Andy Hilton (L) and Clash of the Titans Overall MVP Tevin White (Photo: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
The Second Clash of the Titans for 2020 was just as exciting as the first
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On Sunday, we had almost 200 campers for a fantastic football showcase for athletes all over Virginia. We had great representation from each region of the state, and every region made their case for being King of the Hill. The field of top performers showed that every part of the state has some excellent athletes.
Here’s a recap of the top performers from Sunday, including the MVPs and the other standouts in each position group as reviewed by the coaches who were running the skills and drills, and the one-on-one challenges that closed out the day.
Overall MVP: Tevin White, North Stafford 2022
White was a steady performer throughout the camp. The running back who already holds offers from almost 20 college suitors including Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Penn State, Arizona State, Michigan State and others. White measured at 6-1 and 197 pounds with an impressive 75 inch wing span. His forty times were a consistent 4.50 and 4.49. He’s a big time talent.
Fastest Man: Sheldon Carter, Churchland, 2022Carter came out of nowhere to blaze a scorching 4.35 forty time. His skills in the position group reps were obvious. Quick feet, a quick burst and undeniable speed will be his calling cards. Norview High School head coach Ian Rapanick, who had a hand in coaching the RB drills, remarked about Carter’s future impact on the Eastern District. Coach Rapanick will see Carter on the opposite side of the field over the next two years and he’ll know that he has to game plan against that big-play ability. King William running back Demond Claibore (2022) nearly matched Sheldon Carter by running a 4.36 forty Sunday morning.
Quarterback MVP: Steven Hugney, Robinson Secondary, 2021Just like the August 2 camp, the field of quarterbacks was thick with talent. On Sunday, Stephen Hugney was a cut above a great group. “He can spin it,” was a common phrase coming out of the mouths of the coaches in attendance. Former Alabama/UVA/WSSU and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Phillip Sims coached the group, and he was impressed by the amount of talent. In the one-on-ones and in the Showdown Round, Hugney won the day. Other quarterbacks who stood out included Connor Barry (Madison), Tyler Hensley (Monacan), Miller Jay (Rockbridge), William Landis (Pope John Paul the Great), Sonny Mannino (Tuscarora), and Landon Wilson (Louisa).
Running back MVP: Demond Claiborne, King William, 2022Sheldon Carter edged out Demond Claiborne for the Fastest Man title, and Claiborne returned the favor by edging out Carter for the MVP award. A strong field of about 20 other running backs at the camp rounded out a deep field of talented tailbacks. Other notables included BJ Lowery (Varina), Elisha Mason (Stone Bridge), Victor Budu (Monacan), Cortarius Gilmore, (Liberty-Bedford), Jalen Remert (Midlothian), Jordan Riddick (Churchland), and Abdullah Elamin Shareef (Roanoke Catholic).
Wide Receiver MVP: Marquise Woodruff, E.C. Glass, 2021A wide receiver group of 35 showcased some speed as well. The MVP, Marquise Woodruff, measured at 6-1 166 and he was fleet of foot, running a 4.68 forty. He just wasn’t as fast as the other fastest athletes on the day. He made up for it in route running and hands. Woodruff was undeniable as he hauled in pass after pass in the one-on-ones and the Showdown session. Coach David Porter’s group included other top wide receivers like Kelmari Brown (Dinwiddie), D.J. Cobbs (Stone Bridge), Ozias Diggs (Surry County), Lincoln Guy (Kellam), Michael Sheil (Robinson), Qion Brown (Dinwiddie), Michael Long-Okusun (Varina) and Tramari Weathers (Western Branch).
Tight End MVP: A.J. Dooms, Spotswood, 2021Dooms was the standout of a tight end group that got a lot of work and a lot of reps on the day. Lafayette High School assistant coach Brady Wilhite put the tight ends through their paces independently before putting the group in with the wide receivers for one-on-ones. Other standouts included Andre Brown (Denbigh), Khalil Hazelwood (Dinwiddie), and Luca Puccinelli (Benedictine).
Offensive Line MVP: Carter Sweazie, Stone Bridge, 2022The offensive line group was coached by Pete Gale of Great Bridge High School and Jack Tuite of Landstown. Sweazie had a dominant performance on Sunday, stonewalling every defensive lineman he came up against. Sweazie was especially skilled at holding his ground and anticipating the attack strategies of his opponents. Other strong performers included Joey Kagel (Catholic), Doug Pruim (Gloucester), Fletcher Westphal (Tuscarora), and Grady Rounds (New Kent).
Defensive Line MVP: Payton Payne, Nansemond River, 2021Payton may have been one of the smaller defensive linemen in the group, but his tenacity helped him win the day. In the Showdown, Payne practically danced past his O-line opponent on his way to the sack. Payne measured out at 5-11 and 251 pounds with a 74 inch wingspan. One of the other Showdown candidates was Loyal Gresham, who ran a 4.50 forty while measuring out at 6-2 and 234 pounds with a 76.5 inch wingspan. Other top D-linemen at the camp included David Neal (Camden), Shymeen Provost (Life Christian), Chase Rosso (King William), Cornell Lucess (Dinwiddie), Holden Shank (Nansemond-Suffolk), Joel Starlings (Benedictine), Kaden Beatty (Atlantic Shores), Matthew Pack (Osbourn), Logan Borakove (Tuscarora), and Christopher Iverson (Life Christian).
Linebacker MVP: Deven Blackston, Liberty-Bedford, 2021The linebacker group was almost 40 deep and it was led by Kecoughtan head coach Jeff Super with assistance from Kecoughtan’s Marquese Garris and Wali Rainer. Blackston was simply everywhere in the one-on-ones. He consistently covered every athlete who was put in front of him. He also ran a 4.58 forty, showcasing his speed. Other top linebackers at the camp included Donovan Fomby (Stuarts Draft), Solomon Davis (Stone Bridge), Rainer Halveland (Tuscarora), Luke Mills (Cosby), Elijah Rainer (Trinity Episcopal), Peyton Seelman (Hanover), Ty Rankin (South Lakes), and John Casso (South County).
Defensive Back MVP: Jacob Thomas, Stone Bridge (2022)The defensive backs got a work out and a lot of enthusiastic coaching from Zecharie James. Quite a few athletes beyond MVP winner __ stood out, including Gary Siegler (Benedictine), Devin Bailey (Matoaca), Amari Presley (Kempsville), Tyler Banks (Nottoway), Jayden Mines (PH-Ashland) and Kody Lee Jopp (Camden County).
The day was huge for talent across the state of Virginia. We’ve gathered numerous photos from the day which can be seen in our gallery, and we’ll be rolling out individual articles and video interviews on many of the notable athletes for perhaps the next two weeks. Enjoy the coverage!
– Andy Hilton