On a cold Thursday night 50 recruits traveled to Pittman, NJ for the Unsigned SeniorShowcase Camp, featuring the football coaching staffs of Cheyney, William Paterson, Lebanon Valley College, Western New England just to name a few hosted by the USSfootball staff. There was also coaches’ on-hand from Kean University, Lincoln University, Wesley College and upwards of 30 NAIA, Division II & Division III schools.
Unsigned Senior Director Glen Deveaux on the camp: “I think it was just another great opportunity and it proves that although they are busy, our unsigned senior showcase camps are great exposure for kids. They pay 75 dollars to work out for 30-40 schools instead of having to pay 200 dollars to work out for one school. So it’s a really unique and special opportunity for these kids who are being overlooked.“
Phillip Blackwell National Director of NFL Combine: “I really love what we put together for these student-athletes. We want to give these guys an opportunity to showcase their talents to other schools. Lets be realistic everyone isn’t going DI but there is school out there for everyone who is ready to put in the work.”
There were a number of recruits who stood out at the camp. Here are few prospects we highlighted.
Gary Baishon (Winslow High School) wide receiver put on a show for the recruits, with his 6’4, 220-pound frame. Baishon, get off, foot quickness and body control, in addition to the 4.81-second 40-yard dash he ran. Baishon lost defenders with his crisp routes and his ability to adjust to footballs while in the air. One the thing that stuck out about this kid he is very athletic despite the sub-par 40 times.
James Perry signal caller a 6-3, 197-pounder from Rowan College, and Jason James, a 6’0, 178-pounder from Penns Grove High School, came into the event as two of its most highly recruited and talked about players. Both quarterbacks struggle with their accuracy and control in the cold weather. James got to show off his big arm that improved leaps and bounds during the 2015 season. Perry has the arm strength to fit the ball into top spots threw the football with great velocity, and at times, downfield accuracy. Both quarterbacks settle down and had nice touch on their balls at the end of the showcase.
Reggie Bethea (Willingboro High) running back, a 5-8, 175-pounder, put on great performance for the visiting schools. Bethea ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash and displayed great balance and burst. Many recruiters project him to convert into slot receiver in college, due to his frame and how he works the middle of the field.
Keith Cheek (Cherokee High) wide receiver, at 5’10, 170 pounds, came into the showcase wanted to prove to the recruiters that he can compete on the next level. He shows outstanding ball skills, great hand, and runs great routes. All he does is make plays with ideal height, leaping ability, timing, and anticipation.
Justin McMaster (Willingboro High) center a 5’11, 330-pounder, had a tough day in the cold, but did enough to impress some recruiters, he shows very good power when run blocking, keeps his feet moving, and does a good job of staying low and getting under the defender. Justin dominates at the point of attack, and shows excellent agility and body control.
Jamir Prevard (Atlantic City High) DB he has the length that recruiters like to see in a DB/S 6-1, 170 he shows terrific recovery speed, good anticipation and timing to jump routes. Prevard played more DB but could wind up playing DB or FS at the next level. He shows the loose hips, the timing and instincts to dominate.
Khalim Cisse (Willingboro High) DE very impressive on camp with his physical play and his ability to anticipate double teams. Exceptionally quick off the snap, he’s a powerhouse who dominates the point of attack. A 5-foot 11 and a solid built 200 lbs., Cisse has good size, good instincts, has ball skills, explosive speed, and loves to compete. He shows outstanding hand placement, has the ability to close with instant acceleration, and quickly defeat his blocker and find the ball.
Fred McAlpin (Clearview Regional) linebacker had a great camp output, gaining the interests of many of the NAIA schools in attendance. He’s a 5’11, 220-pounder, who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, shows a great understanding of football, reads well, does a very good job of taking on blockers and staying on his feet.
Eric Riley (Clearview Regional) defensive end made a name for himself during TE/DL one-on-ones, competing from both inside and outside and not losing one rep. His 6’3, 220-pound frame, he is an effort guy who refuses to stay blocked, he’s been blessed with natural strength and super strong hands that allow him to disengage to the football. Scouts are impressed with his quickness off the ball, good use of hands, closing speed.
Some of the other top performers:
DE Daniel Glazewski (Jefferson Township), LB Samuel Ballard (Lenape High);WR Taylor Gordy (Ewing High); DB Idriys Muhammad (Atlantic City High); ATH Togba Porte II (Academy Park High); LB David Quell Jr (Catholic Central High); OL Sammuel Marcel (Willingboro); DB Shawn Tafe (St. Thomas More); OL Amir Chambers (Middlesex County College); S Mark Granberry (Northern Burlington Regional)