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2016 Midwest Showcase Showdown Standouts

Scout recruiting reporter Ryan Easterling was on hand in Rosemont at the 2016 Midwest Showcase Showdown sponsored by Starts Up Front Football Academy, where both rising seniors and young prospects put themselves on the map. Who stood out? Find out here.

Camp Awards

Overall MVP: OL Jake Stover

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The senior-to-be offensive lineman from St. Rita was at his best when it counted on Saturday.  The interior offensive lineman held his own against some of the better defensive linemen at the camp and didn't lose a single rep during the "best of the best" portion of the event.  

His punch at the snap helps him maintain leverage against quicker defenders.  Stover plays aggressively, and when he is able to cause disruption at the snap, he controls his defender well.  

Offensive MVP: QB Adam Mullett

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On a day where many of the other quarterbacks in attendance struggled, Mullett stood head and shoulders above the rest of his peers.  The rising senior from Fishers (IN) Hamilton Southeastern was consistent with his delivery, methodical in his reads, and had solid arm strength.  

Mullett made a variety of throws throughout the event that displayed his abilities.  His mobility was never really tested at the camp, but he did run a respectable 40 and looked decent in the shuttle drills.  His accuracy and timing are good, and can likely be fine-tuned at the next level.  Mullet doesn't currently hold any scholarship offers, however if he continues to perform how he did at the camp, then the offers should come soon.

Defensive MVP: DL Isaiah Lee


The headliner of the group coming into the event was Lee's high school teammate Devonte Dunn, but Lee was one of the most consistent performers on the defensive side of the ball.  Lee is undersized for a defensive end, and will likely have to grow into a defensive tackle on the next level.  But he won most of his one-on-one matchups on the day and provided overall MVP Jake Stover with his best challenge.

Lee showed off a variety of moves and used his motor to get the job done.  He will need to add strength and make sure he continues to improve on his explosiveness, but he had the attention of a lot of the camp coaches in attendance and came away with top defensive honors.

7th/8th Grade MVP: OL Jalen Grant

Some of the better prospects in attendance at the showcase were the younger guys.   But the most impressive of those was young offensive lineman Jalen Grant.  Grant, who right now is just a hair over 6' tall, went toe-to-toe against some of the better upperclassmen defensive linemen and held his own.  As Grant continues to grow, his body will transform, and if he reaches 6'4" or taller, he will be one of the better offensive linemen in the Chicago area in the next 3 to 4 years as he progresses through high school.

Other Standouts:

RB Darrian Austin


The 2019 (yes, 2019) running back generated a great deal of buzz at the event.  The Chicago (IL) Foreman athlete had a limited number of carries as a freshman, but his promise as a prospect is evident.  Austin is built solidly at 5'10" and about 190 pounds already.  He showed good ability as a pass-catcher and ran one of the better 40-yard dashes on the day, clocking a low time in the 4.5's.

Austin figures to play a bigger role for his high school team as a sophomore, likely playing on both sides of the ball.  However, his future projects on the offensive side of the ball.  One concern may be that he has physically peaked early, but his film combined with his measurables and testing results suggest that he has a bright future toting the rock.

DT Devonte Dunn


Dunn was one of the more fluid and in-shape defensive linemen at the camp.  He checks in at just over 6' tall, but is very technically sound and quick off the line.  The Toledo commit still needs to work on his leverage against opponents at the snap, getting position and penetrating gaps.  But Dunn is strong and projects as a solid 3-technique at the next level.

CB Jahreal Dwight

Dwight is a bit undersized, but stayed in receivers' hip pocket during most of his one-on-one reps.  He's a scrappy corner with good strength and great recovery speed.  His lack of size, not physicality, makes it tough for him to contain receivers at the line of scrimmage, but he makes up for it down field.  He may struggle against larger receivers in the foreseeable future, but he battles and didn't back down from anyone that he lined up against.

OL Brennan Springmire

The Lombard (IL) Montini product was one of the better offensive linemen at the event.  Springmire lines up at tackle for Montini, but projects more as an interior offensive lineman at the next level.  He has a great first punch at the snap and is physical with defenders, but struggled at times with an outside speed rush.  Still, whenever he was able to engage his defender, he held his ground and rarely got pushed backward.

RB Anthony Williams

The Chicago (IL) Simeon back was smooth in drills and had a handful of solid reps during 1-on-1 matchups.  Williams is young (class of 2019), but on film already shows good vision and quickness.  He will need to continue to add top end speed through training and conditioning, but he's one to keep an eye on moving forward.

WR T.J. Hayes

Hayes attends a small high school in Chicago (IL) Marie Catalyst, but at 6'3 and 185 pounds, Hayes is a huge target as a pass-catcher.  Offensive MVP Adam Mullett identified Hayes as a guy he enjoyed throwing to at the event, and if he can improve his ability to anticipate throws a bit better, his natural size and range make him a huge weapon as a pass-catcher.

DT Christian Mallinger

The Homewood-Flossmoor DL was one of the top linemen on the defensive side of the ball at the event.  He exhibited a great bullrush, but also flashed some good pass-rushing moves from time to time.  The 2017 prospect stands 6'3" and weighs in at about 275 pounds.  Homewood-Flossmoor was one of the top teams in Illinois last year, and if Mallinger can have a big senior year, he's sure to get noticed.

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