Swag U Day 2: Thoughts and Evaluations
Posted March 26, 2013 12:37 am
Swag University, hosted by Finestpreps.com, came back this week and did not disappoint. Once again D1 talent infested the field and once again there were players competing trying to earn that roster spot on the Western PA Swag team. Temple’s junior day took a lot of talent from the field on Friday but it also gave a chance for other guys to show out; and they did not disappoint.
The player on the field that made the biggest impact was Austin Freeman from Penn Hills. He lined up at the safety position and was ball-hawking all over the field. Nobody was getting over the top when he was on the field and when a defensive play was being made he was either the one making it or had an impact on why the defensive play was made. Freeman is somebody that might fly under the radar but he is a name that you should keep an eye out for.
Another Penn Hills guy that made a splash at Swag U was upcoming sophomore Billy Kisner. Kisner is a youngin’ but you wouldn’t notice by the way he plays. He lined up with the best of them and showed great hands as a receiver and was getting open on top end talent. He’s a guy you’re going to want to remember a few years from now.
Monessen came out to Swag and was well represented as receivers Javon Brown and DeShawn Holmes had a knack of getting open and making plays for the offense. They can add solid stability at receiver for the Western PA Swag team.
Gateway once again came and showed out. The star that stole the show was #5 player in the WPIAL Montae Nicholson. During the combine practice testing, Montae showed why he was a national prospect as he dominated all drills. He was playing on the offensive side were he was put up with the best all night long….. and made them look foolish. His teammate Ricky Rogers also had a good showing as he was showing why he is a top receiver in the nation. Those two as a tandem will be hard to be stopped during 7-on-7 season as the have crazy speed, size, athleticism that will help them excel not only during the summer, but also during the season.
Defensively, guys are stepping up and making plays for the Swag team. Manny Berry and Tre Tarpley were making plays from the safety position and will give the Swag team depth in the secondary. Seton La-Salle’s James Ross was going up and locking down just about everybody on the field at his corner position. For the second week in a row, Gateway’s Roman Denson showed out and was not letting his man off the line. Denson will be a go to guy for the Gators within the next few years. Linebackers that showed that they could do a lot more than just stuff the runs were Greensburgh Central Catholic’s Nate Stone and Charleroi’s Brandon Bowman. Both displayed great cover skills for big inside linebackers.
The final two players to get a shout out for showing out Friday are Central Catholic’s Luigi Lista-Brina and another Gateway Gator receiver Thomas Young. Young showed good hands as a possession guy and didn’t let any balls get away from him. Lista-Brinza showed that he is one of the most athletic and versatile players in the WPIAL. He has great hands and quickness and can be used a lot in the passing game coming out of the backfield, as he is a runningback for his Vikings.
Once again Swag University did not let down as it was great to spectate again. Athletes keep coming out to show their skill set and it creates a great competitive atmosphere. The next Swag University practice will be Friday from 7:30-9:30 at the Monroeville Racquet Club. Come out and represent not only yourself, but also your team.