Position MVPs at the Washington (D.C.) The Opening Regional

CLIFTON, Va. -- A look at the MVPs from The Opening Regional at Centreville High.



It was not a bumper crop, but still a solid group and NC State commit Devin Leary led the way. The Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek four-star prospect was quick and tight with his release, and he showed his strong arm on a few short out routes. Leary throws a beautiful deep ball, and he showcased that aspect of his game as well. He battled to get as many reps as possible, which shows his competitive side.

Running Back


Washington (D.C.) Woodson's Mychale Salahuddin made a big state before the camp in saying USC was his leader but there is competition in the form of many schools, including OklahomaNotre Dame (no offer but one could be coming), ArkansasNebraskaNorth Carolina and Maryland. Salahuddin demonstrated quickness, balance and versatility at the camp. He accelerated well, changed directions and his hands were good.

Wide Receiver/Tight End


This could the be the breakout to jump-start the recruitment of Donta Anthony, whose lone offer is from Stony Brook. He possesses good size and the Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac receiver was strong in securing the ball. He was quick out of his breaks, and he as sharp in his route running.

Offensive Lineman


Washington (D.C.) St. John's standout Josh Jefferson played center in the 1-on-1 drills through much of the camp, and he excelled. He was quick in popping up after the snap and he was quick with his feet. His base was wide and he was patient. Jefferson did not often reach and he was strong with his initial punch. He holds offers from SyracuseMarshall and Bulls, and Rutgers is also showing interest.

Defensive Lineman


There was a nice crop of known prospects on the defensive line, but it was under-the-radar defensive tackle Jalen Brown of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha taking home MVP honors at the position. His low pad level and low center of gravity was a nice combination to go with a quick get-off and good hand action. He made visits to Temple and Rutgers last month but is yet to nab an offer.



Maryland commit Durell Nchami of Burtonsville (Md.) Paint Branch looked the part, and then played like a top linebacker. He was quick and he changed direction well. He flashed good downhill speed in drills against running backs, and he was smooth and technically sound with his feet in pass coverage situations.

Defensive Back


The combination of length, backpedal quickness and acceleration stood out as Judson Tallandier was dominant. The DeMatha standout did not allow a completion in drills, and the added physical approach in jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage was a nice aspect. He remains open to schools, but Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Minnesota and Pittsburgh are recruiting him the most.



Four-star safety Michael Dowell of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward was in town and took in Maryland's spring game, than was the ratings winner at the event. He threw the power ball 40 feet, had a vertical jump of 33.6 inches, a shuttle of 3.94 seconds and a 40-yard dash of 4.55 seconds. It gave him a rating of 123.36. His offer list includes IowaMichigan State, Maryland, Minnesota, Duke and Rutgers.

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