Romeo Holden from New Rochelle (N.Y.) High won the running back MVP are showing plus acceleration, a good change of direction and an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Recently, he started talking with Syracuse, Northwestern, Boston College and Stony Brook.
Will Levis, a quarterback from Middletown (Conn.) High, was the surprise ratings MVP after a strong athletic showing. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds, had a vertical of 35.5 inches, ran the shuttle in 4.10 seconds and threw the power ball 42 feet, 5 inches. His rating of 123.27 was the best at the event. He is being recruited by Duke, Boston College, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Indiana.
One of the offensive line standouts was the MVP of the group in Anthony Marinelli, who holds offers from Buffalo, Bowling Green and Army. The Wayne (N.J.) DePaul standout showed good lower body strength, quick feet and good technique. He was strong in his base and his patience was excellent.
It was a celebratory day for defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher, who was invited to The Opening Finals after his performance as the defensive line MVP. He was powerful and agile, and his change of direction was surprising. He said he is concentrating on Penn State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Michigan State, but he was unsure when he would announce his decision.
The highest rated player at the event, Micah Parsons, was invited to The Opening Finals and was named the MVP of linebackers despite his future position being a defensive end. The Harrisburg (Pa.) High standout is incredibly athletic and quick, and he changes direction with remarkable ease. The former Penn State commit is looking at making visits to Ohio State, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.
The cross-country trip was worth it for Jacob Sirmon of Bothell (Wash.) High, who earned an invitation to the Elite 11 competition with his performance. The Washington commit spun the ball well and showed good arm strength to win quarterback MVP honors. His feet and arm worked in unison, and he was accurate throwing the ball down the field and on intermediate routes.
Penn State commit Justin Shorter dazzled with his speed and his route-running ability. The Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick standout showed great burst and was excellent getting out of his break. He was tagged the fastest prospect after winning the final 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds. He capped his day with an invitation to The Opening Finals
Defensive backs MVP Isheem Young is incredibly smooth transitioning from his backpedal into coverage. He made plays on the ball down the field and to the sideline from his safety position. He tracks the ball well. He recently visited Penn State, and he plans to visit West Virginia, Ohio State, LSU and Alabama, and the Philadelphia Imhotep standout wants to add move visits in the summer.