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April 25, 2014
RCS Detroit: What to watch for
The Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour will make its first appearance in the state of Michigan with a stop at Saline High School on Sunday. Prospects from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Canada and elsewhere will be on-hand, and here is a look at some of the prospective storylines heading into the camp.
Interesting mix of running backs
When the Rivals Camp Series lands in southeast Michigan on Sunday, many eyes will be on the group of running backs in attendance. Big-name, well-established prospects like four-stars Mike Weber of Detroit Cass Tech and Andrew Dowell of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward will be competing, but so will prospects who are just starting to emerge as major Division I prospects. Joshuwa Holloman of Auburn Hills (Mich.) Avondale, Richard Worship of Parma Heights (Ohio) Valley Forge and Jonathan Femi-Cole of Vaughan (Ont.) St. Andrews College all have a chance to make a name for themselves. From one of the nation's fastest running backs in Holloman -- who has clocked 4.2 40-yard dashes at multiple combines in the last year -- to one of the nation's biggest in the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Worship, the group will provide a diversity of skill sets.
Canada: It's not just for hockey!
The southeast Michigan location is the closest to the Canadian border in the Rivals Camp Series, and no surprise will field the largest number of prospects from the United States' northern neighbor. Prospects such as class of 2014 four-star Michael O'Connor and current UCLA defensive end Eli Ankou have brought greater attention to the football talent in Canada, and a pair of prospects who will be at Sunday's camp are already benefitting. Running back Jonathan Femi-Cole already holds offers from Minnesota, Buffalo and Nevada, while 6-foot-3, 270-pound St. Catherine's (Ont.) Canada Prep Academy defensive end Neville Gallimore has over a dozen offers already, with tenders coming from as far away as TCU, UCLA and Mississippi State.
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Deep group of 2016 wideouts
One of the most interesting position groups to watch will be wide receiver, where a group of 2016 prospects expect to lead the way. Farmington, Mich., sophomore Desmond Fitzpatrick comes into the event with six offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and Wake Forest. He will be joined by classmates Justin Layne of Cleveland Benedictine, Jalen Martin of Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park and Jordan Overton of Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush who are also already on board with offers. Additionally, there are several 2016 wide receivers attending with whom their first offer is just a matter of time, including Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt's Donnie Corley and Detroit East English Village's Armani Posey. Looking back a year from now, this group should be among the highest recruited prospects at any position in the entire Midwest.
Commits keep competing
Keeping the competitive edge after making a commitment has been an indicator for future success, and several prospects who will be at Saline High School have already ended their recruiting process. Michigan State commits Kyonta Stallworth and Tyson Smith will be competing on the offensive line and at defensive back, respectively. Northwestern grabbed their two highest-rated commits last week in Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward brothers Andrew Dowell and David Dowell. Andrew will be working out with the running backs while David will be in the defensive backfield. A number of prospects committed to Mid-American Conference schools are set to compete as well, including defensive tackle Shahid Bellamy (Central Michigan) and linebackers Paul Engram (Toledo) and Abdlallah Jaffal (Western Michigan).
Conrad comfortable in camps
Rivals250 tight end C.J. Conrad is one of the top prospects at his position in the country with an offer list to back it up. However, playing at Keystone High, a small school in LaGrange, Ohio, does not give evaluators much of a look at the 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect who towers over most of his opponents. Conrad, then, has had to make most of his impactful impressions at camps against other Division I prospects and he has certainly done that. He broke out last summer at the Ohio State Friday night lights camp and was an honorable mention all-combine performer at the prestigious Under Armour Underclassmen Combine in January. We expect Conrad to be in his element again Sunday.
Josh Helmholdt is a Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.