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April 21, 2012

Rivals/VTO New Jersey: Top story lines

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The Rivals.com/VTO Sports New Jersey Elite 100 is taking place rain or shine on Sunday at Piscataway High School with a loaded group of players set to compete from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. Here are a few story lines to watch for at the camp led by the chances of anyone beating Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers.

Can anyone best Rodgers?

Khaliel Rodgers has been dominating camps for the last few years and if he's lost a one-on-one rep, we've missed it. Can anyone get him this weekend? He won't go against any of his teammates so the best chance to beat him is gone with Kenny Bigelow, but can guys such as DaJaun Drennon, Ebenezer Ogundeko and others with some pretty impressive offers get the best of him? We shall see.

The mystery man from New York

Speaking of Ebenezer Ogundeko, the mystery man from the Big Apple will be someone we are very excited to check out in person. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was an early Connecticut commitment but then the big offers such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and others started to roll in. Is he the next Dominique Easley from New York, a kid who was underrated and undervalued at first but blew up into a national prospect?

Throwing in the rain

We all know that football is often played in inclement weather and it's supposed to rain pretty hard on Sunday. This will be a great way to evaluate some of the top quarterbacks in attendance as they will be throwing heavy, wet footballs in less-than-desirable conditions. And it's a very good group of quarterbacks led by Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy super freshman David Sills as well as Hicksville (N.Y.) Holy Trinity signal-caller Christopher Laviano, Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek athlete Myles Nash and 2014 prospects Darius Wade from Middletown, Del., and A.J. Long from Bangor (Pa.) Pius X.

Some young ones to watch

In addition to Sills, Wade and Long, this camp will be loaded with a lot of top underclassmen. Union (N.J.) running back Jamauri Bogan took the state by storm last season, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy wide receiver Freddy Canteen is a star for 2014, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic tight end Garrett Dickerson is one of the top sophomore tight end/defensive ends around and Suffield (Conn.) Suffield Academy 2015 defensive lineman Christian Wilkins is a beast on film. Heck, there will even be some 2016 prospects on hand who are slated to be the next great ones in the state of Maryland.

Deep wideout group

The line at wide receiver during the one-on-ones will be impressive as there are double-digit prospects at the position worth noting. Canteen leads the group and is joined by fellow 2014 standouts Chris Godwin from Middletown, Del., and Adonis Jennings from Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek as well as 2013 prospects Wilmington (Del.) St. Elizabeth's wide receiver Andre Patton, Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville standout Malique Belfort and others. It will be interesting to see how they adjust to the potential rainfall as well.



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