May 10, 2014

VTO Teaneck: Moore stands out

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TEANECK, N.J. -- The VTO Elite 100 took place earlier today under sunny skies at the Votee Park complex in Teaneck, N.J., with dozens of players from around the region competing against each other.

A number of awards were given based off individual performances, with three prospects earning invites to the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Jacksonville: rising junior offensive lineman Seyoum Settepani of Cheshire (N.Y.), rising junior cornerback Isaiah Huff of Windsor (Conn.), and Fara'ad McCombs, a class of 2018 wide receiver bound for Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep.

For Huff, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, today set the tone for what is a huge upcoming season for him.

"This is very important. It's a comeback season," Huff said. "I didn't get to play last year because of my shoulder, so I have a lot to prove this season."

On the offensive side of the ball, Anthony Lombardi of Mahopac (N.Y.) was named the event's most valuable quarterback, displaying good touch and a promising skill set for a rising junior.

Ledyard (Conn.) standout Josiah Shumaker, a quick-twitch athlete, was named the top running back on the day.

Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Charter wide receiver D.J. Moore, who earned MVP honors at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour event in Piscataway last month, was named the MVP of the wideouts today as well. Moore was simply dominant, displaying tremendous body control and the ability to make tough catches, as well as being very smooth out of his breaks.

"I got a feel for different playing styles with people that I can work on, on getting off press coverage," Moore said.

Tight end MVP Qaadir Sheppard of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is drawing most of his college offers from schools looking at him as a defensive end or linebacker, but Duke and Temple have given Sheppard some consideration at tight end, and he worked out there today.

"It was great competition," Sheppard said. "I was just trying to get better and to work on my route running."

Offensive lineman Dwayne Scott of White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac was named the offensive line MVP, displaying great technique, footwork and ability to mirror defensive linemen all afternoon.

Meanwhile, Hartford (Conn.) Public High School offensive lineman Keith Coleman, who is drawing some looks from Connecticut and Temple, was named the camp's top sleeper.

On defense, Huff's Windsor teammate, KeVaughn Bennett, was named the top defensive lineman, exhibiting and ability to use his athleticism to defeat several quality offensive line opponents.

"What I really went out there today was just go hard honestly, and try to give my 100 percent on every rep," Bennett said. "I checked my competition out, analyzed them, tried to figure out his weakness, and just dominate that."

Linebacker MVP Odean Gilzene of Bronx (N.Y.) St. Michael's looks the part, and the under-the-radar prospect, who is drawing looks from several Patriot and Ivy League programs, stood out from the crowd today.

"I think coming off the line, I think I jammed the running backs and tight ends well," Gilzene said. "I think I need to work on running with them and getting my speed up."

Kharon Daniels, a safety prospect from Hartford (Conn.) Capital Prep, was the afternoon's defensive back MVP.

Finally, 2016 Teaneck running back Rashaad Rice, a hometown competitor, worked out at wide receiver and earned top overall athlete honors.

"Today was a great day, especially from the skill positions," said coach Vince Jacobs, the senior vice president of VTO Sports. "Some of the defensive backs that I saw out here were unbelievable, above the skill set we expected. Also, the wide receivers, there weren't that many of them here, but the one who won MVP (D.J. Moore), he dominated. There was no question who was the best wide receiver here today.

"The O-line and D-line, the kid that won MVP (Dwayne Scott), there's no way that kid shouldn't have offers from somewhere…To see his hand placement, ability to deal with the speed rushers, the power rushers, and still be able to dominate in almost every 1-on-1 snap. I hate that we didn't get video but he was incredible."

VTO Sports Elite 100 Schedule
Saturday, March 1 South Atlanta, GA   Saturday, April 19 North Atlanta
Sunday, March 2 Birmingham, AL   Saturday, April 26 Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 8 Columbia, SC   Sunday, April 27 Dallas, TX
Sunday, March 9 Charlotte, NC   Saturday, May 10 Teaneck, NJ
Sunday, March 30 Dumfries, VA   Sunday, May 11 Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 5 Tampa, FL   Sunday, May 25 Chicago, IL
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