May 19, 2013

Best of the best: RCS Awards

Video from RCS St. Louis - produced 4.29.13

MORE: Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour

The regional portion of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour is over, wrapping up in Chicago and totaling 15 events around the country. Now that we've broken down the top offensive, defensive and underclassmen performers, let's take a look at the best of the best with our RCS Awards. Led by the appropriately named Speedy Noil, who had a great RCS Houston and is our Fastest Player, here's the entire list. Envelopes please.

FASTEST PLAYER

WR Speedy Noil, New Orleans (La.) Edna Carr: No defender could hang with Speedy at the RCS Houston. From his pure speed to his quickness to his burst and explosion, Speedy was toying with defenders all day long.

He was open underneath and he was able to create separation deep.
Runner-up: WR Erik Brown, Fontana (Calif.) Summit: Brown has an excellent combination of size, speed and great hands. He has the ability of getting behind any cornerback and then he catches everything thrown his way. He has shown that many times this offseason on the 7-on-7 circuit and once again at the RCS Los Angeles. Brown has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in California because he has a great combination of everything needed to excel on the next level.
Honorable mention: WR Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit (Mo.) Lee's Summit West; WR Corey Holmes, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas; WR Rashead Johnson, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan; WR Chigozie Onyekwere, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy; WR JoJo Robinson, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern; ATH Mykale Rogers, Lima (Ohio) Lima Central Catholic; WR Curtis Samuel, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall Campus; WR Jauan Wesley, Harvey (Ill.) Thornton Township; RB Stanley Williams, Bethlehem (Ga.) George Walton Academy

STRONGEST PLAYER

OL Danny Burns, Fairfield, Ohio: Burns won the MVP award at the Cincinnati RCS in part because he displayed one of the most devastating punches we saw all series. The 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive tackle sent several defensive linemen flying with just his initial punch, and he is one of the strongest linemen in the country.
Runner-up: DT Derrick Nnadi, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes -- Nnadi could move mountains with the force and power he has when he fires off the line. He isn't the tallest defensive lineman, but he plays with great leverage that only magnifies his lower-body strength. At the Richmond RCS Nnadi went against some bigger offensive linemen who tried to anchor down against him, but he just pushed them all the way back to the quarterback.
Honorable mention: OL Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches, Texas; DT Andrew Brown, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith; OL Natrell Curtis, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe; RB Elijah Hood, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic; OL Marcelys Jones, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Academic Campus; DT Daylon Mack (2015), Gladewater, Texas; LB Raekwon McMillan, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty Country; OL Jackson Morrison, Maryville (Mo.) Maryville R li; OL Terronne Prescod, Decatur (Ga.) Columbia; OL Rod Taylor, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway; OL Casey Tucker, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton.

BEST HANDS

WR Allen Lazard, Urbandale, Iowa: For how physically impressive the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Lazard is and how athletic he is for that size, one of the overlooked aspects of his game is just how sure-handed the nation's No. 1 wide receiver is. Lazard catches everything with his hands, out away from his body, and is able to reel in passes others cannot.

Runner-up: WR Trent Irwin (2015), Newhall (Calif.) Hart: Irwin has been dominant on the camp and 7-on-7 circuit for years, and he still has some time left because he's a 2015 prospect. He's a great route runner, he is excellent at setting up cornerbacks, and maybe the best thing about Irwin's game is that he doesn't slow down when making his cuts. Then, when the ball is thrown, Irwin is athletic enough to get to anything and almost always comes down with the catch. Arguably no receiver was better at RCS Phoenix.
Honorable mention: WR Nate Brown, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett; ATH Noah Brown, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII; WR Marquise Fulton, Opelika, Ala.; TE Daniel Helm, Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood; WR Jamil Kamara, Virginia Beach (Va.) Catholic; ATH Christian Kirk (2015), Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro; WR DaMarkus Lodge (2015), Cedar Hill, Texas; WR Josh Malone, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp; WR Marcus Perkins Jr., Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest

BEST FEET

RB Stanley Williams, Bethlehem (Ga.) George Walton Academy: Williams is light on his feet and lightning fast, making him a nightmare matchup for linebackers. At the RCS Atlanta stop, he stood out in one-on-ones by running sharp routes and getting open on intermediate and deep routes. He doesn't waste steps, which also serves him well when he's carrying the ball on Friday nights.
Runner-up: RB Mikel Horton, West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West: At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Horton won the offensive skill MVP award at the Cincinnati RCS because he plays exceptionally light on his feet. Horton is built to run between the tackles, but he surprises with his agility in space and abilities as a receiver out of the backfield.
Honorable mention: LB Dillon Bates, Ponte Verde, Fla.; WR Erik Brown, Fontana (Calif.) Summit; WR Freddy Canteen, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy; ATH Willie Ivery, Sulphur Springs, Texas; RB Jeff Jones, Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn; RB Joe Mixon, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom; WR Speedy Noil, New Orleans (La.) Edna Carr; ATH Michiah Quick, Fresno (Calif.) Central East; DB Jalen Tabor, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy; RB Joseph Yearby, Miami (Fla.) Miami Central.

BEST IN COVERAGE

DB Jalen Tabor, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy: No player at any of the 15 RCS events was better in coverage than Tabor was at the Richmond event. Tabor's intensity was obvious as he took as many reps as possible just to show that nobody could beat him. His explosiveness when driving on the ball helped him make sure no passes were completed in front of him, and his ability to turn and run with receivers made it very difficult for any downfield passes to be completed.
Runner-up: DB Adarius Pickett, El Cerrito, Calif.: Cornerbacks are at a distinct disadvantage during one-on-one drills, but Pickett was not at RCS Los Angeles.

He turned in one of the better performances all camp circuit by sticking with receivers, knocking passes down and even coming up with a few interceptions. He's got good size and is strong, but he also has fast feet and great vision once the ball is in the air.
Honorable mention: DB Jalen Campbell (2015), Corpus Christi (Texas) Flour Bluff; DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (2015), Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep; ATH J.T. Gray, Coolidge, Ariz.; DB Zach Muniz, St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College High; DB Malkom Parrish, Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County; DB Jermaine Roberts, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine; DB Alonzo Saxton, Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley; DB Trent Sherfield, Danville, Ill.; LB Darius Smith (2015), Florence, Ala.; DB Kevin Toliver II (2015), Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian.

BEST ARM

QB Kyle Allen, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain: The knock on Allen last year, if there was one, was his arm strength. So much for that. Allen was particularly accurate on deep balls at RCS Phoenix, erasing doubts. He never muscles a pass, and he uses nearly flawless mechanics to effortlessly flick long passes. He connected on a couple of deep fades that drew comments from anyone watching. Allen won't wow people with his build, but he spins the ball as well as anyone out there. That allows him to stretch the field without straining.
Runner-up: QB Tyler Wiegers, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day: Wiegers has strung together standout performance after standout performance over the last year, but his showing at the Chicago RCS in early May was arguably his most impressive. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wiegers ripped off pass after pass with velocity and accuracy on his way to the offensive skill MVP.
Honorable mention: QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep; QB Drew Doxtator, Henderson (Nev.) Foothill; QB Chris Durkin, Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline; QB Will Grier, Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day; QB Brandon Harris, Bossier City (La.) Parkway; QB Michael O'Connor, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy; QB DeShaun Watson, Gainesville, Ga.

MOST ACCURATE

QB Drew Barker, Burlington (Ken.) Conner: At the RCS Cincinnati stop, Barker was the favorite of the camp's receivers for his ability to throw a catchable ball right on target. The one knock on Barker is whether he has elite arm strength, but there are no questions about his ability to place the ball on short, intermediate and deep throws.
Runner-up: QB Will Grier, Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day: Grier was by far the most impressive quarterback at the RCS Charlotte event, and his accuracy had a lot to do with it. He put up record-breaking numbers during his junior season by consistently delivering the ball on target, and he did the same thing in Charlotte. Grier still looks a little thin to handle the big hits he'll be taking in the SEC at Florida, but there's no doubt about his ability to put the ball on the money.
Honorable mention: QB Kyle Allen, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain; QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep; QB J.J. Cosentino, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic; QB Malik Rosier, Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy; QB Ricky Town (2015), Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure; QB Sean White, Boca Raton (Fla.) University School; QB DeShaun Watson, Gainesville, Ga.; QB Tyler Wiegers, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day

PHYSICALLY IMPRESSIVE

DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, Ga.: Despite spending most of his winter on the basketball court and most of his spring running track, Carter came into the RCS Atlanta stop looking terrific. He continues to add weight to his 6-foot-5 frame and weighed in at nearly 230 pounds. The combination of his height and weight, along with his outstanding athleticism, is what helps make Carter one of the nation's top prospects.

Runner-up: OL Sterling Jenkins (2015), Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin: At 6-foot-8 and almost 300 pounds, Jenkins stood out among a very big group of offensive linemen at the Pittsburgh RCS. It's very clear this sophomore is a hard worker in the weight room because he had very little bad weight on him. As he continues to develop his body and his technique, look for Jenkins to be a dominant offensive lineman.
Honorable mention: ATH Kalen Ballage, Falcon, Colo.; DE Terry Beckner Jr. (2015), East St. Louis, Ill.; DE Byron Cowart (2015), Seffner (Fla.) Armwood; LB Jamal Davis, Canton (Ohio) McKinley; DT Rashan Gary (2016), Scotch Plains (N.J.) Scotch Plains-Fanwood; DE Davon Godchaux, Plaquemine, La.; DE Connor Humphreys, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic; LB Malik Jefferson (2015), Mesquite (Texas) Ralph H. Poteet; OL Josh Krok, Niles (Ohio) McKinley; LB Connor Strachan, Needham (Mass.) St. Sebastians Country Day

MOST AGGRESSIVE

OL Joshua Casher, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's: Casher was exceptional in one-on-ones at RCS Birmingham. His most dominant reps came against Charles Mosely, who lined up at defensive tackle, as Casher was able to stone his initial bull rush and knock him off balance with a great punch. The aggressiveness he showed in the camp setting was a big reason he took him the offensive line MVP honors in a close race with Rod Taylor.
Runner-up: Cole Hardin, Florence, Ala.: We didn't know a lot about Hardin heading into the Birmingham leg of the RCS tour. However, he caught our eye during one-on-ones with his tenacity and physicality. He won almost every rep, playing with good leverage and a finish-the-play-mentality. The Florence (Ala.) standout initiates contact and doesn't wait for the action to come to him.
Honorable mention: OL Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches, Texas; OL Natrell Curtis, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe; DT Zaycoven Henderson, Longview, Texas; OL Jamie Herr, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy; DT Courtel Jenkins, Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic; OL Marcelys Jones, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Academic Campus; LB Chandler Leniu, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco; OL Zach Okun (2015), Newbury Park, Calif.; DE Jermaine Sheriff, Hialeah, Fla.; LB Jimmie Swain, Lee's Summit, Mo.; DE Dylan Thompson, Lombard (Ill.) Montini.

TOUGHEST TO BLOCK

DE Justin Jones, Austell (Ga.) South Cobb: In a field that included defensive players such as Carter and several other Rivals250 prospects, Jones was far and away the most impressive defensive lineman. He was great off the line, showed good strength and a nice array of moves. There wasn't one lineman at the event who could slow him down, let alone stop him, and Jones earned defensive line MVP honors.
Runner-up: DE Davon Godchaux, Plaquemine, La.: Dominance is the only way to describe what Godchaux did at RCS Houston. His first step was usually enough to blow past most, but if that wasn't enough he seemed to have another answer, whether it was pure strength or a nice combo with his hands.
Honorable mention: DE Shameik Blackshear (2015), Bluffton, S.C.; DE Qualen Cunningham, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton; DE Da'Shawn Hand, Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior; DE DeWayne Hendrix, O'Fallon, Ill.; DE Connor Humphreys, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic; DT Daylon Mack (2015), Gladewater, Texas; DE Gelen Robinson, St. John (Ind.) Lake Central; DE Rahshaun Smith (2016), Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall; DT Breeland Speaks, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway.

BEST BLOCKER

OL Quenton Nelson, Red Bank (N.J.) Red Bank Catholic: Nelson is the top offensive lineman from all the RCS events for good reason. At left tackle, the 6-foot-5, 301-pound Nelson showed the lateral quickness and strength to make sure no defensive lineman at the Newark RCS was able to beat him to the inside or outside. His patience when deciding when to deliver a punch was remarkable.
Runner-up: OL Damian Prince, Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara : With a body already shaped for the next level, Prince is equipped with all of the natural physical tools to be a dominant left tackle. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound Prince was able to quickly dispatch most of the defensive linemen at the Richmond RCS using his quick, light feet to stay in front of them and pushing them away from the quarterback with his great strength. As his technique improves, it will be more and more difficult for any defensive lineman to get past him.
Honorable mention: OL Garrett Brumfield, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab School; OL Joshua Casher, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's; OL Natrell Curtis, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe; OL Tanner Farmer, Highland, Ill.; OL Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal; OL Drew Richmond (2015), Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis University School; OL Casey Tucker, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton; OL Isaiah Wynn, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

OL Jordan Sims, Homewood, Ala.: Sims entered RCS Birmingham on the cusp of four-star status, so a good showing may have earned him a bump up to the elite territory.

The opportunity went to the wayside because Sims disappointed not only in the one-on-one action, but he wasn't in game shape or top form as we were accustomed to seeing on film.
Runner-up: WR Cameron Denson, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe: Denson put up monster numbers as a junior but looked almost uninterested at RCS Phoenix. He didn't stand out during one-on-one drills and, on two occasions, was easily handled by an underclassman. When Denson turns it on, he's certainly a capable player, but he didn't have his best day by any stretch against good competition in Phoenix.
Honorable mention: DT Khairi Clark, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna; WR Neiko Creamer, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy; TE Garrett Dickerson, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic; TE Bryce Dixon, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure; OL D.J. Foster, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast; OL Mike Grimm, Bethel Park, Pa.; LB Chris Register, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley; RB Donte Thomas-Williams, Durham (N.C.) Hillside.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

OL Tanner Farmer, Highland, Ill.: Farmer hails from a small town in downstate Illinois that is not a regular stopover on the recruiting trail, and as such the 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard had little college attention prior to his MVP performance at the St. Louis RCS. That has changed, and Farmer now holds multiple BCS offers.
Runner-up: ATH Verkedric Vaughns, Mesquite (Texas) Poteet: Before the RCS Dallas there were several DBs who had people buzzing, but Vaughns stole the show with his ball skills. He was an interception machine and beat out several more touted prospects for defensive skill MVP honors.
Honorable Mention: ATH Kalen Ballage, Falcon, Colo.; OL Walter Brantley, Hampton (Va.) Phoebus; ATH Noah Brown, Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII; RB Andrew Dowell (2015), Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward; WR Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit (Mo.) Lee's Summit West; DE Noah Jefferson (2015), Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Oasis; DE Justin Jones, Austell (Ga.) South Cobb; LB Chandler Leniu, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco; DB Malkom Parrish, Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County; TE Mavin Saunders, Houston (Texas) Kinkaid; LB Darrell Williams (2015), Hoover, Ala.



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