The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Amour hits the Southwest in a big way on March 16 with a stop in Houston before heading north to Dallas on March 17.
The free, invitation-only camps feature top prospects at top-notch facilities, being coached by some of the best coaches around.
Rivals.com regional analysts will be in attendance and all athletes who attend will receive Under Armour apparel. However, the perks do not end there. The camps also serve as an opportunity to earn a coveted invitation to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in June or, for underclassmen, the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in July.
At this early point in the registration process, many of the region's top prospects have already jumped at the opportunity to compete, with several Louisiana and Texas talents leading the way for the Houston camp at Spring Westfield High School on March 16.
LSU Rivals250 commitment Jacory Washington comes in as the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect. The Westlake (La.) talent held offers from the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and UCLA before committing to LSU in January. The 6-5, 210-pound talent is ranked 110th in the Rivals250.
Washington is joined by fellow Louisiana Rivals250 standout Davon Godchaux of Plaquemine (La.). The defensive end already holds a Big 12 offer from Texas Tech and is ranked No. 208 in the Rivals250.
Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back Samaje Perine leads the way for Lone Star talent. Coming in at No. 188 in the Rivals250, Perine rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a junior and already holds offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Purdue, and Houston.
Texas wide receiver commitment Roderick Bernard of Houston (Texas) Sharpstown, Baylor wide receiver commitment Chris Platt of Willis (Texas), and SMU quarterback commitment Darrell Colbert of Houston (Texas) Lamar have also registered. Colbert led his team to the 5A state championship game and Platt is a two-time 400m state champion while Bernard was offered by the Longhorns as quickly as possible.
San Antonio (Texas) Warren defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao is one of the hottest prospects, adding offers from Missouri, Ole Miss, and Baylor over the last two weeks. Lealaimatafao, San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt defensive back Arrion Springs, and San Antonio (Texas) Churchill athlete Dimitri Flowers lead a strong San Antonio crew headed to the Houston camp.
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If you are a prospect with FBS offers or likely to receive FBS offers, or the coach or the parent of such a prospect, contact Rivals.com Southwest analyst Jason Howell ([email protected]) as well as Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell ([email protected]) and Rivals Camp Series Director of Player Personnel Brian Mohr ([email protected]).
Quarterbacks Aaron Sharp of Humble (Texas) Summer Creek and Ronald Monroe of Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Bush headline a strong group of signal-callers. In the trenches, defensive tackle Garrald McDowell of Covington (La.) and offensive lineman Jacob Bragg of Nacogdoches (Texas) add to a strong group. Then skill guys such as Austin Walter and Aston Walter of Crosby (Texas), Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Bush receiver Donald Monroe, and New Orleans defensive back Jermaine Roberts bring highlight-reel reputations to the table.
There are standout 2015s such as Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson and Houston (Texas) Clear Lake tight end Jordan Davis who are already capturing the attention of college coaches.
Like Houston, the Dallas camp at Cedar Hill High School is off to an impressive start to registration with several Rivals250 prospects and standouts from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas already signed up and ready to go.
Quarterback is filling out nicely with Texas Rivals100 commitment Jerrod Heard of Denton (Texas) Guyer leading the way. He is joined by fellow Rivals250 member Justice Hansen of Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe, and Foster Sawyer of Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints, Greenwood (Ark.) signal-caller Jabe Burgess, and Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite 2015 standout Chason Virgil, all of whom already hold BCS offers.
One of the biggest of the big, though, is Gladewater (Texas) 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack. He stands in at 6-2 and 300 pounds, and already holds offers from Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and Oklahoma. DeSoto (Texas) defensive tackle Bryce English is also drawing plenty of college attention and Ennis (Texas) defensive end James Lockhart already holds an offer from Baylor.
The camps in Houston and Dallas are preceded by camps in Phoenix and Los Angeles on March 9 and 10. Following the stops in Texas, the Rivals.com Camp Series presented by Under Armour heads to Florida for stops in Orlando on March 23 and Miami on March 24.