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March 7, 2014
RCS Houston: What to watch for
Houston produces some of the top football talent in the country and is known as
a hotbed for future professionals. The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under
Armour stops in Houston on Sunday and there will definitely be some gifted
athletes ready to show they have what it takes to succeed on the next level and
Dominant defensive backs
Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall Rivals100 cornerback Kendall Sheffield participated in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge last summer and
has picked up offers from just about every college with a football program.
Sheffield has proven to be one of the top cornerbacks in the country and is
gearing up to show why on Sunday.
Wide receivers will hold their own
The defensive backs will get plenty of attention, and rightfully so, but the wide receiver group is going to provide plenty of challenges. Houston (Texas) Cypress Ridge Rivals250 talent Kemah Siverand is a big, smooth pass catcher who knows how to stretch the field. Lufkin's Keke Coutee brings plenty of quickness to the table. Justin Gamble just gets open. John Humphrey is explosive and quick. Terry Mark and Sam Mays bring the size and athleticism. This is a well rounded group that is sure to test those top flight defensive backs and make things a lot easier for the quarterbacks.
Youth will be served
There are plenty of talented 2015 prospects but do not overlook the underclassmen. There are some very strong talents to be seen. Nacogdoches (Texas) 2016 defensive back Brandon Jones and Spring (Texas) Westfield 2016 defensive tackle Ed Oliver are two of the most well known but there are more who are already making noise.
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The running back position in particular has a few underclassmen to keep an eye
on. Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial 2016 Kameron Martin recently picked up
offers 10 and 11. Beaumont (Texas) Central 2016 Devwah Whaley already
has a couple of offers in his pocket. Richmond (Texas) George Ranch 2016
Darius Anderson is definitely one to watch after earning district
sophomore of the year honors.
Plenty of running backs
Underclassmen Martin, Whaley and Anderson were mentioned above, but the 2015
class is bringing plenty of star power as well. Houston (Texas) Episcopal
Rivals250 standout Tyreik Gray already holds offers from some of the
nation's top programs and averaged over 11 yards a carry as a junior. Texas A&M Rivals250 commitment Jay Bradford is also ready to show off
his rare combination of size and speed that made him such a highly coveted
prospect before committing to the Aggies.
Defensive in the trenches
The talent on the defensive side of the trenches is looking pretty stacked. Not only are their strong underclassmen in attendance but there is also a stout group of upperclassmen on hand. Oklahoma commitment Du'Vonta Lampkin brings a nice blend of size and athleticism. Houston (Texas) Cy-Fair defensive tackle Ross Donelly has been a multi-year starter for the Bobcats and is attracting plenty of interest of his own. Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge standout John Williams is also an intriguing prospect with offers already in-hand. The offensive counterparts will provide a solid test with the likes of Cordel Iwuagwu, Tyler Higby and Josh Jones in attendance.
Jason Howell is a Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.