D.C. NFTC Recap

Wake Forest Rolesville RB Bryce Love stamped his ticket to The Opening

Wake Forest Rolesville RB Bryce Love stamped his ticket to The Opening

Following an Elite 11 Regional Camp on Friday night, the Nike Football Training Camp held at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va., marked the second D.C.-area event in the past 24 hours.

Here’s a look at the standouts from Saturday’s NFTC, including 8 invited to attend The Opening this summer as well as those receiving MVP positional honors …

The Opening 2014 Invites

OL – Matt Burrell (Hylton, Va.)
The OL MVP absolutely dominated, showing why he’s considered the No. 9 guard and No. 91 overall prospect in the 2015 class.  Taking on some of the nation’s best interior DL, he showed off an improved physique and the sort of tenacity that’s evident on his junior tape.  The big guard has offers from all over, including favorites Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, and Notre Dame.

OL – Richie Petitbon (Gonzaga College, D.C.)
The Alabama commit took reps at left guard, right guard, and even center and was able adapt and dominate.  With a pro typical guard frame, the lacrosse player showed off elite feet and a big-time competitive mentality. Petitbon is ranked by 247 Sports as the No.5 guard and No. 75 player in the nation.

DL – Adam McLean (Quince Orchard, Md.)
The DL MVP was just too quick off the ball for most of the Northeast’s best guards.  A physical specimen at around 290 pounds, McLean will be a load to handle at the next level.  But first, the nation’s No. 14 defensive tackle and No. 169 prospect in the country will stake his claim in Oregon at The Opening this summer.

DL – Tim Settle (Stonewall Jackson, Va.)
The 5-star recruit lived up to the billing, showing brute power and quickness throughout drills.  But, perhaps what was most impressive was how coachable Settle was.  His 3rd NFTC, DC was Settle’s best.  A true 2-gap defender, Settle left no doubt that he’s a top 20 player nationally.

RB – Bryce Love (Wake Forest-Rolesville, N.C.)
After a hot and cold Charlotte NFTC, Love was at his best on Saturday.  247 Sports’ No. 5 Running Back impressed from the time testing started (122 SPARQ Rating) until the end, taking home RB MVP Honors and a ticket to the nation’s top high school football event.

DB – Marcus Lewis (IMG Academy, Fla.)
The recent IMG Academy transfer and Florida commit was all over the field, showing off great length and ball-hawking ability.  Considered the nation’s No. 15 athlete and No. 153 overall prospect, Green had offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Florida State before committing to the Gators.

DB – Tyler Green (DeMatha Catholic, Md.)
The big safety (6-3, 200) makes a habit of giving wide receivers alligators arms.  With playing time limited behind a stacked secondary at DeMatha; Indiana, NC State, UNC Charlotte and Maryland are looking very smart for pulling the trigger with early offers.

LB – Arthur McGinnis (Warren Easton, La.)
McGinnis quieted all doubts about his ability to transition to LB on Saturday.  A high school DL, McGinnis had 110 tackles and 14 sacks with his hand on the ground as a junior.

Position Group MVPs

QB – Dwayne Haskins (2016) (The Bullis School, Md.)
The underclassmen stole the show for the second straight day. He’s the total package.

DL Adam McLean

DL Adam McLean

RB – Bryce Love (Wake Forest-Rolesville, N.C.)
Love was the class of the running back’s group.

WR – Tino Ellis (2016) (DeMatha Catholic, Md.)
Another top underclassmen, Ellis has offers from Maryland and Virginia Tech.

OL – Matt Burrell (Hylton, Va.)
Burrell was nearly unbeaten during a long session of OL/DL 1on1’s.

DL – Adam McLean (Quince Orchard, Md.)
The Penn State commit should have the fans in Happy Valley excited.

LB – Arthur McGinnis (Warren Easton, La.)
McGinnis was all over the running backs and wide receivers on Saturday.

DB– Levonta Taylor (2016) – (Ocean Lakes, Va.)
The 2016 CB has all the physical tools, but what separated himself Saturday was his swagger.

SPARQ – Chad Smith (Dominion, Va.)
Smith, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound linebacker, logged a 4.76 forty, 4.09 shuttle, 39.0 Powerball toss, and 41.9 vertical jump for the day’s top rating of 124.92.

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Updated: April 26, 2014

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