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February 27, 2014
RCS Southern California: What to watch
The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour will head to Fullerton College in Southern California on Saturday and many top storylines are expected to emerge. Here are five things to watch for on Saturday.
1. Loaded at quarterback
The 2015 class in California is loaded at quarterback, led by Josh Rosen, the No. 1 ranked pro-style QB and the second-best prospect in the entire country by Rivals.com. He leads a phenomenal group of signal-callers who will be at the Southern California camp this weekend. Many others are trying to move into that top spot, though, including Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett out of Corona (Calif.) Santiago and four-star Brady White from Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Sheriron Jones and Tyler Hilinski are two other four-star quarterbacks to watch; Anaheim (Calif.) Servite three-star Travis Waller is someone who could bolster his ranking with a strong performance; and 2017 prospect Tate Martell, already committed to Washington, is expected there. From top to bottom, the group is strong.
2. Watch out for wide receivers
The quarterback group is outstanding. That's good news for the wide receiver position, which is absolutely loaded with prospects in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes. Many of the top receivers in California will be in attendance including four-stars Stanley Norman, Trent Irwin (the offensive MVP at the Phoenix camp last year), Malik Lovette, Equanimeous St. Brown and Jaylinn Hawkins. A big day could really help Lavan Alston, Jeremy Kelly and Isaiah Renfro among others. The 2016 class boasts Brandon Burton, Steffon McKnight and 2017 has special talent in Nathan Tilford and Kristian Gilbert, who could be the next big thing at powerhouse Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.
3. Corners won't get pushed around
The quarterbacks are loaded and the wide receivers are loaded, but the defensive backs are not supposed to get pushed around, either, because that group is outstanding as well. Four-star CB Isaiah Langley is coming down from the Bay Area because he wants to test himself against all the great receivers. Other top DBs include Dechaun Holiday, Frank Buncom IV, Kyahva Tezino, USC commit Taeon Mason, 2016 stud Treyjohn Butler, Elijah Jones, Darrien Molton and Jihree Stewart. Five-star cornerback Iman Marshall is also expected in attendance but might not work out. The 1-on-1s have a chance to be spectacular because there are phenomenal quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs going after it.
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4. Trench warfare
The defensive linemen group has some top-end talent to watch. Five-star Rasheem Green will be there. Four-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South is looking to move up with a strong performance. Chino Hills, Calif., standout Trent Goens has been picking up Pac-12 offers left and right. The defensive line should be loaded with elite talent, but they'll be hard-pressed by some outstanding offensive linemen. Leading the group are Zach Robertson, Bar Milo, Reno Rosene, Zach Okun, Tevita Halalilo, Vaimoe Sekona and others. It should be a fantastic opportunity for linemen across the board to show their best.
5. Who can handle the weather?
It could rain on Saturday. Anyone who watches the local news in Southern California has seen the weathermen go nuts by incessantly reporting about the approaching storm. There could be some showers, some wind, but it's also an outstanding opportunity to evaluate all these players under those conditions. How are the footballs thrown? How are they caught? How is the footing of linemen? Football is played outside and in many parts of the country it's played in rain, snow, wind and poor conditions. Not everything is going to be perfect. This will be a great time to evaluate how the prospects perform in situations that are not completely optimal.
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.