Next Level Greats 7v7: Top Performers

Brandon McIlwain

PITMAN, N.J. -- Scout.com was in attendance at the Next Level Greats 7-on-7 scrimmage, which featured players based in South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

The Nexl Level Great hosted a 7-on-7 scrimmage at the Total Turf Sports complex Sunday and Scout.com was there to take in the action over the 2 ½ hours and has 10 players to watch as recruiting moves forward.


1. Brandon McIlwain, QB, 6-1, 200, Newtown (Pa.) Council Rock North
Skinny:
McIlwain, a 2016 prospect, made headlines for adding big offers recently, but and he showed his potential and already enormous ability on a cold, windy night. He spun the ball well, showed a live arm in getting the ball into tight windows over the middle, showed good touch in getting the ball to the outside and went through his progressions well. And keep in mind he's a dual-threat quarterback who is elusive and runs well.


2. Irvin Charles, WR, 6-4, 210, Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI
Skinny:
Charles is big, strong and athletic, and when he caught the ball he was able turn and head up the field quickly. Opponents always had help over the top, so it limited his ability down the field, but he did a good job of providing a target for his quarterbacks and getting open coming out of breaks. His combination of speed and size, and how fast he played, made it tough for defensive backs.


3. Kelvin Harmon, WR, 6-3, 185, Palmyra (N.J.) High
Skinny:
Harmon broke onto the scene two months ago in combine at the same location and looked good in the 7-on-7 setting as well. He got off the line of scrimmage easily despite cornerbacks trying to jam him and he was open regularly. Safeties paid careful attention to him and he faced a lot of schemes designed to slow him, but he played fast and with confidence. Once he gets stronger, he has the potential to be a big-time receiver.


4. Edward Holmes, WR, 6-2, 170, Pennsauken (N.J.) High
Skinny:
Holmes was a nice surprise and much of the night was the receiver who stood out the most on the team that included Charles. He was quick off the line of scrimmage, showed good ball-tracking skills and was able to get down the field. He is long and has big hands, he ran nice routes and he caught the ball at its highest point. The biggest thing with Holmes is he needs to get a lot stronger and thicker, and although he doesn't have any action in recruiting, that should change soon.


5. Ryan Whayland, QB, 6-3, 200, Merion (Pa) Episcopal
Skinny:
Whayland is a big, thick passer with a strong arm and a quick release. He was able to fit balls into tight windows and he throw over the top, which maximizes his size. He got nice arc on a few deep balls and he showed a nice combination of arm strength and touch. Whayland could turn into a camp kid for some schools, but he is definitely worth keeping an eye on during the spring evaluation period.


6. Elvis Hines, CB, 5-11, 155, Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI
Skinny:
Hines, a class of 2017 prospect, was recently offered by Temple and it is was easy to see why. He is loose and fluid in the hips, he turns well and can run with receivers and his acceleration is very good. He changes direction well and is low and comfortable in his backpedal. Hines needs to get stronger, but he is certainly a joy to watch.


7. Sterling Sheffield, OLB, 6-2, 220, Mullica Hill (N.J.) Clearview
Skinny:
Sheffield is making the transition from defensive end to linebacker, and it is going well. One of the most impressive parts of Sheffield's game is his speed. He was able to stay stride-for-stride 40 yards down the field with receivers, and he showed a good change of direction and awareness on passes in the flat. His length is also an asset, and he plays hard play-to-play.


8. Chris Pascall, DB, 6-3, 175, Cherry Hill (N.J.) West
Skinny:
Pascal is long and lean, which will mean some time is needed in a college weight room, but he was impressive as a defensive backs. He turned well and drove on the ball. He was able to get across the field on a route and cover down the field. His best spot may be safety, but he is an interesting prospect because of the room he has to grow physically.
9. Gladimir Paul, OLB, 6-2, 208, Philadelphia Northeast
Skinny:
Paul picked up his first offer during the weekend when he visited Temple, and was easy to see why the Owls like him. Paul is versatile. He plays defensive end at Northeast ,but hee played linebacker for BMW in the scrimmage and ran well to the sideline. He also showed good change of direction, and is the type of player who can play defensive end and also drop back in coverage. At this point, though, linebacker seems like the more realistic projection for Paul.


10. Hamiid Pack, WR, 6-1, 175, Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy
Skinny:
Pack showed a nice combination of size, explosion and speed in getting down the field, and he was consistently open. He got off the line of scrimmage well and got into and out of is breaks cleanly. He competed well and was physical when he needed to be. When projecting him on the college level, safety could be a future home.


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