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April 11, 2014

RCS Baltimore-Washington: What to watch for

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On Sunday the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour will stop in the nation's capital at St. John's College High School. More than ten Rivals250 prospects will be on hand to compete with over 200 other talented players to try to show they are the best.

1. High profile defensive backs
The group of defensive backs has a lot of headliners and very good depth. The most recognizable names will be Rivals100 cornerbacks Marcus Lewis and Garrett Taylor. Taylor, a Michigan commit, and Lewis will have plenty of competition for that MVP trophy. Virginia commit Juan Thornhill, Virginia Tech commit Duwayne Johnson, sophomore Robbie Robinson, sophomore Eric Burrell, Sterling Hammond, Jahque Alleyne, Ashton White and freshman Deon Jones are just some of the other defensive backs that will be looking to shut down the wide receivers.

2. Star young receivers
Rising senior receivers Aramis Alexander, Trevion Armstrong, Felton Davis, David Eldridge and others will do the best to keep the spotlight on themselves but a large group of sophomores and freshmen will be looking to knock them off. Sophomore Scott Bracey has a chance to not only be the best receiver at the camp on Sunday but also be one of the top rated players in the 2016 class. The Richmond (Va.) Benedictine School star has 20 scholarship offers already and many more are surely on the way. Sophomores Tino Ellis, Eric Kumah, Delontae Moore and Trevon Diggs, younger brother of Maryland star Stefon Diggs will also be in attendance. One name everyone should have on their radar is freshman Devon Hunter. The athlete out of Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River already has ten scholarship offers and could be the next star out of the Tidewater area.

3. Big-time matchups on the outside
With all of these great defensive backs and wide receivers in attendance look for some key matchups to take place during the one-on-one sessions. At Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's Garrett Taylor plays Bracey and Benedictine each year. The two are very familiar with each other but this will be the first time since the season two will battle on the field. Lewis is a bigger cornerback that many people believe will play safety at the next level so it will be interesting to see how he handles guys like Ellis and Moore in the open field. This is the first time DuWayne Johnson and Thornhill will be on the same field and playing against the same level of competition. Watching the two future rivals compete on Sunday will be a nice preview of what is to come over the next four years.

4. Battles up front
Speaking of one-on-ones, linemen one-on-ones should be one to remember. Rivals250 offensive linemen Richie Petitbon, Austin Clark, Quarvez Boulware, Matthew Burrell Jr., Pat Allen and Isaiah Prince will give the defensive linemen all they can handle. Justin Skule, Florida State commit David Robbins and super sophomore Jauan Williams will also make sure they help fend off the pass rushers. Josh Sweat, Clelin Ferrell, Darvin Taylor II, Darius Fullwood, Trevon Hill, Ryan Buchholz, Aaron Crawford, Jonathan Holland, Eric Assoua and Darrell Taylor will be trying to make it a very long day for those offensive linemen. The spotlight will be on Sweat, Ferrell, Taylor and Fullwood as a host of Rivals250 offensive linemen try to show they are worth their rating.

5. Linebacker MVP is up for grabs
The highest rated linebacker in attendance on Sunday with be Jahvoni Simmons but he will have some stiff competition from Ringgold (Va.) Dan River star Tremaine Edmunds and Clemson commit Chad Smith from Sterling (Va.) Dominion. Linebackers Tanner Karafa, Gus Little, Jaquan Yulee and Eric Crosby will also some names to watch. Yulee is only a sophomore and has a lot of early interest from some big time schools. Crosby is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound freshman linebacker. He will take reps at linebacker during one-on-ones but he will also get his chance to take reps with the defensive ends during one-on-ones.

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Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.


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