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March 30, 2013
Baltimore 5up Tournament: Top Performers
BALTIMORE 5UP TOURNAMENT: TOP PERFORMERS
1. ATH Juwann Winfree, Englewood (N.J.) Dwight MorrowPlaying mostly as a wide receiver, Winfree was dominant for the majority of the day. In such a confined area, Winfree showed great route-running abilities, which helped him get open consistently. On multiple occasions, he faked a crossing or out route and left the defensive back in the dust as he blew past the secondary for a wide-open touchdown. Winfree's hands also stood out. He was sure-handed throughout the day and made more than his share of one-handed catches.
2. DE Jesse Aniebonam, Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good CounselConsidering the level of competition he was facing, the Rivals250 defensive end was expected to dominate the line of scrimmage on every snap and he did just that. Aniebonam's quickness, strength and ever-improving technique made him an unstoppable force throughout the tournament. His motor was impressive, never stopping until the whistle sounded. The only thing that slowed Aniebonam was a minor injury that sidelined him for the last two games.
3. DB Jalen Tabor, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate AcademyAs expected, Tabor was nearly unbeatable. His great instincts allow him to bait the quarterback into an ill-advised throw. That's when the Rivals100's amazing ball skills come into play. Tabor made some unbelievable one-handed catches on defense and offense throughout the day. Although he looked a little stiff in his backpedal, Tabor was rarely tested and it never became a factor.
4. DE RahShaun Smith, Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall (2016)Smith is one of those players who looks better every time he shows up to a camp. This time he looked thicker and stronger, and he had improved his pass-rushing technique, adding more moves and ironing out flaws. The freshman defensive end has great balance and natural quickness off the line, but he needs to learn how to use leverage to his advantage more.
5. DB D'Andre Payne, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate AcademyPayne is such a solid cornerback that quarterbacks rarely throw to his man, which doesn't allow the Rivals250 prospect to make a play. He can anticipate routes and quickly change directions, and he never bites on a fake so the receiver can't create separation. When Payne was tested, he was there to bat the pass down.
6. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep (2015)Fitzpatrick is developed beyond his years. The skills he showed not only on defense but on offense were impressive. As a cornerback, the sophomore stuck with his man wherever he went on the field and was not easily faked out. On offense, Fitzpatrick was a reliable target for his quarterback, making plays in key situations to help his team to victory.
7. QB Brandon Wimbush, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep (2015)Wimbush was easily the best quarterback of the day. His rocket arm strength and pinpoint accuracy allowed him to dissect the defense as he took his team to the tournament's semifinals. One of the things that stood out about the sophomore was his extremely strong arm. On a few balls that were overthrown, the ball hit the wall with a thud that got anyone's attention. While Wimbush has plenty of time to continue developing, he should focus on his decision making. At times, he was rolling to his right and threw the ball back to his left for an interception.
8. DB Kobie Walker, Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good CounselThere may not have been a better-looking safety than Walker at the camp. At 6-foot-4, 198 pounds, he combined great size with good speed and explosiveness to make plays all over the field. He came up with a few interceptions and was rarely beaten deep, but he should work on anticipating routes better. On offense Walker made a few impressive plays, but it was easy to see he likes playing defense and is better on that side of the ball.
9. DE Mason Phoenix, Towson (Md.) Calvert HallPhoenix is a strong, quick defensive end who is developing a full arsenal of effective pass-rushing moves. He consistently beat offensive linemen with a bull rush or rip move, but that was the extent of his repertoire. As he continues to add mass and pass-rushing moves, and keeps his speed and quickness, Phoenix will be a force on the defensive line.
10. OL Richie Wenzel, Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good CounselIt was a tough debate on which offensive lineman was best, but Wenzel edged it out. He is getting stronger from one camp to the next, and it is easy to see he has been working on his technique. Wenzel plays with good pad level, and he has a good punch and is light on his feet when he shuffles. As Wenzel works on improving his game, one of the things he should focus on is his ability to stop a speed rush.
11. OL Quarvez Boulware, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy (2015)Boulware came in a close second for the top offensive lineman. He showed a ton of improvement from his last camp. Instead of standing straight up on the snap, Boulware stayed in a good football position and used his lateral quickness to stay in front of most defensive linemen. He wasn't exactly throwing defensive linemen around, but he will continue to improve his strength. It would be good for him to develop a better mean streak as well.
12. LB Nnamdi Egbuaba, Baltimore (Md.) St. FrancesEgbuaba came out of nowhere and was very impressive. He played on the defensive line and gave quarterbacks and offensive linemen fits. His natural speed, quickness, strength and motor were eye-catching. He needs to be coached up and didn't really try any pass-rushing moves, but he could become a solid player once he learns better technique and understands how to play.