MVP Award winners from the 2019 Clash of the Titans Showcase (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Speed wins the day, trench battles were epic at the Clash of the Titans
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Sunday was a perfect day for the Clash of the Titans Showcase.
The competition was solid in the field of 150 athletes, and the MVPs simply stood out as a step ahead of the rest.
The day started with the Strongest Man and Fastest Man competition.
In the weight room, Bethel lineman Jackson Griffiths and C.D. Hylton linebacker Joseph Walton each pounded out 16 reps at 225 to win Regional honors for the Strongest Man at the camp. The overall winner was King George defensive tackle Samare Daniels, who pushed out one more rep, which got him to 17 as he took the crown.
The Fastest Man competition played out on the stadium field. Karon Prunty of I.C. Norcom was at least a stride ahead of every other competitor in the first heat. It shouldn’t be a surprise since Prunty is a state champion sprinter. Sophomore Devonte Cooper of Great Bridge won a Regional MVP along with sophomore Painter Richards-Baker of Benedictine, but it was Prunty who would not be denied the win. Karon won each of the heats he had to compete in as the field of approximately 50 athletes was whittled down to four. Prunty won the final sprint to take home the Fastest Man trophy.
All athletes got a spin at the camp’s County Fair, which rotated groups through six stations focusing on footwork, agility, speed and attention to detail as the athletes were put through their paces.
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In the position group segment, athletes worked on their craft for an hour with the position group coaches. The linemen were the first to go head-to-head on trench warfare, while the quarterbacks dropped in later with the running backs and wide receivers. Linebackers squared off against running backs in run stop drills before moving into pass coverage drills.
Overall, the day was challenging for every athlete at every position. The day wrapped with the award ceremony.
Here’s the full run down of the day’s top performers:
(Overall MVP in each group is in bold)
Fastest Man: Karon Prunty, I.C. Norcom – Devonte Cooper, Great Bridge; Painter Richards-Baker, Benedictine
Strongest Man: Samare Daniels, King George – Jackson Griffiths, Bethel; Joseph Walton, C.D. Hylton
QB MVP: Grant Swanger, Grassfield – Aerek Thomas, John Marshall; Cody Shelton, Richmond Christian
RB MVP: Rodney Hammond, Booker T. Washington – Javoni Hales, Menchville; Tyshaun Colbert, Spotsylvania
WR MVP: Jabari Parker, Highland Springs – Antuon Luster, Bethel; Mikel Merritte, John Marshall
TE MVP: Jason Richardson, John Marshall
OL MVP: Stephon Dubose, Indian River – Devaughn Orr, King’s Fork; Will Jones, Stuarts Draft
DL MVP: Trayvon Smith, North Stafford – Evan Kerzanet, Benedictine; Jaron Concepcion, Deep Creek
LB MVP: Nero Schrader, James Madison – Ryan Norton, Mills Godwin; Joseph Walton, C.D. Hylton
DB MVP: Karon Prunty, I.C. Norcom – Messiah Russell, Hampton Roads Academy; Phazohn Sire, George Wythe
In addition to the awards that were handed out on Sunday, Samare Daniels won a pair of tickets and Karon Prunty won two pairs of tickets to Nelly/TLC/Flo Rida at the Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach on July 31. Thank you to Live Nation for the partnership!
Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated at the Clash of the Titans Showcase. We hope to see many of you at the next recruit757 event, the College Prospect Assessment Camp. That is on May 11 at Norfolk Christian School and College Coaches are invited to attend. We’ll put all of the athletes at that event through the routine of a college one-day prospect camp. Consider it a dry run for the one-day prospect camps that you’ll attend on campus in June and July. A full list of upcoming camps and events for the spring and summer is available here.
Photos and Video from Sunday’s Showcase are on the way!
– Andy Hilton