Rival Underclassman Challenge: Best RBs / LBs

The number of linebackers and running backs is also high at this time Rival Underclassman Challenge Was limited, there was no shortage of talent between the two positions in the event. Here’s a look at five possibilities from the running back and linebacker group who stood out.

LB Dylan Williams

Dylan Williams

Dylan Williams

This was my first opportunity to make a deep assessment of Williams and he did not give up. Long Beach (Calif.) Polly’s four-star stood in every part of the camp from start to finish. Williams’ footwork, athleticism, and curves during the drill work were impressive. He then became one of the best during the 1-on-1 pass against the running back where he showed the ability to win with speed, strength and impressive turns when coming from the edge. He ended the day with an impressive performance during 1-on-1 coverage against Running Back; He covered more like a safety than a linebacker. Interestingly, Williams did this while still growing and getting used to his body. His best football is in front of him and once he is fully developed, the sky is the limit.

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LB Sammy Brown

Sammy Brown

Sammy Brown

Brown was a physical and athletic freak in the linebacker position and had no better performance than when he won the Hits of the Fastest Man competition with a team of skilled players who could run out. Williams has great size, body control and proved to be the ultimate competitor of the day. I like what he showed during the 1-on-1 pass rush drill against the running back and saw his explosives in almost every part of the camp. His ability to run with even the best players during 1-on-1 coverage was impressive and proved that he has the potential to be a multi-tool player at the next level.

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Arabic Jaden Scott

Jaden Scott

Jaden Scott

When I saw Scott in the first media session the night before camp, I wasn’t sure what position he played. With a tough build I was pleasantly surprised when he was part of the running back group and began to differentiate himself with his impressive footwork during the drill part at the beginning of the camp. Linebacker / Running Back Pass Rush Scott opened my eyes further during 1on1s where he was assigned a linebacker to guard the pass rush coming towards them at full speed. As tough as Scott Pass was against the crowd and proved that he would not only be a runner and a threat at the next level, but also a great addition to quarterback defense. This dynamic skill-set can give him a real three-down back at the college level. He ended his vacation with an impressive 1-on-1 performance as a receiver and returned home that day with MVP honors.

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LB Kelan Butler

I was shocked when I found out that Butler was only a 2025 prospect because he was too old to look. For a young linebacker in his shape he has great control over his body and has shown a great motor throughout the day. How difficult it is to physically measure a player during these events because players do not wear pads, but you can tell by Butler’s relentless play that he is likely to have physical strength on the field in the years to come. Butler especially caught my attention during the 1-on-1 pass rush drill against the running back. He was explosive off the ball, using his length to fit running backs across that part of the camp and blowing a whistle in each rep. Her career has just begun but I would not be surprised to see her recruitment trend in the coming years.

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Arabic Alvin Henderson

Alvin Henderson

Alvin Henderson

Henderson already has an impressive offer list and his performance on the field also looks like that of a more experienced player. Henderson showed great legs and an explosion all day and it was clear he was a normal opponent. No matter what drills or competitions he participated in that day, I liked the way I refused to go back to anyone present. There was a point in the camp where he took a shot in the face and although you can hit it, he was ready to go again when his next representative arrived. With his usual athletic ability, impressive footwork and perseverance, Henderson had the opportunity to become a stud in the years down the road when he reached college level.

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