Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Four Alabama Commitments Invited to Rivals Five Star Challenge

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Four Alabama Commitments Invited to Rivals Five Star Challenge

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The Alabama commitments and targets for the class of 2015 have stayed busy this spring with the majority competing in the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour. There have been 11 of 16 camps this spring with Tide commitments competing in Houston, Hattiesburg, Birmingham and Atlanta. Seven of Alabama's eight commitments have competed in the Rivals Camp with four earning invites to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore on June 6-8.

The Rivals Five-Star Challenge is an invitation-only event for the top 100 players in the country to compete. Several Alabama players and signees have competed in the Five-Star Challenge, including O.J. Howard, Reuben Foster, Dee Liner, Grant Hill, Da'Shawn Hand, Tony Brown, Marlon Humphrey, Laurence Jones, Bo Scarbrough, Josh Casher and Shaun Dion Hamilton.

Deionte Thompson, Rivals100 safety from West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas, was the first to receive an invite.

"Thompson played both wide receiver and cornerback, but was most impressive on offense," according to evaluations from the staff. "Thompson, an Alabama commit, will likely play defensive back in college, but that didn't stop him from being one of the camp's top receivers. The quickness that allows him to close as a defender enabled him to throw competitors for a loop with sharp cuts and sudden bursts of speed."

Lester Cotton, four-star offensive guard from Central High School in Tuscaloosa, didn't add his name to the camp roster until a few days prior the event. The Tide commitment dominated his competition and went toe-to-toe with five-star defensive tackle Daron Payne from Shades Valley.

"Cotton, who will be a guard at the next level, also took a few reps at center to show his versatility," said of the Rivals250 member. "No matter where he lined up, he was tough to beat as he took double-digit reps and used his size and strength to dominate nearly every opponent he faced."

There has been plenty of hardware given out at the Rivals Camps Series events with Thompson winning the wide receiver MVP in Houston, and Cotton the offensive line MVP in Birmingham. …

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