2015 Prospects Whose Recruitment Will Blow Up with Strong Camp Outings
College coaches and evaluators want to see how a recruit progresses during the offseason, which is why it's important for prospects to have strong outings at events.
Camps, combines and 7-on-7 tournaments can also serve as a platform for unknown recruits to get themselves on the map. Prospects can come into an event without any buzz, only to leave as a new hot commodity on the recruiting trail.
Several recruits in the 2015 class figure to rise in the rankings and increase their offers with strong camp outings. A talented running back's speed should turn heads at camps, while a quarterback figures to fare well at various throwing workouts.
Sam Madden, OL
Sam Madden is a 3-star recruit who is ranked No. 341 in the 247Sports composite rankings. The New Jersey native is not a great athlete on the edge, but he has terrific toughness and strength.
At 6'7" and 345 pounds, if Madden can show people at a few camps that he can hold his own as a pass-protector, more schools should come calling. He needs to prove he can hold up as a solid right tackle who can protect the quarterback this offseason.
A couple of strong outings at camps could help Madden secure coveted offers from Florida State and Alabama.
James Morgan, QB
Morgan, who is from Wisconsin, is a student of the game who plays the position with solid intelligence and poise. Morgan will be participating in various 7-on-7 showcases this summer, so he'll need to show people he has the ability to consistently rip throws with velocity and accuracy.
If he does that, more prominent schools will be added to the 3-star passer's offer sheet.
Tanner Muse, S
Although he is committed to Clemson, Tanner Muse still isn't a recruit who gets a lot of attention. There's a solid chance the 3-star prospect will get moved to outside linebacker at some point in his career with the Tigers, but he could show observers he's a true safety with a strong camp outing or two.
Muse, who is 6'3" and 207 pounds, works with good vision and ball-location skills. However, he needs to shine bright in coverage, plus lock down a few receivers and tight ends in one-on-one drills.
Muse should be motivated to show people he deserves to be ranked higher than No. 526 in the 247Sports composite rankings.
The North Carolina native told the following to Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com (subscription required) in October 2013:
Coaches like my speed and physicality. How I come down with a purpose, because I play free safety. On those short routes, I just kind of come down with a purpose of what I'm going to do and then I get to him. Most schools are recruiting me as like a strong safety or outside linebacker.
A 3-star recruit from Florida, Marcus Brown needs to decide what position he wants to play in college and perform well at that spot during several summer camps.
At 6'3" and 320 pounds, Brown has the size to play guard or defensive tackle. He doesn't have any offers right now, according to 247Sports, but that all could change with strong camp outings.
After picking the position he feels most comfortable at, a wise thing for Brown to do would be to camp at several schools he wants to get the attention of. Right now, he's slotted at No. 546 in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Joshuwa Holloman, RB
Joshuwa Holloman is a 3-star running back with 4-star talent. He is an incredible athlete who has outstanding speed and quickness.
The 5'11", 180-pounder rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013, per 247Sports. Holloman is No. 3 in the nation on the SPARQ Rating leaderboard, which is a testament to his athletic gifts. It's almost a crime he is No. 689 in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Most of Holloman's offers stem from mid-major programs, but a few more strong camp outings should have bigger schools beginning to chase after the speedster.