RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia marked the ninth stop of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour. Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman takes a look back at the five things he learned on Saturday.
When competing with other players in a group as stacked as this one, even the smallest error could make a player tumble down the top performers list. Nnadi may not have been the favorite to take home defensive line MVP, but he turned in the most consistently dominant performance.
Easily the biggest surprise of the day was Walter Brantley, an offensive lineman from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus. Playing guard, Brantley was able to handle some of the better defensive linemen in a very deep group. Brantley ranked eighth on the camp's top offensive performers list and was the second best offensive lineman of the day.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Brantley has caught the eye of multiple schools but he admitted that he has to get his grades in order. Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Marshall, Delaware and others have shown some type of interest but he knows that he has some things to work out before he gets that first offer.
Eberle is the only 2014 prospect from the group above and his effort was slightly more notable than the others because he was the most effective blocker Da'Shawn Hand faced all day. Even Hand was surprised the two of them split their reps.
Believe the hype
If there was any doubt before the camp about the quality of the underclassmen that would be there, there sure isn't now. There were six young guns who made overall top performers in McLean, Taylor, Ricky DeBerry, Boulware, Allen and Keon Paye.
One of the players with question marks next to his name is Rivals250 athlete Demetrius Johnson. People do not know much about him because he missed six games last season due to a severe ankle injury. He only has four offers right now because most schools have not seen enough of him.
Hawaii, Maryland, N.C. State and Old Dominion should be happy they were among the first to offer Johnson, because if he plays during the season like he did at the camp in Richmond the offers will come in bunches. He was the third overall top offensive performer at the camp and it was for good reason. He caught almost every ball thrown at him, ran good routes and had surprising speed and quickness for a receiver his size. There was also a noticeable toughness about him and it looks like he would be very difficult to bring down when wearing pads.