Some of the top underclassmen in South Jersey and Philadelphia took center stage at Friday’s Beast of the East combine at Total Turf Experience, and Scout.com was in attendance and has a breakdown of the top performers.
Top 10 Performers
1. Juwan Johnson, WR, Glassboro (N.J.) High (2015)
Johnson, who is 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, was the top performer and showed why he is one of the top receivers in the region in the 2015 class. He was smooth and quick coming out of breaks, ran very good routes, gained separation and showed very good hands. He made a few catches in which the defensive back had good coverage, but he was not distracted by the traffic or the sideline.
2. Irvin Charles, WR, Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI (2015)
Charles was close to Johnson in performance, and only a drop or two kept him from being the No. 1 performer. He is 6-4, 190, and was able to get open on short and intermediate routes, and the facility wasn’t big enough for him to get 40 yards down the field. He showed good hands, was physical, and used his quickness at the line of scrimmage to avoid jams. He is approaching double digit offers, and he showed why.
3. Kelvin Harmon, WR, Palmyra (N.J.) High (2016)
Harmon was the biggest surprise of the camp. He has a good frame (6-2, 180) and caught everything thrown his way. He is long and ran his routes well, and found himself open time and again. He adjusted to balls in the air and showed good body control. Whether he was going over the middle or running an out, Harmon was precise and very good.
4. Sterling Sheffield, OLB, Mullica Hill (N.J.) Clearview (2015)
Sheffield started the night working with the linebackers, moved to receiver, then went back to linebacker and he stood out each time. He was quick and explosive in linebacker drills, used his length and acceleration as a receiver and then showcased his athleticism in jumping into linebacker coverage drills and located and batted down a ball 30 yards down the field on his first play.
5. Barnabas Baning, OT, Leonardtown (Md.) St. Mary’s Ryken (2015)
There wasn’t a ton of depth at the line of scrimmage, but Banning stood head and shoulders above everyone else. He is 6-5, 301 pounds, showed good lateral movement, was patient in 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 drills as he sat back with a low base and dominated reps. He showed quick feet and has good knee bend, and is one to watch when it comes to the non-power schools in the state.
6. Tymir Oliver, DE, Philadelphia West Catholic (2016)
The 6-4, 245-pound Oliver played on both sides of the ball in high school, but camped as a defensive end and looked explosive and strong. He had quick movement at the snap and was able to get around the edge, and also used a nice trip move on one rep to get past his opponent. Whether he plays offense of defensive in college will depend on his development in the next year.
7. De'Shaun Burgess, RB, Paulsboro (N.J.) High (2015)
Burgess stood out during running back drills with his change of direction and his first step. When it came to one-on-ones, he made the linebacker fall twice and was too quick to be covered. He showed good hands and was able to adjust to the ball in the air.
8. Aaron Rogers, S, Burlington Township (N.J.) High (2015)
Rogers didn’t spend a lot of time in man-to-man coverage as a junior, but he held his own at the Beast of the East. He is long and likes to jam, and he was able to turn and run with the receivers on most occasions. The 6-0, 180 pounder broke on passes well and was good in his backpedal. He was able to cover in close range and down the field.
9. Alex Hornibrook, QB, Malvern (Pa.) Prep (2015)
Horibrook, who holds an offer from Akron, was poised and through effortless and with a good arm angle. He was accurate which is tough since he was working with new receivers, and he had good arm strength. At 6-4, he has the size and throws from a good arm angle, and he did a nice job with leadership throughout the event.
10. Ron Johnson Jr., DE, Camden (N.J.) High (2016)
Johnson stood out early in drills because of his quick footwork and ability to change direction, and he continued a nice camp by battling though a shot to the nose to remain in the one-on-ones and use his speed to win reps. He was able to get around the edge and also to cut underneath and get to the quarterback.
RB Alaam Horne (2016), Hammonton (N.J.) St. Joseph’s
S Chris Pascall (2015), Cherry Hill (N.J.) West
ATH Tyree Rodgers (2016), Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic
QB Khalil Trotman (2015), Burlingtown Township (N.J.) High
QB Jack Clements (2015), Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep