The North Region is well represented in the Mainland Bowl as a number of the region’s best have signed on to participate in this inaugural event. The Mainland team will be coached by West Springfield (Va.) head coach Bill Renner. Terry Smith (Gateway, Pa.) will also serve as an assistant along with Mike Alletto, Lorenzo White, Anthony Williams, Brian Derby and former Michigan State and NFL star Andre Rison.
Here is a look at some of the talented players from the North Region that will be participating in this event.
QB Bryn Renner 6-3/195 West Springfield/Va. *North Carolina
Renner is a four-star quarterback prospect who has made huge strides in taking his game to another level. He is only in his second year as a starting quarterback after having played wide receiver as Pete Lalich led the West Springfield team.
Renner is an exciting and mobile signal caller who can make things happen in or out of the pocket. He is a very accurate passer who can make just about any throw that he has to. He is an exciting player who has a lot of moxy.
RB David Wilson 5-9/171 George Washington/Va. *Viginia Tech
Wilson is a four-star prospect that is ranked as the No. 22 rated running back in the nation. He is a solidly built back who has good acceleration. He runs with patience. He’ll take his time and let the holes develop when he needs to. He fits the mold of a Frank Beamer back.
TE Logan Thomas 6-6/220 Brookville/Va. *Virginia Tech
Thomas is a four-star prospect who is rated as the nation’s No. 3 tight end according to Scout.com. Thomas is a huge athlete who can play a number of different positions. In high school he has predominantly played wide receiver and quarterback, but with his frame and agility he could be a big-time tight end prospect with potential NFL ability. He can stretch the field and he is a mismatch in coverage. He is faster than most linebackers and a lot bigger than any defensive back that a team will play against him.
OT Morgan Moses 6-7/320 Meadowbrook/Va. *Uncommitted
Moses is a four-star prospect and is currently rated as the nation’s No. 9 ranked offensive tackle prospect. Moses is looking at Alabama, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Moses is an awesome physical specimen at the point of attack. He has not been tested much in his career, which is one great aspect about these all-star games. Not many linemen with Moses’ size can move the way he can. We’re excited to see what he does in this game against better competition.
OT Michael Schofield 6-6/270 Carl Sandburg/Ill. *Michigan
Schofield is a three-star prospect that is ranked as the nation’s No. 32 rated offensive tackle prospect. He has a skilll set that gives him a chance to be a very good college player. He has great athleticism as his flexibility, feet and quickness are very good. In his senior year, he seemed more aggressive as well and finished his blocks. If he continues to do this while adding strength and bulk, he has starting potential at the next level.
DE Matt Garin 6-4/220 Eastview/Minn. *Minnesota
Garin is a two-star prospect and is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 126 rated defensive end prospect. He knows how to play the game. He is very disciplined, is rarely out of position and reads and diagnoses plays well. Has a good motor and pursues downfield and to the sidelines. Is fast enough to drop and play in space and has good closing speed in pursuit. Displays solid technique, plays with good leverage and shows the ability to disengage. Garin must add weight and strength at the point of attack to better play the run in college.
DE Montez Robinson 6-4/230 Avon/Ind. *Uncommitted
Robinson is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the nation’s No. 10 rated defensive end prospect. Robinson was committed to Auburn until Tommy Tuberville stepped down, now he is looking at Alabama, Georgia and Purdue along with Auburn. Robinson burst on to the national scene with an MVP performance at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine in Cincinnati.
Robinson is a supremely-talented playmaker at the DE spot, Robinson has all-world potential. With the size of a defensive end and the skill set of a linebacker, he has the ability to be effective versus the run and the pass. Has excellent range and can make plays sideline to sideline. Needs to be more consistent with his hands, which will make him more effective at the point of attack and able to disengage better.
DT Dillon Quinn 6-7/280 Trinity-Pawling/N.Y. *Boston College
Quinn is ranked as a three-star prospect who is rated as the Nation’s No. 46 best at his position. Quinn is a mammoth defensive tackle who may not stay there in college. A kid with his size and athletic ability could make a lot of money someday as an offensive tackle. It will be interesting to see where the staff at Boston College plays him at.
SLB Jerod Askew 6-0/230 Oscar Smith/Va. *Tennessee
Askew is a four-star prospect who is currently rated as the nation’s No. 13 ranked strong side linebacker. Askew flies around the field from sideline to sideline. He really uses his speed to his advantage. He is a tremendous hitter and he finishes his tackles. Askew is also a great lead blocker as a fullback. He is an outstanding pass rusher at linebacker.
WLB Dorian Bell 6-0/227 Gateway/Pa. *Ohio State
Bell is a five-star prospect who is currently rated as the nation’s No. 1 ranked weakside linebacker. Bell is a rare breed of linebacker who could play all three positions. He takes on and can shed blockers or neutralize them. He moves very well through traffic. His lateral speed from sideline to sideline is very impressive. He can cover as well as most high school safeties. Bell is asked to blitz a a lot and he gets to the quarterback in a hurry. He is very explosive off the edge and in pursuit.
CB Corey Brown 6-1/185 Gateway/Pa. *Ohio State
Brown is a four-star prospect who is ranked as the nation's No. 8 rated cornerback. Brown is also an outstanding receiver, which helps him as a corner. he anticipates very well and will often beat a receiver to his spot. Has outstanding size, but lacks straight line speed. Uses his body as well as anyone. Very smooth back pedal and opens up well. Brown is very physical and is tough to gain seperation on. He is a physical player and is very sound in run support.
When Gateway head coach Terry Smith calls you the best athlete he has ever coached that is saying something. Smith regularly has a handful of D-I prospects every year and he thinks Bell is the best of them.