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June 18, 2012
NUC East Ultimate 100: Top offensive players
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SMYRNA, Del. -- The National Underclassmen East Ultimate 100 took place Saturday at Smyrna High School in Delaware with plenty of offensive prospects from the class of 2014 impressing.
QB Caleb Henderson, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: Henderson came into this event with a lot of hype, and while he had his ups and downs, overall he did not disappoint. He excelled during the quarterback drills, showing off fantastic technique and fundamentals. He also shined during 1-on-1s, where he was really able to show off his arm strength and deep ball accuracy. During 7-on-7s, he struggled at times, both because of questionable decision-making and lackluster play by his wide receivers, but overall he once again proved that he will be one of the top quarterbacks in the region next recruiting season.
WR Demornay Pierson-El, 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock: Pierson-El played last season at West Potomac High School with Caleb Henderson and he will make the move to Lake Braddock to join him once again. On Saturday, he showed everyone that this combination should be lethal in Virginia this fall. Pierson-El showed fantastic body control, very good speed, extremely reliable hands and big-play ability. He also excelled during the 7-on-7 championship game, where he scored both of his team's touchdowns.
WR Lamonte Armstrong, 6-foot, 197 pounds, Potomac (Md.) Bullis School: Unlike some of the other smaller, leaner wide receivers at the event, Armstrong brought something else to the table. Possessing a big, powerful frame, Armstrong looks more like a linebacker than a wide receiver at times. However, once the 1-on-1s and 7-on-7s started, it was evident that Armstrong belongs on the offensive side of the ball. Using his size to his advantage, he was a terror for cornerbacks to cover, plus he showed quickness and a good burst after the catch.
QB Stephen Barmore, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Southington, Conn.: After Henderson, Barmore was the most physically impressive quarterback in attendance. He flashed impressive arm strength, foot work and fundamentals. What also set him apart was his athleticism, which he showed while occasionally playing linebacker for his team during 7-on-7s.
OL Connor Dintino, 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, Washington (Conn.) The Gunnery: Even though it was a small group of offensive linemen, Dintino was definitely the one who stood out. Very solid and strong, Dintino uses his low center of gravity to his advantage, and always seemed to establish leverage. He also moved from side to side fluidly and was impressive in trying to stop the speed rush from the edge.
WR Mario Bowler, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East: Bowler is a lean, lanky receiver with long arms and equally long strides. While he could use some more size in his upper body, he had no problems going over the middle for the intermediate routes. Where he truly shined, however, was on the deep balls where he used his length to torment cornerbacks.
WR Quinton Gray, 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, Stafford (Va.) Mountain View: At first glance, Gray will not wow you, but when he gets on the field it becomes a different story. He and Demornay Pierson-El were the most dominant and complete receivers at the event. Gray ran textbook routes, had very good quickness and played much bigger than his size. In an open passing offense, he has the potential to be a fantastic slot receiver at the next level.
WR Alex Padovani, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Hammonton, N.J.: Padovani is an interesting story because he mainly played on the defensive side during his sophomore season. However, after seeing his abilities as a receiver on Saturday, his high school coach should find a way to utilize him on offense. Padovani showed fantastic, ran crisp routes and made numerous big plays.
RB Elijah Redmond, 5-foot-6, 165 pounds, Allentown (Pa.) Parkland: Redmond was the definition of electric every time he touched the ball on Saturday. Possessing extremely quick feet and a fantastic burst, Redmond ran rings around most of the linebackers on his way to the positional MVP award. At his size, it is also obvious that Redmond is no stranger to the weight room, as he was one of the more physically impressive players at the event.
WR Tyler Walker, 6-foot-2, 179 pounds, Chantilly (Va.) Westfield: In a very deep wide receiver position, Walker was another player who stood out. He was extremely smooth in his route-running, showed impressive hands and was especially explosive on deep routes. He also excelled during the positional drills, where he showed great feet and technique.
RB Marcus Outlow, 6-foot, 190 pounds, Norwich (Conn.) Norwich Free Academy: Outlow is a gifted all-around athlete, and while he showed very good ability at running back on Saturday, he also has the potential to play a few positions. At running back, he moved extremely well for his size, proved to be elusive in the open field, and was impressive receiving the ball out of the backfield.