The Nike Football Training Camp stopped at Centreville High on Saturday, and it brought out some tremendous competition.
Scout.com takes a look at the top linebackers at the event:
1. Chad Smith, 6-3, 204, Sterling (Va.) Dominion
Skinny: A poignant moment came when Smith locked up a tight end during 1-on-1 pass coverage drills, and when he got to the sideline yelled about his need to cover running backs because he knew tight ends couldn't get open on him. Smith, a Clemson commit, played downhill in the running game drills and showed tremendous athleticism. His vertical jump was nearly 42 inches, and he ran a 4.76 in the 40-yard dash.
2. Tanner Karafa, 6-3, 235, Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge
Skinny: Karafa has the size to be an imposing middle linebacker, and he ability to close down space in a hurry was impressive. He played down hill and despite running at a quick rate, he remained in control and was able to change direction well. Karafa was nearly unbeatable in 1-on-1s in the run game, and he showed he could cover down the field in the passing game. It turned into a coming out occasion for Karafa.
3. Jahvoni Simmons, 6-1, 230, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
Skinny: Simmons has been better in events, but he still was good in this one. There were times he got beat in 1-on-1s against the running backs, but when it came time to make a statement, he did it loudly. On the final rep, the losing group had to do 25 pushups. Simmons stepped to the forefront and made the stop easily. He is smooth and plays down hill, but events like this don't allow him to showcase one of his best attributes, which is the ability to play physical.
4. Arthur McGinnis, 6-2 1/2, 215, New Orleans Warren Easton
Skinny: McGinnis was impressive in pass defense, and he showed his speed and ability to change directions when he came out of breaks and stayed with running backs and tight ends. He had some footing issues in the run game defense, but traveling up from Louisiana proved to be the right move as he left with an invite to The Opening.
5. William Richardson, 6-2 1/2, 220, Washington (D.C.) Ballou
Skinny: Richardson was the surprise of the group. He was loud (really loud) in an effort to create energy during the run-game drills, but he backed it up. He played down hill and his angles were superb. He was able to move side-to-side, and he was balanced. In passing game drills, he wasn't as effective but was still good.