By:Kristy Santos:|4.0 Sports Media
On a hot Saturday, student-athletes traveled to Montvale, NJ for the IV Star Showcase Camp, featuring the football coaching staffs from various prep schools, led by CEO Marvin Chambers of IV Star hosted by St.Joseph Regional high school in Montvale. There was also evaluators on-hand to check out the top tier talent on hand.
St.Joes Head Coach Auggie Hoffman on the camp: “I think it was just another great opportunity and it proves that parents want to get their kids out there. The IV Star Showcase camps are great exposure for kids. Marvin does a great job educating the parents and getting his kids recruited. He has been around this stuff for a very long time so he knows the process very well on each level.”
NFL Damian Gregory on the camp: “I do a lot of camps all over the country and anytime I can speak and get student-athletes better then I did my job. I love to partner up with entities that share the same ideology that I have to get kids exposure. Marvin does a great job assembling top prep schools’and colleges to help to evaluate kids at his camps. At the end of the day, we want these kids to get recruited and gain exposure. I love how we ran this camp and today a whole lot of kids got better. I can’t wait for the next one.”
There were a number of recruits who stood out at the camp. Here are few prospects we highlighted.
Ivan Pagan (MVP) wide receiver put on a show for the recruits, despite his small frame. Pagan, get off, foot quickness and body control, in addition with his hand eye coordination is rare at this age. Ivan lost defenders with his crisp routes and his ability to adjust to footballs while it in their air.
Dante Kain and Eric Campbell took home the quarterback MVP awards. The two came into the event as two of its most highly recruited and talked about players. They both lived up to all the hype. Both quarterbacks struggle with their accuracy and control. Kain got to show off his big arm that improved leaps and bounds during the 2017 season. Dante only an 8th grader threw with the high school group. Campbell has the arm strength to fit the ball into top spots threw the football with great velocity, and at times, downfield accuracy. Coaches loved Eric’s pocket presence and they way he took command on the field. Both recruits have very bright future in front of them.
Jasaan Williams (MVP) A diminutive running back with great vision, put on a great performance at the IV Star Showcase camp. Williams displayed the foot quickness and many recruiters project him to convert into slot receiver on the next level because of his catching and route abilities. Anywhere Williams lines up on the field he will be a problem.
Brian Lombardi also was on of the top running backs at the camp. Lombardi is built like a mack truck. Lombardi runs with a low center of gravity and a deceiving amount of power. He’s very capable of catching the ball out-out of the backfield, shows a bit of elusiveness and can accelerate quickly once he decides to go.
William Rosario (All Around MVP) This kid is very special because he can play a multiple of positions and he excels at all of them. At running back he hits the hole with quickness and is always going down hill. At his DE position he uses his quickness to get around the offensive linemen causing constant headaches for the quarterback. His partner in crime Ivan Pagan are like double-trouble when they are on the field together. They are trying to out do one another. Leads to a lot of game planning on the offensive side of the ball. These two are a pleasure to watch on the field together. You heard it first at 4.0 Sports.
Brandon Love guard had a tough day in the heat, but did enough in the camp to impress some recruiters, he shows very good power when run blocking, keeps his feet moving, and does a good job of staying low and getting under the defender. Coaches loves his attitude and his ability to keep working to the second level.
Joe Czerwinski the overall MVP of the IV Star Showcase camp. “Baby Gronk” catches everything that is thrown to him. At his TE position he can ran the whole passing tree very well and is able to stick his foot in the dirt and go up the field. At DE he plays with great leverage to the quarterback and plays the game on his feet. He is definitely a game changer when he is on the field.
Ian Brown displayed good balance and agility in coverage, he has the length that recruiters like to see in a DB/S 6-1, 205 he shows terrific recovery speed, good anticipation and timing to jump routes. If Brown plays lights out this season he will have plenty of offers at his feet I promise you that.
Damien Mayo DE has good size, good instincts, has ball skills, explosive speed, and loves to compete. He gets good leverage, keeps his pads low, disrupts the flow of the offense, and can dominate the point of attack. Mayo needs to be double-teamed at all times and is starting to become one of the morw consistent defensive lineman in the state of Maryland
Sabino Portella linebacker had a great camp output at the IV Star Showcase. Portella a 2x IV Star Showcase All-Star. Sabino shows a great understanding of football, reads well, does a very good job of taking on blockers and staying on his feet. He is going to be a great football player.
Ryan Thompson (MVP) defensive tackle made a name for himself during OL/DL one-on-ones, competing from both inside and outside and not losing one rep. Ryan has thick frame, he is an effort guy who refuses to stay blocked, he’s been blessed with natural strength and super strong hands that allow him to disengage to the football. Ryan gained momentum and confidence throughout camp, which gave the freshman an edge throughout the day.
Some of the other top performers:
QB RJ Beach; QB Hollis Sanders; OL Miles Adam, DL Keshawn Munford; WR George Truitt JR.; ATH William Benjamin; DL DollarBill Beamon this kid is young but has great footwork and competed with 6th and 7th graders. He is going to be a good one to watch.