Campers at the recruit757 Uncommitted Senior Showcase (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Drew Wilder, Nero Schrader, Collin Harding and Luqman Haskett star in our Senior Showcase videos
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Time flies when you’re having fun, or when you’re working hard.
We have some video interviews that hadn’t been shared with you yet, and there’s no better time than the present to get that information out to you.
Landstown running back Luqman Haskett (2021 RB/WR 5-10 155) was accompanied by his head coach Tommy Reamon and about 19 other Landstown teammates for the Uncommitted Senior Showcase. Haskett is an underclassman, but the showcase opportunity was time well spent.
With the exposure, he’s further established himself with the Division I schools like James Madison, William and Mary, Norfolk State and Hampton that were present.
“I want to catch the eyes of some college coaches. This shows me what I’m going up against. I get to see some athletes from other teams and get my technique right with some of the coaches out here,” said Haskett.
Junior Middle linebacker Nero Schrader (2020 LB 6-0 206) of James Madison High School made the trip down from Northern Virginia in order to grab the showcase opportunity. His team had a fantastic season in 2018, and Nero is in line to be a captain and a senior leader this year.
“This gives me a taste of competition and makes me work a little harder to improve myself. There are a lot of good kids… a lot of fast, strong kids, so it’s definitely pushing me,” said Schrader. “(You expect to see) me working hard and me just doing my best.”
Senion wide receiver Collin Harding (2019 WR 6-0.5 165) had quite a season to remember, yet still found himself looking for college scholarships as National Signing Day approaches. Harding was a key part of the prolific VHSL Class 6 State Championship Manchester Lancers. Collin came into the showcase with “a couple of D2 offers”. We expect to hear a lot more from Collin over the next week or so as he closes in on a college choice.
“It’s fun (to see all the athletes from all over the state). You get to see the different ways that people play. You see different things and compete against good athletes,” Harding explained. “I’m here to out work everybody. I’m out-competing everybody.”
Harding did very well in the group work and the one-on-ones portion that ended the day. His sure handedness was well noted by the college coaches who were in attendance.
Jamestown lineman Drew Wilder (2020 C/OT/DT 6-3.5 289) knows a lot about impressing college coaches. His dad is Old Dominion Head Coach Bobby Wilder. His older brother is Derek Wilder, who is a linebacker for the Monarchs.
The football pedigree means some high expectations at times for a guy who already has the natural, physical gifts to have Division I potential. It’s just a matter of who offers, not if he’ll get a college offer.
Drew came to the Showcase without any offers in hand, but he had ample opportunity to prove himself.
“I’ll play anything (a coach) needs me to. I work as hard as possible,” Drew said. “I always expect to perform well and I always expect to show who I can be, and what I’m made of.”
Maury running back Life Nason (2019 RB 5-6 185) was out to prove to college coaches he can make a difference at the college level. His playmaking was over shadowed at times on his Maury Commodore team that reached the VHSL Class 5 State Semifinal against Highland Springs. The Springers are now four-time consecutive state champions, but Nason should take nothing negative from the impact his senior year can have on his recruitment.
“I came out to get more opportunities, to get better and talk to some college coaches,” he said of the Showcase. “I had a great season. I love my boys to death. Shout out to the coaches for a great season…. I’m looking forward to going where I can play some ball and have fun, and get a great education.”
The Senior Showcase gave us an opportunity to take a good look at 225 athletes from around the state and even from Maryland and North Carolina. We’ll have more camp opportunities rolling out this spring, so checking back here for more news on spring camps, the Spring Evaluation period, and college one-day camps coming this Summer.
– Andy Hilton