Schiano Shootout: Charting the Class of 2011

The popular Schiano Shootout 7-on-7 tournament took place Saturday on the Busch Campus at Rutgers University, and St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) came away with the title. There was plenty of action across dozens of fields, and some players the Scarlet Knights are showing very high interest in where out there and performing. Take a look at what has to say about some of them.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- High schools from around the region packed Rutgers' Busch Campus for Saturday's Schiano Shootout.
From the practice fields to the Rutgers Stadium turf, from the intramural fields to the fields just off Yurchak Field, there were high schools everywhere.
When it was all settled, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) took the title by beating Penns Grove (N.J.) 14-12, but there a number of Rutgers targets, and a previous commit, in attendance and displaying their skills. was on hand and looks at a number of the class of 2011 targets in attendance:

Tanner McEvoy, Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.)
Receiver or quarterback? The 6-foot-6 McEvoy is already a proven commodity as a receiver, but there is a reason schools are starting to recruit him as a quarterback, and he showed that while taking the Crusaders to the semifinals of the shootout.
McEvoy demonstrated tremendous arm strength, throwing the 15-yard out with zip. He also was very quick on his reads and showed good touch on underneath and mid-level throws. Most of his throws looked effortless. His size will allow him to see over the line of scrimmage and he brings athleticism to the position. The question with McEvoy, who will be playing quarterback for the first time this coming season, is how he handles pressure in the pocket.
McEvoy's upside may be higher than any quarterback Rutgers has on its board.

Miles Shuler, Long Branch (N.J.) High
Off the track and back onto the football field, the nation's third place finisher in the 100 meters last week in North Carolina was back at his familiar positions of cornerback and quarterback. At cornerback, Shuler showed tremendous closing speed and good cover ability. He also has the hips to play the position.
As a quarterback, the 7-on-7 format isn't the strongest format for Shuler because part of his effectiveness stems from his ability to create with his arm and feet. Still, Shuler showed a nice touch and the ability to find open receivers.

Max Issaka, Woodbridge (N.J.) High
It was a long few days for Issaka, who didn't get home until after midnight from a Friday trip to Pittsburgh and had an early wake-up call for the 7-on-7. Issaka, a defensive end, saw his action at tight end, and while it is not his future position, he did show his athleticism.
On one play, Issaka caught a crossing pass and when he approached a defensive back, was caught between trying to run him over and hurdling him. His top speed was impressive for a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, and even while playing strictly offense in a 7-on-7 environment, he played physical.
As a side note, Issaka said Rutgers remains high on his list, but he is going to take his time.

Dexter Bridge, Conestoga High (Berwyn, Pa.)
Bridge displayed sure hands and nice route running. He also knows how to get off the line of scrimmage and he uses his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame in a positive way. The issue coming into camp was Bridge's speed, and he didn't do anything to change that. It remains a question, and likely will continue to be one.
Until he improves his time and shows consistently more speed, an offer may not come his way.

Sheldon Royster, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
For the second straight day the physical, powerful safety was on the Rutgers campus, and he helped lead the Marauders to the Schiano Shootout title
. Royster is physically impressive, from his huge arms to his tremendous build, and he is able to translate that into his play. Royster breaks on the ball quickly and reads plays well. He also did a nice job of organizing the defense in the run to the title.

Savon Huggins, St. Peter's Prep
One play told the story of how jaw-dropping talented the five-star running back is, and it didn't even count.
Huggins took a short pass, juked a linebacker and raced to the sideline before turning the corner and sprinting to the end zone for what should have been a 40-yard touchdown, but he ruled down shortly after catching the ball despite not appearing to be touched.
On that play, Huggins displayed his acceleration, his vision, his cutback ability and his speed to the corner. He also showed a good-natured side by smiling and quasi-celebrating once he got to the end zone.

Charles Davis, Neptune (N.J.) High
The Rutgers commit was the do-everything player for the Fliers. He played safety and slot receiver, and his athleticism showed why he was offered Sept. 1. Davis is 6-feet, and a solid 190 pounds. He is fast, and showed good hands as a receiver, making several acrobatic catches.
Defensively, Davis broke quickly on passes and wasn't afraid to be physical.
Whether he plays running back, cornerback or safety at Rutgers is yet to be determined, but an athlete of his caliber should be an asset no matter where he lines up.

Tyriek Harrison, Teaneck (N.J.) high
One of the intriguing players of the day was the 5-foot-10 Harrison, who had a good day and caught the attention of plenty of folks. Harrison was quick, showed good hands and speed and is definitely a player who helped himself in this camp.
Rutgers will likely keep an eye on Harrison off his performance at the 7-on-7.

Chris Lawshe, Caldwell High (West Caldwell, N.J.)
This is one of those under-the-radar recruits who caught the attention of several of the other high school coaches to oppose Caldwell. Lawshe showed good arm strength and an ability to deliver the ball quickly.
At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Lawshe has the size to play quarterback, and he showed a good grasp of the offense and poise during the day.

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