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March 14, 2014
RCS Birmingham: What to watch
The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour rolls into the Southeast this weekend with stops in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday and Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday. With nearly every top player from the state of Alabama expected to be in attendance at Hoover High School on Sunday, here are five top storylines to track heading into the event.
1. The Daron Payne vs. Lester Cotton rematch
2. Which linebacker will emerge as Alabama's best?
[ PHOTOS: All-time Rivals.com Alabama 5-stars ]3. Coming out of nowhere
At nearly every RCS event, it seems an unknown prospect turns in an excellent performance and jump-starts his recruitment. On the previous stops this year, we've seen players with little to no offers win MVPs and see interest spike shortly thereafter. Last year in Birmingham, eventual four-star and Ole Miss signee Breeland Speaks came out of nowhere to win the defensive line MVP award. This year there are several candidates to surprise. Among them are Caban, who has collected several offers from smaller programs but could turn a standout showing into big-time interest. Other intriguing players include 2015 offensive linemen Brandon Kennedy and Darryl Williams as well as defensive end Kendall Jones. Several underclassmen with offers will also be in attendance and with a good showing could vault themselves onto the radar for the 2016 rankings. Among the underclassmen to watch are 2016 prospects Malik Miller, T.J. Simmons and Tyler Pritchett, as well as Class of 2018 defensive end Kelvin Stokes, who as already started collecting offers before his high school career has even started.
4. Which running back will star?
5. Can Tennessee steal the show?
Woody Wommack is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.