being that commanding physical force. SEC teams up and down the line, among others, are making him a big priority.
6. OL PAYTON KIRKLAND, Miami RCS
Kirkland had an outstanding showing at the Miami Rivals camp as he continues to look like he's getting in better shape and it really showed during the one-on-one portion. The four-star was very quick to get into his set at the snap and used his great length and strong punch to make sure that defensive linemen weren't able to get to the quarterback.
With his sheer size and wingspan it should be hard for nearly any defensive lineman to beat him on an inside path to the quarterback.
7. QB MALACHI NELSON, Los Angeles RCS
If there is a steady playmaker who is cerebral, talented and can turn on the electricity to his game it’s Nelson - and that’s what he showed at the Rivals camp in Los Angeles. The USC commit makes everything look effortless, like nothing bothers him and no throw really challenges him all that much.
His technique is great, along with his decision-making. There’s just so much to like about Nelson’s game.
8. OL JORDAN SEATON, Philadelphia RCS
Seaton is already one of the top offensive linemen in the 2024 class and it showed during his performance on Sunday at the Philadelphia Rivals Camp. The interior offensive line prospect has improved his overall strength and has become a much more patient pass blocker.
Seaton knows how to play with solid leverage and did a great job of stopping defensive linemen in their tracks during one-on-ones. He is still working on reshaping his body a bit, but he has the quickness to be able to keep defensive linemen out of the backfield. Seaton‘s performance looks like a precursor to what could be a really big junior campaign.
9. OL JAMALL FRANKLIN, New Orleans RCS
Arguably the biggest surprise of the entire Rivals Camp Series tour has been Franklin, who looks the part at 6-foot-7 and 380 pounds that he carries very well. His ability to move at his size is astonishing.
At the New Orleans stop, Franklin dominated at right tackle. He has surprising athleticism for a player that big and he’s physical and huge, so defensive linemen had no success against him.
10. QB JADYN DAVIS, Charlotte RCS
Davis put on a show at the Charlotte stop of the Rivals Camp Series. The Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 2024 standout is just so talented and a natural leader. The top receivers gravitate toward him and he has the ability to put every ball right on the money.