Virginia and Maryland commits, ACC, Big Ten, SEC targets comprise our list of top surprises at the Washington (D.C.) The Opening Regional

CLIFTON, Va. -- Scout examines the Top 10 surprise performances at The Opening Regional at Centreville High.


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OG, Henry Chibueze, Woodbridge (Va.)

Chibueze has really worked hard and transformed his body.  The Woodbridge standout has added significant muscle and was in great shape. He got off the ball quickly and played with good balance. Chibueze also showed a very strong initial punch and played with great leverage. His performance earned him a spot in the final five at the end of the event. East CarolinaNorth Carolina and James Madison have offered.


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WR, Dontay Demus, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate

Tall and athletic, Demus was impressive, and was more athletic and tighter in his route running than expected. He located the ball well and was a good mid-range receiver. He has the size to be a red-zone threat. His top schools are Maryland and Louisville.  TempleRutgers and Navy are also involved.


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OG, Will Lawrence, Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy

Lawrence was solid and consistent, and as the competition wore on, he improved. His initial punch was good. He moved his feet well. He sat back in his base and was patient. Lawrence committed to Virginia during the weekend.


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DE, John Morgan, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Morgan was dynamic off the edge. His combination of speed and quickness overwhelmed many opponents. Morgan showed good flexibility and was able to beat offensive linemen inside and outside. He took countless reps and was relentless. Pittsburgh, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech are recruiting him hardest.


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WR, Robert Mayo, South Riding (Va.) Freedom

Mayo's size and physicality were too much for most defensive backs. He also ran good routes and did a nice job creating separation. Mayo was also very aggressive, attacked the ball in the air and showed strong hands. Maryland leads, but NC StateWake Forest and Old Dominion are also in pursuit.


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OLB,  Durell Nchami, Burtonsville (Md.) Paint Branch

Nchami added size and looked the part, then came in and performed well. He ate up space quickly in the running game and his change of direction was a plus. The Maryland commit also demonstrated a knowledge how to use his length. His movement was precise.


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OLB, Noah Taylor, Gaithersburg (Md.) The Avalon School

Taylor, a Virginia commit who recently visited Rutgers, was already a known commodity but watching him play in space was enlightening. His change of direction and ability to trail receivers out of breaks was impressive. He is legitimately 6-foot-4, and his length and body control made him a difficult matchup in each drill. He moved well laterally.


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RB, Mychale Salahuddin, Washington (D.C.) Woodson

Everyone knew Salahuddin was a good player, but he may have had the best day of anyone on Sunday. He lined up at running back, wide receiver and defensive back -- and excelled at each. He showed good power and athleticism. Salahuddin had a nice combination of speed and quickness. He also took countless reps and competed hard the entire time. USC leads, but North Carolina, OklahomaNebraska, Maryland and Arkansas are heavily involved.


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WR, Elijah Trent, Rockville (Md.) Thomas Wootton

More schools should stop by to check out Trent after his performance. He is long and needs to add strength, but he was quick off of the line of scrimmage, and he located the ball well coming out of his breaks. He was open a lot, and his size and athleticism make him a prospect ready to take the next step in his recruitment. Old Dominion, Robert Morris, Charlotte and Buffalo offered.


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CB, Jermaine Waller, Gaithersburg (Md.) The Avalon School

Waller's length and aggressiveness cause problems for numerous receivers.  He was very physical and fluid in his backpedal. Waller broke quickly on the ball and showed good ball skills. MarylandRutgers and Virginia have offered.


Scout's Brian Dohn contributed to this report.


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