The battle at the wide receiver position has the potential to be the best on either side of the ball. Devin Duvernay, Stephen Sullivan, Mykel Jones, Binjimen Victor and T.J. Chase are some of the most notable names coming into the camp. Duvernay, Victor and Chase all have more than 20 scholarship offers, Jones is closing in on 15, and Sullivan is committed to LSU. But the race for wide receiver MVP won't be limited to just them.
The quarterback group is especially deep with Patterson, Franks and Haskins grabbing most of the early attention. Franks is already committed to LSU and Patterson to Arizona, but Haskins' recruitment will be a longer one. The Potomac (Md.) Bullis School star has offers from schools such as Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and many others. Speaking of the Wolverines, Michigan commit Messiah DeWeaver will be making the trip to Jacksonville to show everyone that he can be the next great Wolverines quarterback. One of the most intriguing quarterbacks on hand will be Xavier Gaines, whose offer sheet is pretty impressive. We will see if he can live up to the hype.
Protecting the passers
The big men protecting the quarterbacks will certainly have their work cut out for them against a good group of defensive linemen. Regardless of how much success they have during the camp there is no doubting their talent. Jauan Williams, Sean Pollard, Parker Boudreaux and Richard Merritt are some of the most recognizable names expected to be out there. Boudreaux leads with group with more than 30 scholarship offers, but both Williams and Merritt -- teammates at Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll -- are just shy of 25 offers. College coaches have clearly taken notice of their current skill level and future potential, but their performances on Saturday will go a long way to determining their initial rankings.
Pollard is a prospect we are extremely excited to see. He has been picking up some big offers lately, his film is pretty impressive, and he is listed at 6-feet-5, 305 pounds. This will be a good opportunity for him to shed the "under the radar" tag. Don't forget about Chicago Rivals Camp Series offensive line MVP Matt Farniok, Baveon Johnson and Michael Onwenu, who are also poised for a big camp.
As previously mentioned, rising sophomores Devon Hunter, J.T. Cauthen, Emmanuel Greene and Jacoby Stevens will be trying to teach the defensive backs a thing or two, but the young group of running backs will try to make sure the linebackers have a long day. D'Andre Swift, Anthony McFarland, Robert Burns and Cam Akers all have multiple offers and are looking to prove they deserve all the early attention. Kasim Hill, Tyler DeSue and Jack West are some of the notable young quarterbacks assigned with getting the ball to these playmakers. Bruce Judson from Cocoa (Fla.), listed as an athlete, will also practice as a quarterback. Don't be surprised if he decides to play multiple positions on Saturday.