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May 7, 2013
Rivals Camp Chicago: Top underclassmen
CHICAGO -- Three underclassmen were among the top offensive and defensive performers at Saturday's Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour. Here are the best of the rest from the final regional camp of the series.
RIVALS CAMP SERIES CHICAGO: TOP UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Brison White, RB, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall (2016)The 5-foot-10, 195-pound White has yet to play his first snaps of varsity football, but already the freshman is creating a buzz based on his performance at the Chicago Rivals Camp. Physically, he is a stocky running back who runs with a low center of gravity. In drills he displayed great feet, and in one-on-ones we saw how elusive he is.
2. Erik Swenson, OT, Downer's Grove (Ill.) South (2016)Swenson was one of the better known underclassmen coming into Saturday's camp, even though he is a freshman. With two offers under his belt, the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Swenson looks every bit the part of a Division I offensive tackle prospect. He is raw in some of the technical aspects of the position, but he plays light on his feet.
3. Chris Daniels, DE, Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores (2016)Daniels transferred to Mona Shores from the San Antonio area, where he played varsity as a freshman, and he has the West Michigan area buzzing about his potential. We saw that potential firsthand on Saturday when the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Daniels showed up in great shape and flashed quickness and power that belie his age.
4. Flynn Nagel, WR, Lemont (Ill.) Marist (2015)Nagel has played second fiddle to his wide receiver teammate, three-star Notre Dame commit Nic Weishar, but with a chance to be on his own stage Nagel shined. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound wideout has an extra gear many his age have not developed, and he reeled in passes others would have considered out of reach.
5. Jimmy Fitzgerald, QB, Champaign (Ill.) Centennial (2015)A couple of Chicago-area sophomore quarterbacks are garnering more early attention, but the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Fitzgerald showed on Saturday he deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation. Fitzgerald possesses a crisp, over-the-top delivery. He spins the ball really well and is sharp with his accuracy.
6. Lucas Thompson, CB, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian (2016)Going against Rivals100 wide receiver Drake Harris every day in practice has sharpened Thompson's game. At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Thompson has great height for a cornerback prospect. He flips his hips quickly, no doubt developed from playing against Harris, and he sees the field really well from the cornerback spot.
7. Dre Brown, ATH, Dekalb, Ill. (2015)The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Brown is listed as an athlete, but he appears headed for the running back position in college. That is where he worked out on Saturday, and Brown was very good in a deep group of ball carriers. He has a natural, easy stride, and catching the ball out of the backfield is one of his best attributes.
8. Dante Sparaco, QB, Glenwood Springs, Colo. (2017)Very few class of 2017 prospects were invited to the Rivals Camp, but the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Sparaco is a unique prospect. Still just an eighth grader, Sparaco physically fit right in at Saturday's camp, but what was most surprising was that he displayed one of the group's strongest arms.
9. Harry Momoh, DB, Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins (2015)On sophomore film, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Momoh does a lot of his work in the box and is an asset in run support. Saturday's camp gave us a chance to see the safety prospect in coverage, though, and we were surprised by his proficiency in that element of the game. Momoh had no trouble staying with a very good collection of wide receivers.
10. Drew Lock, QB, Lee's Summit, Mo. (2015)Missouri has offered Lock, and we saw some of the attributes that made the sophomore an early target for the home-state Tigers at Saturday's event. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Lock is developing his velocity, but he throws an accurate ball and was able to pick up the concepts being taught quickly and then go out and execute.
11. Bryce Meeker, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Prairie (2015)The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Meeker was one of the most impressive-looking offensive tackles in attendance Saturday, regardless of age. He has a long, lean frame that should develop into the ideal body for a Division I offensive tackle. Meeker held his own in the one-on-one battles against a very strong group of defensive linemen.