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March 6, 2014

VTO Charlotte: What to watch

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The VTO Elite 100 Camp series continues to make its way around the country with the tour stopping through Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte (N.C.) on Sunday.

There will be plenty of high-profile names as 160 prospects in the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina look to make a bigger name for themselves and compete in a highly competitive environment.

Quarterback

At the quarterback position some of the top talent around the area will be on hand, including Charlotte standout Anthony Ratliff. With offers from multiple ACC schools, including early front-runners Clemson and North Carolina, Ratliff could very well be the top QB in attendance. Other QBs on the list include Griffin Baker, Alec Cobb, Austin Kendall, Mason Martin, Karson Sharpe, Rudiger Yearick, Jordan Lane, Matt Price, Bruce Dixon, and over 15 other players looking to impress with their throwing and decision-making.

Running Backs

Running backs Reggie Gallaspy and Rocky Reid headline a stacked group of players. Gallaspy, a Greensboro (N.C.) native, and Reid, who hails from Concord (N.C.), both have several Division-I offers from around the country. Trai Sharpe of Carrboro (N.C.) is another name to watch, as he looks to return to the recruiting and playing arena after being injured during his junior season. Others looking to gain exposure Sunday include Jaquavion Alexander, Gary Summers, Marcus Williams, and several others, making it a very competitive field.

Wide Receiver

The wide receiver position might be the deepest group registered for Sunday, with several Division-I talents set to compete against and with one another. Juval Mollette, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver from Randleman (N.C.) will have eyes on him all day with his wide frame, while Carl Tucker goes up against other top receivers. Tucker, a native of Cornelius (N.C.) has said Tennessee and North Carolina stand out to him the most early on. Other players like Michael Bowman, Raymond Green Jr., Ryan Palmer, Miles Kelly, and others will look to show they're among the better players at their position at the Sunday event.

Secondary

Recent Charlotte commit Jaire Alexander will be on display in his future city, while names like Jelani Carter and Nafees Lyon will be other names to watch. At the safety position, Jayron Rankin of Reidsville (N.C.) has been one of the top players on the field in North Carolina, but will certainly be looking to increase his interest Sunday.

Others players that received an invite to Charlotte Sunday include Andrew Chavis (Airport), Mike Dunmire (Raleigh Leesville Road), Jeffrey Gunter (Durham Riverside), Dayshawn Pridgen (Eastern Wayne), Gerald Wilkes (Durham Hillside), Jalon Bethea (Durham Hillside), Simeon Gatling (Greensboro Dudley), Dezmond Scott {Charlotte Mallard Creek), Shirely Wilson (Greensboro Page) and Stephen Griffin (Charlotte South Mecklenburg).

Linebackers

Schools are always looking for the next athletic playmaker to step up in the middle of the defense. Charlotte's VTO Elite 100 event will be hosting several players that fit that mold, as there is a wide range of linebackers in all classes that will look to come out and make things happen. Players such as Cole Nigro (Raleigh Sanderson), Tevor Darby(Davidson Day), Jarrett Little (West Montgomery), Jason Mack (Atkins), Gabe Price (East Forsyth), and Christian Young (Cornelius Hough) are on the list, along with several others.

Offensive Line

A few players stand out early on the list for offensive line, as Brian Chaffin of Charlotte Christian, Emanuel McGirt of Durham Hillside, and Logan Tisch of Chapel Hill High all impressed college coaches with their play in the trenches last fall. Chaffin and McGirt both boast multiple ACC offers, while Tisch is still looking for his first major scholarship offer to come. Other names like Seth Champion (Franklinton), Grant Dixon (Providence Day), Cody Kluttz (Matthews Butler), Kevin Manley (Charlotte Mallard Creek), and Ryan Matson (Cox Mill) will look to show why their names were on the list with a solid performance on Sunday.

Defensive Line

The defensive line is certainly a position of desire for several colleges in the 2015 recruiting cycle and it might be the second-deepest group Sunday afternoon, with names including Carlos Basham (Roanoke (Va.) Northside), Jementre Blair (Winston-Salem Mount Tabor), Montreal Cherry (Southern Durham), Demetrich Curry (Metrolina Christian Academy), Richon Green (Charlotte Berry), Will Ingle (Burlington Williams), Tajai Liles (Charlotte Hopewell), Myles Lindsay (West Forsyth), Twazanga Mugala (Charlotte Ardrey Kell), and Adam Rice (Hendersonville), along with several others.

The VTO staff will name eight total MVPs from the camp in Charlotte, one at each position. Three players will get invites to the Rivals Camp Series, which will also be at Mallard Creek High School on Sunday, March 30. One other top young performer will earn an invite to the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge.

VTO Sports Elite 100 Schedule
DATE LOCATION DATE LOCATION
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 Richmond, VA Sunday, May 11 Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 5 Tampa, FL Sunday, May 18 Southern California
Saturday, April 12 Raleigh, NC Sunday, May 25 Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 13 Rock Hill, SC Sunday, June 1 Seattle, WA



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