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March 28, 2014

RCS Charlotte: What to watch for

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The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour hits the Queen City on Sunday with a stop at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C. Led by five-star defensive end Shameik Blackshear, the battle for the defensive line MVP could highlight the day. Here are five things we're looking forward to seeing.

1. The defensive line group is stacked
The defensive line battle could be epic. Five-star defensive end Shameik Blackshear from Bluffton, S.C. leads a group that also includes four-star defensive end Jalen Dalton from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, Darian Roseboro from Lincolnton, N.C. and Michael Barnett from Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland. Throw in three-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson who is coming for that fourth star and many others and you have a terrific group that has the potential to dominate the top performers list.

2. Contrast in styles
Bryce Love vs. Reggie Gallaspy at running back is a battle of two styles. Love, from Wake Forest (N.C.) Rolesville and Gallaspy from Greensboro (N.C.) Southern Guilford are both four-star talents with different skill sets. Love is a 5-foot-9, 179-pounder who is excellent in space and is dangerous out of the backfield in the passing game when it comes to making people miss while Gallaspy is a 5-foot-11, 213-pound big back with excellent one-cut ability and a powerful upfield burst. Love has the advantage for obvious reasons in a wide open camp setting, but Gallaspy is a talent who has been excellent at numerous camps before. Keep an eye on this battle.

3. Charlotte will be about discovery
This camp will be about discovery, something I love when it comes to scouting. Compared to the Atlanta RCS or some of the other camps loaded with four and five stars, this camp will have a ton of three star prospects and even unrated players with offers. That means we'll be able to find guys that are flying under the radar or perhaps are under-ranked right now. There are few things more exciting for a scout and analyst than finding a kid who is a top talent who hasn't gotten the exposure yet. North Carolina kids often emerge later, but this camp could allow some of them to emerge before the Spring Evaluation Period.

4. Keep an eye on the underclassmen
There will be plenty of 2016 and 2017 and even 2018 prospects with offers at this camp that we will be getting a good glimpse of the future in many states. The running back position itself has close to double-digit underclassmen prospects to keep an eye on and the state has become known for producing some great ones in recent years. Other positions like wide receiver, defensive back and offensive line have some intriguing prospects to watch for. Can one of them break through and take home MVP honors at their position? Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes star Levonta Taylor, a 2016, could be a guy to watch at defensive back.

5. Who will emerge at linebacker?
For, I believe, the first time in RCS history, we have a camp with zero linebackers with offers so a few guys will have to emerge. What's amazing is that in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina for 2015 and 2016, there are only three prospects at linebacker with BCS offers. That's a simply astonishing number. Linebacker is the one position where someone can emerge more than any other at this camp.

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Woody Wommack is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.


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