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April 20, 2012

New Level Pittsburgh: Players to watch

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For the second straight week, Rivals.com's Josh Helmholdt will be in Pittsburgh covering an elite camp. This weekend it's the New Level Athletics 7-on-7, and he previews the event with the top players to watch there.

New Level Pittsburgh: Players to watch
DB Delano Hill, Detroit Cass Tech
The New Level 7-on-7 will cap a big week for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Hill, who committed to Iowa last weekend. Hill could play either free or strong safety at the college level, and he has proven to be very good in camp and combine settings, which should translate well over to a 7-on-7 format. Expect to see Hill come down with several interceptions this weekend if quarterbacks are not on their games.

CB Tyvel Jemison, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers
We are looking forward to seeing the encore performance from Jemison, who was one of the top two defensive backs at the Adidas Invitational in Michigan earlier this month. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jemison is a lockdown cornerback, who has great instincts for the position, fluid hips and great speed. He will be joined by Bishop Luers teammates Kendrick Mullen and Andrew Spencer in AWP's defensive backfield.

LB E.J. Levenberry Jr., Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton
The No. 15 player in the country, Levenberry is a complete linebacker prospect. This weekend's 7-on-7 will give the Virginia native a chance to showcase his skills in pass coverage, where his speed, ball skills and athleticism should serve him well. Levenberry plays a physical brand of football. It will be interesting to see how he channels that into a 7-on-7 setting this weekend.


CB Jourdan Lewis, Detroit Cass Tech
It has been an exciting junior year already for the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Lewis. He was a major component of his Cass Tech team's state title win in November. He received several offers before committing to Michigan this past winter. Then, he came back out and had a sensational showing at the Adidas Invitational earlier this month. We expect the four-star to be one of the top cornerbacks and wide receivers at this weekend's event.

QB Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle
Last year's version of this event was one of those coming out parties for the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Morris. He outdueled the likes of Army All-American Zeke Pike and fellow class of 2013 four-star Bucky Hodges at the event. Morris comes back to Pittsburgh as the nation's No. 16 passer in the 2013 class and will be surrounded by a very talented cast of playmakers on his Maximum Exposure squad.

ATH Myles Nash, Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek
A 7-on-7 should be a great setting to evaluate the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Nash. The three-star prospect has played anywhere from linebacker to defensive end to tight end to wide receiver. He could provide mismatches for defenses by lining up as a receiver on offense, and we'll be looking to see his athleticism while playing pass coverage from a linebacker role on defense.


LB Yannick Ngakoue, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Academy
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Ngakoue will play alongside fellow four-star linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr. for the Washington D.C.-area team this weekend, giving that squad two physical linebackers. Ngakoue has spent a lot of time playing with his hand in the ground and rushing the passer in high school. It will be interesting to see how he transitions to 7-on-7 play and how he fares in pass coverage.

LB Jaylon Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers
This will be the third time in as many months that we will have a chance to see Smith in-person. He was hands down the top performer at the Best of the Midwest Camp in Indianapolis this winter, and again at the Adidas Invitational earlier this month. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Smith is a great asset in 7-on-7 play because he can legitimately line up anywhere on the field, except quarterback, and be a mismatch for the opposing team.

QB Chance Stewart, Sturgis, Mich. (2014)
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Stewart is a great-looking young quarterback talent, and when we saw him earlier this month he showed much improved mechanics and greater velocity on his passes. This weekend it will be interesting to see how he manages an offense and reads defenses. His team will be made up mostly of young players, so he won't have the same talent around him Morris will.


DB Jalen Tabor, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Academy (2014)
The Washington, D.C., sophomore defensive back has already been chosen as one of just 20 members of the 2014 class to partake in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta this summer. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect has an offer list that is already better than most of the prospects in the 2013 class. In short, he is a sensational prospect who should be in his element this weekend in Pittsburgh.



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