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April 25, 2013
RCS New Jersey: Five things to look for
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour will head to Piscataway High in Piscataway this weekend and many top story lines are expected to emerge. Here are five things to watch for this weekend.
1. Battle in the trenches
Usually the most exciting part of a camp like this is when the offensive line group and defensive line group do one-on-ones. These two groups have the talent and depth to put on quite a show.
Other members of the offensive line group to keep an eye on are Jamie Herr, James Hendren and Boston College commit Jon Baker. Tommy Hatton, Steven Gonzalez and Shamar Hardin are three offensive linemen the 2015 class that could turn some heads on Saturday.
Notre Dame commit Jay Hayes will be the top-rated defensive lineman at the camp on Saturday. There will be plenty of quality defensive linemen in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes there trying to upstage him. Thomas Holley, Antoine White, Courtel Jenkins, Dontae Angus and Temple commit Connor Morehart will be out to prove they are better than Hayes.
Rutgers commit Justin Nelson is listed as a linebacker but will get some chances to rush the passer as well. Some younger defensive linemen who will be out to gain some recognition are Rahshaun Smith, Rashan Gary, DeAndre Kelly and Tyrone Wheatley.
The key matchups to watch will be Mustipher and Nelson against Hayes, Holley and Smith.
2. Air show
The solid quarterback and wide receiver groups should lead to a big day through the air against a defensive back group with good talent at the top, but not much depth. Four-star Kiy Hester and 2015 standouts Minkah Fitzpatrick and Kareem Ali are the top registered defensive backs, but they will have their hands full against K.J. Williams, Chris Godwin, Freddy Canteen, Tennessee commit Neiko Creamer, Noah Brown, Adonis Jennings Curtis Samuel and sophomore Irvin Charles.
Quarterbacks Will Ulmer, Boston College commit Darius Wade, Andrew Ford and Syracuse commit A.J. Long headline the 2014 group of quarterbacks, but the younger quarterbacks could have a better day. Brandon Wimbush, Jarrett Guarantano, Jeff Zembiec and Brandon McIlwain will be looking to make names for themselves.
3. Which RB will emerge?
The running back group will include six three-star prospects, all of whom are primed for a breakout performance. Gerald Owens, Robert Martin, Ray Lawry, Arkeel Newsome, J.T. Blyden, Malik Crossdale and Greg White will be trying to show that they have the skill set to run inside, outside and be viable receivers.
The question is, which players will show they can excel on Saturday?
4. Skilled youth
The 2014 class might be on center stage but the younger players could steal the show. Fitzpatrick, Wimbush, Smith, Ali, Gonzalez, Smith, Gary and Guarantano all have a few scholarship offers already and look to be some of the big names for their year.
5. Which state will be the best?
Although many of the players who will be on the field on Saturday are some of the best in the nation, all hail from the Northeast. Players from Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and, of course, New Jersey will descend on Piscataway High School to show that they are better than the others.
Delaware looks to make a strong case with Godwin, Canteen, Wade, Creamer and Harding. Massachusetts could challenge the First State with four-star linebacker Connor Strachan, Baker, Hendren and quarterback Miles Wright. The nation's capital and Maryland are sending Mustipher, Ulmer and Smith. New York is looking to prove it's the best with Hayes, Holley, Samuel, Zembiec and Crossdale.
It looks, however, like it will come down to the players from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to stake their claim as the best.
Williams, Ford, Franklin, Martin, Morehart, Angus, White, Blyden, McIlwain, Thaddius Smith and Trey Klock all hail from Pennsylvania and will be looking to take on the best New Jersey has to offer. Nelson, Dickerson, Hester, Jennings, Owens, Gopre, White, Jenkins, Nelson, Lawry, Brown and a number of younger players will be looking to protect their home turf.