Prospects Heading to Rutgers for OL Camp

Ryan Brodie

Some of the top offensive and defensive lineman in the northeast will be on the Rutgers campus this weekend for the New Level Athletics Badger Sport Elite Lineman Challenge. It is the second year of the event, and this year's camp will be heavy with local prospects, as well as feature several players holding verbal offers from the Scarlet Knights.

A year ago New Level Athletics debuted the Badger Sport elite lineman camp and national recruits like Cyrus Hobbi and Giorgio Newberry made their way to New Jersey.

Now, with NLA staging a handful lineman of the camps across the nation, the talent heading to Piscataway this weekend has a much more local flavor.

Pennsbury (Pa.) High offensive tackle J.J. Denman, Long Branch (N.J.) High offensive lineman Ryan Brodie and DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive end Michael Moore are the headliners of the registered participants for the two-camp, which is being staged in the Rutgers indoor practice bubble. All three hold verbal offers from the Scarlet Knights.

"I think it's going to be very competitive," NLA co-founder Kashann Simmons said. "Last year was our first event and we invited guys from all over the country because it was the only one we were doing. Now, we're breaking it into regions, so you're going to see what kind of linemen we have in the northeast region. So, it's hard to do a comparison from last year, but we've got some good ones coming."

Another interesting prospect who is still deciding whether to attend is 6-foot-6 Jarron Jones, who holds a Rutgers offer, of Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.).

"Everyone's trying to see where he fits in," Simmons said. "He has the wherewithal to be a good offensive tackle. His defensive highlight film is good, but he's so big. I don't know if I see him playing defensive line, but he's good at it."

Simmons added a few more high-profile players are expected to register before the start of the event, but the identity of this year's two-day camp is geared more toward the rising players looking to make a name for themselves.

"This is definitely the platform if your name is not out there, to get out there and see what you're all about," Simmons said. "There's some big names, but I think this is an event you can be successful at if you're coming in ready to perform."

Among the New Jersey class of 2012 players registered to participate in the camp are Don Bosco Prep's Tyler Samra, West Deptford's Jamil Pollard, Absegami's Mike Ottaviano, Piscataway's Jonathan Kinslow, Haddonfield's Shahbazz Ahmed, Paul VI's Errol McCarthy and Lakai Robinson.

There is also a few interesting out-of-state prospects in St. Joseph's (Westchester, Ill.) defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, who holds a Michigan State offer, as well as Walt Whitman High's (Bethesda, Md.) Jeff Schaeffer, Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic's Adam DiPietro, St. Peter Catholic's (Ottawa, Ontario) Eli Ankou, Longwood High's (Middle Island, N.Y.) Omari Palmer, Norton (Mass.) High's Tyler Loring and Burnt Hills (N.Y.) Nicholas Crocetto.

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