Top skill performers from the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge
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BALTIMORE -- The Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented By Under Armour held 7-on-7 drills at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, and skill players got to showcase their talents in a team setting. While the defensive backs, linebackers and quarterbacks played well, the wide receivers and tight ends dazzled the most.
Here is a list of the top performers from Sunday's action.
1. WR Trent Irwin (Newhall, Calif.)
Irwin earned the Wide Receiver MVP award over some much bigger names, as he was the most consistent performer for Team Highlight, which took home the 7-on-7 crown. Irwin's catch radius is as big as anyone's; if the ball is in his area, expect him to come down with it.
2. WR Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga.)
Godwin led all players in touchdowns and highlight-reel catches. He had two sparkling one-handed grabs in the corner of the end zone. Godwin showed impressive ball skills and flashed his signature quickness.
3. CB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif.)
Marshall is a big, shutdown corner who handled big and small receivers with equal success. He locked down his side of the field, and while he wasn't tested often, he certainly wasn't beaten, either.
4. WR Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Kirk was a factor all day and made a spectacular touchdown grab in the back of the end zone. His go-to move was a simple out route, which proved virtually impossible to cover. He combined with Irwin to form an unstoppable one-two punch.
5. TE Chris Clark (Avon, Conn.)
At 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Clark is a huge target and a tough kid. He came back from a concussion on Saturday to be a key target for Team Blur. He moves very well, has sure hands and can get upfield in a hurry.
6. DB/WR Derwin James (Haines City, Fla.)
James was a workhorse for a shorthanded Team Clutch, playing both ways as a running back and defensive back. He showed excellent speed on offense, and he patrolled the middle of the field efficiently on defense.
7. QB Deondre Francois (Bradenton, Fla.)
Francois' 7-on-7 team finished in second, but he won Quarterback MVP honors as the most effective passer on the day. He had good touch, saw the field well and showed off his enviable arm strength.
8. WR Sam Bruce (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Bruce was electric throughout the 7-on-7 competition; he was too elusive and too fast for defensive backs to keep in check. He missed the final with cramps, but otherwise he was outstanding all day.
9. WR Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla.)
Ridley was on the team with the quarterback who struggled most, but he was impressive at receiver nonetheless. He showcased his exceptional hands and precise route-running abilities, even making some crucial adjustments on the fly.
10. LB Nick Conner (Dublin, Ohio)
Conner came to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge as a replacement for fellow Ohio prospect Justin Hilliard. He left with the Linebacker MVP award. Conner reeled in an amazing interception in the final and was solid in coverage all day. Nicknamed "Wolverine" by his teammates, Conner was physical and consistent.
11. WR Tyron Johnson (New Orleans)
Johnson started Sunday on fire, recording a couple of touchdowns in game one. Though was targeted less frequently as the day progressed, his downfield presence put him in the conversation for the Wide Receiver MVP award.
12. WR Preston Williams (Hampton, Ga.)
Williams made a number of impressive grabs, particularly one down the right sideline that ultimately went for a long score. He adjusts to the ball well and has rare body control for his 6-4 frame. He is an undeniable target in the red zone.
13. CB Levonta Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Taylor is a physical corner who talks the talk and backs it up. His battles with Stanley Norman in the title game were especially interesting, as he made some physical plays on the ball. A prospect in the class of 2016, Taylor proved he can hang with older players.
14. S Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas)
Thompson was one of the more pleasant surprises of the weekend. He showcased the ability to cover like a corner with the length of a safety. He made some nice plays in single coverage throughout 7-on-7 drills.
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