The Rutgers staff extended two offers Saturday at their 7-on-7 passing camp, which created competition between 100 high school teams from throughout the region, to find out who’s the best of the best.
Potomac (Md.) running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, a 5-11, 205-pound sophomore came into the camp with offers from N.C. State, West Virginia and Toledo, and left with one from Rutgers.
He was explosive, played with leverage and displayed the ability to change direction and make plays in the passing game, while helping his team make the final four out of almost 100 teams. He was also a factor defensively, at linebacker, running interference in the passing lanes.
Meanwhile, Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) offensive tackle Yasir Durant, a 6-6, 345-pound junior, also received an offer as he attended the 7-on-7 as an on-looker. He was accompanied by two teammates, one of which was junior and fellow Rutgers o-line offeree JohnCarlo Valentine, a 6-4, 342-pounder.
Durant’s offer coincides with Rutgers’ recent theme of composing a monmouth offensive line as their three current class of 2016 o-line commits average 6-6, 325 pounds.
Durant also holds offers from Arizona State, Illinois, North Carolina and Temple.
Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) junior linebacker Jamar Watson was rumored to have received a Rutgers offer at camp, but it was later proven not to be the case, due to the staff already having received four linebacker commitments within the class.
However, the 6-3, 215-pounder did perform valiantly, proving why he already holds offers from Boston College, Old Dominion and Miami (Ohio). He looked good in space, a rarity for big linebackers, who often get exposed in 7-on-7 competition.
Other top performers
Chase Claypool, the 6-5, 230-pound junior wide receiver from Abbotsford, British Columbia, was the top player in attendance, competing for his Canadian 7-on-7 squad. Throughout the event, he utilized his size, athleticism and body control to create mismatches and dominate the opposition. He even filled a need at linebacker where with his size, he swallowed up smaller receivers when they entered his zone. Despite holding 15 offers, Claypool flirted with making a decision this past weekend, but left Rutgers without doing so.
Kelvin Harmon, the 6-3, 195-pound Palmyra (N.J.) wide receiver continues to refine his ability to run routes and master all the little things that make wide receivers elite. Competing for Next Level Greats year-round, he also appears to have improved his foot-speed, while he’s always had the ability to track the ball through the air, the body control to adjust to it and the hand-eye coordination to make grabs while extended. One area where he can improve is learning to not allow defensive backs to manipulate his routes.
Hasise Dubois, the 6-3, 215-pound wide receiver/defensive back from DePaul (Wayne, N.J.), was the best player in his bracket. He catches everything. Dubois has some of the best hands throughout the Northeast region and the size to cause mismatches. His top-end speed is adequate, but more than enough when combined with his size, athleticism and savvy.
Phil Campbell, the 6-1, 195-pound junior safety from South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.), who recently committed to Rutgers, also had a strong day. And while he has the size to convert to linebacker at the next level, he proved he has the agility and hip fluidity to open up and run with receivers. He also stood out on the offensive side of the ball at receiver, further showcasing his position flexibility. Rutgers got a good one.
Ahmir Mitchell, standing 6-3, 215-pounds is a freak. Along with Claypool, the Cedar Creek (N.J.) junior was one of the top two most physically developed recruits on campus. And he was his team’s go-to receiver as they made it to the playoff round robin. Mitchell got to where he wanted throughout most of the day as there weren’t any defenders on the outside big or quick enough to jam him or in any other way, contend with his physical gifts.
Lindell Stone, the 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore from Woodberry Forest (Va.), gets the nod as the top quarterback performer at the event. He showed up without a team and filled in with a random group to show off his talents to the Rutgers staff. He displayed poise, touch, timing and the ability to lead receivers open. Although he left campus without an offer, Rutgers will continue to recruit him and watch him develop physically. The four-star already holds offer from UCLA, Virginia, Purdue and Wake Forest, to name a few.
Taysir Mack, another Rutgers commit, displayed good twitch, athleticism and ball skills on his home turf Saturday, scoring multiple touchdowns. He also displayed end-line and sideline awareness, dotting the i on multiple grabs throughout the day. The Grand Street (Brooklyn, N.Y.) standout, at 6-2, 180 pounds, along with teammate and fellow Rutgers commit Ahmed Bah, proved to be a highly productive tandem on the outside.
At 6-4, 185, Bah utilized his size to outmuscle defenders for the football and make plays over the top. Both took turns being dominant throughout the day, but their team was at their best when both got going at the same time, something Rutgers fans hope to see often, over the next few years.
Eddie Lewis, the 6-1, 175-pound Mater Dei (Middletown, N.J.) sophomore, continues to impress, event after event. He has a knack for getting open and the body control and concentration to finish grabs in a multitude of ways. He’s smooth in-and-out of his breaks, has great hands and always appears at least two steps ahead of any one-on-one coverage/competition. Lewis competes for the Air Sport Group 7-on-7 team, based out of Central Jersey, which boasts at least 10 players with FBS-level potential. So far, he’s earned offers from Boston College and Iowa.
Ricky Tate, also a sophomore who plays for Air Sports Group, had a big day — the type to put his name on the map. The 6-2, 172-pounder plays for Bridgewater (N.J.) Raritan and is expected to have a breakout season in 2015 if he can come close to the level of productivity he displayed Saturday. He’s long, wiry and elusive, prompting the Rutgers staff to pay close attention to his work at points throughout the camp.
Fellow ASG members Anthony Brown, a junior quarterback and Boston College commit from St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.), Dejohn Rogers, a 5-10, 180-pound junior defensive back/wide receiver from Matawan (N.J.), and Isaiah Calhoun, a 6-5, 190-pound junior wide receiver from Neptune (N.J.), also made plays. Brown got the ball on time, Rogers consistently separated from wide receivers and Calhoun made a number of acrobatic grabs. Each has had strong offseasons, putting forth top performances at multiple camps. However, Rogers and Calhoun, in particular, have yet to secure their first FBS offers.
Tyshon Fogg, the 6-2, 215-pound Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) linebacker, like Jamar Watson, showed the athleticism and anticipation to stick to smaller receivers, using his ability to bump and disarm offenders on underneath routes. The sophomore holds offers from Michigan State, Syracuse, Stanford and five other FBS schools.
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