This weekend is the third annual ESPN RISE Games Gridiron Kings event, an elite showcase where some of the nation's top skill-position players will compete at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando July 22-thru-25.
For three days the event will feature 64 of the best skill position players in the country. The top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties are divided into teams based on their region. Regions include the West, Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest and are coached by former NFL and CFL players, the teams compete in 7-on-7 games, skills challenges and performance training.
The past two years the Southeast team was crowned as champions and this year Bulls fans will have a vested interest as three USF commits are participating in the event. Those selected were Gainesville's cornerback Chris Bivins, North Marion tight end Sean Price, and Admiral Farragut Athlete Rayshawn Jenkins.
Rayshawn Jenkins, a 6-foot-1, 190 pound athlete from Admiral Farragut in St. Petersburg was the Bulls' first commit and the only bay area player selected for the event. Jenkins plays a multitude of positions for AFA including QB, RB, WR, and DB, and is being recruited as more of a defensive back, he's playing receiver at the event.
"I'm really excited to be selected," said Jenkins. "I feel real good and feel like I can really make a name for myself."
"It feels good to be out here with all the top talent and other commits," said Jenkins. "I'm getting to know a lot of people. I already knew (Sean) Price through playing on 7on7's with him, but not Bivins."
Sean Price, a 6-foot-3, 233 pound tight end out of North Marion is currently a 3-star prospect rated the 12th best TE in the country by Scout and was one of the top prospects on the Bulls board when he committed to USF in June.
"It's an honor to be chosen for an elite event like this," said Price. "I'm ready to do my thing."
This is Price's second opportunity to be on the field with other USF commits. "It feels good to play along with my other future teammates," said Price. "I'm looking forward to being on the field with (Chris) Bivins again. We had a good time out west."
Chris Bivins, a 6-foot, 170 pound corner from Gainesville is currently a 3-star prospect rated the No 55 cornerback in the county by Scout.com, chose the Bulls at the end of June as well.
"I'm ready for it!" Bivins said, "I'm great appreciative and feel honored that I got invited to such a big showcase and have another opportunity to show my talents."
"I feel like we're having a strong recruiting class and I look forward to getting to know the other commits more and see how they play and what not."
Bivins was on the same team as Sean Price at Nike's the opening and looks forward to competing with him again.
"I feel great. We both compete hard and make each other work. He's my buddy, so when he messes up, and feels down, I'll pick him up and help him out. He does the same for me, so it's just good to be on the same team with him. When we're on the same team, we play a lot of games [laughing], so that's always good."
USF fans could get a chance to see the future Bulls in action as its being televised July 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.Click here for more weekend updates and to share your thoughts with other USF Insiders and get the inside scoop!