J. Cleezy’s Notebook: Ten Players Who Have Had Great Off-Season Peformances
Posted June 5, 2013 9:11 pm
(Pictured is Montae Nicholson, picture by espn.com)
Today I bring you ten players that I’ve PERSONALLY had a chance to see in person so far this off-season during a 7v7 tournament, combine, or showcase. This list is not in any particular order. I also don’t care about anybody’s ranking or offer count. All that counts, is what I’ve seen in person and how they performed on that particular day.
Darius Wade – Middletown H.S. (DE) – The Boston College commit had a stellar weekend at the PA Swag 7v7 tournament in April and impressed heavily at other events such as the Rivals Challenge and Elite 11 competition recently in Columbus, Ohio. Wade is listed as a dual-threat quarterback but I think he’s proven that he can more than get the job done with his arm.
De’Andre Scott – Imhotep H.S. (PA) – For someone who might be only 5’8”, he is every bit as good as advertised. Scott is lightning quick, fast, and has that killer instinct. His swag is crazy. Scott currently has over 20 offers.
Chase Edmonds – Central Dauphin East (PA) – I think people are missing the boat on this kid. He’s one of the best players in the state. When the fall comes, he’ll remind people once again of what he can do with the ball in his hands. Edmonds has also shown that he can be a good defensive back as well.
Curtis Samuels – Erasmus Hall (NY) – Samuels has established himself as one of the best players in the country. He’s already accepted invites to the 2014 US Army All-American Game and Nike’s “The Opening”. I think he’s proven that he’s much better than most gave him credit for after the 2012 season ended.
Anthony Davis – Gateway ( PA) – Davis is one of the best defensive backs and all-around players I’ve had a chance to see in the spring. Armed with over 20 offers, Davis doesn’t shy away from competing at all. He dominated the King of the Spring 7v7 tournament last month and has dominated other 7v7’s and showcases.
Montae Nicholson – Gateway (PA) – The strange thing about seeing Nicholson in person is that he’s done most of his damage on the offensive side of the ball. That’s not taking anything away from his defensive prowess. That’s a testament on how good he has been at the wide receiver position at some of these events. He has over 25 offers.
David Sills – Eastern Christian Academy ( MD) – Sills is only going into his junior year and he has to be one of the more scrutinized quarterbacks in the history of high school football. Maybe it has something to do with him committing to USC in the 8th grade. Whatever the case may be, Sills is developing into a good quarterback. Let’s not forget, he’s only going to be a junior next year.
Nate Stone – Greensburg Central Catholic ( PA) – Stone may not have the offers from the “big name” schools, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he’s a pretty good football players. He’s been a good receiving option during the 7v7 events I’ve watched him participate in and is also a very physical linebacker.
Andrew Ford – Cedar Cliff ( PA) – Ford currently has two offers from Massachusetts and Temple. However, you could argue that he’s either #1 or #1-A when it comes to who is the best quarterback in Pennsylvania. He had a pretty good showing during the PA SWAG 7v7 tournament in April and recently won the Keystone State QB Challenge a few weeks ago. Expect Ford to get more offers as he gets a chance to throw in front of coaches during the “camping” season that’s coming up. Ford was also invited to Nike’s “The Opening” after his performance at the NFTC in D.C..
JJ Cosentino – Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA) – The Florida State commit has performed well at several offseason events including the PA SWAG 7v7 and the Elite 11 in Columbus, Ohio. Here’s a big kid, with a strong arm, and not afraid to let the ball fly down the field. I believe that he probably won’t be able to start to reach his full potential until he gets to college where he’ll be allowed to throw the ball more during games.