Preps.com Camp Review: Top Players From The Next Level Passing Camp in NJ
Posted July 9, 2013 10:45 pm
Preps.com was able to get a great look at some of the up and coming talent in the state of New Jersey this past Saturday at the first annual Next Level Passing Camp. The camp featured some players that are up and coming, along with players who have already made a name for themselves in the past several months. Next Level Quarterbacks, owned by Marcus Hammond, was founded to help young quarterbacks develop. Even though this was mostly a passing camp, other skill position players were invited to come and compete as well. The morning featured mostly teaching. Several former college and NFL players took the players through various drills to help improve footwork, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination and other skills. After lunch, the players spent some time learning from coaches during a “chalk talk” session featuring several coaches including former NFL player Aaron Beasley (Jacksonville/West Virginia). With it being a passing camp, the “chalk talk” revolved mostly around the passing came. Players were quizzed on offensive and defensive aspects of the passing game as well. Now, to get to the “fun” part of the camp. Despite having to compete in 90-plus degree heat, all of the players gave one-hundred percent. As I mentioned earlier, there was a mixture of talent, known and unknown. Here’s a look at some of the top players from the camp. TOP PLAYER Sean Chandler (’14) – Athlete – Camden High School (NJ) 5’10”, 175 LBS. Cleezy’s Take: He committed to Temple on June 6th of this year. I am going to guess that it will not deter other schools from trying to still recruit him. He was the best player at the camp and probably one of the best cornerbacks I have seen during the this camp season. He has it all. He has speed, quickness, great lateral movement, great footwork, and is super smooth in all of his movements. He is severely underrated to those probably outside of the New Jersey area. Temple had better do whatever they can to make sure Chandler stays a Temple commit. He’s THAT good.
TOP UNDERCLASSMAN (9th grade and under) Sincere Jackson (’18) – Wide Receiver – Harrisburg (PA) Cleezy’s Take: Jackson is over 6 foot tall and over 180 pounds going into the 8th grade. He currently is a wide receiver, but who knows what he’ll end up as if he continues to grow. He is physically gifted and mature beyond his years. He held his own against some of the upper classmen during the 1v1 periods. He has good hands and has developed a nice burst after catching the ball. SEVEN MORE TO KNOW ABOUT Andrew Valentin (’16) – 5’11”, 160 LBS. -Quarterback – Cherry Hill High School (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: Valentin had some of the best footwork out of the younger quarterbacks. I thought he threw some nice balls during the teaching period as well. We’ll have to keep tabs on his development during the season. Marcus Lawless (’14) – 6’2″, 200 LBS. Florence High School (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: Lawless showed impressive footwork and speed for a player his size. He plays wide receiver but with his frame, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him recruited more as a linebacker at the next level. He displayed good footwork and got open often during the 1v1 period. He’s a big target at the wide receiver position. Sterling Sheffield (’15) – 6’2″, 215 LBS. Quarterback – Clearview Regional High School (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: Sheffield still has some time to develop as a quarterback and it looks like he has made some strides since the end of the 2012 season. Sheffield is also a pretty good defensive end. T.J. Booth (’14) -6’4″, 180 LBS. Cornerback/Wide Receiver – Williamstown (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: Booth is taller than your average cornerback, but he showed that he’s hard to get open on at the NLQ Passing Camp. I think he’s a nice prospect at the wide receiver position too. With a little more weight, he would make a nice safety prospect at the next level. Troy Shorts (’15) – 5’10”, 180 LBS. Running Back/Cornerback – Woodbury High School (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: Shorts was one of the better all-around players at the camp. This camp isn’t really geared towards running backs but Shorts has great footwork, can change direction with no problem, and is a nice receiver. He took some reps at defensive back as well and more than held his own. Tyee White (’15)- 5’8″, 154 LBS.- Quarterback/Defensive Back – Pennsauken High School (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: He took a lot of snaps at the quarterback position. At the next level, White would make a nice slot receiver. He has some quicks and nice speed. If he grows a few more inches, he may start to get more looks. Tyree Rodgers (’16) – 6’1″, 162 LBS. – Quarterback – Camden Catholic High School (NJ) Cleezy’s Take: Here’s another quarterback who looks like he’s improved since the 2012 season ended. Rodgers was a freshman last year, so it’s not surprising that he looked more to run then pass at times. With his athletic ability, who could blame him. He’s fared pretty well during the camp season and will be more of a threat to throw the ball this upcoming season. Overall , it was a great event ran by Next Level Quarterbacks and we look forward to covering more of their events.