February 19, 2008

N.J. Premier Showcase Hot 11

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rivals.com Five-Star Academy in New Jersey was supplemented this year by the Premier Showcase run by TEST Sports Clubs. Nearly 200 of the top players in the Northeast and Maryland/D.C. areas went through drills and one-on-ones. Led by the evening's offensive MVP Je'Ron Stokes, here's the Hot 11 from that event.

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N.J. Premier Showcase Hot 11

1. Je'Ron Stokes, WR, Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast

Stokes is going to be a great slot receiver for someone in college. Match him up with a cornerback and he'll be tough to cover in college but with a safety? Certainly a mismatch.

2. DeOnte Arnett, DE, Forestville, Md.

Adams is a franchise left tackle and showed it all week. He had a solid game and his aggressive nature and ability to block in space are all we needed to see to watch him rise in the next rankings.

3. Mark Brazinski, OL, Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata

Brazinski was one of the few offensive linemen who stayed with Arnett and held his own against everyone. He stays low, gets his hands out in front and anchors very well. He's hard to bull rush and has good feet.

4. Raymond Graham, RB, Elizabeth, N.J.

Graham showed his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and his quick cutting skills. He gets upfield very smoothly after the catch and can't be covered in space by a linebacker.

5. Jay Colbert, DE, Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy

Colbert is undersized but he's fast, has excellent balance and he gets off the ball quickly. He also shows good body lean and gets lower than his opponent in one-on-ones on outside rushes making him a tougher target.

6. Shayne Skov, LB, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling

Linebackers are at a huge disadvantage in one-on-ones against running backs but Skov, who is already committed to Stanford, moved well for a thick linebacker and changed direction fluidly.

7. Dillon Quinn, DE, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling

Talk about coming out of nowhere. Quinn was a late addition and started off at offensive tackle where he did okay. But when he moved to defensive end, he bull rushed everyone in sight and pancaked numerous big guys.

8. Anthony Blake, DE, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's

Blake is similar to Colbert although a little more filled out. He's quick on the outside rush and mixes up his moves well. He's clearly very well coached and has solid technique.

9. Tavon Austin, RB, Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar

In this day and age of the scat back, Austin will be a great fit for a team looking for someone who can create a mismatch in space. He's also stronger than his size would indicate and has good hands.

10. Dominic Clarke, DB, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora

Clarke is a very physical corner who could end up being a safety in college. He turns his hips well, finds the ball and breaks on it well. Wideouts always have the advantage in one-on-ones but he held his own well.

11. Devon Smith, WR, Waldorf (Md.) Westlake

Smith is a blur and was clearly the fastest player at the event. He's only 150 pounds soaking wet, but he has very strong hands and is too quick to cover on slants. He might end up as a special teams guy only, but his speed will impact some team.


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