May 18, 2007

WR Heastie leads Virginia underclass

The NationalUnderclassmen.com Showcase hit Virginia recently, an area that has long been known as a major producer of college level football athletes. The Combine did not disappoint, as both the morning and afternoon session produced impressive performances. Leading the way in the morning was Overall MVP Logan Heastie, a sophomore wide receiver from Great Bridge High School in Virginia.

"The morning session was impressive and Logan is a special kid," said Showcase founder Dave Schuman (www.nationalunderclassmen.com). "But even beyond Logan, there were a lot of talented kids from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. It was a good mix.

Heastie, 6-foot-2 and 186 pounds, has all the tools to be a 20+ offer player down the road. He has phenomenal athleticism and was tremendous during the 1-on-1 portion of the event. He also showed off his athleticism during the combine events, with a 33.5-inch vertical, 10'2 " broad, 4.49 shuttle, 4.48 40, and 24 reps at 150-pounds.

Winning the WR MVP was sophomore Brandon Scott of Forest Park Senior High School in Virginia. At 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, he already has the size of a top D1 receiver, but he also possesses tremendous hands and route running ability. He also finished with 21 reps at 150-pounds, a 26-inch vertical, 8'6 " broad, 4.67 shuttle, and 4.81 40.

The race for the RB MVP was too close to call, so Co-MVP's were awarded. First up was sophomore Kevin Howell, 5-foot-9 and 191-pounds, of Southwest Raleigh High School in North Carolina, who showed tremendous speed and athleticism during 1-on-1's, plus excelled during the combine events with 32 reps at 150-pounds, a 4.50 40, 9'3 " broad, and 31-inch vertical. Sharing the MVP award with Howell was sophomore Deantwan Williams of Woodbridge High School in Virginia. At 5-foot-7 and 190-pounds, Williams has superb size, speed, strength, and athleticism, which led to an amazing performance during the 1-on-1's. During the combine events he finished with a 30.5-inch vertical, 9'4" broad, 4.50 shuttle, 4.50 40, and 33 reps at 150-pounds.

Not winning MVP's, but deserving special mention at the running back position are sophomores Travis Hawkins of Quince Orchard High School in Maryland and Alex Owah of Harrisonburg High School in Virginia. Hawkins, 5-foot-10 and 177-pounds, had a 33-inch vertical, 9'0 " broad, 4.64 40, 4.34 shuttle, and 21 reps at 150-pounds, while Owah, 5-foot-11 and 166-pounds, finished with a 4.49 40, 30-inch vertical, 4.61 shuttle, 8'5 " broad, and 21 reps at 150-pounds.

The Freshman MVP went to another running back, Andre Coleman of CD Hylton High School in Virginia. Coleman, 5-foot-10 and 137-pounds, showed tremendous speed and footwork during both the drills and 1-on-1's, and finished the combine events with a 30.5-inch vertical, 4.54 40, and 4.35 shuttle.

The QB MVP went to sophomore Teddy Bacote of Bethel High School in Virginia. Bacote, 6-foot-3 and 173-pounds, has a smooth delivery, great vision, and did a phenomenal job of both passing and delivering the ball to the correct receivers. He also has a 27-inch vertical, 4.77 shuttle, 5.15 40, and had 17 reps at 150-pounds.

The final offensive award went to OL MVP sophomore Zachary Williams of Whiteville High School in North Carolina. Williams, 6-foot-2 and 300-pounds, showed great technique and quickness for a player of his size. He also had 23 reps at 185-pounds, a 5.40 40, and a 5.06 shuttle. An offensive lineman deserving special mention was sophomore Austin Brown of Woodbridge High School in Virginia. Brown, 6-foot-0 and 230-pounds, was great during 1-on-1's, and had a 24.5-inch vertical, 5.13 shuttle, 5.61 40, and 13 reps at 185-pounds.

The DB MVP and Fastest Man Award both went to sophomore Darrick Scott of Thomas Johnson High School in Maryland. Scott, 5-foot-9 and 161-pounds, did a tremendous job with his footwork during the 1-on-1's and showed great speed during the positional drills. He also had a 31.5-inch vertical, 9'3" broad, 11 reps at 150-pounds, 4.35 shuttle, and the award winning, 4.47 40.

Sophomore Kenton Rowland of Southeast Raleigh High School in North Carolina took home the DL MVP during the morning. Rowland, 6-foot-1 and 202-pounds, was great during 1-on-1's and showed impressive quickness during the positional drills. He also had a 5.03 shuttle, 5.11 40, 12 reps at 185-pounds, and an 8'1" broad.

The final award of the morning went to LB MVP Kevin Hartsfield, a freshman from Wake Forest Roseville High School in North Carolina. Hartsfield, 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, possesses superior athleticism and hips for his age, plus he had a 28.5-inch vertical, 9'1 " broad, 4.84 40, and 20 reps at 135-pounds.

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