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There really is no off-season for high school juniors who are trying to catch the eye of college coaches. On Sunday, some of the region's top athletes put their skills on display when the Nike Camp rolled into Piscataway. Although no college coaches are allowed at the event, a good performance can boost a player's chances of acquiring more interest and more offers.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the day came when the wide receivers tested their skills against the defensive backs, as the quarterbacks battled volatile winds, during the one-on-one portion of the combine.
Chris Zarkoskie won the OL MVP award.
DeVier Posey looked every bit the part of a Division I receiver as he took home the MVP award for wide receivers. The future Buckeye made the journey all the way from Ohio and stood out head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Posey's stiffest competition came every time he lined up across from Seton Hall Prep defensive back Grant Mayes, whose stock has been rising ever since the Elite College Combine. And his stellar performance on Sunday should help his stock soar even higher.
Other notable wide receivers who had good showings were Bill Schautz of Bergen Catholic, Lindenwold's Tyron Harris and Lynell Payne of Cherokee. Another Cherokee player also managed to turn a few heads with his performance. Demetrius Richardson proved to be the strongest quarterback, taking home the MVP honors at his position.
Dominick LeGrande, who already boasts several scholarship offers, made the trip down from Staten Island to work out with the quarterbacks. Although his athleticism might move him to a different position at the college level, LeGrande fared very well at the quarterback position.
The linebackers were arguably the most talented group of players at the combine. Irvington High's Dawan Nolton edged out some stiff competition to walk away with the MVP award at the position. Fellow teammate Dwayne Beckford, Don Bosco's Alexander DiSanzo and Piscataway's Marvin Booker pushed Nolton with their impressive play. DiSanzo earned the MVP award at the Elite College Combine.
Piscataway High's Dwayne Gratz did not have to travel far to pick up the MVP award for best defensive back. Gratz blanketed receivers during one-on-ones and continually showed his exceptional speed and cover skills.
Notre Dame's Jabar Westerman showed that defensive skills run in the family. Westerman, brother of current Scarlet Knight Jamaal Westerman, won the MVP award for defensive linemen. On the other side of the ball, Seton Hall Prep's Chris Zarkoskie claimed the MVP award for offensive linemen. Newark's (DE) Chad Davis also looked impressive in his workouts with the O-line.
The MVP award for running backs was given to Jeremie Simmons of Lake Taylor (VA). Another out of state running back who also had a strong showing was Rashaad Slowley of Arch bishop Stepinac High School White Plains (NY).
For most of the athletes, the Nike Camp was one more stop along the way to playing college football. It was an opportunity to showcase their talents and see how they measure up against top level competition. ScarletNation.com will continue to track these players and see where each one's journey will lead them.