MVPs (chosen by camp staff & media)
Freshman (class of 2020)
WR Marques Buford (Bolingbrook, Ill.) - 5'9, 167 pounds
Quick kid who ran good routes and was able to create separation and regularly win reps.
Sophomore (class of 2019)
WR Cameron Mitchell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) - 5'9.5, 173 pounds
Another Bolingbrook product whose athletic skills made him a tough matchup in one on ones.
Junior (class of 2018)
Gregory Newsome (Glenbard North, Ill.) - 6'0, 163 pounds
Long, lean defensive back who showed good ball skills along with cover skills.
Isaiah Lee, (Nazareth Academy, Ill.) - 6'0.5, 281 pounds
Junior defensive tackle who did really good work with his hands and had an impressive camp.
Combine Testing MVP
Jordan Pringle (Bolingbrook, Ill.) - 5'8.5, 153 pounds
Another Bolingbrook prospect with explosiveness and athletic skills, Pringle posted good numbers in testing.
Leon Payne (Chicago Simeon, Ill.) - 5'9.5, 162 pounds
Payne was not one of the well-known guys going in, but he ended as the top dog as he was competitive, ran good routes and made tough catches.
Other top performers
- In addition to Newsome, Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North had two other defensive backs do really well. Tyrik Henderson was one of the guys who came in with the most offers and he showed why. He has very quick feet and good change of direction and also showed good ball skills. Teammate Josh Flowers has not been offered yet but was competitive and covered well. Look for him to get more interest soon.
- Derric Lee from Waubonsie Valley was another defensive back we liked. He measured 6-foot-0, 167 pounds and has good length and athleticism. He may potentially grow a safety someday but showed good man to man skills as a cornerback.
- Julian Haynie is a good looking prospect from Rockford (Ill.) Guilford. He measured 6-foot-1 1/2, 195 pounds and did well in one on ones. He may be a strong safety or a WILL backer in college. Brianjay Ross from Dekalb is another defensive back who stepped up and made a lot of plays.
- At wide receiver, Micah Jones used his size and route running skills to impress. He has quite a few offers himself, several at the power-five level and showed why at this event. Charles Robinson is another big bodied kid (6-3, 202 pounds) and he flashes receiving skills and athleticism to make him an intriguing prospect for colleges.
- Jayshon Jackson from Chicago Simeon may not have been as big as those guys, but he is a quick-footed receiver whose ability to change direction and stop on a dime gave defensive backs problems. Kiondre Smith from Bill Carothers Secondary in Canada is another prospect who was not well known going into the camp but left with his name on the radar. Michael Love from Nazareth is a young guy who shows good athleticism and ball skills at a young age.
- Wisconsin quarterback commit Ben Bryant stood out. He throws a nice ball, has good size (6-3, 196 pounds) and is a solid athlete to boot. Kyle Neputy is a good sized (6-4, 235 pounds) kid with a strong arm to watch out for.
- On the line, Oswego's Noah Shannon is a stout 6-foot-1, 305-pound kid who won the majority of his one on one reps. He has Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Illinois offers and should be in line for more. Jordyn Slaughter, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Belleville (Ill.) Althoff Catholic has the body and natural tools to be an FBS prospect. Nick Diaz from DeKalb was a tough matchup on the edge because of his athleticism. Nick Boehm is a strong, physical kid who projects as a college center or guard.
- Running back Dequez Weathers came down from Michigan and was a tough matchup for linebackers with his quickness and speed.