14th Annual Chuck Mound Challenge

For the second straight year, a team from New York steals the crown from Giants Stadium at the Chuck Mound Challenge. Fort Hamilton H.S. of Brooklyn, New York was undermanned compared to the other teams in attendance, yet the overall production from the 8 players present was enough to get the job done.

They ended up with 68 points and the team victory. The point system is based upon a culmination of individual drill performances and 1-on-1's. Jamore Martin led the way for the Tigers. The 5'11 185 lb. Jr. running back finished third overall in the broad jump with a 9'10 as well as turned in a 40 yard dash in the 4.5 range. He definitely had one of the most athletic frames at the event and ran routes as well as caught passes with fluidity. Being that he resides in the basketball capitol of the world, his talents have previously been overshadowed and he currently holds no offers.

Notre Dame (NJ), who was led by 6'1 225 lb. bruiser back Ransford Quarrie, took second place with 40 points. They seemed to have athletes all over the place, none better than the Jr. Quarrie whom at first glance might remind you of the "Nigerian Nightmare". He is that big and runs that hard. Ransford definitely appears to have recently packed on 15 additional lean pounds of muscle. He was a man amongst boys. Not only did he pass the eyeball test, but he displayed 4.6 40 speed, great agility and the ability to catch the football. If the players at the event had been required to put on the pads, many players likely would have been left in a world of hurt.

Last year's champion, St. Anthony's, finished third with 28 points. They had a very consistent talent level at the event headed by Jr. DT Robert Welsh. The 6'2 240 lb. technician showed great hand placement as well as a repertoire of moves in the 1- on- 1's. He definitely looked the part and finished drills with efficiency. There was very little wasted motion during his mission to get to the tackling dummy. The young man also displayed great leadership qualities while rooting on his fellow teammates from his Friars squad.

As for other individual players who stood out, Jr. Miles Shuler of Long Branch takes the cake. Although he was easily the best defensive back at the event, he worked out at QB where he still finished second in MVP voting. The 5'9 175 lb. freak athlete took first place in the broad jump with a 10'1 as well as a 4.44 forty yard dash time on an ultra-slow surface. Anyone who can run a sub 4.5 on that thing undoubtedly has top flight speed. For instance, there were a multitude of good looking receivers who really looked like they were moving but ended up with 5.0 plus 40 yard dash times. A lot of guys were left looking around and throwing their hands up like "I don't know what happened". Miles didn't seem to have that problem though. He also finished 4th in the pro agility with a 4.32. He was pound for pound, the most explosive player at the event. This high school quarterback projects as a cornerback on the next level. He has some of the best athleticism as well as lateral quickness that I have seen in some time. Shuler is currently competing to become one of the top players from NJ in 2010. He is starting to get a lot of attention from the big boys which should soon culminate into big time offers.

Danny Sullivan has been described by some experts as the next coming of Brian Cushing. The impressive Jr. who stands at 6'2 225 pounds won the best linebacker in camp award and can move with the best of them. Danny currently plays for Manasquan (NJ) out of position at defensive end, although he was still able to notch 12 sacks and cause disruption all over the football field. Hopefully, he will get the opportunity to display his talents as an OLB next year. He has a terrific build and turned in a 40 yard dash time in the 4.6 range as well as a 9'9 broad jump. Unbelievably, this was his first time participating in such an event. Therefore, he currently holds no offers and has received very little D1A attention although Penn St. appears to have picked up the scent. Thing is, Danny stated, "I would love to get a look from Rutgers". That about says it all.

Jimmy Martinez of Xaverian (NY) proved to be a baller. The 6'2 325lb., mauling missionary went undefeated during 1-on-1's as well as graded out significantly higher than others during offensive line drills. Jimmy displayed good leverage as well as a high level of toughness. He has an understanding of how the position is to be played. His terrific performance earned him Offensive Lineman MVP honors. The standout currently has an offer from Syracuse and others are sure to follow.

Jr. Frank Quartucci of Hamilton West (NJ) definitely looks the part of a D1A lineman. He stands at 6'4 290 pounds and has adequate footwork. With a couple years of collegiate tuteledge as well as weight training, he could be a significant contributor to a D1A program. He was intense and worked very hard during drills. He also responded well to the guidance he received from the offensive line coaches on hand. Frank definitely improved throughout a day that culminated in a good overall performance during the 1-on-1's where he was forced to block speed rushers half his size while out on an island. He absolutely held his own.

… And last but not least, Bennet Jackson. The super Jr. running back currently holds offers from Iowa and Syracuse and hopes to expand his horizons in the current months. Bennet chose to sit out of a couple events but displayed his terrific skill set during 1-on-1's and the broad jump where he landed a 9'4. The 6'1 195 lb. producer is as cat-quick as they come and has the vision of a lasix surgery patient. He is definitely one to watch for 2010.

The top individual performers, distributed by event, are as listed below:

 

40-Yard Dash

 

Player

Time

School

Miles Shuler

4.44

Long Branch (NJ)

Uhra Abdul Saleem

4.51

Fort Hamilton (NY)

Alik Robinson

4.53

Xaverian (NY)

 

 

 

Pro Agility Shuttle

 

Player

Time

School

Azem Koliq

4.08

Morris Hills (NJ)

Michael Brown

4.1

Montgomery (NJ)

Danny Berisha

4.11

West Hill (CT)

Miles Shuler

4.32

Long Branch (NJ)

 

 

Broad Jump

 

Player

Distance

School

Miles Shuler

10'1

Long Branch (NJ)

Daren Mcneil

9'10

West Hill Connecticut (CT)

Jamore Martin

9'10

Fort Hamilton (NY)

The Football Challenge MVPs, based on performance scores on both individual testing and 1-on-1s, is listed below:

 

MVPs

 

Quarterback

Devin O'Connor

St. Joes Montvale (NJ)

Running Back

Paul Marshall

Piscataway (NJ)

Wide Receiver

Kai Domingquez

St. Joes Montvale (NJ)

Offensive Line

Jimmy  Martinez

Xaverian, (NY)

Defensive Line

Taj Watkins

Piscataway (NJ)

Linebacker

Danny Sullivan

Manasquan (NJ)

Secondary

Mike Devito

Notre Dame (NJ)


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