Core 6 Showcase: Award Winners
Justin Tranquill
Justin Tranquill
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 20, 2014


The Core 6 Showcase brings out top talent every year. Previous standouts include Ethan Pocic and Ty Isaac, who both played as true freshmen for LSU and USC respectively. This year's award winners will look to do the same and the group includes several who could make early impacts at the next level.

2016/2017 Fastest Man
Richie Warfield (Fr.), LB-RB, Providence Catholic (Ill.)
Warfield outran an athletic group of skill guys. He is just starting his high school career and process, but showed the speed and athleticism today to make him a kid to watch for the future. Depending on how his body grows and changes over the next few years, he could project to several spots in college.

2016/2017 MVP
Ricky Smalling (Fr.), WR, Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice
Smalling is fine athlete who ran good routes and created great separation with his quickness and fluidity. He was very natural at tracking the football in the air and showed great natural ball skills, catching the ball cleanly with his hands for much of the day.

2015 Overall MVP
Justin Tranquill (Jr.), CB, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll
Tranquill is a great athlete who can run and jump with the best of them. He also has fantastic ball skills. He showed he could handle the quickest of receivers 1-1 and had some great battles with the very shifty Flynn Nagel and came away with a couple pass breakups in that matchup.

2015 Defensive MVP
Akeem Gordon (Jr.), CB, Olympia Fields (Ill.) Rich Central
Gordon may not have come in a household name, but impressed with his quick feet and ability to change directions. He's not a big kid at 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, but is a good athlete.

2015 Offensive MVP
Marcus Jones (Jr.), RB, Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice
Jones won the fastest man, then showed he could go side to side too in drills. He demonstarted good pass receiving skills and really shined in the pass blocking drills, where he stoned several top linebacker prospects and showed that even though he wasn't among the biggest backs there, he was strong and aggressive.

2015 Lineman MVP
Jack Shutack (Jr.), OT, Nazareth Academy (Ill.)

Shutack has a great frame (6'6, 275) and has worked hard this offseason on his pass set. He got better and better each rep in 1-1s and finished strong in that session. For a big kid, he's light on his feet and can bend and move like you like offensive linemen to.

Stay tuned for more in-depth reports, interviews, video and more from the event.



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