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February 10, 2010With the event less than two weeks away, the 2010 edition of the Premier Showcase, sponsored by TEST Sports Clubs, is shaping up as one of the top early events in the country. The invite-only event is being held at Rutgers University on Feb. 20 and with recruits from nine different states already registered to attend led by locals like running back Savon Huggins, this could be the best crop of talent yet.
The Premier Showcase has lured top talent like Je'Ron Stokes, DeOnte Arnett, Shayne Skov, Dillon Quinn, Tavon Austin, Sharrif Floyd, J.R. Ferguson, T.J. Clemmings, Silas Redd, Shakim Phillips, Mike Hull and others over the last couple of years and this year's crop looks to be as star-studded as ever.
The running back position will be headlined by Huggins of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Pete's Prep. Already holding nearly a dozen offers, Huggins is eager to prove that he should be considered one of the top backs in the country. Pushing Huggins will be Charles Davisof Neptune, N.J., as well as three top 2012 backs, Drew Harris of Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East, Ronald Darby of Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac and Nigel Jones of Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit.
With the receiving corps, speed is the name of the game led by Damiere Byrd of Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek, who turned in the second fastest time at the recent U.S. Army All-American Combine. Another burner on the Jersey track circuit who is starting to reel in the offers is Miles Shuler of Long Branch, N.J. Not possessing the same type of speed but checking in at an impressive 6 feet 5 is Tanner McEvoy of Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic. Other seniors to watch are Atco (N.J.) Winslow Township teammates Bill Belton and DeVante Waugh, as well as top tight end Eric Ebron, who will be making the trip to Jersey from Greensboro (N.C.) Ben L. Smith.
Throwing to the receivers will be a number of recruits who will be looking to impress. Nick SanGiacomo of Barnegat, N.J. already holds an FBS offer, while players such as John Loughery have the potential to reel in a few BCS offers along the way. Highlighting the Class of 2012 quarterbacks will be Casey Cochran of Masuk, Conn., and Devin Fuller of Old Tappan, N.J.
The look at the line of scrimmage recruits starts on the offensive side of the ball with Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, who is shaping up to be one of the top tackle prospects in the country. He'll be pushed however by Tommy Jordan of Ridgefield, Conn., Donovan Smith of Owings Mills, Md., and Jamar Lewter of Washington (D.C.) Ballou. Two youngsters to watch will be sophomore J.J. Denman of Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury and freshman Dorian Miller of Metuchen, N.J., who is the younger brother of Dejuan Miller, who is currently a wide receiver with the Oklahoma Sooners.
The defensive line will have a lot to contend against next Saturday, but will be led by Kieran Borcich of Bronxville, N.Y., who just picked up his first offer from Rutgers, Joshua Wade of Bladensburg, Md., and Daquan Romero of Hampton (Va.) Phoebus. Adding talent to this position will be DeMatha teammates Kendall Patterson and Darian Cooper as well as Kevin Miller of Delran (N.J.) Holy Cross, Deion Barnes of Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast and Kareem Jackson of Springfield (N.J.) Dayton Regional.
If the offensive line isn't the most talented group, then the defensive backs might be. Albert Louis-jean of Brockton, Ma., recently added offers from Penn State and UConn, while Blake Countess of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel and Kyshoen Jarrett of East Stroudsburg (Pa.) South are also to cornerbacks in the region. Others to watch are Darien Harris of DeMatha, DeAndre Scott of Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson, Sherrard Harrington of Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson and Kevin Ijoma of West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep. Also, while only a sophomore, Wayne Morgan of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall has definitely made a name for himself after his very impressive performance at the USC Camp last summer.
Finally, the linebacker position will be led by Anthony Sarao of Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit, who is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the region. He will be pushed by both Caleb Taylor of Hampton (Va.) Phoebus and Conner Crowell of Waldorf (Md.) North Point, as well as fast rising prospects like Quinton Alston of Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek, Myles Jackson of West Chester (Pa.) Henderson and Dylan McDonnell of Brick, N.J.
True FBS prospects interested in attending the Premier Showcase can submit their resume to Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell at email@example.com and NJVarsity.com recruiting analyst Mark Pszonak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is invitation only and space is very limited and filling up fast.