The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour is a new series of invitation-only regional camps for selected participants who are considered among the best in the country at their respective positions.
It hits Texas Saturday in Houston and then heads to Dallas on Sunday. Rivals.com Southwest recruiting analyst Jason Howell tells us what we can expect on Day 1 of the Lone Star weekend.
Louisiana will shine bright
Houston may be in Texas, but Louisiana is ready to invade in a big way on Saturday. They standout group will be led by five-star New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette.
The 6-1, 225-pound back has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson and holds offers from every national football powerhouse in the country.
Fournette will be joined by New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr duo of defensive lineman Gerald Willis III and athlete Speedy Noil, who come in at No. 42 and 104, respectively, in the Rivals250. The nation's top tight end and LSU commitment, Jacory Washington, out of Westlake (La.) was one of the first to register for the event, and in the trenches are Rivals250 talents offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield (No. 131) and defensive end Davon Godchaux (No. 210).
The receiver talent in Houston is going to be strong with Rivals250 standouts Speedy Noil, Armanti Foreman and Keenen Brown leading the way, but they are going to have their hands full with a strong group of defensive backs.
In addition to Roberts, Alexander, and McGraw from Louisiana, several big names from around Texas will make their way to Houston.
Five-star defensive back Tony Brown, out of Beaumont (Texas) Ozen, registered for the event last week and if past performances are a sign of things to come, he will give everyone fits with his combination of size, speed, and footwork.
Houston is going to bring out several of the top prospects from around the region with thoughts of improving their stock or emerging on the scene. Tony Brown and La Porte (Texas) linebacker Hoza Scott are currently the top two players in Texas and already considered among the nation's, but like everyone else they will be looking to prove and improve on Saturday.
It is safe to say the competition will be fierce for all and Brown and Scott will have no problems finding prospects willing to accept the challenge.
As two of the top prospects in attendance, they will have targets on their backs. I am looking forward to a Leonard Fournette vs. Hoza Scott battle in running back vs. linebacker one-on-ones.
Top to bottom, quarterback might have more talent than any other position at the camp. There is not a true headliner, but the group has a lot of depth with Austin (Texas) Westwood's Bear Fenimore, Humble (Texas) Summer Creek's Aaron Sharp and SMU commitment and Houston (Texas) Lamar standout Darrell Colbert among the 2014 prospects already registered for the event.
Of course there are also several underclassmen to keep an eye on. Headlining the list are Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark 2015 safety Deionte Thompson, who recently committed to Alabama and Hidalgo (Texas) 2016 quarterback Shea Patterson, who has already committed to Arizona.
Houston (Texas) Clear Lake tight end Jordan Davis, Huntsville (Texas) wide receiver Morie Evans, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr defensive end Isaiah Washington, and Shreveport (La.) Evangel offensive lineman Jerry Tillery all have big-time potential in the 2015 class, and Manvel (Texas) receiver Reggie Hemphill recorded eight receptions for 370 yards and six touchdowns as a varsity freshman in 2012.
(Action from the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour - Phoenix and Los Angeles)