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Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)


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“Who’s Next Top 200”

Football Showcase



November 22, 2012


Detroit event starts combine season

Josh Helmholdt
Rivals.com Football Recruiting


The transition into the offseason has begun for most of the nation's top recruits following their 2012 campaigns, and the start of the winter combine season is near. It's very near, in fact, with the adidas Who's Next Top 200 Football Showcase scheduled to take place Dec. 1 near Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome.
This is the third year The Lifting As We Climb Foundation has held a combine in December for top high school football prospects. It doubles as a tryout for the Maximum Exposure 7-on-7 team tryout. Getting prospects transitioned into an offseason workout mindset is one of the priorities for combine director 
Curtis Blackwell.
"The No. 1 reason why we are holding this camp right now is to let all the young guys who have performed well during the high school season see where they are in comparison to the other guys in the Midwest region," Blackwell said. "From what they find out about themselves at this event, they can come up with a realistic approach on what they need to do for elite spring camps, summer camps and all the 7-on-7 stuff."
With the recruiting process starting earlier and earlier in players' high school careers each recruiting cycle, the importance of offseason performances has increased ? and not just for prospects emerging from their junior seasons but those coming off sophomore campaigns, as well.
At this event last year, class of 2014 prospect 
Damon Webb was in the process of transferring from University of Detroit Jesuit to Detroit Cass Tech and looking to build his name. Webb's obvious athleticism and ball skills earned him Rivals.com's No. 2 top-performer nod coming out of the event and spurred an offseason that saw the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder generate scholarship offers from LSUMichiganMichigan State and West Virginia before the start of his junior season.
"That winter training definitely helped with the Maximum Exposure program," said Webb's father, 
Damon Webb Sr.. "The exposure did grow (after the event), and looking at him day-to-day I could see his confidence grow along with it. He really wanted to get out there, prove himself and compete with the best guys at those venues. It did help, and you can see the offers came."
Last year's event put Webb's name on the map regionally and nationally, and it helped verify strong junior seasons for prospects such as Chelsea, Mich., running back 
Berkley Edwards, Detroit Cass Tech safetyDelano Hill and Walled Lake Western safety Joshua Jones. None of those prospects had offers at this time last year, but Hill and Jones are now committed to Big Ten programs, while Edwards has taken three official visits to BCS schools.
Seeing prospects grow their names and their games is an important aspect of the event, and Blackwell expects the same from the 2012 version.
"This event is basically going to identify this next group of guys -- who's going to be the Berkley Edwardses, the Damon Webbs, the 
Teo Reddings of the upcoming classes," Blackwell said.
The southeast Michigan location has always brought out the Detroit area's top prospects, but this year's event is expected to welcome prospects from across the Midwest. They include: Rivals250 prospects 
Dante Booker of Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary; Detroit Loyola defensive end Malik McDowellDrew Barker of Burlington (Ky.) Conner; DeShone Kizer of Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic; Sturgis, Mich., quarterbackChance Stewart; Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic safety Darius West; along with Webb and his Detroit Cass Tech teammate Deon Drake.
Blackwell expects as many as 400 prospects to be in attendance for the event, which starts at 10:30 a.m.
Awards will be handed out by position and by class in categories such as Fastest Man (40-yard dash), Strongest Man (medicine ball), 1vs1 Champ and Overall MVP.
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Maximum Exposure Adidas Showcase Preview

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 19, 2012

An early look at some of the top prospects who will be in Detroit for the event.

When: December 1, 10:30am-2:30pm

Where: Pontiac Silverdome

Awards by will be given by position and class (2014, 2015, 2016). Categories for the awards are: Fastest Man (40-yard dash), Mr. Explosive (short shuttle), Strongest Man (medicine ball), Most Hops (vertical), 1 vs 1 Champ and Overall MVP.



This is going to be a very good group, which includes two early Scout 300 guys inDrew Barker (Hebron Conner, Ky.) and DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio). In addition, Wisconsin commit Chance Stewart (Sturgis, Mich.), Tyler Wiegers (Detroit, Mich.),Cody Callaway (Midview, Ohio) all currently hold Division-1 offers. Travis Smith(Ithaca, Mich.) is one who appears close to some offers, and Jalen Brady (Grand Ledge, Mich.), Ricardo Johnson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Sean Scullen (Rochester, Mich.), Antonio Ragland (Detroit, Mich.) and Jalen Ewing (Detroit, Mich.) are other juniors to watch as well.

In the younger classes, Jayru Campbell (Detroit, Mich.), Jake Johnson (Dewitt, Mich.) and Anton Curtis (Detroit, Mich.) lead the way for the 2015 class. While Justin Berry (Chicago, Ill.), Joshua Jackson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and other freshmen will look to put their names on the map.

Running Backs

Leading the way in the junior class are Brian Walker (Birmingham, Mich.) andLorenzo Collins (Farmington, Mich.), both of whom have Division-1 interest. Cass Tech's speedy Sean Perry, Berkley's Alec Sanom and University Prep's Trenell Whitworth are among the other juniors who will attend.

The sophomore group is very strong, lead by Cass Tech's Mike Weber, Oak Park'sJohn Kelly, and Western's Romello Ross, all three of whom are Division-1 prospects. One of the very best sophomores in Ohio, Eric Glover, is coming in after a big 2012 season. Denby's Dejuan Westberry, Mumford's Anthony Warner, and Consortium's Cameron Lewis are other sophomores who will be on hand.

Among the top freshmen will be East English Village Prep's Nathaniel Boulware and Malik Lewis.

Wide Receivers

Galion (Ohio) junior Dareian Watkins can play several positions, including quarterback and defensive back, but we imagine we'll see him some at wideout as well. From Michigan, Avonte Maddox (Detroit King), Aaron Thompson (Robichaud),Brandon Carr (Grand Blanc), Jordan Billingslea (Southfield), Joshua Flye (Brother Rice), Brandon Sowards (Wyandotte Roosevelt) and Brent Morris (Warren De La Salle) are among the other top juniors.

The sophomores are lead by Ray Buford (Southfield), Keshawn Gilmore (Cass Tech), Jamar Antwine (St. Mary's), and Caldin Rogers (South Lake). Detroit Cass Tech freshman Demetric Vance is playing varsity this year and already making some noise.

The top tight end in attendance will be Darryl Long (Westerville, Ohio), who holds several BCS offers. Jacob Betschel, another Ohio product, is receiving interest from a number of Division-1 schools

Offensive Line

Yale (Mich.) guard prospect Derek Brown and Ohio product Cole Pettit are the top junior linemen scheduled to attend. Pettit holds several BCS offers. SophomoreBrennan Bosch will come from Illinois and holds an Illinois offer already. Keyonta Stallworth from South Lake is a big sophomore who appears headed for high Division-1 attention.

Defensive Line

On the defensive line, Malik McDowell of Detroit Loyola is not only the top prospect scheduled to attend, but is currently the top overall prospect in the Midwest. Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall has several Division-1 offers as does Shaker Heights (Ohio) product Jamarez Bowen. Cass Tech's Brian Sanders is a lengthy junior end prospect to watch. Coming in from Ohio is Buckeye Valley defensive tackleLogan Dziak, who is receiving Division-1 attention.

In the 2015 class, Cass Tech's Joshua Alabi and Oak Park's dynamic duo of Shahid Bellamy and Ricardo Smith all have the look of future Division-1 prospects. East English's Kalan Clark, Henry Ford's Dante Hollis and Westwood New Tech's JaJuan Rogers are all also scheduled to attend.


Three of Ohio's best, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's Dante Booker, Canton McKinley's Jamaal Davis, and Cincinnati Sycamore's Tinashe Bere will attend. Michigan is loaded with linebackers in the junior class and many are slated to attend: Gary Hosey (Cass Tech), William White (Cass Tech), Carl Fuller (King), Jared Wangler(De La Salle), Deon Drake (Cass Tech), Jordan Cry (Southfield) and Jalen Dingle(South Lake).

There will also be many talented underclassmen in attendance, including Detroit Consortium's Eddie Rhodes, an excellent athlete who did very well at last summer's Sound Mind, Sound Body camp.

Defensive Back

A good group of defensive backs are scheduled to attend. Damon Webb of Cass Tech is one of the top overall prospects slated to be at the camp. Jalen Watts-Jackson (St. Mary's), Dillon Dixon (U of D Jesuit), Tim Cason (Clarkston), Phillip Parham (Cass Tech), and Devonte Malcom (Romulus) are among the top junior DBs coming from in-state.

Ohio is sending a very good group of DBs, including Darius West (Lima Central Catholic), Massillon Washington's Marcus Whitfield, and Columbus Bishop Hartley'sAlonzo Saxton, all three of whom hold offers.

Among the top young prospects will be Grand Blanc's Trevon Avery, Orchard Lake St. Mary's Tyson Smith, Warren De La Salle's Damon King.

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SMSB ME Adidas Showcase Preview


The Sound Mind Sound Body Maximum Exposure program has it rolling in the Detroit area, and as time flies, its talent-rich Adidas Showcase is now upon us again.

Chance Stewart at Sturgis

Wisconsin QB commit Chance Stewart is on the list to attend and he performed well at the Sound Mind Sound Body Maximum Exposure Adidas spring showcase.

It will be another loaded cast of the Midwest area’s top recruits performing inside the Pontiac Silverdome on Dec. 1, and with what is always the case, many other prospects will begin making a name for themselves competing against their peers.

247Sports will be in Michigan for what is always a great and well-run event. Event organizer Curtis Blackwell sent over a list of some of the talent expected to attend.


Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris developed into a five-star working with this program. A regular at these events in the past, his camp and combine days are over and now it’s time for others to shine. Top247 junior quarterbacks Drew Barker and DeShone Kizer are on the list. A few of the top-in-state junior signal callers expected to attend are Wisconsin Top247 quarterback commit Chance StewartTravis Smith and Tyler Wiegers. Sophomore quarterback Jayru Campbell figures to be one of the nation’s best and already has offers from Alabama and Notre Dame.

Running Back

Like Morris, Michigan freshman running back/return man Dennis Norfleet put on a show at these events and found himself ranked inside the Top247. The two backs that replaced Norfleet at Detroit King will be at this event in Raymond Mitchell and Jerrod Davis. Two of the big up-and-comers from in-state are Michael Weber andRomello Ross. Both could develop into national recruits, as could Eric Glover-Williams from Canton (Ohio) McKinley.

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When & Where

Pontiac Silverdome
1200 Featherstone Rd
Pontiac, MI 48342

Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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The Lifting As We Climb Foundation Inc.


The Lifting As We Climb Foundation, Inc. (LAWCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created, organized, and managed by five Hampton University graduates. Established in 2004, the organization is primarily made up of young business professionals under the age of 30, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of underprivileged, low-income youth. The Lifting As We Climb Foundation, prides itself on being a "youth to youth" mentoring organization, with a specific mission to uplift disadvantaged, "at risk" youth between the ages of twelve and eighteen.


To cultivate youth development in education, leadership, community service, health and physical fitness and career development. While our aim is to provide this type of esential service to all children arising from disadvantaged backgrounds, we have a specific goal of motivating and empowering underprivilged children.

  • Tutors
  • After School Programs
  • ACT/SAT Preparation
  • Increasing enrollment in advanced placement courses
  • Political activism
  • Character Count Programs
  •  Community Service
  • Neighborhood cleanup
  • Feed the Homeless Programs
  • Food and Clothing drives
  • Athletic camps
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Vision/Dental Care Awareness
  • Health Prevention/Awareness Programs
  • Cooperative Education Programs
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Professional Career Mentor
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