May 23, 2014

VTO Chicago: What to watch

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By Ryan Probasco
Special to

The VTO Elite 100 Camp Series concludes this Sunday at Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Ill. The invitation-only event is a great tool for top regional recruits, as it provides the athletes both national exposure and showcase experience.

Participants expected at the event come from various areas of the country -- Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Indiana, Alabama, Iowa, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, and Kentucky -- will be represented, but the bulk of the participants hail from the Midwest region. Seeing as most of the VTO events are held in the south and the east, Sunday's event is a vital opportunity for players to make a name for themselves.

There are several intriguing prospects included on the event's roster.

Quarterback Dayne Keller will be one of the youngest participants, but the Newburgh, Ind. native has been on evaluators' radars since he was in middle school. During his freshman campaign for Castle High School (Ind.), Keller threw for 1,013 yards and 16 touchdowns in just five games. And in January, he was awarded the offensive MVP at the NUC All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Keller shouldn't be overmatched by his competition Sunday, despite his age (14) and limited experience.

On the other side of the ball, some players to keep an eye on are linebackers Kenny Kirkland from Minooka High School (Ill.) and Mason LaMarche out of Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Kirkland has shown excellent speed and a knack for pursuit thus far in his high school career, while LaMarche's ideal size (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) and strength give him a significant advantage in showcase-style events.

At the conclusion of the event, eight MVPs -- one for all seven position groups and a sleeper -- will be selected by the VTO team. And one underclassman will receive an invitation to the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. this summer.

VTO Sports Elite 100 Schedule
Saturday, March 1 South Atlanta, GA Saturday, April 19 North Atlanta
Sunday, March 2 Birmingham, AL Saturday, April 26 Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 8 Columbia, SC Sunday, April 27 Dallas, TX
Sunday, March 9 Charlotte, NC Saturday, May 10 Teaneck, NJ
Sunday, March 30 Dumfries, VA Sunday, May 11 Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 5 Tampa, FL Sunday, May 25 Chicago, IL
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