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April 1, 2013

The Grassroots Group held its class of 2015 camp last week. Here are the top performers from the event.


Quarterbacks

Written By: Joe Hill Jr.

Tarik Smith III (Friendly HS, Fort Washington MD) - 6'0, 165 lbs: Tarik was the only quarterback at the showcase, so he got a lot of reps and was highly scrutinized. He had nice size for a sophomore QB, with more time to grow. Smith had consistent scores across the board, and showed very good speed, quickness and footwork. He has a very strong arm and is extremely mobile. He worked hard all day and is a finely conditioned athlete. He looks to have a very good skill set for a pistol or spread offense. He was inconsistent in one on ones. He would make a perfect throw on one pass, an average throw next, and then an inaccurate throw. But he was a very focused kid who looks like he really wants to be good. He has all the tools to be a very good quarterback.


Running Backs

By: Ricky Hairston

Ronald Bell (Friendly, Fort Washington MD) - 5'6", 151 lbs: Ronald Bell was just spectacular with blazing speed and quickness, while his agility was off the charts. He just killed all of the drills and has the motor and the passion to be the best. He was in tip-top condition and never seemed to get tired. He picked up the concepts quickly and was very difficult to stay with in one on ones.

Darius Hinton (Franklin, Pikesville MD) - 6'0", 188 lbs: Hinton is a stud on both sides of the ball. He has an awesome physical body that is so well put together. He's a former track star that made a name for himself in the 100 and 200 meters. He is big, fast, and strong, which is a great combination for a running back. He has good hands out of the backfield, with very good balance and agility. He looks to be a power back with speed and elusiveness. Hinton is a highly conditioned athlete that appeared to never tire. He took no plays off and competed hard.

Taylor Johnson (DeMatha, Hyattsville MD) - 5'9", 181 lbs: We were unfamiliar with Taylor before the event, but he put himself into the discussion with his competitive play during drills. He graded off the charts on speed and quickness, which are true assets for RBs. He has a very solid body to go with that speed.

Elijah Bilal (Archbishop Carroll, Washington DC) - 5'6", 166 lbs: This young man is another kid that was not on our radar, but took advantage of the opportunity and maximized his chances. He was impressive as a DB also, but injured a hamstring in one on ones and we were not able to get a full look at him on the defensive side. He did plenty of damage as a RB though, showing a low center of gravity with outstanding balance and agility. He is another compact and short back with great speed and quickness. We'd love to see him with pads on, but he was very impressive in shorts and a T-Shirt.

Caleb Peterson (Douglass, Upper Marlboro MD) - 5'7", 207lbs: Peterson is another kid with a low center of gravity and a powerful, stocky build. He looks like he will be one heck of a lead blocker. He has quick feet for a big kid and a barrel chest. He also showed good hands out of the backfield.


Wide Receivers

By: Coach Hubbard

Juwan Hakim (Wilson HS, Washington DC) - 5'8", 150 lbs: Hakim had a wonderful day on offense and defense, but the slot receiver is the spot that he will play in college. He showed blazing speed and quickness in one on ones and was very difficult to cover. Hakim is a great route runner with very good hands. He needs to get stronger to take the pounding he will receive.

Damon Hazelton (Loyola HS, Towson MD) - 6'2", 188 lbs: This young man was very impressive. He has good but not great speed. However, his route running was precise. He ran great patterns all day and competed hard. Hazelton made a ton of difficult catches in traffic and showed great hands and concentration. He's a big and physical receiver who used his body very well. Hazelton is a crafty WR that will shock and surprise some people.

Jamar Wilson (Northwest HS, Montgomery County MD) - 5'9", 143 lbs: Jamar Wilson is truly a special athlete. Not very big, but he is silky smooth. He may not have dropped a pass all day long. He was slick and precise on his routes and set up the DBs with ease. He had a tremendous set of hands.

Jaison Young, Jr. (Riverdale Baptist, Upper Marlboro MD) - 6'1", 175 lbs: Young was absolutely phenomenal at this event. He was a big, strong and fast competitor that attacked every rep like it was a championship game. He went after it on defense and offense. He has hands like glue and didn't drop many passes. He ran hard routes from the beginning to the end. He's a tough kid who took a spill that would have forced most to sit out the rest of the day. Young shook it off and was back after it with a vengeance. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is out to prove some people wrong.

George Hawkins (Bishop O'Connell, Arlington VA) - 6'2", 180 lbs: The first thing we noticed about Hawkins was his height and physical presence, which is intriguing. Then you see the size of his feet and wonder how tall this kid may end up being. He has a chance to be a 6'4 or 6'5 WR. If he gets that tall, he is going to be impossible to stop. If he stays at 6'2, he is a Division I prospect because the kid has hands like super glue. Not blazing fast, but he is fast enough to get open. But as a WR he literally catches everything that comes in his direction, and he competes hard on every play. It was a deep receiver corps with different types of athletes, but Hawkins was one of the best and needs to be followed closely.

Honorable Mention:

Josh Walker of The Potomac School was right there and worked his tail off. He is a player that can easily move into the discussion with a strong soph year.

Caylon Wheeler of Eastern Tech was the best pass catching TE in the showcase by far.


Offensive/Defensive Lineman

Written by Emmett Clark

DeAndre Kelly (DeMatha, Hyattsville MD) - 6'3", 235 lbs: Clearly he was the class of the defensive linemen in attendance. Kelly was un-blockable all afternoon long; he left us speechless. His size and quickness were at the top of the chart, while his flexibility, agility and speed off the ball were exceptional. His command of advanced techniques was not a surprise after watching him in the basic drills. He has the total package as a rush end. He also did well on the offensive drills as a TE. His work ethic and ability should pay off.

Jack Corso (Tuscarora, Leesburg VA) - 6'4", 240 lbs: Not far behind Kelly, Corso also was significantly above the average. He looked like a man among boys out there. It was amazing to see how much bigger and stronger he has gotten since we have last seen him. His upper body strength is tremendous and he is so well put together. Corso has an unbelievable motor and was competitive and dominant on almost every rep. His size and technique were on par with the best we saw. He is well on his way to earning a significant look from the next level. His strength in the one-on-one drills was evident in how he controlled the line of scrimmage.

Justin Hilliard (Good Counsel, Olney MD) - 6'1", 245 lbs: Just below Kelly and Corso, Hilliard's future is bright. He possessed above average flexibility, agility and quickness. His body looked great and he performed well in the individual drills. He has the size, arm length and leg strength to go along with the upper body technique, which again was significantly above average.

Julian Lynn (Oakdale HS, Ijamsville MD) - 6'2", 291 lbs: Lynn is enormous, but carries the weight very well. He had one of the best techniques during drills and his footwork was above average, approaching those of the top level performances of Kelly and Corso. His hand speed and upper body positioning was excellent. His quickness off the ball and body positioning during the one-on-one drills really catches the eye.

Honorable Mention:

Shamir Campbell - Grassroots alum with a great body and major upside.

Tyler Covey - He has the size and strength to ascend up the ladder. Good flexibility and agility.

Linebackers

By: Lavon Williams

Nathan Jones (Wilson HS, Washington DC) - 6'0", 208 lbs: Nathan had a great work out. He was a member of the 2011 Grassroots Champion DC Warriors as a DT. He has grown nicely and has successfully made the transition to LB. Very impressed with his effort. Great body and passes the eye test with flying colors. He was able to move thru drills with ease and transfer what he learned there to his one on ones. He should have a breakout year at Wilson this year. We had some very good LB prospects, but Jones was the class of the showcase at that position. Great motor and gave 100% on all of the drills. Great upside for Jones

Darius Hinton (Franklin HS, Pikesville MD) - 6'0", 188 lbs: Hinton is built like a man right now! It is obvious that he has made a commitment to the weight room. Looks to have a combination of great genes and great work ethic. Truly chiseled body, which will allow him to take and deliver blows. As one of the quicker LB's, he was able to showcase his lateral movement in drills as well as in the one on ones. He was one of the better coverage LBs and with his body he should be a devastating hitter. He should be a household name by the end of the season.

Kareem McDonald (Wilson HS, Washington DC) - 6'2", 205 lbs: McDonald's one on ones were a little hampered by a toe injury during the showcase, but he still pressed on trying to compete. He is one of the most impressive physical specimens that we have seen, and he is going to make a name for himself.

Jason Chubbuck (Tuscarora HS, Leesburg VA) - 5'10", 183 lbs: Jason Chubbuck is a hard worker, plain and simple. He went through drills like a true mad man. He has an outstanding motor and tremendous desire. He looks to be a LB that will absolutely knock running backs blocks off. He has a very good muscular frame with a solid base and good feet.

Honorable Mention:

Caleb Peterson of Douglass was impressive and almost made the cut for top performers. Continue the hard work and he will be right there.

Defensive Backs

By: Randy Carrington and Leo Minus

Ronald Bell (Friendly HS, Fort Washington MD) - 5'6", 151 lbs: Bell was hands down the best RB and the best DB. The kid was just cat quick and lightning fast. He competed with the best receivers every play and stayed in their hip pockets. He never got beaten deep and was always in position. Taller receivers can out jump him to make catches, but his hands are so quick that he made it hard for them to bring the ball down and tuck it in. Bell is just an amazing athlete that can do it all.

Jamar Wilson (Northwest HS, Montgomery County MD) - 5'9", 143 lbs: Jamar Wilson was just like Bell on the defensive side of the ball. He was ridiculous on the WR side, but equally effective on the defensive side, too. He stayed in the hip pockets of top flight receivers all day. He was very fast and very quick with great instincts and a burning desire to win every rep.

Taylor Johnson (DeMatha, Hyattsville MD) - 5'9", 181 lbs: Johnson is top two-way performer. He was solid, but not spectacular on the defensive side, but he rarely got beat and was almost always in position to make a play on the ball. He has a solid and sturdy frame that looks like he could play two positions. He is fast enough to play corner and big enough to play safety. He is a very intriguing prospect with good upside.

Jaison Young, Jr. (Riverdale Baptist, Upper Marlboro MD) - 6'1", 175 lbs: Young is the last of receivers that were impressive enough on the defensive side to make this list as well. At 6-feet-1 and 175 pounds, he has prototypical size for a safety, but he's also fast enough to be a big corner. He was aggressive and caught the ball well. He showed great hips and quick reactions and he got his head around on the deep balls.

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