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NUC Five-Star Showcase: Top performers

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TOMSRIVER,N.J.--TheNUCFive-StarShowcasemadeitsannualstopinNewJerseyonSundayatTomsRiverNorthHighSchool.Herearetheevent'stopperformers.
NUCFIVE-STARSHOWCASE:TOPPERFORMERS
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Outlowfinishedasthemostcompletebackatthecamp.Physicallyimpressiveat6-footand199pounds,heshowcasedtheoverallabilitiestobecomeathree-downbackatthenextlevel.Duringpositionaldrillsheeasilystoodoutwithhisquicknessandfootwork,andthenduringone-on-oneshewasaterrorforlinebackerstocover.Heusedagoodburstinopenspace,buthealsoreliedonhisstrengthandsizewhennecessary.OutlowiscommittedtoBostonCollegeClick1.RBMarcusOutlow,NORWICH(CONN.)NORWICHFREEACADEMYHeretoviewthisLink.buthascontinuedtoreelintop-leveloffersfromschoolsincludingOhioStateClick1.RBMarcusOutlow,NORWICH(CONN.)NORWICHFREEACADEMYHeretoviewthisLink..
2.ATHCurtisSamuel,BROOKLYN(N.Y.)ERASMUSHALLCAMPUSTherewasasolidgroupofprospectsfromErasmusHallattheevent,butleadingthechargewasSamuel.Amazingly,hehascontinuedtoslideundertheradarwithmanyfans,eventhoughtopoffershavecontinuedtorollin,includinghistwomostrecentfromUSCandMiami.SamuellinedupatwidereceiveronSundayanddidnotdisappoint.Heisextremelydangerouswiththeballinhishands,andheisquickandequallyimpressiveinopenspace.Heshowedsurprisinglygoodtechnique,consideringthatsomeschoolsarealsorecruitinghimasarunningbackanddefensiveback.
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TherecentNorthwesternClick3.LBCameronQueiro,ORADELL(N.J.)BERGENCATHOLICHeretoviewthisLink.commitwasthebestall-aroundlinebackerattheevent.Previously,somepeoplehadconcernsabouthissize,butonSundayheshoweduplookingevenbiggerthanhis6-foot-1,210-poundmeasurements.OnethingthatwasneveraconcernwithQueirowashisspeedandmovementinopenspace,andhecontinuedtoshowthatheexcelsatbothoftheseevenwithhisaddedsize.Hewasoneofthefewlinebackerswhocouldstaywiththeeliterunningbacksduringone-on-ones,whichisalwaysanimpressivefeatateventslikethis.
4.ATHNoahBrown,SPARTA(N.J.)POPEJOHN
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ThebiggestbodydevelopmentofthedaycamefromBrown,whocametothecampat220poundsafterplayinglastseasonatcloserto200.NamedthehybridMVP,Brownhasaframethathascollegesprojectinghimatmultiplepositions.HeworkedoutexclusivelyatwidereceiveronSunday,showinggreatburstoutofhisbreaks.Althoughhestartedslowduringtheone-on-ones,Brownprovedtobetoostrongforthedefensivebacks,usinghisaddedsizetohisadvantage.Healsoshowedgoodhandsonseverallowballs.
5.DTRashanGary,SCOTCHPLAINS(N.J.)SCOTCHPLAINS-FANWOOD(2016)
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ItisnotoftenthatafreshmandefensivetacklesuchasGarycomesaround.Measuringinat6-foot-4and287pounds,heplaysatalevelwayabovehisageandexperience.Despitehissize,heisamazinglylean,movesextremelywellandisverycoachable.Buthetrulyshinedduringone-on-ones,whenhisswitchwasreallyturnedon.Amazingly,hiswastheloudestinspiringvoiceamongdefensivelinemen,andheplayedwithadeeppassion.Healsoplaysthepositionviolently,usinghishandsextremelywellandpossessingseveralmoves.Ifhisgameprogressesinthecomingyears,itishardtoimaginehimnotbeingoneofthetopclassof2016prospectsinthecountry.
6.WRDavidNjoku,CEDARGROVE,N.J.
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Njokuhasdeceptivespeed,whichwasondisplaySundayasheeasilyranbydefensivebacks.Aneliteathleteonthetrack,Njokuwentuptomakeaplayonthefootballatitshighestpointonanumberofoccasions.Whilehecoulduseworkbeatingpresscoverage,Njoku'sstrengthallowedhimtowinmostbattlesatthelineofscrimmage.
7.ATHJuwanJohnson,GLASSBORO,N.J.(2015)Physically,Johnsonwasoneofthemoreimpressiveoverallplayersatthecamp.Lastfallhelinedupatsafetyandwidereceiver,butonSundayheconcentratedontheoffensivesideoftheball.At6-foot-5,197pounds,Johnsonhaslongstridesbutcanrunnice,crisproutes.Healsoshowedgoodhandsandtheabilitytocatchtheballintraffic.JohnsonistheyoungerbrotherofGeorgeJohnson,whoplayedatRutgersandisadefensiveendfortheTampaBayBuccaneers,soitisalsopossiblethatheisnotdonegrowing.
8.OLStevenGonzalez,UNIONCITY,N.J.(2015)ComingfromthesamehighschoolasoffensivelinemanJosueMatias,whoendedupatFloridaStateacoupleofyearsago,Gonzalezhasbeendevelopingagreatdealofhypeinrecentmonths.OnSundayheshowedeveryonewhy.Gonzalezhasgreatfeet,recoversquicklyandshowsgoodfundamentals.Onethingtowatchishisfutureposition.Whileheislistedasatackle,onSundayheshowedmorepotentialtobecomeadominantguardatthenextlevel.
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Whiletheoffensivelinepositionwasnotthedeepestattheevent,afewplayersstoodout.OneofthesewasBradford,whoshowcasedskillsthatmakehimanoffensiveguardtargettowatch.At6-foot-3and275pounds,hehasastronglowerbodyandgoodleverage,andheimpressivelyusedhishandsandshowedtremendoustechnique.HewasoneofthefewoffensivelinemenwhomanagedtogiveRashanGaryClick9.OLLamontBradford,SICKLERVILLE(N.J.)TIMBERCREEKHeretoviewthisLink.problemsduringone-on-ones,andheinfactwonafewreps.
10.WRAdonisJennings,SICKLERVILLE(N.J.)TIMBERCREEK
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ComingintothiseventoneofthebiggestknocksonJenningswashislackofconsistencycatchingtheball,buthehadoneofhisbestoutingsSunday.Appearingtohavegrownaninchsincetheoffseasonbegan,heconsistentlygotdeepusinghislargeframetoshielddefenders,attackingthefootballandcomfortablycatchingpassesawayfromhisbody.
11.QBDariusWade,MIDDLETOWN,DEL.
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Wade continues to work on the finer parts of his game, which were evident at the showcase. He continues to prove a lot of myths regarding left-handed quarterbacks wrong, showcasing a smooth, quick release and using his live arm to throw a catchable football. While he did not have his best day, it is easy to see why schools such as NebraskaClick Here to view this Link., SyracuseClick Here to view this Link. and N.C. StateClick Here to view this Link. recently offered.
12. DE Tyler Powell, MIDLOTHIAN (VA.) COSBY
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When we last saw Powell during the summer of 2012, he showed a great deal of potential as a linebacker. Since then his body has transformed, and now, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, he is a defensive end worth keeping an eye on. Powell showed a good burst coming from the edge and quick feet. He also gave a majority of the offensive linemen fits with a very nice variety of moves. Powell currently has four offers, but don't be surprised if that number surges during the spring.
13. DT Courtel Jenkins , WAYNE (N.J.) DEPAUL CATHOLIC
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Jenkins is a mountain of a defensive tackle at 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, but he looked more fit than he did at this time last year. With his size, he was an obvious matchup nightmare for a majority of offensive linemen. While he relies a bit too much on a bull rush, he has added a few moves to his arsenal. While it did not come as a huge surprise that he performed well during one-on-ones, Jenkins truly showed his improvement during the positional drills. He showed surprisingly quick feet, good lateral movement and improved stamina.
14. DB Darin Peart, BROOKLYN (N.Y.) ERASMUS HALL CAMPUS While his teammate Curtis Samuel continues to reel in offers, Peart is busy carving his own niche at cornerback. Peart is not the fastest cornerback, but he makes up for it with sound technique, great size and a willingness to compete for the football in the air. Peart plans on attending several camps this spring and summer, so look for additional offers to come his way.
15. TE Ryan Izzo, SPARTA (N.J.) POPE JOHN
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Once you see Izzo go out for a route, it is evident why he obtained six offers within a span of a week. Izzo will need to add bulk to be an effective tight end at the BCS level, but he is a natural pass receiver with great length. He constantly made his quarterbacks look good, adjusting to poor throws whether high or low to make the catch. In the blocking drills, Izzo showed good hand placement and a willingness to be taught.
16. ATH Julius Wingate, ENGLEWOOD (N.J.) DWIGHT MORROW While many consider Wingate to be a better prospect on defense, he ended up being one of the standouts at wide receiver. Wingate used his large frame to his advantage, keeping the opposition at bay throughout the day. To this point, his high school teammate Juwann Winfree has gathered a majority of the recruiting attention from his school, but Wingate has the potential to make a name for himself in the coming months.
17. TE Joe Vitiello, SOMERVILLE (N.J.) IMMACULATA
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Earlier in his recruiting process Vitiello was receiving a majority of his attention as a defensive end, but now it is easy to see why that has gradually changed to tight end. Vitiello, 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, was the most physically impressive player at his position on Sunday. Although rather new to the position, which has slowed his recruiting process a bit, he showed surprisingly consistent hands and decent route-running ability. As schools gather more information on his tight end skills, look for his recruiting process to speed up.
18. RB Sherman Alston, MONTVALE (N.J.) ST. JOSEPH'S Running back is not the easiest position to excel at during camps like this, but Alston's pass-catching abilities helped him stand out. Although he is not the biggest running back, Alston makes up for it with great speed and quickness, excellent route-running ability and great hands. He also proved to be competitive, taking more reps than a majority of running backs in attendance.
19. ATH Demornay Pierson-El, ALEXANDRIA (VA.) WEST POTOMAC
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Coming off of a strong performance the day before at the New Level Athletics 7-on-7, Pierson-El did not disappoint on Sunday. He again showcased his superior route running and the ability to play bigger than his 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame suggests. After playing running back this fall, he looked at home in his usual position of wide receiver.
20. QB Chris Chugunov, SKILLMAN (N.J.) MONTGOMERY (2015) The 2015 quarterback showcased great accuracy throughout the event, placing a number of passes in spaces where only his target could make a play on the football. Chugunov has a nice, compact throwing motion, he showed good decision making when he had multiple options to throw to, and he displayed impressive arm strength on short, intermediate and deep throws.
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