Coatesville, Pa. – The seventh stop Rival Camp Series There was Sunday at Coatsville High School just outside of Philadelphia, and there was plenty of top prospect attendance. Here’s a brief look at some of the top performers at the event – who won the Friedman Award.
Closure: Blake Woodby
Woodby isn’t the biggest cornerback and he wasn’t the most physical on Sunday either but he’s really fast. He plays from the depths most of the time and is able to effectively cover most of the receivers. Woodby gave them some space but when the ball was in the air he showed his explosiveness, closing the gap really fast and playing a lot on the ball. He still has only a 2025 chance but he has a high ceiling because of how fast he is in space.
Wild Man: Nathaniel Ousu-Boateng
Ousu-Boateng is really fascinating on Sundays and it’s hard for linebackers to shine in such a camp setting. He was all over the field and played physically throughout the pass racing drill and 1-on-1. Owusu-Boateng still has a pretty young potential but has its build and a high class presence.
With a recognized title, Owusu-Boateng aims to pursue an outstanding career like his brother Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. We can expect a lot of success throughout the rest of his high school and college career if he continues on the track he is on.
Future events: Bryce Jenkins
Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha already has Jason Murray as one of the best defensive linemen in the country but Jenkins could be the next one. The huge defensive tackle is technically very raw but his physical gifts are so impressive that it is almost hard to imagine how he could not become a national recruit.
Jenkins quickly gets out of his position and has a way of throwing offensive linemen to the side or running over them. Much of his hiring will depend on how he develops physically and technically but his head start is great.
Mighty Mouse: Jaden Sampter
Sampter was the youngest player in Sunday’s appearance but that doesn’t matter. He was outstanding at 1-on-1 and showed a lot of toughness in the past blocking part of the camp. Sumpter did a great job covering the linebackers in coverage and, although not a big target, he was able to catch some tough catches in the open field.
Look for ways to use the Sumpter in a variety of ways this fall, and a college team with the need for a versatile offensive weapon can look down the road to the Sumpter.
Mr. Compatible: Oluwakoleade Osinubi
When the ball was thrown, he was coming down with a catch on the way to Osinubi. Osinubi is by no means a small receiver but he is also not an extra physical receiver. Although it doesn’t matter because he ran on an excellent route, the quarterback had plenty of room for him to get the ball. Even in tough games where defensive backs were able to compete, Osinubi had the ability to make catches.
Buzwarthy: Samson Okunlola
It’s hard to think of players from Sunday without going to Okunlola and his performances immediately. The offensive tackle from Massachusetts on Sunday imposed his will with relative ease and really showed why he should be one of the top prospects in the country.
It is difficult to see a situation where he will not rise in the rankings by June. The way he was able to slide in and out quickly to stay between the defender and the quarterback and set his punching time to slow down the pass racer was really impressive. Physically, Okunlola is exactly what college coaches are looking for and there is still room to add more solid mass to her frame.
Raised stock: Jaedn Skeete
Skeete has been a well-known prospect for some time. He has been committed to Boston College since August 2020 and looks like he has taken the next step as a possibility. Skeete has gotten a little taller and has improved its speed and agility.
There were times when he was really influential as a Sunday receiver and this kind of performance should only be more frequent as he continues to develop physically and technically.
Boston College fans should be really excited about how high his ceiling is.
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Bodyguard: Jordan Siton
Siton is not unfamiliar with tough competition and had a lot of success against the best in the region on Sunday. He projected to the next level as an internal offensive lineman and he showed how tough he could be against really big and strong defensive linemen.
Citan plays with great leverage and uses a solid foundation to anchor against defensive linemen who try to push him around. Defensive linemen have the size and overall strength to control where they go when they touch them. Siton is developing very well as a pass blocker and has shown more patience with age.
The Right Path: Michael Van Buren
Van Buren is one of the big names in the 2024 class on the East Coast and it was clear why on Sunday. Baltimore (Md.) St. Francis quarterback is not very impressive physically but he throws the ball with strength and accuracy all over the field. On Sunday he was really on point and the ball fit in very tight coverage.
There weren’t many receivers he had worked with in the past so it was impressive to see how he was able to quickly adjust his time with the new receivers. Mechanically, Van Buren seems to be very good and has the skills to play in almost any environment.
Mr. Contestant: David Ozigbe
We’ve seen Ozigbe perform over the years in the rival camp series and his development so far since his new season has been very impressive. Now, as a growing senior, Ozigebe was ready to fight all the newcomers and test his skills. He calls on all of the top offensive linemen to represent 1-on-1 and he wins most of them.
This mentality has driven Ozigbek to where he is now and it will really help him to reach Clemson after his senior season. While he may not get the highest ceiling of any defensive lineman in the region, he must have one of the highest floors of any player out there.
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