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June 8, 2013
Five-Star Challenge: Team scouting reports
CHICAGO - For the second annual Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour, our analysts drafted the participants into four teams: Team Rivals, Team Yahoo!, Team Flickr and Team Tumblr. Teams will earn points based on their performances in Sunday's 7-on-7 Tournament and Big Man Challenge.
Here's a scouting report on each team along with the rosters.
Strength: Defensive line. Team Rivals went hard in the trenches and added both Da'Shawn Hand and Andrew Brown from the top of the Class of 2014 rankings. Daylon Mack may prove to be one of the top players in the Class of 2015 and DeWayne Hendrix has made a major move up the board since his Rivals Camp Series performance. There is size and speed here which will help in timed events as well as 1-on-1 reps.
"With Hand on the outside and Brown and Mack battling in the middle there are few reps those three are expected to lose. Hendrix is the wildcard but has continued to impress. This is clearly the best group of defensive lineman of the four teams." - Mike Farrell
Concern: Linebackers. A position that is often hard to project performance in the 7-on-7 portion still leaves a lot of questions for Team Rivals. Raekwon McMillan is the five-star among the group but he is a true inside linebacker and that could be a mismatch against tight ends or running backs.
"There are a lot of talented kids at the position on this team but the real worry is how they work in space." - Farrell
Headliner: Da'Shawn Hand. The No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 has heard and read all about the players who are gunning for his ranking and has maintained his quiet confidence. The odds are that his training and talent will be on display this weekend as he is set to prove that he belongs atop the Rivals100.
Most to prove: Sam Mustipher. The Notre Dame commit had a up-and-down performance at the Rivals Camp Series in Newark and was often guessing and over extending on plays. With the talent that will be on Soldier Field he could get exposed if his fundamentals are not improved.
2015 to Watch: Daylon Mack. Already in the mix for the top player in Texas for the Class of 2015, Mack could prove to be the best defensive tackle in his class. In some lineman groups he would be the headliner already as a rising junior.
Don't be surprised if... Kevin Toliver emerges as the best defensive back from the entire event. He has that type of top-end talent.
Strength: Defensive backs. There is a strong mix of size,
speed, and ball skills on this roster. Marlon Humphrey is one of the
biggest players at the position in the entire event while Jamal Adams,
Damon Webb, and John Smith are ball hawks. Class of 2015
prospect Iman Marshall should feel comfortable with this group as he is
teammates at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly with Smith.
Strength: Balance. There is not one group that really stands
out above the rest as the team was well put together. It has five players ranked
as five-stars mixed through the roster with Deshaun Watson,
Elijah Hood, Damian Prince, Lorenzo Carter and
Adoree' Jackson all being ranked between No. 5 and No. 13 nationally. That balance
could prove to be a winning formula or a middle of the pack finish with no one
group able to carry the load.
Strength: Wide Receiver. Easily the most complete group of
receivers in the group belongs to Team Tumblr. The group has size with
Allen Lazard (6-foot-5) and Malachi Dupre (6-foot-4) and speed with
Christian Kirk and
DaMarkus Lodge. Team Tumblur also has a
great combination player in
Jamil Kamara. Adding to the group is
Leonard Fournette and
Dalton Schultz. Fournette is one of the
smoother pass-catching backs in the country and Shultz enters at 6-foot-7 and
could be a redzone force.