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February 28, 2014
RCS Northern California: What to watch
The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour will head to Chabot College in Northern California on Sunday and many top storylines are expected to emerge. Here are five things to watch for on Sunday.
1. How good is Cameron Smith?
Rivals100 linebacker Cameron Smith has been loading up on offers after tremendous sophomore and junior seasons. The Granite Bay, Calif. standout is Rivals.com's fifth-best inside linebacker in the 2015 class and this weekend he'll have the chance to prove he should move up even more in the rankings. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound four-star prospect already has a college-ready body. How does he move at linebacker or will he have to move down to defensive end? Smith will be able to answer a lot of questions this weekend and it's expected he'll be one of the top prospects at the camp.
2. Fresno ready to represent
Fresno is usually filled with outstanding prospects and they always love to compete -- this year being no different as many top recruits from the Central California town will make their way north for Sunday's camp. Four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel (shoulder) is not expected to compete but he will be at the camp. Three-star running back Bolu Olornfunmi is doing both camps -- Southern California on Saturday and then Sunday's workout as well. Defensive back Dehlon Preston, tight end Ricky McCoy, athlete Savion Simms, 2016 quarterback Nick Szpor and many others will also be competing. There are always a few surprises out of Fresno and hopefully some of them show out on Sunday.
3. Tight ends should stand out
The wide receivers are strong and that group will be bolstered by some outstanding tight ends who could cause a lot of problems during one-on-ones. Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo's Tyler Petite has been one of the hottest prospects in California landing a Miami offer in recent days. McCoy, from Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt, already has Arizona and Washington offers. Devin Asiasi is a 2016 recruit from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle who has a Washington State offer. There won't be a whole lot of tight ends in attendance but the ones who will be there are outstanding.
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4. Offensive linemen will compete
Northern California has some solid offensive linemen in the 2015 class and many of them are expected at camp. San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley's Kieffer Longson has already picked up some impressive offers. Oakley (Calif.) Freedom recruit Dominic Fredrickson has UCLA and others. One of the most interesting prospects at the camp will be Sacramento (Calif.) Grant's Darrin Paulo, who lists offers from UCLA, USC and Washington State. Paulo is massive and should be able to dominate some talented defensive linemen. This will be the first time we've seen him in person and he could be someone who quickly moves up the rankings with a strong performance.
5. Young QBs could lead the way
Stanford will hold a junior day on Saturday, and one of the prospects going there and then to the Rivals Camp Series event is 2016 QB Kevin Costello from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic. He won't be the only young quarterback really looking to establish himself. Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson, Ian Book, Harley Kirsch and SaVion Harris are some other possible standouts. The quarterback group is not as elite as it will be Saturday in Southern California but there are a bunch of 2016 recruits who could be big-time names by this time next recruiting cycle.
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.