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  • Gus Ramos @G1Bound

Best of the Best Winter Showcase Top Performers

Sunday evening the Midwest BOOM 7v7 organization hosted their 7th annual Winter Showcase. The event attracted over 250 athletes from 7 different states across the nation. Past award winners from the event include; Greg Newsome (Northwestern) Isaiah Lee (Iowa State) Ricky Smalling (Illinois) Mike Panasiuk (Michigan State) and Antonio Shenault (Minnesota).

Overall MVP: Kaleb Brown (2022)

Brown has been on BOOM radar for years as he has shined for the youth program. Sunday night he made it clear that he ready to make the leap to become a national prospect. He has tremendous body control and hand strength. Brown made several one-handed grabs in traffic against the top defenders in attendance. During the testing portion of the event he had the best overall numbers in the 40 yard dash, pro-agility and vertical jump. Expect for Brown to see his stock jump this spring and summer.

Denver Warren (2020)

Warren came into the event looking to win his 3rd consecutive lineman MVP, mission accomplished. He was dominant all night long and won the Trench Warfare competition which measures overall strength. He is on pace to compete for the No.1 overall player in Illinois ranking.

Tyler Morris (2022)

Morris is coming off a state championship season at Nazareth Academy where he saw significant playing time. He walked away with the Class of 2022 MVP award after a strong showing. Morris runs crisp routes and catches the ball away from his body. Expect for the Nazareth offense to be tailored to his skillset next fall.

Mark Gronoski (2020)

Gronoski is no stranger to the BOOM organization after leading them to the 2018 National Championship. He does a good job of throwing his receivers open and allowing them to make plays. The talented junior will be expected to help lead the offense this spring.

Dominic Collado (2020)

Collado was the top offensive lineman in attendance. He was the most difficult opponent that Denver Warren faced all night. Holds early offers from Central Michigan and Kent State.

Jayden McGill (2021)

McGill is a flat out competitor and isn’t afraid to get after it. He took reps at quarterback, receiver and defensive back throughout the event. Coaches at the next level will enjoy finding a spot for him on their rosters.

Dontrell Jackson (2022)

The class of 2022 stole the show at the Best of the Best Showcase and “Donny” was right in the mix for the MVP award. Jackson has all the tools to be blue chip recruit at quarterback. He makes good reads and has a quick release to attack defenses. Talented quarterback also tested well during the event.

Justin Jefferson (2020)

Jefferson was a force to be reckoned with the lineman 1v1’s and was strongly considered for the MVP award. He is quick off the ball and has a variety of pass rush moves. Jefferson holds an early offer from Northern Illinois University.

Honorable Mention

  • Brian Tape

  • Josh Turner

  • Nick Alberico

  • Dylan Appelton

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