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April 5, 2012

Rivals/VTO Virginia: Players to watch

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The Rivals.com/VTO Sports Virginia Elite 100 is this weekend in Highland Springs, Va., and it could be the most star-studded camp on the tour. The headliner is Olney (Md.) Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller, the nation's top player at his position and No. 4 overall. However, Fuller will be tested by some good wide receivers and nearly every position group is deep with D-I players. Here's a breakdown of some of the top players to watch on offense and defense.

Rivals/VTO Virginia: Offensive players to watch
Derwin Gray, OL, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate
Gray is always competitive and willing to go wherever there is talent to show his worth, especially after missing nearly all of last season due to academic issues. He will be tested by the deep defensive line group expected on hand, but he's an athletic kid with great feet and we might even see him do some work on the defensive side as well.


Derrick Green, RB, Richmond (Va.) Hermitage
Green is ranked as the nation's No. 6 running back and he is a Rivals100 prospect. He was at last year's camp as well and has since added 27 offers. Green is very powerful and runs very well, but he will have his work cut out for him with the depth of talent at linebacker.



Paul Harris, WR, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Fredrick Douglass
Harris could be the prospect we're most looking forward to checking out as he has blown up with offers from USC, Penn State and others. A tall and lanky receiver, he will be a great matchup for Fuller and some of the other defensive backs at the event. Many feel Harris is underrated as a mid-level three star so this is his chance to improve his stock.


Taquan Mizzell, RB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside
Mizzell is ranked as the No. 8 running back in the nation and is also a Rivals100 prospect, and the battle between he and Green for billing as the top back in the state is a good one. He is approaching 20 offers and he was also at last year's camp. These guys love to compete and don't back down from a challenge.


Na'Ty Rodgers, OL, Pomfret (Md.) McDonough
Rodgers showed he was the real deal at the U.S. Army Combine and he's another kid who likes to compete despite numerous offers. He's tall, has a great wingspan and good feet, and he will be tested by bull rushers and speed ends alike at this event. The one-on-ones for the big men should be impressive.


Others on offense to watch
William Ulmer, QB, Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High (2014); Caleb Henderson, QB, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock (2014); Corwin Cutler, QB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside; Lamel Matthews, QB, Washington (D.C.) Dunbar; Daniel Reid, RB, Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale; Jacquille Veii, RB, Gaithersburg (Md.) The Avalon School; Chigozie Onyekwere, WR, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy (2014); Jason Lewis, WR, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes (2015); Taivon Jacobs, WR, District Heights (Md.) Suitland; Brian Brown, WR, Richmond (Va.) Hermitage; Andre Levrone, WR, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel; Lamont Baldwin, WR, Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll; Daesean Hamilton, WR, Stafford (Va.) Mountain View; Cequan Jefferson, WR, Richmond (Va.) Henrico; Zach Goins, OL, Midlothian (Md.) Manchester; Braxton Pfaff, OL, Lynchburg (Va.) Lynchburg Christian Academy; Steven Moss, OL, Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor (2014)

Rivals/VTO Virginia: Defensive players to watch
Andrew Brown, DT, Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River (2014)
Brown emerged last year at this very camp as a freshman phenom when he dominated offensive linemen three years older than him and showed the most violent hands of any young tackle we've seen in a long time. He has some nice early offers, but if he were at a school that regularly produced D-I prospects, he'd have 20-plus by now. He is now the worst-kept secret in Hampton Roads and simply a monster.

Kendall Fuller, CB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel
Fuller will be quite busy at the event as you know every wide receiver is going to want to go against him if they can. With superior instincts, good size and excellent quickness, he always does well at these events despite the huge advantage that receivers have over defensive backs. He's another competitor who wants to get better and show how good he is.


Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior (2014)
Good luck finding a sophomore defensive lineman in the country who works harder and looks better than Hand. He is explosive, athletic, strong, agile and everything else you look for in a defensive end. If the U.S. Army Combine was his coming out party, this camp will likely push him higher on the radar.



Dorian O'Daniel, LB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel
O'Daniel is one of the nation's top prospects, ranked in the top 40 overall in the nation and he will have his hands full with the dynamic duo at running back. But the rangy 'backer doesn't talk, he just lets his play speak for itself and he should be fun to watch out there.



Doug Randolph, LB, Richmond (Va.) Woodberry Forest School
Randolph has been committed to Stanford for quite some time, but other academic schools aren't giving up on him and he's looking around a little bit. With a huge frame and excellent lateral movement, Randolph covers a lot of ground and loves to compete. There's not an event in his area he will say no to and you have to love that drive.


Others on defense to watch
Wyatt Teller, DE, Bealton (Va.) Liberty; Antonio Harris, DL, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise; Ricky Walker, DL, Hampton (Va.) Bethel (2014); Deandre Kelly, DE, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha (2015); Marquel Lee, LB, Waldorf (Md.) Westlake; Marcel Ngachie, LB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel; Jahvoni Simmons, LB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes (2015); Aaron Glover, LB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne (2014); Yannick Ngakoue, LB, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy; Cavon Walker, LB, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy; Devin Williams, LB, Washington (D.C.) St. John's College, 2014; Reggie McGee, LB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel; Jermaine Carter, LB, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy; Matt Rolin, LB Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods; Connor Wingo-Reeves, LB, Richmond (Va.) Monacan; D'Andre Payne, CB, Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson (2014); Duwayne Johnson, DB, Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson (2015); Kirk Garner, CB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel; Aaron Young, CB, Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll; Tim Harris, CB, Richmond (Va,) Varina; C.J. Jones, S, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel; Michael Parker, S, Nokesville (Va.) Kettle Run; Marcus Allen, S, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise (2014); Quin Blanding, S, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside (2014); Darwyn Kelly, S, Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson; Holland Fisher, S, Midlothian (Va.) Manchester; Jalen Tabor, S, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy (2014)

Rivals.com/VTO SPORTS ELITE 100
Here's a look at the 2012 schedule for the Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite 100 Showcases:
March 24 - Birmingham, Ala.Event info
March 25 - Atlanta, Ga.Event info
March 31 - York, S.C. Event info
April 1 - Charlotte, N.C.Event info
April 7 - Richmond, Va.Event info
April 14 - Cincinnati, OhioEvent info
April 15 - Pittsburgh, Pa.Event info
April 22 - Newark, N.J.Event info
April 29 - Tampa, Fla.Event info
May 6 - Geismar, La.Event info


If you are the coach or parent of a prospect with D-I offers or likely to receive D-I offers, or the prospect himself, contact Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell at mike@rivals.com, via Twitter at @rivalsmike or via Facebook.

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