Rival Camp Series: Ranking of Defensive Linemen

2022 Rival Camp Series Regional stops finished and only Rival Underclassman Challenge Stay tuned, and that phenomenon will get bigger in a few weeks. This week, we take a look at the possibilities that have influenced us the most at this year’s regional events.

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1. Jahkim Stewart, New Orleans RCS

No eighth-graders are often found to be competing on the Sunday of the Rival Camp series, but it is clear from looking at the Underclassman Combine Reserve (La.) East St. John defensive lineman Jahkim Stuart at the San Antonio Combine. He appeared at Destrehan High School on Sunday morning to look as physically impressive as anyone and supported it with impressive games against the top 2023 and 2024 linemen.

In his performance, some analysts discussed how high he could have been if he had a chance in 2023, and there was a consensus that he would already be in the elite.


2. Caldrick Falk, RCS Atlanta

Atlanta had a lot of good defensive linemen in attendance, but Fock was a little above the rest. With a 6-foot-10 wingspan measuring 6-feet-6.5 and 250 pounds, the Falk has an ideal size and length for an edge player and is very skilled when it comes to understanding his hand technique and leverage.

Combined with his speed, Fuck was able to display his complete information in 1-on-1 seconds. He landed comfortably on the backfield and ensured that the offensive linemen could not slow him down. Fock also showed how he was able to maintain his balance while bending around on the outside. His performances in Atlanta cemented him among the other four stars in the country.


3. Central Gilbert, RCS Indianapolis

Gilbert has earned defensive line MVP honors at Indianapolis after an impressive performance and has won almost every representative at 1-on1s. Gilbert used his length and athleticism to keep offensive linemen on their heels all day and did a great job displaying all the equipment in his Pass Rush reporter. He was explosive from the ball and showed a strange ability to win with both speed and strength.

His size and athleticism make him one of the most sought-after possibilities in the Midwest.


4. Dylan Stephenson, RCS Miami

Stephenson’s recruitment stock has already begun to rise heading into RCS Miami, but over the months it has grown even larger. The four stars arrived at the camp ready for the upcoming season, working round after round tackles. His ups and downs and speed were flashy, and the combination of hand-fighting tactics stunned the linemen. At the end of the day the Miami DL MVP combines its length and strong performance for the honor.


5. James Hard, RCS Philadelphia

The Heard is not the longest or longest defensive end in the class, but its speed at the ends is impressive, which makes it very difficult for him to manage for offensive tackles. The four stars of Camden, NJ, can make themselves shorter and tighter, sinking their shoulders, and most of these offensive linemen can get to the edge before they get out of their position. When the tackles start to guess or try to jump start at hard speed he can go inside and win that way.

Her performance at RCS Philadelphia earned her the DL Camp MVP honor.


6. Ashton Porter, RCS Dallas

Porter used a combination of rice to slip the offensive tackle and was able to line up inside and out, and was able to use his speed effectively in the same way. His quickness gives the anti-offensive linemen very little room for error and his hands create violence during the attack. His performance earned him the RCS Dallas DL MVP award where a solid team of defensive linemen were present.


7. David Stone, RCS Dallas

Stone was one of the top defensive linemen who joined the rivals’ regional camp this spring, and his flair was there despite not having his best day ever. The combination of his size and speed has made college coaches excited for his future, and alone has helped him win representations against old competition in the camp circuit over the past two years. Her performance at RCS Dallas earned her an invitation to the rival Underclassman Challenge.


8. Jamal Jarrett, RCS Charlotte

Jarrett has grown two or three inches in the last one year, leaning forward and now looks like a completely dominant force in the middle. Greensboro (NC) Grimsall Prospect wins by using brutal force on almost all of its representatives, torturing internal offensive linemen and throwing them to the ground. He is tall, but he has a thick base, so no one is going to push him around. What makes Jarrett extra special is that the snap is moving fast and with subtlety for its size. Demonstrating his ability to plug up in the middle, he earned the Charlotte Camp MVP honor.


9. Lever Tally, RCS Los Angeles

Tally comes to the edge with reckless abandonment, sometimes attacking the attacking tackle, using his speed at the edge and constantly keeping players uncertain about what his next move will be. The 2024 defensive end from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic may still fill his frame, but he should be even more impressive from the edge of Talley if he maintains that speed and intensity. He wreaked havoc in front of a star-studded Los Angeles group and took home camp MVP honors on the defensive line.


10. Xzavier McLeod, RCS Charlotte

Javier McLeod

Javier McLeod

McLeod was deep in conversation with Jamal Jarrett for the DL MVP at RCS Charlotte because of his consistent athleticism that allowed him to land and fly in opposition to offensive linemen. Although not as physical as anything in this shape, McLeod makes for it with a combination of internal motion and movement.

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