Posted on 2017-01-26
By: Will Ryan, O-D Staff Writer
The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl has turned into a showcase event for many of the country's best high school football players as they look to catch the eyes of top college recruiters. The event allows highly coveted recruits to practice and play against elite-level talent, and it is one final push for them to make their case to get a coveted slot on a top team's roster. This year, there are a few standout players who you should keep an eye on during the game.
This six foot, 180 pound wide receiver out of Illinois is one of the players to watch during this year's Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Coming into the event, Trevihon has many highlight reel worthy plays that will have college scouts excited to land a playmaker of his caliber. His rare combination of speed and size make him a natural fit for any college offense that likes to air the ball out. The senior from Rockford Auburn High School is a receiver that is in the mix for best 50 wideouts in the state of Illinois. The Diamond in the Rough Bowl will give him one final platform to make his case for a scholarship. He is already a proven winner that helped lead his team to a 10-2 record during the 2016 high school season. He will try to show scouts that he has the ability to run crisp routes and make difficult catches in traffic. Sockwell has a Mike Evans feel to him, who had one of the best seasons in the NFL this season for a receiver.
Jacure' was the quarterback for Alabama's Minor High School. While leading the team during his senior season, he put together a 12-2 record that included an undefeated conference season. The quarterback will be looking to use the Offense-Defense Bowl as a springboard for a great college offer. During the season, Jacure' threw for over 3,500 yards and had 40 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. His rare blend of size, speed, and arm talent make him an intriguing prospect. He has a Nike football rating of 74.06, and he was timed at 5.14 seconds in the 40-yard dash. With a shuttle time of 4.4 seconds and a vertical jump just under 30 inches, there are plenty of reasons to believe that this player will be able to develop into a great quarterback at the next level. Jackson could draw comparisons to Offense-Defense Bowl alumnus and NFL MVP Cam Newton.
The tiny running back from Richmond, Virginia, is another player who will be looking to put himself on the map of top schools' scouts during the bowl game. At a height of 5'6", Shaheed is used to proving himself against players that have better measurable numbers than himself. When Adeyola runs the ball, he has the ability to turn the corner on defenses with his blazing 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash. His 5-10-5 shuttle time of under 4.4 seconds is another indicator about the explosiveness that this back has when he gets the ball in his hands. Shaheed will want to show scouts his value as a running back and returner during the bowl game. A NFL comparison to Adeyola could be Devonta Freeman.