March 16, 2014

RCS Birmingham: Postcard from camp

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Lester Cotton had plenty of competition on Sunday, but still earned MVP honors among offensive linemen.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The 2014 Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour landed in Birmingham on Sunday amidst threatening skies, but the weather held off and over 230 elite athletes showed off their skills at Hoover High School.

As expected, five-star defensive tackle Daron Payne and four-star guard Lester Cotton squared off for some intense one-on-ones. They may continue this rivalry in college, as Cotton has committted to Alabama and the Tide is one of several schools pursuing Payne. Both Payne and Cotton walked away with their respective positional MVP awards and earned invites to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour in June. Offensive lineman Tyler Carr was also invited to the Five-Star Challenge after what was one of the top OL-DL camps Rivals has seen in the two years of the RCS.

The top quarterback MVP was Gardner Minshew, a three-star dual-threat QB from Brandon, Miss., who has yet to garner a BCS offer but has several SEC schools following his progress.

Four-star running back Nick Gibson earned MVP honors, showing why analysts have been high on his skill set for some time.

The Rivals Camp Series turns to Florida next weekend, with elite players competing in Orlando on Saturday, Mar. 22 and in Miami on Sunday, Mar. 23. Stay tuned for this week as we continue to analyze this weekend's camps and preview next week's action in Florida.
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QB Gardner Minshew
Brandon, Miss.
RB Nick Gibson
Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley
WR/TE DeKaylin Metcalf
Oxford, Miss.
OL Lester Cotton
Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central
DL Daron Payne
Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley
LB Darrell Williams
Hoover, Ala.
DB Ugo Amadi
Nashville John Overton
Top Performers: Offense | Defense
At each camp, our team of football recruiting experts invites elite players to participate in the 2014 Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour. The event will be held June 6-8 at M&T Stadium in Baltimore.
(From left) Lester Cotton, Daron Payne and Tyler Carr will be part of the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in June.
OL Lester Cotton
Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central
DT Daron Payne
Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley
OL Tyler Carr
Southside, Ala.
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