The Garden State represented itself very well during the afternoon session of this past weekend's NationalUnderclassmen.com Showcase. This was best demonstrated by Overall MVP sophomore WR Aaron Hayward, 6-foot-0 and 185-pounds, of Penns Grove High School.
Hayward, already an accomplished track star, took his talents to the football field and was spectacular during 1-on-1's, ran amazing routes, had great hands, and had an overall memorable performance. He also had a 4.55 40, 4.68 shuttle, 8'11" broad, and 22 reps at 150-pounds.
The DL MVP went to sophomore Lance Miller of Mainland Regional High School in New Jersey. Miller, 5-foot-10 and 321-pounds, moved extremely well for a player of his size and has both great hands and feet. He also had a 5.15 shuttle, 5.38 40, 7'3" broad, and did 17 reps at 185-pounds. Also excelling at the defensive line position were sophomore Malcolm Bush of Hackensack High School in New Jersey and sophomore Ron Rose of Hereford High School in Maryland. Bush, 6-foot-3 ½ and 233-pounds, is a big time D-1 defensive end prospect with great athleticism and speed. He had a 28.5-inch vertical, 5.16 40, 8'6 ½" broad, and 4.61 shuttle. Rose, 6-foot-1 and 219-pounds, had a 4.79 shuttle, 9'0" broad, 29-inch vertical, and did 14 reps at 185-pounds.
It was a two player race for the QB MVP, with sophomore Steve Zrowka of St. John Vianney High School in New Jersey coming out the winner. Zrowka, 6-foot-0 and 193-pounds, has phenomenal passing skills and delivery. He also had a 29.5-inch vertical, 4.65 40, 8'5" broad, 4.38 shuttle and did 18 reps at 150-pounds. Just missing out on the QB MVP was sophomore Gabe Hernandez of St. Joseph's (Montvale). Hernandez, 6-foot-1 ½ and 166-pounds, has very impressive passing skills and touch, plus has an awesome delivery. He also had a 27.5-inch vertical, 4.88 40, 8'2" broad, and 4.80 shuttle.
Winning the Freshman MVP was RB Shawn Wenhold of Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsylvania. Wenhold, 5-foot-7 and 193-pounds, showed great athleticism and speed during both the 1-on-1's and positional drills. He was equally impressive during the combine events with a 29-inch vertical, 4.56 40, 4.46 shuttle, and 33 reps at 135-pounds. Another Pennsylvania freshman who left his mark was LB Sam Bergen of East Stroudsburg South. Bergen, 6-foot-0 and 215-pounds, had great athleticism and hips for a freshman, plus had a 30.5-inch vertical, 8'2" broad, 4.62 shuttle, and did an impressive 39 reps at 135-pounds.
The OL MVP went to sophomore John Ceccio of St. Joseph's (Montvale), who both showed impressive power and technique. Ceccio, 6-foot-0 and 276-pounds, had a 21.5-inch vertical, 5.10 40, 4.80 shuttle, 6'10" broad, and had 24 reps at 185-pounds.
Kevin McFall of Butler High School in New Jersey took home the LB MVP, as he showed excellent power, athleticism, and speed. During 1-on-1's he broke up four passes and did a great job moving his feet and keeping the running backs off balance. He also had a 4.88 40, 4.63 shuttle, 8'6" broad, 26.5-inch vertical, and 33 reps at 150-pounds.
With a winning time of 4.53, two players shared the Fastest Man Award. Sophomore WR David Wood, 5-foot-11 and 156-pounds, of St. Joseph's (Montvale) was also a top receiver during drills and had a 4.24 shuttle and 8'6" broad. Equaling Woods 4.53 40 was sophomore DB Caleb Portel of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland. Portel, 5-foot-6 ½ and 177-pounds, was also excelling during positional drills and had 18 reps at 150-pounds.
There were a number of impressive performances at the wide receiver position and walking away with the MVP was sophomore Jerry Watters of Camden Catholic. Watters, 5-foot-10 and 165-pounds, is now a two-time WR MVP award winner, and once again earned the honor by catching everything remotely close to him and continuously running great routes. Watters had a 4.68 40, 4.38 shuttle, 9'2" broad, and 28-inch vertical. Pushing Watters throughout the afternoon were sophomore Derrick Johnson of Holy Trinity High School in New York and sophomore Jamal Clay of Mahwah High School in New Jersey. Johnson, 5-foot-10 and 156-pounds, has impressive receiving skills and runs tremendous routes, plus had a 27-inch vertical, 4.66 40, and 4.50 shuttle. Clay, 5-foot-9 and 172-pounds, also showed great athleticism, receiving skills, and route running. Clay had a 30-inch vertical, 9'3 ½" broad, 4.49 shuttle, 4.69 40, and had 16 reps at 150-pounds.
The RB MVP went to sophomore Eddie Mateo of Bethlehem Catholic in Pennsylvania. Mateo, 5-foot-9 ½ and 188-pounds, was fantastic during 1-on-1's, as his explosive speed and athleticism dominated the afternoon. During the combine events Mateo had a 4.66 40, 4.49 shuttle, 8'9" broad, 27.5-inch vertical, and 16 reps at 150-pounds. Also deserving special mention was sophomore Jelani Jenkins of Good Counsel High School in Maryland. Jenkins, 6-foot-0 and 203-pounds, possesses great running back skills and showed them off during the 1-on-1's. He also had a 28-inch vertical, 4.60 40, 8'8" broad, 4.58 shuttle, and 23 reps at 150-pounds.
The last award of the afternoon went to DB MVP sophomore Nick Williams of The Hun School. Williams, 5-foot-10 and 172-pounds, has spectacular coverage skills and very impressive feet. He also had a 28.5-inch vertical, 4.41 shuttle, 4.85 40, and 22 reps at 150-pounds. Deserving special mention at the defensive back position was sophomore Torian Phillips of Port Richmond High School in New York. Phillips, 5-foot-10 and 165-pounds, used an impressive set of skills to lockdown most of the wide receivers in attendance. He had a 30.5-inch vertical, 4.71 40, 8'9" broad, 4.51 shuttle, and 13 reps at 150-pounds.
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