Football Recruiting: Recapping The Next Level Nation 5-Star Elite Showcase


I had the opportunity to cover the Next Level Nation 5-Star Elite Showcase event on Saturday the 9th of March at the Frederick Indoor Sports Center in Frederick, MD. This particular event attracted some of the top prep football talent in the Mid-Atlantic and provided the players the chance to go up against some less familiar competition during the off-season. With 265 prospects in attendance it was a chance to get an up close and personal look at some players from the class of 2014 all the way through the class of 2017.

With recruiting analysts from all of the major services present this was a chance for these players to put their skills on display and potentially gain some notoriety in the recruiting world. In this piece I will break down the players who put on award-winning performances as well as some “under the radar” recruits which I felt had impressive showings. The people over at Next Level Nation put on a fantastic event yesterday and I was happy to be a part of the media in attendance covering the day, without further ado I give you the award winners from Saturday’s showcase.

Overall Showcase MVP: D’Andre Payne – Friendship Collegiate Academy (Class of 2014)

The Friendship Collegiate Academy defensive back brought home overall MVP honors after an all-around strong showing on the day. This was my first opportunity to see Payne in person and he did not disappoint as everything I have seen in his tape was on display for those in attendance. Payne showed great footwork in the position drills and solid hands in the one-on-one’s as well as five-on-five’s. One of the thirty prospects in attendance from D.C. power Friendship Collegiate Academy, Payne lived up to his billing as one of the top prospects in the metropolitan area and one of the top DB’s in the class of 2014.

For the rest of my analysis on the award winners, as well as some under the radar prospects who turned in strong performances, from Saturday’s Next Level Nation 5-Star Elite Showcase Click Here.

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