Rivals Five-Star All-Challenge Team
Christian Hackenberg, Greg Bryant were among top performers at Rivals' camp
Several WRs stood out, but O.J. Howard was the most difficult prospect to defend
Multiple '14 recruits upped their stock, including Da'Shawn Hand and Quin Blanding
ATLANTA -- The inaugural Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge took place at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta over the weekend. More than 100 of the top prospects in the 2013 and 2014 classes battled it out, and -- when all was said and done -- a few stood out above the rest. Here's a breakdown of the All-Challenge Team as chosen by Rivals' national analysts.
QB Christian Hackenberg, Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy -- USC commit Max Browne was more consistent Saturday, but Hackenberg was better on Sunday and led his Northeast team to the 7-on-7 title. Hackenberg pledged to Penn State in February.
RB Greg Bryant, Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage School -- Bryant was arguably the most impressive skill player on Saturday, and he got off to an impressive start on Sunday. He even showcased his receiving skills, as he was frequently targeted with dump-off passes in the backfield. After scoring a few touchdowns, however, he was forced to miss the latter half of action due to cramping. Bryant remains committed to Oklahoma.
WR Steven Mitchell, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany -- Mitchell was very impressive on Saturday, especially in selling his routes. He was one of the few bright spots for the West squad on Sunday and was clearly the offensive leader. The USC commit made a number of difficult grabs, including a catch where he reeled in a low, outside Max Browne throw while falling to the ground.
WR Taquan Mizzell, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside -- Mizzell was multifaceted, working as both a running back and a slot receiver. If there was an offensive MVP for the winning team, he would have won it based on his three-touchdown performance in the title game. Currently uncommitted, Mizzell is weighing offers to Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Miami and Virginia Tech, among others.
WR Earnest Robinson, Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley -- Robinson was very good on Saturday, making a statement with his route running and separation. On Sunday, he took his game to the next level. He hauled in one of the best catches of the event -- a leaping reception over defensive back Chris Hawkins in the back of the end zone -- and demonstrated the natural talent that Auburn hopes to benefit from.
TE O.J. Howard, Autauga (Ala.) Autauga Academy -- Howard led a strong group of tight ends at the event, and his size, hands and route running allowed him to create separation and become a major weapon for his team. A 6-foot-6, 226-pound Alabama commit, Howard was arguably the toughest prospect to defend. He has the athleticism of a wide receiver and the size of a lineman.
OL Josh Boutte, New Iberia (La.) Westgate -- Boutte put on a show Saturday by pancaking three players, and he followed that up with a solid effort in the big-man challenge on Sunday. A promising LSU pledge, Boutte outperformed many higher-rated prospects after earning his invite less than a week before the event.
OL Grant Hill, Huntsville, Ala. -- Hill was very good on Saturday, showing that he can be a tackle as well as a guard. On Sunday, he gave an amazing effort with his team shorthanded in the big-man challenge. The Alabama commit helped the Southeast team win the tug-of-war contest and shined in the extended one-on-one session.
OL Kent Perkins, Dallas (Texas) Lake Highlands -- Perkins got off to a slow start on Saturday, but once he got his timing down in the one-on-one drills, he started to show why he's ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the 2013 class. He followed that with very good effort on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder remains committed to Texas.
OL Khaliel Rodgers, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy -- Rodgers was the best offensive lineman overall. He showed consistency and dominance on both days, and displayed that once he gets his hands on a defender, the battle in the trenches is all but over. The four-star prospect is currently being courted by Maryland, Iowa, Virginia, West Virginia and Ole Miss, among others.
DE Kenny Bigelow, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy -- Rodgers' high school teammate, Bigelow entered camp with lofty expectations. But the No. 6 recruit in the class of 2013 certainly won more reps than he didn't. He was one of the most consistent performers on both days, and was part of a dominant defensive line for the Northeast. Like several others in attendance, he could make an immediate impact upon his arrival to USC.
DT Andrew Brown, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith (2014) -- Brown had a good day on Saturday despite losing a few reps, but he was terrific on Sunday. He flashed violent hands and surprising quickness, qualities that should make him a hot commodity during his junior and senior years. Brown currently boasts offers to Penn State, Alabama, West Virginia, Florida and Georgia, among others.
DE Da'Shawn Hand, Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior (2014) -- Hand won most of his reps on Saturday against the top competition he faced, and followed that up with an amazing 102 pushups and at the big-man challenge on Sunday. He was also nearly unstoppable in the one-on-one sessions. Like Brown, Hand will be a prized target as he continues to develop during his junior and senior seasons.
DE Carl Lawson, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton -- Lawson earns his spot for essentially one day of dominant work, as he was the best player on the field on Saturday. He was so impressive, in fact, that it didn't matter that he missed most of Sunday's action with a groin injury. Lawson gave his verbal commitment to Auburn on March 24.
LB Reuben Foster, Auburn, Ala. -- Foster showed off his uncommon work ethic, as he fought through a nagging knee injury during the entire event. He was impressive in drills nonetheless. For a 250-pound linebacker, Foster showed great lateral movement in Sunday's 7-on-7 play. The No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2013, he pledged to Alabama last July.
LB Jaylon Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers -- Smith was all over the field in drills and one-on-one workouts on Saturday, and he was the only defender who truly checked tight end O.J. Howard on both days. A Notre Dame commit, Smith was outstanding in pass coverage for a linebacker.
LB Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra (2014) -- Williams may be undersized (6-1, 197) for a linebacker, but his athleticism, closing speed and pass coverage skills impressed nearly everyone at the event. Less heralded than many of his peers, Williams was one the camp's most pleasant surprises. Entering his junior year, he's currently weighing offers to Colorado, Oregon State and UCLA.
S Quin Blanding, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside (2014) -- Blanding showed that he is a safety with cornerback skills on Saturday. He followed that with another fine effort on Sunday, flashing his instincts and closing speed. He was one of the primary reasons that the Northeast squad took home the 7-on-7 title. Another rising junior, Blanding has already received offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State, among others.
CB Kendall Fuller, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel -- Fuller fared well in his matchup with touted wideout Ricky Seals-Jones on Saturday, and he followed that up with a solid performance on Sunday. He had a huge pass breakup and an interception in the championship game, efforts that should boost the already sky-high stock of the top defensive back in the 2013 class.
CB Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. -- Hawkins had a very solid Saturday with some impressive wins in the one-on-one drills. He continued his standout performance with some big plays on Sunday despite his West team's overall struggle, and though he needs to add weight -- he's just 170 pounds -- he proved that he has the potential to be a high-impact player for USC as early as his freshman year.
CB Jalen Ramsey, Nashville (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy -- Ramsey probably upped his stock more than any other player at the event. He demonstrated that he's a big corner (6-0, 185) with strength, speed and good instincts, all traits which should make him a prized target in the months to come. He currently holds offers from Penn State, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Clemson, among many others.
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