East St. Louis' Keante Minor showed his stuff at the BadgerSport/New Level Athletics 7 on 7 event…
NLA 7 on 7: Midwest Breakdown
Illinois The Illinois kids were put on the "Vapor" and the team's offense relied heavily on a couple of big time prospects. East St. Louis receiver Keante Minor showed why he is so highly regarded. He is a thicker, nicely built kid with decent height, standing around 6'0. He plays bigger though. He has excellent ball skills and is able to out position and outmuscle would be defenders. He has good speed and was able to get open with regularity. I again liked him at safety and think he could be outstanding at that spot come college. Kankakee's Calvin Phillips caught the eye of everyone who saw him. He has a college ready body and great athleticism. He was able to catch the ball and make people miss in the open field, something most kids as big as he is cannot do. His big "wow" plays came when he shook would-be "tacklers" leaving them standing still. Physically, athletically, he has everything you'd want in a prospect. One kid we did not know a ton about going in, who did well was Joliet Catholic Academy's Andrew Elliott. He is listed as a tight end, but is only about 6'1, 190-lbs, so he will have to grow into that spot or prove he has the speed and explosiveness to be a wide receiver or defensive back. He does have great hands and showed that this weekend. Another solid target is Neuqua Valley's Nick Schaffer. He has good hands, needs to continue to get bigger and stronger. Two defensive backs from the Land of Lincoln had nice weekends. Edwardsville's Reggie Box has good instincts and football smarts and made a couple nice plays on the ball. East St. Louis's Duke Robinson did a very nice job as center-fielder and had a couple interceptions. Minnesota Minnesota had three standouts in particular: Minnetonka's James Farrow and Austin Harrington and Osseo's Jameer Jackson. Farrow simply does not back down from anyone. He challenged himself against all the best receivers and while he was beaten a few times, he won his share of the reps too. He also played wide receiver and at both positions, displays good ball skills. He has good height and good overall athleticism as well as a feel for the game. I think he could play several positions, including free safety in college, but he continues to display the man to man cover skills which would allow him to stick at cornerback. He had a very good showing yet again. Harrington is very solid all around. I don't think I saw him drop a pass and did see him make several tough grabs, including a leaping catch in the back of the end zone and one on the sideline where he was able to keep his feet in bounds. I would not classify him as a blazer, but he has good enough speed, runs smart routes and has great hands. Jackson is a big target at 6'3 and he is able to go up and get the ball at its highest point. He is physical, has good body control and I think he'll be a kid who lands some offers pretty soon. Wisconsin The big name from the Badger State coming in was Kenosha Bradford's Melvin Gordon. He did not disappoint. A high school running back, he shows the skills to play wide receiver as well on tape and confirmed that this weekend. First, he is a little more solid and filled out than he appeared on tape. As a route runner, he showed good burst and speed as well as sure hands. He could play a number of spots in college, but I see him as more of an all purpose back who can slide into the slot in certain formations. One of the kids who helped himself the most this weekend was Witnall quarterback Joel Stave. The 6'5 signal caller has good, not great arm strength, but is accurate and smart with the ball. There is a lot to like with him and I think he'll land some offers this summer.
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