AWP Black defeated BOOM Black to win the championship of their Midwest Qualifier.
There were many standout performances from the various teammates in attendance that day.
For the champions, the two notable recruits are defensive back DaShon Bussell and tight end Anthony Torres. Bussell, a four-star cornerback from Bishop Luers, also saw some time at safety and had several interceptions including two at the goal line which stopped scoring threats. Iowa continues to lead for him but he will camp with several schools this summer. Torres used his 6-foot-6 frame and ability to catch the ball in traffic to be a big asset for their offense. Torres will camp in hopes of adding to his offer list this summer.
While those are the big names in recruiting circles, AWP received big contributions from young players or other kids who are a little more under the radar for the moment. Fort Wayne Southside running back Marcalin Hairston is a rising senior who caught the ball very well and regularly found the end zone. Noah Judd and Zach Usenick are two receivers who also seemed to regularly be open and caught a lot of passes for their team. Freshman slot M.J. Ledo used his quickness and route-running to make some key plays as well. Defensively Cameron Shannon, a 2018 cornerback from Fort Wayne Homestead made a lot of plays including a couple interceptions. That said, it was safety Ethan Hoover, a rising junior at Snider, who was most visible on defense. He has great instincts and ball skills and got his hands on a lot of passes.
For BOOM Black, two class of 2020 receivers from Bolingbrook (Ill.), Marques Buford and Antonio King were among the standouts. It is hard to believe both are freshmen. King had a touchdown in the championship game where he split two defenders. On defensive Jadon Thompson, a long, lean freshman cornerback from Chicago Marist had a good tournament and is a name to keep an eye on for the future.
On their yellow squad, Chicago Kenwood cornerback Jaleel Payne and South Elgin wide receiver Marshall Shiking, both freshmen, were two more young guys who had excellent weekends.
Michigan Elite had a good run through the tournament. They were led on offense by Flint Hamady 2019 wide receiver Tre Davis, a nice-sized kid who made some outstanding catches including two diving deep balls he had to lay out for. Warren De La Salle cornerback Josh DeBerry has had a good offseason. A 2019 prospect, his ball skills and playmaking knack allowed him to get his hands on quite a few passes. Likewise, Saline cornerback M.J. Griffin was a tough matchup for receivers because of his strength and technique.
Canada Gridiron brought a good squad up. Quarterback Christian Villeiux and defensive back Josh Baka, who will both be freshmen in the Fall, were two of their standouts. Both have unusual size for their age already and make a lot of big plays.
On AWP's younger teams, quarterbacks Deuce Taylor and Jake Byrd are names to keep an eye out for in the future.