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25 Recruits We're Looking Forward to Seeing at Camps and Combines

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

25 Recruits We're Looking Forward to Seeing at Camps and Combines

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    UCLA commit Josh Rosen
    UCLA commit Josh RosenCredit: 247Sports

    With spring practice wrapping up in college football, it's time to turn our attention back to the recruiting trail.

    The nation's top prospects from the class of 2015 are making final preparations for which summer camps and combines they'll attend as they work toward securing offers and moving up recruiting rankings. Early commitments could be in the mix as well.

    The vast majority of the top 100 players on 247 Sports' composite ranking list have yet to commit to a team, so how they fare during these summer events will go a long way toward determining where they end up in college.

    The 2015 class is shaping up to be another strong one, and events such as The Opening from July 5-10 in Beaverton, Ore., will showcase this group's talent. Other camps and combines will be finalizing their invite lists in the next few weeks.

    There are a lot of exciting recruits out there, but we've identified the ones we most look forward to seeing this summer.

Jerome Baker

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    Position: Athlete

    Height, weight: 6'1", 205 lbs

    A star at running back and linebacker, Jerome Baker is considered the No. 3 athlete in the 2015 recruiting class. His size is more befitting of a running back in college, but his skills make it possible for him to be a contributor on either side of the ball at the next level.

    Baker has visited numerous schools, including Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, but the Cleveland star seems headed for Ohio State, based on 247 Sports' Crystal Ball experts.

George Campbell

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    Position: Wide receiver

    Height, weight: 6'3", 184 lbs

    George Campbell sits atop the national rankings for wide receivers in the class of 2015, but at No. 14 overall, he still has room to move up. That could happen this summer with a good run at the combines.

    The tall and speedy (he's reportedly done the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds) product out of Florida also plays on defense as well, which is why his scholarship offers are coming from all over the country.

Torrance Gibson

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    Position: Quarterback

    Height, weight: 6'4", 200 lbs

    Torrance Gibson is the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country, and as a result he's getting pursued by nearly every top school that prefers a mobile passer. That includes Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee—all of whom he unofficially visited in a weeklong span in March.

    Gibson has reportedly run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, but a better time will come from his participation in The Opening from July 5-10 in Beaverton, Ore., where he will be among the most scrutinized players in the field.

Terry Godwin

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    Position: Athlete

    Height, weight: 6'0", 168 lbs

    Though Terry Godwin is most known as a wide receiver, for recruiting purposes he's been labeled an athlete and a pretty good one at that. 247Sports lists the Georgia native (and Bulldogs commit) as the No. 1 athlete in the country.

    He committed to Georgia in January, but he has other suitors. He's scheduled to participate in The Opening, where no doubt he'll continue to get attention from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina and USC.

Taj Griffin

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    Position: All-purpose back

    Height, weight: 5'10", 175 lbs

    With a reported time of 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Taj Griffin is one of the fastest guys in the 2015 recruiting class. He's starred as a rusher and receiver in high school in Georgia, earning the ranking as the country's No. 1 all-purpose back.

    He has offers from Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon, among others, and he'll be a showcase player at The Opening. Look for him to get lots of attention for his speed and footwork.

Damien Harris

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    Position: Running back

    Height, weight: 5'11", 205 lbs

    The 2015 class isn't particularly strong at the top when it comes to running backs, but the best of the best is pretty good in the form of Damien Harris. The No. 1 overall rusher in the nation hails from central Kentucky, but schools all over are interested in him.

    Harris announced his top 10 in late March, and the list includes ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 teams—which will all follow his actions closely this summer. 

John Houston

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    Position: Linebacker

    Height, weight: 6'3", 211 lbs

    John Houston is the top-rated outside linebacker in the class of 2015, and he's set to show off the skills that got him that ranking at this summer's The Opening in Oregon.

    USC has been on him for a while, but the Los Angeles-area star is now starting to get attention from the ACC, SEC and Notre Dame. He's still growing, but his height and reported 4.60 time in the 40-yard dash are enough to get schools interested right now.

Mitch Hyatt

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    Position: Offensive tackle

    Height, weight: 6'5", 271 lbs

    Clemson secured a commitment from Mitch Hyatt back in February, pulling the No. 3 overall prospect and top-rated offensive lineman out of Suwanee, Ga., and away from the likes of Auburn and Georgia.

    Hyatt has made several visits to Clemson, so his allegiance seems strong, but how he fares this summer when lining up against top-tier defensive tackles and ends could affect how his other suitors try to lure him away from the Tigers.

Martez Ivey

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    Position: Offensive tackle

    Height, weight: 6'6", 270 lbs

    Martez Ivey has a lot of room to grow, as his towering frame will probably need to take on more beef before he gets into college. The Apopka, Fla. native is considered the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect in the nation, but he could still move up depending on how he looks at The Opening. 

    Ivey has offers from all over the country, including Notre Dame, Wisconsin and a bevy of SEC schools. 247Sports' Crystal Ball believes he's headed for Florida, but he's also recently visited Alabama and Florida State and attended Auburn's junior day.

Soso Jamabo

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    Position: Running back

    Height, weight: 6'3", 210 lbs

    Soso Jamabo is a big, bruising rusher who is ranked No. 3 overall nationally at that position. From Plano, Texas, he's coveted by most of the Big 12 schools.

    But he has offers from Alabama, Oregon and UCLA, among others, and his continued progress and development will be closely monitored this summer.

Derwin James

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    Position: Safety

    Height, weight: 6'2", 201 lbs

    Derwin James committed to Florida State more than two years ago, but rather than slack off and just cruise into his scholarship, the Floridian has continued to climb up the national rankings.

    Known for his hard hitting, he will show off his stuff at The Opening this summer. FSU is still his choice, but others such as Florida and Ohio State will continue to woo him until signing day.

CeCe Jefferson

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    Position: Defensive end

    Height, weight: 6'2", 250 lbs

    CeCe Jefferson is the top-rated defensive end in the class of 2015, and that kind of rating is getting him plenty of interest heading into the critical summer-camp circuit.

    Jefferson's offers are heavy on ACC and SEC powers as well as top teams from the Midwest, all of whom will be fighting hard to pull this edge-rusher out of Florida.

Malik Jefferson

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    Position: Linebacker

    Height, weight: 6'2", 225 lbs

    Malik Jefferson is the No. 1 outside linebacker prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, and a lot of top teams are after the Texan's commitment so they can get him onto their team.

    He will participate in The Opening this summer, where you can expect to see recruiters from Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M (all of whom have offered him) as they watch to see what he can do in an elite environment.

Kerryon Johnson

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    Position: Athlete

    Height, weight: 6'0", 200 lbs

    Kerryon Johnson is a running back and safety so adept at each spot that he's been labeled as an athlete on the recruiting circuit, and he's considered the second best of those in the nation. Also a standout basketball player, he's smack dab in the middle of a recruiting war between Alabama and Auburn.

    Johnson has visited both schools already, but he's also gone to Florida State and will no doubt pick up even more offers as he hits the summer-camp circuit and shows of his two-way skills.

Damarkus Lodge

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    Position: Wide receiver

    Height, weight: 6'2", 190 lbs

    Damarkus Lodge is the No. 2 wide receiver in the country and Texas' top offensive skill position player in the 2015 recruiting class, and it will be hard to get him out of the state, given the Lone Star schools after his commitment.

    Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M are all leading the charge to get the lanky wideout, but others like Alabama and LSU have also offered. They'll closely watch how he does at The Opening in the summer.

Daylon Mack

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    Position: Defensive tackle

    Height, weight: 6'2", 310 lbs

    Texas A&M got a commitment from Daylon Mack back in October, but since then, the Texan has picked up offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Ohio State, Stanford and USC.

    One of the beefier tackles in the class of 2015, Mack will need to use the summer to show that he can carry that weight around in a positive manner. If he does, more offers will come, and A&M may have to sweat out his senior year of high school.

Iman Marshall

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    Position: Cornerback

    Height, weight: 6'1", 190 lbs

    Iman Marshall is the top-rated defensive prospect in California, so it's no surprise his services are being sought by all the big names. Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA and USC are just to name a few.

    The Opening will be his coming-out party this summer, as he'll likely get paired up with some of the bigger wide receiver recruits in a battle to see if he can stay with and outleap the best on that side of the ball.

Daron Payne

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    Position: Defensive tackle

    Height, weight: 6'2", 316 lbs

    Daron Payne is the top-rated player in Alabama, so expect both the Crimson Tide and Auburn to go toe-to-toe for his commitment. He has offers from Florida State, Georgia and Texas, among others, but coaches from Alabama and Auburn have already been visiting with him.

    His size will be something to see this summer, especially if he's able to improve on his reported 4.80-second time in the 40-yard dash.

Josh Rosen

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    Position: Quarterback

    Height, weight: 6'4", 205 lbs

    The nation's top-rated pro-style passer and No. 4 overall prospect, Josh Rosen took himself off the board in late March when he committed to UCLA. That move added spice to the UCLA-USC rivalry, as fellow Los Angeles-area prospect Ricky Town is committed to USC.

    Rosen, who was named the quarterback MVP at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp in early March, will be staying in the spotlight all summer, as he's scheduled to participate in The Opening and has also been invited to the Elite 11 combine.

Kendall Sheffield

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    Position: Cornerback

    Height, weight: 5'11", 180 lbs

    Kendall Sheffield is one of the fastest guys in his class, having been clocked at 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's also a Texas state champion in the hurdles, registering some of the fastest times in the nation, according to 247Sports.

    Sheffield will show off his speed and cover ability at the Opening, where the likes of Alabama, Baylor, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M will be checking in on one of their top priorities for the class of 2015.

Jarrett Stidham

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    Position: Quarterback

    Height, weight: 6'3", 190 lbs

    Texas Tech landed a commitment from Jarrett Stidham a little more than a month ago, acquiring a future dual-threat quarterback unlike anyone they've had in recent memory.

    He threw for 30 touchdowns and ran for another 14 as a junior in Stephenville, Texas, and since then he's earned offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma and Penn State. Still, he's gone with a school that's been on him awhile. but also one that will need to keep close contact with him in the summer.

Trent Thompson

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    Position: Defensive tackle

    Height, weight: 6'4", 292 lbs

    Trent Thompson is currently No. 1 on 247Sports' composite list, so he's going to be a hot commodity to follow during the summer. An interior lineman with the speed of an edge-rusher, he has made two unofficial visits to Georgia in April and also went to Clemson and Georgia Tech.

    Alabama, Auburn and Florida State are also strongly in the mix for this southwestern Georgia prospect, who could cement his place atop the rankings with a strong performance on the summer circuit.

Kevin Toliver II

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    Position: Cornerback

    Height, weight: 6'2", 185 lbs

    Kevin Toliver II may already be committed to LSU—as has been the case since November 2012, when he was a high school sophomorebut that doesn't mean the Florida prospect won't be one to watch this summer.

    Toliver, the No. 2 overall prospect, will be participating in The Opening, where he'll get to show off his great cover skills against an elite group of receivers and quarterbacks. He wowed at the Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte in March, and he'll no doubt do so again this summer.

Ricky Town

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    Position: Quarterback

    Height, weight: 6'4", 205 lbs

    Ricky Town was a very early commit to Alabama, but all that changed in January when the Los Angeles-area passer backed off that pledge and immediately shifted his allegiance to nearby USC. Don't expect the recruitment of the nation's No. 2 pro-style passer to be over, though.

    Town will be closely watched by recruiters this summer, so expect whatever camp or combine he participates in to be well-attended by scouts.

Shy Tuttle

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    Position: Defensive tackle

    Height, weight: 6'3", 315 lbs

    Shy Tuttle's size makes him perfect for either a 3-4 or 4-3 front at the tackle position, but the big guy has surprising speed that works well outside as well. That's why the North Carolina resident is getting interest from schools throughout the ACC, SEC and Big 12.

    He has visited Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Tennessee recently, but based on his summer performance, he'll probably be lining up even bigger trips in the fall.

     

    All recruiting ratings, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of 247Sports.com.

    Follow Brian J. Pedersen on Twitter at @realBJP.

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