May 3, 2007

Weather doesn't slow underclassmen

The NationalUnderclassmen.com Showcase moved North to New England, and despite inclement weather, enjoyed a favorable turnout and a number of impressive performances. Leading the charge was the Overall MVP, sophomore defensive end J. Forest West of Salisbury High School in Connecticut.

West, 6-foot-1 and 223-pounds, left no doubt that he was the best participant in New England. He is a great athlete, very strong, fast and has a great future as a defensive end. During the combine events, he finished with 21 reps at 185-pounds, a 32-inch vertical, 9'7 " broad, 4.49 shuttle, and 4.94 40.

Even though he didn't win the Overall MVP, sophomore Kristopher Patterson of Xavier High School in Connecticut left with his own piece of hardware after winning the Defensive Line MVP. Patterson, 6-foot-1 and 282 pounds, was impressive during 1-on-1's, and had 20 reps at 185 pounds, a 22-inch vertical, 5.52 40, and 5.12 shuttle.

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, the Linebacker MVP went to sophomore Martin Hypodite of Wakefield Memorial High School in Massachusetts. Hypodite, 5-foot-10 and 202 pounds, was completely dominant during 1-on-1's, which included bump and running two running backs right into the ground. He also had 22 reps at 150 pounds, a 4.50 shuttle, 4.86 40, 8'10" broad, and 31-inch vertical.

Two defensive backs stood out throughout the event, but at the end, the MVP went to sophomore Isiah Bell of Windsor High School in Connecticut. Bell, 5-foot-10 and 172 pounds, set himself apart during the 1-on-1's, but also had 22 reps at 150-pounds, a 4.59 shuttle, 8'3" broad, and 28-inch vertical. The other defensive back that left his mark was sophomore Steven Grassa, 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds, of BB & N in Massachusetts. Grassa had a 4.47 shuttle, 4.88 40, and an extremely impressive 32 reps at 150-pounds.

The deepest position at this event was likely at quarterback, where a number of players stood out. Winning the Quarterback MVP was freshman Sean McQuillan, 6-foot-3 and 197 pounds, from Glastonbury High School in Connecticut. McQuillan was excellent during passing drills and has the potential to be a top dual-threat quarterback prospect, especially considering he is only a freshman. He also had a 4.57 shuttle, 4.98 40, 26 reps at 135 pounds, and an 8'1 " broad. The Freshman MVP went to another quarterback, Mike Orloff from The Governor's Academy in Massachusetts. Orloff, 6-foot-2 and 183 pounds, has a great future and showcased this ability during 1-on-1's. He also had a 30-inch vertical, 8'6" broad, 4.42 shuttle, 4.70 40, and 29-reps at 150-pounds.

Two other quarterbacks that deserve a mention are sophomores Billy Ragone and Joshua Carrington. Ragone, 6-foot-0 and 171 pounds, is from Cheshire High School in Connecticut and impressed throughout the day, while Carrington, 5-foot-11 and 162 pounds, is from John D. Bryant High School in Massachusetts and is more of a dual-threat player. Carrington also had a 4.81 40 and 4.46 shuttle, and performed very well during passing drills and 1-on-1's.

The Fastest Man and Running Back MVP's both went to sophomore Corey Simpson of Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut. Simpson, 5-foot-6 and 158 pounds, possesses great skills and showed them off during individual drills and 1-on-1's. He also had 16 reps at 150-pounds, a 28-inch vertical, 9'1" broad, 4.69 40, and 4.72 shuttle. Another running back that stood out was sophomore Mitchell Davis, who comes from the before-mentioned Windsor High School. Davis, 5-foot-8 and 152-pounds, caught our attention during 1-on-1's, after performing well at the combine events. He finished with a 4.62 shuttle, 4.85 40, 16 reps at 150-pounds, 8'3" broad, and 28.5-inch vertical.

The top wide receiver in attendance was sophomore Sean Sylvia of Dartmouth High School in Massachusetts. Sylvia, 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, was electric during the 1-on-1's and made several impressive circus catches. He also had a 30-inch vertical, 8'4 " broad, 4.89 40, and 4.51 shuttle.

And finally, Windsor High School was represented on the MVP stand again with sophomore offensive lineman James Fullana. At 5-foot-11 and 290 pounds, Fullana showed excellent technique for a player of his size, and impressed ruing 1-on-1's. The sophomore also had a 5.37 shuttle and 15 reps at 185 pounds.

Mike Farrell is the National Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mike@rivals.com

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