Posted by Bryan Fischer
LAS VEGAS - Wind? Check. Cold? Check. Elite talent? Double check.
That was the story at the Badger Sports Elite Lineman Challenge and 7-on-7 competition held on the campus of UNLV on Saturday. Some of the top talent from all over the west came to compete and get noticed. Here's six players who stood out with their play on the field.
1. Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
The Fresno (Calif.) wide out/safety was one of the few players to make consistent play after play despite the conditions. It's hard to stand out from the crowd with so many players at an event like this but Greenberry easily was the top performer. The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder has good size and speed and was a touchdown machine all day. Greenberry was also smooth in coverage and picked off several passes. At this point he is probably more of a wide receiver but he could play safety due to his excellent size.
2. Wide receiver Darreus Rogers
The USC commit was the complete package out on the field. Rodgers ran good route and got in and out of his break quickly on most routes while using his body to effectively keep defensive backs away from the ball. He was a terror in the red zone and had a great set of hands that snatched the ball out of the air.
3. Quarterback Troy Williams
On a day where the wind was gusting up to 40 miles per hour, Williams was one of the few quarterbacks who seemed to deal with the wind well. Though he doesn't have ideal height at 6-foot-1, he has a cannon and can throw the ball just about everywhere on the field. The Harbor City (Calif.) signal caller said he has offers from Washington and Nevada but that Oregon has been showing interest. Though he didn't have the best set of receivers on the field at times, Williams made his team better and led them on an impressive run in round-robin play, including an upset of all-star Team 1925.
4. Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons
Simmons is one of the best offensive linemen in California and he showed he's one of the best in the west with his performance in the Elite Lineman Challenge earlier in the morning. He's adjusted his weight and looks better than he has in the past but still projects to be a very good guard at the next level. He threw bags and defenders away with ease and was surprisingly agile for someone his size. He said he'll visit local school USC unofficially in a few weeks but he's wide open at this point and has offers from coast-to-coast.
5. Cornerback Kevon Seymour
Holding down the corner spot for one of the top teams in the event, B2G, Seymour was impressive in coverage against some of the top wide receivers in the competition. The Pasadena (Calif.) corner played well in press coverage but also peeled off his man and played zone very effectively. By the end of the day, quarterbacks stopped throwing in his direction because they just couldn't complete anything. Expect his recruitment to take off as he's quickly becoming one of the top corners in California.
6. Defensive end/offensive lineman Dejon Allen
One of the few defensive lineman to impress at the event, Allen was very good in one-on-ones and won nearly every repetition. He showed a good initial burst but also good footwork and strength to push around opposing lineman. He also was one of the better offensive lineman when going on that side of the ball but at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, projects better on the defensive side. He reports offers from Arizona and New Mexico.