Aug 8, 2012
After being pulled up from junior varisity to varsity football towards the end of last season , Justin Morrison - Class of 2014 (Wayne Central) was not happy about how things ended. "Even though wehad a winning season at 7-4 last year, I still have a bad taste in my mouth from our last game, this year will be different," explains Morrison." "Personally, I've been training hard with CTC Next Level Conditioning both on the field and in the weight room, and I feel like I've made improvements in my agility, strength, speed, and catching ability," says Morrison. "My individual goal this year is to gain more exposure from college scouts; my team goal is to win sectionals." Morrison wants to major in Architecture, and has already visited both Pittsburgh and Temple Universities. "Temple seemed like a nice school, and Pittsburgh has a very good football program with a lot of history." "I'm thinking about doing either indoor or outdoor track after football season and maybe visiting a few more college programs," says Morrison. "This season my coaches will gain a player in me with a high work ethic, a person that doesn't complain or talk much, and a leader that does his talking with his pads," explains Morrison. "Actions speak louder than words, I just want to focus on doing my part at the highest level for my team and everything else will fall in place." Morrison carries a 3.7 GPA in the classroom and is a very smart player on the field as well. Beyond Athletics looks forward to following Morrison this upcoming season, I'm sure he is gonna have a breakout season.
July 11, 2012
Greece Athena junior Kenny Council walked off the field after his last game feeling like he and his teamates could've done much better to end the season. Council feels like this next season will be very different. "Last year, injuries took a toll on the team and everyone was forced to work harder on the field," says Council. "Not only am I encouraging all my teamates to begin working out in the weight room, but I am also leading by example," says Council. The 5'11, almost 280 lbs. lineman is a part of the Changing The Community Program (CTC)that utilizes the Next Level Conditioning Program at World Gym Rochester and Monroe County Crossfit.
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July 9, 2012
Isaiah Brown is developing into a future star. As an 8th-grader Brown was the Team MVP for the Gates Chili freshman team, and with a GPA of 3.6 he is bound to pass NCAA Clearinghouse in the next couple of years. Brown is a playmaker that can lineup at almost any position on the field. He has played QB, RB, WR, LB, CB, but early predictions would point to Brown being a Saftey on the next level. He's very fast, and has some very long arms that allow him to make plays in the defensive secondary; sometimes against older competition. Brown is certainly one of the best in his class, and with time on his side he will only improve. This gifted, athletic student-athlete will be an impacting player on the field before his high school career is over, and that will garnish him plenty of D1 FBS College interest. Keep this kid on your radar!!!
June 21, 2012
Section V and Greece Olympia football star Craig Hardgers(Class of 2013) picks up his first scholarship offer from Wagner College. Hardgers plays WR and DB for Greece Olympia and says he's very excited about this opportunity. "It feels realy good finally getting this offer, I've been working very hard and although this is a great accomplishment, it makes me want to work even harder now", says Hardgers. To see more CLICK HERE
June 12, 2012
Section V and Brighton star RB - Devan Carter verbally accepts an offer to play LB at Syracuse University. Joining forces with another Section V great Ashton Broyld (Rush-Henrietta). Carter also had high interest from Connecticut and Rutgers universities, however he decided to take advantage of the lone scholarship offer he had from Syracuse.
Beyond Athletics NY, would like to congratulate the Carter family on the decision to attend SU, and we will continue to follow DC throughout his senior season at Brighton High School.
April 19, 2012
BEYOND ATHLETICS: How did your senior football season end up?
ELLIS RANDALL JR.: As a team we performed well, we could have done better, but with the talent we had, we did the best we could. Individually, I feel I improved a lot, this was my best high school season I ever had.
BA: What did you do in the offseason to make get better?
Randall: I was in the weight room religiously, and focused on improving my weaknesses.
BA: So what are your plans after you graduate?
Randall: To attend Division II West Liberty University, major in sports medicine, minor in sports management, and play football.
BA: Did you receive a scholarship to play football at West Liberty?
Randall: Yes, it is a blessing to get a scholarship to play the sport that I love while working towards a college degree.
BA: Did you ever feel at times that you would never play college ball?
Randall: Yes, I felt that I played out-of-position to be recruited by any colleges in high school. It was very discouraging and it seemed like things were not going my way, but I am blessed to have a very good support system in my Dad, family, and CTC coaches that believed in me, never let me quit, and always pushed and taught me. Through it all, I maintained a very hard work ethic and it helped me get through the season.
BA: What position did West Liberty recruit you to play?
Randall: Strong Saftey. I feel like that is my natural position even though I played Linebacker in High School.
BA: What other schools were interested in you?
Randall: Clarion University, Mansfield, Villanova, and Delaware State.
BA: Why did you chose West Liberty?
Randall: I felt very comfortable there. The coaches treated me like family. It just felt like a place for me to grow and learn, the staff and players have established a family environment.
BA: Do you feel like recruiting in this area has increased?
Randall: Yes, it seems like we our gaining a little more exposure on a national level. Coaches Greg Hopkins and Kala Gause are always working hard to help as many kids in our area as they can, and I am very grateful, it probably would not have happened without them.
BA: What advice would you give to younger kids?
Randall: First thing, stay focused. Have limited distractions, stay in weight room, and always work hard. Academically, keep your grades up and study early for your SAT's.
BA: Well congratulations on your scholarship, great talking with you, hope you have a great career as you move on into Phase II of your life.
Randall: Thank you
March 26, 2012
The CTC Elite 7-on-7 Travel Team represented Western, NY last weekend March 18 and 19th in a National Tournament at The Philadelphia Eagles Indoor Practice Facility. Beyond Athletics was there and will give complete coverage of the event by evaluating the performance of each kid selected to participate on the travel team.
To summarize the results the CTC Elite Travel Teamadvanced all the way to the top Elite 8 teams before being eliminated by the #1 Ranked team at the event by a score of 19-13. The boys played very well and look forward to the next National 7-on-7 Regional Tournament on April 21st and 22nd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
CLASS OF 2013 SELECTIONS:
Dan Andrews (Franklin) - RB - Andrews made some big plays in each game. At 5'11, 190 lbs., the versitile RB showed that he has soft hands, and is not afraid to go up and get it in traffic to help his team. This was his first time experiencing a National 7-on-7 at such a high level. Andrews should be one of the top RB's in the area next season, and could possibly wind up with a couple of offers if he has a big season.
Da'Quan Brown (Greece Arcadia) - DB/WR - Da'Quan Brown showed that he could defend anybody that lined up against him. He continously made plays in the defensive secondary and also snagged 1 interception out of the air. Don't let his size fool you, he is very physical and can blanket in man coverage. Even though Brown is about 5'9, he plays like he's 6'2, this is the type of DB any coach would covet for his team. Brown should be a lock for All-Greater Rochester, and maybe even considered for All-State as next season.
Julius Brunson (Aquinas) - ATH - Brunson stands about 5'10, 195 lbs, and is quite the athlete, he primarily played defense for the Western New York CTC Elite Team. Brunson was a major spark in the single elimination portion of the top 16 teams as he pretty much ended a drive by intercepting a pass that helped swing momentum to Team WNY. The offense responeded with 2 TD's that propelled the team into the Elite 8. Brunson can play Saftey, CB, or OLB, doesn't make many mistakes on the field and is a scholar in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA. Wouldn't be surprised if he gets a couple of offers before the season starts.
Nate Corbett (Eastridge) - DB/WR - Nate Corbett made his first trip with Team WNY to compete in the Rivals Elite 7-on-7 Tournament. And compete he did! Corbett showed that he can cover man-to-man, zone, whatever.....After grabbing an early interception, Corbett rarely got picked on anymore for the rest of the tournament. For his high school, Corbett is an amizing special team kick-returner that pretty much finds the end zone anytime he gets his hands on the ball. He carries a 2.9 GPA and has rapidly began hearing from a handful of colleges. Corbett will be a dominating factor for his high school if he plays DB the way he did at this 7-on-7. Keep your eyes open for Nate Corbett.
Craig Hardgers (Greece Olympia) - WR/DB - Craig Hardgers was a surprise in his first National Event. Hardgers is an athlete that can probably compete both ways. Projected as a WR, Hardger displayed great footwork, soft hands, jumping ability and amazing speed. Hardgers has also received plenty of interest from many D1 schools, and will get much, much more. He currently holds a 3.1 GPA in the classroom, great work-ethic in the weight room, and is quite the track athlete as well. Get to know him....Craig Hardgers.
Jamarie Jefferson (Greece Olympia) - DB/RB - This kid is a sleeper! Jamarie Jefferson was a monster at DB for Team WNY. Jefferson led the team in interceptions (3) for the weekend, and made some great plays all over the field! This young man gets Beyond Athletics vote as Defensive MVP for Team CTC Elite representing the state of New York. Very athletic, and is a beast once he breaks on the ball. Jefferson knows exactly what it means to create seperation between the ball and receiver. Keep him on your radar!
Dan Leonard (Bath) - QB/S- Dan Leonard was the Beyond Athletics Offensive Player for the weekend. Leonard was very impressive managing the offense down the field everytime he was at the helm. He knew when to go short, deep, flats, across the middle, and best of all, he showed his ability to read defenses. Leonard threw TD passes in all 5 games and had 0 interceptions at all. The Bath Haverling QB showed plenty of poise and great leadership as he also doubled in at the saftey position at times. Overall, Leonard can play either positions at the next level, but after watching his performance during the tournament, it is hard to not project him outright as a QB. We will continue to follow Dan Leonard this offseason.....Stay tuned!
Alex Obenhofer (Honeyoe Falls-Lima) - WR/LB - Alex Obenhofer.....Great hands, good speed, excellent route-runner! Obenhofer led WNY CTC Elite in receptions as he was very effective getting open across the middle and creating alot of yardage after the catch as well. Although this was Obenhofer's first time competing in a National 7-on-7 event, he played like he has been to plenty of them. As a student Obenhofer carries a 3.4 GPA, and should began to pick up plenty of interest from colleges looking for an effective slot-guy....This is that guy plus a lot more!
Alex Officer (Eastridge) - OL/DL - Alex Officer was just as good as advertised in the Rivals Elite Lineman Challenge. Officer showed great footwork in all of his drills, and was excellent during one-on-ones giving up 0 sacks. Projected as a Guard or Tackle at the next level, Officer has picked up offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Old Dominion and plenty more. The little brother of UMass TE,Jerome Lewis says this Lineman Challenge was a great experience for him. "It felt great competing against other big lineman that are either my size or bigger, it let me know that I can compete with great talent from other states", says Officer. Expect Officer to be a monster on the field next season for Eastridge.
Jeremiah Ortiz(Eastridge) - RB/ATH - Jeremiah Ortiz is probably one of the most electrifying RB's out there. They don't come much better than him. Ortiz had at least 2 TD runs, one of which that left the defender standing still wondering where he went. This guy can do it all, run, catch, play the slot.....whatever you ask of him he does it at the highest level. I don't think there is a person that can cover him in a 1-on-1 situation on the entire east coast. That is a challenge that he would win everytime. Ortiz will be embarking on his 4th year as a varsity starter next season, and brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership, and big play ability to the Eastridge Lancers.
Da'Quan Patton (Greece Olympia) - LB/RB - Da'Quan Patton also made his 7-on-7 debut this past weekend. Although he did not get as much playing time as he wanted, he has an opportunity to adjust to the speed of the game, and come back even better. Patton is coming off a recent leg injury and missed his last high school football season as well. He should be a top returning starter for Greece Olympia next season.
Khaleef Patton (Greece Olympia) - LB/RB - Khaleef Patton played some LB in his 2nd National 7-on-7 Tournament. Patton helped the defense make a few stops and is still adjusting to the speed of the game. Once he makes the adjustment and applies it with his natural abilites it would make him alot more instinctive, and alot more attractive to college recruiters. Patton is also a great RB and will also be a returning starter for Greece Olympia next season.
Daron Roper (Rush Henrietta) - DB/WR - Daron Roper plays the game with so much passion that other teamates are easily fired up by him. He is a very vocal leader, but most of his talking is done by how he plays. Not only does he have speed, he is very physical and would love to deliver the big hit across the middle. Roper is projected as a Saftey at the next level, and is currently receiving interest from some D1 and D1AA's. This is the type of inspirational leader any coach would want on their team. Expect Roper to be considered for All-Greater Rochester by the time next season is complete. Remember the name: Daron Roper.
Chauncey Scissum (Rush Henrietta) - ATH - Chauncey Scissum was impressive for his first time at a National 7-on-7 Tournament. Although Scissum plays QB for his high school, he played both CB and Safety for Team WNY picking off 2 passes and defended many others. Scissum showed that he could play bump-n-run, man, and zone coverages, while finding a way to read the QB's eyes and break on the ball at the right time. The 6'2, 197 lb. Defensive Back currently holds 5 football and 3 lacrosse offers, while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. He is a great student athlete, hard worker, and a problem solver as well. Scissum excels in not only football and lacrosse, but more recently he has developed into a very good track and field athlete. He ranks 2nd in New York State for the triple jump, which qualified him to compete in the High School Track Nationals where he placed 17th in the country.
Justin Torres (Churchville Chili) - OL/DL - Jusin Torres stands about 6'2, 265 lbs and can play both sides of the ball, but is projected as an offensive lineman. This was his first time competing in the Rivals Lineman Challenge, however he held his own against good talent from other regions. Torres is a very hard worker and a quick learner, he could play either guard or tackle at the next level. He carries a 3.3 GPA, and wants to improve upon all aspects of being both a student and an athlete. Expect a big season next year from Justin Torres.
Tahje Walker (Wilson Magnet) - RB/DB - Tahje Walker had his 2nd experience at a National Tournament last weekend. Walkers game is pretty much speed, although his production was relatively quiet this time around, he will emerge as a secret weapon for Team WNY in upcoming 7-on-7 tournaments. Keep your eyes open for this kid.
Andre Wilson (Bishop Kearney) - LB - Andre Wilson competed in his 2nd National 7-on-7 Tournament and showed improvements holding down the middle. Wilson had a couple of batted passes and nearly had an interception. The linebacker also showed versatility against RB's, TE's and Slot Receivers. Wilson is working hard this offseason to improve his game and will be a top returner as a senior for his Bishop Kearney Kings defense next season.
CLASS OF 2014 SELECTIONS:
Kenny Council (Greece Athena) - OL/DL - Kenny Council was impressive competing in his first National Lineman Combine. He pretty much won all of his one-on-one competitions against some top lineman from all around the northeast region. Council pretty much uses, a quick first step, leverage, and an explosion of power to get through or around offensive lineman to gain position and make plays. Council carries a 3.5 GPA and works just as hard in the classroom as he does improving as an athlete. Keep your eyes open for Kenny Council next football season, he will be a force in the middle for Greece Athena High School.
Jojo Gause (Bishop Kearney) - WR/LB - Jojo Gause, the baby brother of former Bishop Kearney graduate Quentin Gause(Rutgers University) at times seemed like one of the better receivers on the field. Gause caught a TD pass in almost every game and was a major target for Team WNY. Jojo worked the short game, the long game, the middle of the field, in traffic, over the top, and at 6'3 1/2 his fade routes were pretty much uncoverable, he caught everything. Look for Gause to play a major role for his high school team next season. Remember the name; Jojo Gause, it has the potential to draw more attention than that of his older sibling, Quentin.
Kemani Howard (Wilson Magnet) - QB - Kemani Howard was another 1st-Timer at a National 7-on-7 event and even though he struggled at times, the experience was necessary for him to build a foundation upon. Howard had to adjust to the speed of the game and for the most part, he did. Howard works extremely hard in the weight room, he's a great student carrying a 3.2 GPA. With a strong arm, an improved quality of play and better decision making on the field, Howard looks forward to the next National 7-on-7 Tournament in April to show what he is capable of doing.
Tyler Kirton (Bishop Kearney) - QB - The Sophomore QB from Bishop Kearney also experienced his first National 7-on-7 Tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past weekend. Kirton did a good job adjusting to the speed of the game. "You have to make better reads, and accurate throws in a very short window of time", says the 2- year varsity starter. Kirton almost helped Team WNY pull off the upset of the #1 ranked team on the east coast, but fell a little short losing 19-13 in single-elimination play. "I truly enjoyed the opportunity to compete against some of the best athletes in the country, this experience has taught me alot about myself, I can't wait for the next tournament, I will be ready", explains Kirton. Keep an eye on Kirton as he may possibly have an opportunity to challenge the Section V passing record before he graduates from high school.
Justin Morrison (Wayne Central) - RB - Justin Morrison can play RB, slot receiver, DB and more. Morrison made a couple of catches during his 7-on-7 debut to contribute to Team Western, NY before suffering a slight leg injury. Morrison is a smart player that knows how to find the open spot in space. This kid will make an impact for his high school team in the 2012-13 football season. Morrison has a great work ethic off the field, and understands that he must continue improving on the field. This young man will be a name to remember!
CLASS OF 2015 SELECTIONS:
Tyshawn Davis (UPrep Charter School) - OL/DL - Davis was an 8th Grade All-American last year, and while currently overcoming an ankle injury still has the ability to make some outstanding blocks. He has had the privledge of competing and learning from older lineman in our area such as Notre Dame committJarron Jones (Aquinas), Alex Officer (Eastridge), andCullen Casey (McQuaid) and at times the young lineman has held his own against them. Davis will be a force on the line both offensively and defensively, and can only get better as he continues to rehab his injury. This former Junior-Rank All-American should receive early scholarship offers very soon.
Brandon Mynter (Avon) - RB/DB - Freshman Brandon Mynter competed in his first National 7-on-7 tournament and gained plenty of experience to continue developing his game. Mynter mostly played on the defensive side of the ball at the S position and proved to himself and everyone else that he can compete with kids from other regions. Mynter is a workout warrior in the gym and is competing at the varsity level at Avon high school. Brandon Mynter, is a name you will hear about for at least the next 2 or 3 years. Don't be surprised if he becomes an All Greater Rochester selection before he goes on to college.
CLASS OF 2016 SELECTIONS:
Myles McKinney(Churchville-Chili) - RB/DB - Myles is an 8th grader that plays like a sophomore in high school. McKinney had one touch for Team WNY this weekend, but will be a key component for years to come. This kid has a great work ethic and confidence to not only compete with the older kids, but excel against whoever his opponents are. In the classroom McKinney has a GPA of 3.5 and puts just as much work into his schoolwork as he does his athleticism. Look for Myles to be a shining star for his high school in the next few years and move on to great things on the next-level.
CLASS OF 2017 SELECTIONS:
C.J. Turner (Webster Schroeder) - RB/DB - The youngest kid on the team, showed alot of poise and maturity against older high school kids from various parts of the country. Turner is only in the seventh grade but still contributed with a couple of catches for about 45 yards for the weekend. He caught 1 swing pass in the flats and 1 mid-range pass across the middle without any fear of taking a big hit. Turner is an athlete that you want to keep your eyes on in the near future, he understands that he still has plenty of things to learn and is not afraid of working hard to get better. The youngster is also an outstanding student in the classroom currently holding an A average in school. Keep this kid on your radar...you will not be disappointed!!!
Beyond Athletics would like to congratulate all the kids selected to represent Western New York, and Section V at such a prestigious event.
These kids were selected from various middle and high school teams across the Section V area, and are part of TheNext Level Conditioning Program sponsored by World Gym Rochester, Monroe County Crossfit, Beyond Athletics and CTC - Changing The Community. To get your child involved in the selection process visit World Gym of Rochester, 1717 East Ave. Or call 585-271-0440.
Feb 28, 2012
When opponents line up to stop the Eastridge Lancers this upcoming season, they will notice that superstarMiles Young will not be in the line-up as he will be playing for Division II West Liberty University. Instead they will be staring in the face of a unique two-headed monster. A halfback and a return guy that feature a good mix of speed, power, agility, vision, hands out of the backfield, confusion and much, much more. Led by RB Jeremiah Ortiz, and DB and Special Teamer Nate Corbett, the Lancers had a very successful season in 2011 going undefeated most of the year until the last game and ended up with a 7-1 record. Both athletes have the ability to break for big plays at anytime time.
At 5'9, 180lbs., Ortiz seems to be more of an any down back with lightning footwork that allows him to stop on the dime, change direction while leaving your cleats planted in the turf and deliver a nasty stiff arm to push any size defender away from him as he fights for more yardage. He is a nightmare in the passing game, especially if a linebacker or saftey are in man covererage on him. Last offseason Ortiz earned RB MVP Honors at the 2011 Syracuse University Football Camp, he also picked up the Overall MVP at the2011 CTC Elite Combine. This young man would be a steal for whoever he plays for on the next level. His interest level among various colleges seems to be growing. Ortiz has been contacted by coaches from Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn, Buffalo, Old Dominion and a few others. He has worked very hard to improve each season, and playing next year would make him a 4-year varsity starter and should be considered as a lock for All-Greater Rochester plus much more.
At 5'8, 165 lbs., Nate Corbett's game is speed, quickness, agility, make you miss....and then GONE!!! Corbett was clocked in the forty at a laser-timed 4.5. In the game he plays much faster, especially in the return game. Whether its as a kick-returner, punt-returner or interception returner, this kid knows how to find the end zone if the ball ends up in his hands. As a DB, Corbett was a 2011 All Monroe County 1st Team Selection, and has interest from Bowling Green, UConn, Buffalo and a few others. Look for Corbett to make 1st Team All-Greater Rochester next season, maybe even 1st or 2nd Team All New York State.
Eastridge also features one of the areas top Lineman in Alexander Officer (6'4 - 290 lbs), when you add all of this up, the Lancers should be one of the teams to beat next season. Either way Ortiz, Corbett, and Officer are all turning heads of recruiters at the next-level, and Beyond Athletics will be there to follow the progress of all three as they continue to prepare for college football.
Feb 24, 2012
Sophomore Offensive Lineman, Jacquis Webb (Gates-Chili) is beginning to raise some eyebrows in the world of recruiting. At 6'4, and 290 lbs, the big left tackle has caught the attention of Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and a few others. Webb says he's very surprised of being noticedalready considering he hasn't had many years playing football. "This was only my second year playing the sport, and I try to do my best with what my coaches have taught me." This past season, Webb began to come into his own during the Hilton game, "I had like seven or eight pancake blocks, that by far was my best performance ever", says Webb. "I embrace being a part of the running game and protecting the QB at all times." During the offseasons Webb continues to work on his game by improving his strength, footwork, explosivness and working on his conditioning. "These things are what I need to always improve upon if I want to be good on the next level", Webb explains.
Gates Chili went 3-5 this season led by Two-Time All Greater Rochester First Team selection and fellow teamateMarcus McGill, who will be attending The University of Buffalo this upcoming season. "Marcus was a great player that could play multiple positions for us, however next year without him in the lineup we must learn to play better as an overall team if we wanna win. I feel like we have the players to have a winning season and get into sectionals", says Webb. The big lineman has a few college targets on his mind already that include Penn State, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Rutgers and Pittsburgh. "I've always liked Penn State as a kid and it is a huge football school so they're my favorite right now, but my options are very open; same for Pittsburgh, I like them too." "As far as Syracuse, I would like to pursue a career in communications, plus it would be nice to play close to home; both Rutgers and Virginia Tech have shown early interest in me so they round out my top 5."
Webb says he plans to visit some schools this spring, but has not put a travel list together just yet. "As of right now the only things confirmed for this spring and summer on my schedule are the TNT Lineman Camp and the Syracuse University Football Camp; both in June." "My focus is just to continue improving as a student-athlete so playing college football could be a reality for me."
Academically Webb currently holds a 3.0 GPA and equally enjoys making time for his studies as he does improving as an athlete. Beyond Athletics will continue to follow the progress of Jacquis Webb during the offseason, and into the season. Look for Webb to be a dominate factor for the 2012-2013 Spartan offensive line as well as a big name for this area as recruiting the class of 2014 begins to pick up.
Feb. 14, 2012
Guest interview by: Quentin Gause
NAME: Brett Harrington
Height: 6 foot, 1 inch
Weight: 193 lbs
High School: Edison Tech
College: Alfred State
College: Western Kentucky
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Quentin Gause: How was your season this year at Alfred State?
Brett: It was good, up until game four after I broke my wrist. Our record was 6-4 season.
Quentin Gause: How have your academics been?
Brett: I was great academically. I did very well last semester.
Quentin Gause: Besides Western Kentucky, which other schools offered you and had high interest in you?
Quentin Gause: Are you glad to have made your decision in February to sign at Western Kentucky University?
Brett: Yes, it is a relief, and I'm very happy to get it over. It helped that I shared the spotlight on signing day with my little brother Jahmahl Pardnerwho signed at the University of Pittsburgh.
Quentin Gause: Congrats to both of you, I'm sure your mom is very proud. How long of a journey has it been from high school until now?
Brett: Hmm, let's see...Edison Tech to junior college and now I am just getting to Division 1. So it’s been a very long journey, I'm so glad I never gave up. This feeling was worth all the sweat, I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Quentin Gause: How hard did you have to work to get where you are today?
Brett: I am still working, no days off every day is a grind, I learned to be a competitor at an early age and it has helped me to not except just anything. I never gave up on my dream, so therefore I'm still working on it.
Quentin Gause: What do you think you will have to do in college to perform above the competition?
Brett: Continue to excel and working on getting better each day. The basics of a DB...opening up, loose hips, back pedaling and basically just working hard.
Quentin Gause: What is your future goal?
Brett: Hopefully to run a 4.38 and enter the NFL Draft. Plan B, I want to become a physiologist or an author.
Quentin Gause: Thanks Brett, it's been a very exciting road from Tenth Ward Tigers to now, you were always there for me as a big brother as well. Now we are all opening doors for the younger kids to get noticed as long as they do there part in the classroom. I hope you have continued success at Western Kentucky University.
Brett: You to Q...good luck at Rutgers!
Feb 8, 2012
Guest interview by: Quentin Gause
Cullen Casey (McQuaid Jesuit High School)
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Quentin Gause: Cullen, how was your junior season?
Cullen Casey: I had 12 tackles against eastridge, they were undefeated and we were 7-3. We won 24-17 we were the 7th seed going into sectionals.
Quentin Gause: What is your current GPA?
Cullen Casey: Currently my GPA is a 3.3, and I made second honors in school. I am all set for NCAA Clearinghouse.
Quentin Gause: What did you do during your off-season last year to prepare yourself for your junior season?
Cullen Casey: I went to “Wanna get Fast” in Pittsford, NY, some CTC combines, and also participated in the Next-Level training program at “World Gym of Rochester”. I learned better technique to become a better football player and how to be more aggressive. This year I have to train extra hard to be even more aggressive and more instinctive.
Quentin Gause: Which colleges do you have scholarships and/or high interest from?
Cullen Casey: The school that I have an offer from is Old Dominion University. The schools that have high interest in me are The University of Buffalo, Duke, Fordham, Rutgers, Bowling Green, University of New Hampshire, Boston College, UConn, and Miami of Ohio.
Quentin Gause: How hard did you have to work to get where you are today?
Cullen Casey: In 8th grade lifting weights, being focused in school academically and having my eye on the goal. But other athletes motivated me to work hard to get noticed. After I received my first scholarship offer from ODU it took a lot of pressure off my mind.
Quentin Gause: What do you think you will have to do in college to become the best?
Cullen Casey: Work all hours of the day on the field and in the classroom. I know that being the best student-athlete I can be will help me be more successful.
Quentin Gause: What is your future goal?
Cullen Casey: My dream is to play in the NFL, but my plan B is to get a job in business and sales.
Quentin Gause: What advice would you give to a younger athlete, something they can use for their journey to the next level where you're going?
Cullen Casey: Work your butt off in the weight room, classroom and on the field. You can be a great athlete but sometimes there are roadblocks that hold you up, just do not get discouraged. During the off season working out is going to help you become the best. People in Rochester, NY need to get out and be proactive with college coaches (calling, email, mail) You have to create your own exposure. You have to get to know people and build relationships. If I didn’t meet the people around me I wouldn’t have the offers and people noticing me today.
Quentin Gause: How’s your junior year recruiting?
Cullen Casey: It’s confusing, exciting and I love it.
Quentin Gause: Thanks Cullen, I wish you the best as your college recruiting season continues.
Feb 1, 2012
Beyond Athletics and (CTC) Changing The Community would like to congratulate all of the 2012 student-athletes that have signed their letters of intent today. "I am proud of all these guys and had to fight back the tears while watching each one of them sign today", says Greg Hopkins. As founder of Changing The Community, Hopkins has been a big brother, mentor, friend and has connected many of the resources needed to make this day possible for these young men. "These kids worked very hard on and off the field and have earned this moment forthemselves." "Our staff atCTC is very passionate about helping kids not only get to the next level, but succeed there as well," explains Hopkins. "I would like to thank all the many coaches and recruiters from the various colleges that took the time to scout our area and give these kids a chance, this day could not have happened without you." Hopkins goes on to say that this is just the beginning for Section V and all of Western, NY, and that CTC will always and forever be a part of Changing this Community. Once again congratulations to all of the Class of 2012 CTC participants listed below:
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Jan 15, 2012
Guest Interview by: Quentin Gause
How was your season this year? As an individual it went very well. The hard work in the off season payed off. I listened to my coaches played every position they told me to and did it well and to the best of my ability. We ended up 3-5 this season.
How is your senior year playing out academically and athletically? I have been doing well. 87 average. Football went good and basketball season is off to a great start as well. Time to practice and just go harder now.
Is there anyone else in Section V that has the skills to keep up with you? Haha, you went there! I don't think so, just kidding....Jahmahal Pardner and maybe a few other guys. But at the end of the day, we all have the same goal to perform at the highest level, on the next level.
Do you feel Rochester is starting to get some respect from national recruiters? Yes, Rochester is on the rise, we are producing a lot of football athletes for college, and will soon be a hot-spot for football.
Are you ready to make your decision in February? I am ready, I will be attending theUniversity at Buffalo.
Why did you choose this college? It just felt like the right fit for me, they have three wide receivers graduating, so there’s open spots. It’s just a right fit for me.
How hard did you have to work to get where you are today? I had to work very hard. Nothing is gonna be handed to you ya know. I knew that catching a football could lead me to being a doctor or a lawyer one day as long as I handle my business in the classrooom as well. On the field....sweat, blood, and tears was always left on the gridiron day-to-day, game or practice. Just consistent effort week-in and week-out.
What do you think you will have to do in college to become the best? I already am the best, again just kidding. Seriously though, I have to continue to fight and keep working hard. Learning from my coaches, and remaining coachable will help me become the best athlete I can possibly be.
What is your future goal? Go to college get my degree, win championships, and play in the NFL. Plan B will be for me to use my degree to get the best job possible.
What did you think ofLSU and Alabama Game?Bama got after it. LSU QB did not come out like they did last time. Didn't seem like they made any adjustments in gameplan.
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Jan 12, 2012
Guest Interview by: Quentin Gause
Dominic Scavo (Hornell Red Raiders)
How was your season this year? My season was excellent , we ended up winning the state championship. So we finished off 13-0.
How is your senior year playing out academically and athletically? Athletically it’s great football was good, going undefeated and getting my third ring was awesome, and basketball is good we lost three of our last games but we will rebound. Academically I have a 96 average or 3.8 GPA.
How does it feel to win three state championships in a row? It’s awesome, it was amazing to win the first one and the second time was incredible and the third opportunity was great to top it off especially since it’s my senior year.
Have you ever had the opportunity to work with any other Section V guys? I played some ball with Marcus McGill(Gates Chili) during the National 7 on 7 events we attended, and I had a chance to pass him the ball, he's a great WR. Jarron Jones(Aquinas) I met once at a football event. Jahmahl Pardner (Aquinas)is a lock down cornerback and great WR as well, and there are some upcoming underclassmen that are gonna be great as well. It's good to see that we have a handful of guys presenting themselves the opportunity to play at the next level. Its great how much Section V recruiting has grown in the past 3 or 4 years.
What is your future goal? Next four years attend a college not sure what school, major in political science, or business and become a corporate lawyer somewhere down south. I currently have two walk on spots at Northwestern University and Rutgers University.
Jan 11, 2012
Guest Interview by: Quentin Gause
Rod Stevens (Webster Thomas)
How was Saint Francis University this past season? We were 2-9, I red-shirted this year, the team struggled, but it was a great experience for me.
What is difference between high school football and college football? The time you put into it and the meetings. All day and all night is about football. You have to put a lot more time and dedication into the sport. It’s all about the game of football.
I heard you are switching schools, why and which school are you attending?I’m taking the junior college route. SFU was not the right fit for me. If I’m going to spend 4 or 5 years at a school I want to be happy. But Erie Community College will help me obtain those offers for me to attend another Division 1 college in the future.
What do you have to do to prepare yourself for this upcoming season at ECC? Do what I have been doing. Working hard on and off the field. Doing CTC and Next Level Conditioning at Monroe County Crossfit in Rochester and there is one in Buffalo so I will be there working out getting bigger, fast, and stronger. But overall just working hard in this off season and out working the competition will help prepare me.
What is your future goal for the next 10 years? The next 10 years from now I will be in the NFL thats plan A, however I do have a plan B going into my careers of communications and marketing that’s want I want to do for my future goal.
Jan 10, 2012
Interview by: Quentin Gause
Jahmahl Pardner (Aquinas Institute)
How did your senior season end off ? Season ended ok, didn’t end like I wanted it to. We ended up 11-2.
How is your senior year playing out academically and athletically? For both its one of my best years. I have an 84 average and my best season for football. Basketball is great were undefeated.
How would you say Section V athletes stack up against athletes from other areas around the country? Section V guys we can actually compete anywhere and were good enough to go out and represent ourselves on the national level. But you have to find outside camps and combines to showcase your talent against top talent in order to be seen.
Are you ready to make your college decision in Feburary? I am ready to sign, and I am committed to Pittsburgh University.
Why do you like Pittsburgh? When I went there the people impacted me. They treated everyone like family and I feel like I can make an impact early. Also Pitt playing in the ACC is the main reason why I committed and the ACC is a bigger national stage.
How hard did you have to work to get where you are today? I had to work really hard. A lot of people said I can play football at the next level. Getting up early and going to the weight room to workout helped me a lot. I still have plenty of work to do but I know I will become successful by doing whatever it is I have to do.
What do you think you will have to do in college to become the best? I have to become more consistent the way I workout, and be the most consistent person in college working hard.
What is your future goal? I am undecided on my major. But I want to represent Rochester, NY very well at Pittsburgh University. And like every kid, I do have aspirations to making it to the NFL.
Jan 7, 2012
This is high school football's biggest stage. Everybody is good, and everybody has been the man in their hometown. Rochester's own Jarron Jones (Aquinas Institute) has earned the right to be named on the East roster of The US Army All-American All-Star Game, he is the only selection from the State of New York. The 5-Star, Blue Chip athlete goes 6'6, 307lbs., yet plays with a unique blend of quick feet, great technique, balance, power, agility, speed, you name it! These attributes have been the key components to why Jones has dominated the opposition in Section V. His senior stats: 75 tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery.
Jones is hands down the #1 ranked athlete in New York State, and most recruiting websites have him ranked in the Top 15 in the nation at his postion (Defensive Line). That is what the US Army game is all about, the best. "All the kids down here are just as good as me, if not better, and most are my size, and just as strong, I absolutley love it," says Jones. "This journey has been so amazing, I cannot wait to play, this is the grand-daddy of all high school football games." "I remember watching as a kid and thinking, I wanna play in that game, and here I am, my heart is racing, its great to be around so many talented athletes from all around the country."
Jones, currently committed to Notre Dame, is one of the reasons why the Western, NY area has been making some noise in the recruiting world. "We are starting to earn some respect as of late," says Jones. "It seems like every year we have had at least one kid go to a BCS Division 1 school, and this is just the tip of the iceburg." "I think we already have some offers on the table for some of our class of 2013 prospects, it just feels good to be part of this positive trend back at home, I'm very excited for Rochester."
The US Army All-American All-Star game will kickoff today at 1pm sharp on NBC Sports. Beyond Athletics would like to congratulate Jarron Jones on his selection to the 2012 US Army All-American All-Star Game. Bring home the win!
Jan 5, 2012
He stands 6'2, 185lbs and is capable of catching the football as if it were a baseball with either hand. WR-Brendan Buisch just helped hisHornell Red Raiders complete yet another New York State Class B championship run. His statistics from 2011-2012 season were: 13 catches for 250 yards, 5 TD's in 8 games and only about 18 targets due to an knee injury that cut his season short. Great numbers considering the Red Raiders rushed for over 4,000 yards as a team, led by senior Running Back Scott McKibben (2,275 yards). "Outside of catching the ball, one of my best assets is blocking downfield, I love it"! "Catching the ball is just an added bonus", explains Buisch. He can play in the slot, TE or #1 on the next level. As his body continues to mature physically, Buisch might be 200lbs easily by the end of his senior year. "I'm working hard off the field right now to develop my skills for next year," says Buisch. Beyond Athletics was on hand last week at the CTC Top 100 Elite Combine, where Buisch ran a 4.71 forty yard dash. Pretty impressive when you consider he was coming off a serious leg injury.
Buisch has made visits to Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Penn State universities, along with fellow teamate and the 2011 NYS Class B Player Of The Year QB-Dominic Scavo (Class of 2012). "He has taught me a lot about getting myself exposed, we aren't really known for football outside our area, so going out of town and playing in National 7-on-7 competitions has been very helpful for the direction I would like to go". Buisch, says he looks forward to visiting more colleges this spring, but has not put a list together yet. He's focusing on his education right now, and with a 90 average, NCAA Clearinghouse shouldn't be a problem. Buisch, by far is one of the areas best receivers in the class of 2013, a true diamond in the rough on a very good football team. Look for big numbers next season asBeyond Athletics continues to follow the progress of Brendan Buisch.
Dec 29, 2011
NAME: Jerome Lewis
Height: 6 foot, 4 inches
Weight: 247 lbs
High School: Bishop Kearney
College: Univ. Of Mass.
Position: Tight End
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Beyond Athletics: So it's been a couple of years now, how have things been going for you?
Jerome Lewis: Things have been great, I'm at Umass now and feel very good about how this transition has played out for me.
BA: Speaking of transitions, one big question that everyone would like to know is, why did you decide to leave Virginia Tech?
Lewis: Virginia Tech was a great experience for me, I learned so much during my redshirt freshman year there, however my style of play at the TE position, and the way they wanted to utilize me just didn't mix to well. They were looking for more of a physical Kevin Boss (New York Giants) type TE, and I'm more of an athletic TE like Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriots).
BA: So why Umass?
Lewis: Well first off is location, its a little closer to home, the type of offense they run suits my style of play. I am very happy to be here, its a great combination, Umass + Jerome Lewis = a great combination...You will see soon!
BA: We look forward to it! Tell me in the past two years, how do you feel you have matured off the field?
Lewis: I would say I learned how to be a man, I needed time on my own to face realities and grow. Even though she tried, as a single parent my mom couldn't teach me everything, I had to face some hardships all by myself. That's what has helped me realize my potential even more. I've also been able to see what people are truly in my corner, and who my true friends are.
BA: What high school teamates do you stay in contact with?
Lewis: Aww man, my quarterback Jake Meek, he's doing his thing atUAlbany. WR Blair Roberts, is making a name for himself at Old Dominion. WR Preston Scott is enjoying playing at Duke University. And my manQuentin Gause is going to be a big surprise to everyone at Rutgers University. What's funny is that when you think of a school that has produced 5 Division 1 ball players, and 2 high school All-Americans in Quentin and myself within like 3 years, you would think its a high school from Florida or something. We had some very good players at Bishop Kearney, I've been blessed to be able to play with each and every one of them.
BA: So give me description of your very first college wake-up call on the field?
Lewis: Funny story, it was my redshirt year at Virginia Tech, and I was going against the first-team defense. My assignment was to run a dig route accross the middle of the field, catch the ball and try to outrun the LB's. I ran the route, caught the ball in front of our All-American LB Bruce Taylor, tried to juke him and use my speed, but it just didn't happen. That's when I realized that my high school moves were not going to work on the college level.
BA: That's pretty funny, so was it a really hard hit or what?
Lewis: It was hard enough....It was my welcome to college hit!
BA: Cool, one last question, what is the biggest goal you would like to accomplish?
Lewis: I would like to continue to help Rochester establish a national identity on the recruiting level. It seems like we are making some noise, and starting to gain some respect as of late. My little brother Alex Officer (Eastridge) is getting a lot of attention from college recruiters, as well as a few others, I am so happy for them all. If I could help keep, and open up the pipeline even more, I would feel real good about myself.
BA: Thanks for your time Jerome, its been wonderful, we wish you much success in your future. Beyond Athletics will continue to follow your progress at Umass. We also would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Lewis: Thank you very much!!!
Dec 26, 2011
He stands about 5'10, 175 lbs and has the heart of a champion. (ATH) Daron Roper (Rush-Henrietta High School), Rochester, NY, is an emotional player with traits of being a team leader and motivator from almost any position. Projected as a DB at the next level, Roper believes he can play on offense as well. "I've played QB and WR, but will play whatever the team and coaches need me to play at the highest level." Roper goes on to say, he has gotten interest from Old Dominion, Albany, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Wagner just to name a few. "I've visited Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers with plansto visit more schools this spring." "I'm keeping my options open and will begin evaluating more in the next few months." Expect Roper to be one of the more dominate players in this area next season, as he strives to improve all-around. "I'm working out in the gym focusing on getting bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic," explains Roper, as he is one of the many athletes that will be on hand at the 1st annual Elite Top 100 Combine and Showcase held on December 28th, 2011 at Total Sports Experience 880 Elmgrove Rd, Rochester, NY held by (CTC) Changing The Community. For more information contact Greg at (585) 754-8934. CTC has helped develop some top area prospects including Ashton Broyld (Milford Academy / Syracuse University), Quentin Gause (Rutgers University), Jarron Jones (Notre Dame University), Jahmahl Pardner (Pittsburgh University),Marcus McGill (Buffalo University) plus many, many more and counting. Roper looks to be joining that list of names really soon. Stay on the lookout in 2012 as Beyond Athletics continues to follow the progress of Daron Roper.
Dec 25, 2011
Class of 2013 and Eastridge High School Offensive Lineman Alexander Officer(pictured on right with fellow teamate Jerimiah Ortiz) has slowly been making a name for himself as of late. The 6'4, 295lb. giant has earned himself full ride scholarship offers from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, and there is much more interest on the way for him. With such great footwork, Officer is a QB's dream as he has the ability to play any position on the OL, however appears most suited to play at the tackle position on the next level. "Right now, I'm keeping my options open, and focusing on working hard to get better on the field and in the classroom," says Officer. "I feel like all the other stuff will play out when it's time to make a decision". "My team of supporters consists of my mom, brother (Jerome Lewis), coaches, and plenty of friends and they will be there when its time to cross that bridge," Officer explains. This seems like a very determined young man, "I want to continue to show people that our area is filled with talent at every position, and we are all working hard every week during the offseason to not only get to the next level, but excel at it as well." On the field he is a nightmare for his opponents, but a class act off the field. Look for Officer to dominate the area on his quest to bring more awareness to help open the door for future recruits.
Dec 22, 2011
Beyond Athletics takes a look at how some former Section V football standouts faired for their first few months of college in 2011.
The 2010-2011 AA High School New York State Player of the year Ashton Broyld, rebounded well from a very tough offseason filled with court dates after making a very serious mistake during a basketball game in Rochester, NY. "I've learned a great deal and I'm trying to focus on moving forward with better decision making at this point", says the Syracuse University commit. Broyld goes on to say, "I'm working on my academics, and being the best student-athlete I can be while making the most out of this opportunity".
And that is exactly what he has done for Milford Academy this season, standing 6'3, 230 lbs., some publications have him ranked among the Top 15 Athletes in the class of 2012. According to 247Sports, he's ranked the #1 athlete in the nation. Broyld's athleticism helped lead Milford to a 12-0 season, and is looking forward to competing at QB for the Orangeman next season.
After graduating from high school early in 2011, the 2-time All Greater Rochester selection Nick Carrollenrolled into Monmouth University in time to participate in their spring practices and the 2011 Spring Game. Carroll was a 4-Year high school starter playing RB, LB, and S for Bath-Haverling in Bath, NY prior to arriving at Monmouth. The 5-11, 198 lb. stud red-shirted this season and is looking forward to playing DB for the Hawks next season.
Former 2010-11 All New York State 1st Team Linebacker: Colin Cooper joined forces with hometown friend Nick Carroll at Monmouth University. The 6'3 230 lb. giant was a 2-way starter at TE and LB at Geneva High School, Geneva, NY. This past season at Monmouth saw Cooper playing as a true freshman at LB for the Hawks, highlighted by his first college interception. Look for Cooper to be a leader on what's anticipated to be a pretty stingy defense next fall.
The former Bishop Kearney graduateQuentin Gause feels right at home during his first year as a freshman at Rutgers University. While in high school Gause starred as a 4-year starter for The Kings, and explains how different it is on the BCS Div-1 level. "The pace is much faster, and the learning curve is greater, I'm learning how to play on team where every position is good", says Gause. "My senior year in high school my team only won 1 game, and I tried to make every tackle and score every touchdown to help lead us to a victory". Standing 6'1 228 lbs., the 2-Time All New York State Linebacker explains how the transition up to this point has been tough but very productive for him. "It was frustrating at first due to self expectations, I spent a lot of time in the film room learning as much as I could, I was so used to making all the plays that I was not trusting in my teamates, and worst of all I wasn't even realizing it". "Now I feel like I am on the right track as my coaches worked with me on being part of a great team and not just a great player", says Gause. Although the former NUC Gridiron Classic All-Star redshirted his first year, he was scout team player of the week 4 times during the season, and is making the most out of his time on the practice field. "I get to be a part of my first Bowl experience when we play in the New Era Pinestripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30th, 2011 vs Iowa State", says Gause. Look for Gause to be a defensive playmaker the next few years for the Scarlet Knights.
Sept 1, 2011
As the 2011 football season begins, Rush- Henrietta athlete Chauncey Scissum is already on the recruiting radar for a number of colleges that include: Akron, Albany, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Old Dominion also some Div 2 and 3 schools as well. Scissum stands 6'2, and 190 lbs, and is just as focused in the classroom as he is on the gridiron. With a 3.5 GPA, Scissum is sure to make NCAA Clearing House and is projected to be one of the best Section V prospects in his class . As an athlete, he can play QB, WR, DB, and also excels in lacrosse. It appears after NYS Player of The Year , and former teamate (QB) Ashton Broylddeparts for his freshman year at Syracuse University, the QB position for Rush-Henrietta is open for competition with huge shoes to fill in order for the reigning Class AA NYS Champs to remain a force, and defend its title. Scissum is more than qualified to get the nod at the position, but is willing to help the team out in anyway possible, as he is a very unselfish player. One position that he has seen some success at already is the CB spot. Scissum brings that QB mentality to the defensive backfield as he understands the game better than most. Along with smarts, raw athletic ability combined with speed, work-ethic, and a desire to be the best, he could be very dangerous for opposing quarterbacks. Look for Scissum to make plenty of plays on the defensive side of the ball this upcoming season, and don't be surprised if he becomes one of the rare All-Greater Rochester selections in only his junior year.
June 23, 2011
Jeremiah Ortiz – RB - (Eastridge) Ortiz is an outstanding athlete that can play multiple positions such as RB / DB / OLB, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield making him a threat at receiver as well. He stands 5'10, 190lbs and is very explosive on both sides of the ball. He can break a play at any moment, with his speed and agility, and may give a defender an occasional stiff-arm as well. Ortiz plays the game of football with heart and attitude, like every play is his last opportunity. While playing defense, he hits like he weighs 230lbs, and is not afraid to sacrifice his body. In 2010, Ortiz had 32 carries for 275yds (8.59yds per carry), 3 receptions for 31 yds, 60 tackles, and 4 sacks. This kid is a coaches kid, he brings everything to the table in his workouts, practice as well as in the game, and he has the heart of a champion as a competitor. He’s being looked at by Buffalo, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse, and picking up mail from other schools as well. Ortiz is definitely a kid to watch in Section V for 2011.
May 14, 2011
Beyond Athletics was on hand at the BadgerSports New Level Athletics 7-on-7 Competition held at The University Of Pittsburgh a few weeks ago, and wanted to showcase and highlight each individual kid on Team NY's roster. Starting with the class of 2012, then 2013, and finally wrapping up with the class of 2013.
CLASS OF 2012
March 15, 2011
Class of 2013, and McQuaid Jesuit student-athlete;Cullen Casey is slowly gaining more attention on a national level. At a solid 6'5, 250lbs., this kid has played multiple positions on both sides of the ball from TE, H-Back, OT, DE, and DL. All that as a sophomore contributing to the varsity level, Casey was committed to helping his team out anyway he could. This giant 10th grader, has already started to generate interest from Boston College, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, and USC. Casey relies on his agility, speed, and strength to get around and sometimes over-power his opponents while making plays, he has an engine that never stops, and is a true student of the game. Studying game film is probably his best tool. "Most kids don't take the time to study game-film the way Casey does, he's not just looking at plays that he made, he's learning weaknesses about his game and strength's of his next opponents game", says Kala Gause; Cullen's trainer, and area scout. "He's not afraid to challenge himself at all, most kids only want the glory that comes from looking good on a play, so they will never benefit from what they did wrong, while learning how to do it properly". Gause also says that Cullen is one of the hardest working kids he knows, and thinks that he will become a major prospect in the Rochester area, "No matter what, he's gonna give you 110% at whatever you ask him to do, there is no doubt in my mind that colleges will line up for this kid, he's big, strong, fast, has quick feet, and most of all his grades are excellent!" As a junior, Casey will look to focus his time and energy into one or two positions on the field. He projects as a defensive lineman, or an offensive tackle on the next level. On the rise in Section V recruiting is The McQuaid Knights: Cullen Casey. Good luck next season!
March 9, 2011
Jarron Jones - DL - (Aquinas) At 6'7, 295lbs The Big Defensive Lineman from Aquinas has been one of the most recruited prospects in Section V history. Jones has to date at least 18 offers that range from top colleges in the SEC, Big Ten and Big East. When it’s all said and done he will most likely be a 50-offer kid. Last year at Aquinas, Jones had 70 tackles (14 for loss), 10 Sacks, 1 Interception, and 1 Fumble Recovery for a TD. His footwork is what sets him apart from the average big man; he's big, strong, light on his feet and has technique. Watch for Jones to be a dominant force for Aquinas in 2011.
Poncho Barnwell - DE - (East) East High's big man is 6'5, 225lbs, and has already gained the attention of many Big East schools such as Connecticut, Rutgers, and Syracuse. Barnwell could very well be RCAC Player of the Year in 2011. He's very athletic for his size, and is a player that must be accounted for at all times.
Mark Guarino-Hyde - Lineman - (Webster Schroeder) Very physical, good footwork, can play offense and defense. Was the 2009 Section V Class AA Sectional Final Outstanding Offensive Lineman of the year. Guarino-Hyde uses his agility, strength, and leverage to control whoever lines up in front of him, he is a major force on either side of the ball. Had 65 Tackles (13 for a loss), and 3 Forced Fumbles, along with plenty of pancakes on the offensive side of the ball. At 6'0, 270lbs, Guarino-Hyde is being looked at by BuffaloUniversity, UAlbany, Monmouth, Boston College, New Hampshire, and CornellUniversity. Guarino-Hyde is one of the Top 3 Lineman in Section V.
Dominick Delucia - RB - (Pittsford) Packs quite the punch for a 5'9 205lb RB, also has the speed, agility, and elusiveness to break big plays. With a 40-yard dash time of 4.5, and 315lb. bench press, don't let the size fool you. He is a New York State Top Five RB for 2011, and has garnered interests from Airforce, Army, Duke, Northwestern, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse, and many of the top Ivy League Schools as well. Delucia is a kid whose work ethic will take him to the top, as he is always working on his weaknesses, which are very few, he will have no problem finding a home to extend his college career playing football. Expect a big 2011 for Delucia and his Panthers this season as they return many starters at key positions. Good Luck!
Dominic Scavo - QB - (Hornell) In two seasons as Hornell's starting QB Scavo's stats are as follows: 2,278 Passing Yds (32 TD's), 1,015 Rushing Yds (22 Td's), those numbers have led Hornell to Back-to-Back New York State Class B Championship Titles. Scavo is also the current New York State Class B MVP. The 6'4, 220lb signal caller currently has recruiters from Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, and is stirring up more attention from others as well. He has developed into one of the best game managers this state has to offer in the short range passing game; however he is just as precise with the deep ball if necessary. Hornell will try to make itß state titles in a row in 2011, and they have one of the best QB’s in the entire state leading them in Scavo.
Jahmahl Pardner – CB - (Aquinas) Pardner has been slowly increasing his stock at the DB position on the national level. He has been compared to the likes of Deion Sanders in terms of coverage ability, but is just as physical as a Charles Woodson, in the fact that he is great in run support. The 6'0, 187lb. defender also has deceptive speed to go along with his other talents, he pretty much can lock up an entire side of the field from the Cornerback position. If QB’s aren’t careful he can possibly leave the game with multiple INT’s. Pardner currently has one offer from Buffalo University and has heavy interest from Florida State, Duke, Syracuse, and Rutgers. 2011 will be the year for Pardner to dominate as his Little Irish continue their winning ways most teams will have to play from behind and pass the football to get back into the game, and that will play right into Pardners hands. Expect him to have a great season!
Grant Heyman -QB - (Pittsford) This young man is a natural born leader, in the classroom, on the court, and on the field. He not only participates in football, basketball, and baseball, he excels in all 3 sports. At 6'4, 195lbs. Hyman is the ideal QB for college recruiters, and boy have they began to line up for him; Bowling Green, Buffalo, Connecticut, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse,, and Wisconsin and this list is growing. His 2010 stats: 1,010yds passing (10 TD’s) and 4 rushing TD’s, also started at DB, and served as the teams place-kicker. Could very well be a candidate for Section V League MVP for his class in 2011.
Cory McNamara – CB - (Wayne) As a Jr. McNamara made 1st Team All Greater Rochester and 4th Team New York State as a DB. The 5'11, 160lb. stud had 30 tackles, and led all New YorkState with turnovers: 12 INT’s as well as 3 fumble recoveries, a total of 15 turnovers. McNamara has proven to be a true Shutdown Corner around Section V. Had a record 4 INT’s in a 15-13 victory over Eastridge this past season for his Wayne Eagles. McNamara’s statistics are no fluke, and he is worth keeping an eye on next season. He is the gem of the Class of 2012here in Section V and should gain interests from some D1 A and AA schools during his Sr. season at Wayne.
Correy Benedetto – QB - (Aquinas) Expect Benedetto to once again lead one of the best teams in New York State to yet another NY Class A Championship Title. This kid is a true leader for his team. Strong arm, great deep ball, and is very mobile. His size: 5'11, 205lbs, and has more growing to do. With all of the weapons that Aquinas has in 2011, Benedetto can make more of a name for himself, and should have an unbelievable season.
Dale Mattice – LB - (Victor) This kid was the heart and soul of a very stingy defense in 2010. At 6'1, 205lbs, Mattice led the team with 101 tackles which helped contribute to a 9-1 season for the Blue Devils. Syracuse, UAlbany,Akron, Buffalo, and Rutgers have Mattice on their recruiting radars, he has a nose for the ball, and delivers quite the blow while making the tackle. 2011 will be a huge year for Mattice, expect him to be a candidate for Section V Defensive Player of The Year.
Ishmael El-Amin – WR - (Wilson)El-Amin is a game changer for the Wilson Wildcats, and will be a top returning starter in 2011. El-Amin’s game will remind us all that: YOU CANNOT TEACH SPEED!!! Fast, fast, fast, and after all that he is a play-maker! Opponents must make sure he is accounted for whenever he is on the field. If you don’t know this kid yet, surely you will get to know him between now and the end of next football season as he is an area favorite in a few track and field events this spring. The speedster is 5'11, and 168lbs. and very fast! El-Amin has the attention of Old-Dominion, Connecticut, and Seton Hall. His play next season will garner more attention from other schools as well.
Briele Caples – QB - (West Irondequiot) At 6'0, 185lbs. This 1st year starter at QB led his West Irondequiot team to a 9-1 record and an appearance in the Section V Finals Championship game. Caples threw for over 1,500yds (13 TD’s) and a passer rating of 88. He also rushed for over 500yds (7 TD’s) while collecting 45 tackles on defense. Rutgers, Buffalo University, and Ohio State have all shown interest. Caples has the work-ethic to go along with the overwhelming statistics, and is just as good, if not better at playing lacrosse, and could possibly wind up with offers from both sports. With another season equal or better than last, its expected that Caples will continue to make a name for himself around New York State and beyond.
Ellis Randall – RB - (Greece Olympia) One of the most improved players of the Class of 2012 in Section V. Randall can easily be a 1AA kid, and is currently working hard to improve his exposure this off-season. If all goes as planned, Ellis will be the sleeper of this class. He is coachable, has good grades, and is ready, willing and able to improve his game at the highest level! Lookout for Ellis Randall this 2011 Section V football season!
Derick Peters – RB - (Canandaigua) Peters broke into the 2010 Section V football season with a bang! The 6'2, 210lb. RB transferred into Canandaigua and it ended up being a perfect fit for both. He was an immediate impact on the field. 2,100yds (26 TD’s) later Peters was selected Section V Class A Offensive Player of the Year, Monroe County Division III Player of the Year, and has drawn the attention of Connecticut, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, and is generating even more from MAC, and Big East schools. He will be a bright spot for The Braves in 2011.
Marc Pettrone - LB - (Aquinas) Has been the heart and soul of the Little Irish defense going over 100 tackles for the 2nd consecutive year. Was selected the 2010 Section V Class A Defensive Player of the Year, and has lived up to everything he has earned. Pettrone is also an outstanding lacrosse player, and will likely opt to play lacrosse in college, although, he could be an effective D1-AA football player. In 2011, Pettrone will help The Little Irish defend their undefeated season and New York State Class A Championship Title.
Parrish McKnight - ATH - (Webster Schroeder) McKnight has done everything that has been asked of him to do for the Warriors, and he’s done it at the highest level from the QB, RB, and WR positions,McKnight managed 1,530 all-purpose yards and 9 TD’s in 2010. The 5'11, 195lb. athlete has been on college recruiting radars since 2008, when as a freshman, he earned the starting QB spot and led his team deep into the Sectionals and a 9-1 record. When the season kicks-off in 2011, McKnight will become a rare 4-year varsity starter, over the last few years he’s caught the eyes of college coaches from: Buffalo, Maryland, Rutgers, Connecticut, and many 1-AA schools as well. McKnight is an x-factor on the field and is prone to making some very big plays at very tough times during game situation. Next year will be a fun year to follow the all-around athlete from Webster Schroeder. McKnight will be most likely be an AGR candidate if he continues to have success.
Marcus McGill - WR - (Gates Chili) McGill has the confidence to compete with the best at the highest level, and the will to get even better, he has a work-ethic that is preparing his body for the challenges he will face at the next level of his career. He is a 2-way starter at WR / DB for the Spartans. The 6'1, 205lb. athlete is being recruited by; Akron, East Carolina, Penn State,Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and currently holds an offer from The University of Buffalo. McGill is just as much of an impact on the hardwood for the Spartans as he is on the football field. He led his basketball team in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. Next season the all-around stud will strap up his football cleats for his final high school season, and will probably wind up making the AGR, All-
Feb 25, 2011
His last high school football game for the Webster Thomas Titans was played well over 4 months ago, and after a long recruiting process filled with many college visits, and conversations with multiple college and prep school coaches,Rod Stevens, can finally prepare for the next phase of his life. Stevens has accepted a scholarship offer to play college football at Div. 1AA St. Francis University under head coach Chris Villarrial. Stevens is listed at 6'1, 230lbs, and can play multiple positions, such as DE, OLB, and H-Back. But says his strengths lie in a 3-4 defensive scheme. "In high school my teamates compared me to James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers, we are not big tall guys, but when coming off the edge in a 3-4 it combines the power and explosivness of a defensive end and the speed and agility of an OLB". His stats: 70 Tackles(18 for loss), 5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 2 Fumble Recoveries. Those are very impressive numbers, and Stevens will look to build upon his football skills at St. Francis along with fellow area recruit Calvin Bain (East H.S.).
"I'd like to thank my mom, my friends, and my grandfather. The community support base I have, is always in my corner". Coach Hopkins and the staff at CTC Changing the Community, have really helped my footwork, and speed this off-season. I also train in the weight room almost everyday with longtime friend and Rutgers bound athlete Quentin Gause." Says Gause's uncle and trainer, Kayla Gause have been very instrumental in the recruiting process for not only Stevens, but many other area kids. "Coach Gause, and coach Hopkins are working together to help build athletes up in our entire area. Rochester is not really known as a hot spot for football, but that is slowly changing starting with the class of 2011".
~ Rod Stevens
Beyond Athletics NY congratulates Webster Thomas Titans standout Rod Stevens, and his entire family. Good Luck at St. Francis University!
Feb. 21, 2011
Following in the footsteps of recent Section V greats like Jerome Lewis, Ashton Broyld, Quentin Gause, Nick Carroll, and Collin Cooper, athletes from various high schools around the area will be headed down to Rutgers University, on Feb. 26th and 27th to participate in the East RegionalBadgerSports Elite 7on7 Tournament. This event has been one of the fastest growing opportunities for high school kids to showcase their skills and talents to gain more national exposure. All the major recruiting sites such as ESPN, Rivals, and Scout will be on hand to identify stand-out athletes in order to better rank kids nationwide.
The Western NY All-Stars will be lead by both Class A, and B, NY StateChampionship Quaterbacks: Corey Benedetto from Aquinas, and Hornell's Dominic Scavo.
As a Jr., Benedetto, led the Little Irish to the 2010 NY State Class A Championship victory and completed an undefeated season.
Dominic Scavo, is a returning starter for The Western NY All-Stars at this event. The 6'4, 210lb Jr from Hornell NY, has led the Red Raiders to their 2nd consecutive NY State Class B Title, and now has 2 undefeated seasons under his belt. This is what the experts at Nevel Athletics had to say about his last Badgersports performance as a sophomore: "When watching Scavo’s film he is a natural gunslinger. He reminds me of Kurt Warner from his look to his delivery of the football. Scavo can make a lot of the throws he needs to make with accuracy. Scavo is a proven winner and he has good pocket presence and mobility when pressure is in his face". Stay on the lookout for Dominic Scavo.
Gates Chili Wide Reciever Marcus McGill, picked up an offer over the weekend from The University of Buffalo and is expected to be making not only his 2nd appearance at this event, but 3rd time participating within a Badger Sports uniform, after a stellar Junior season, regional recruiting analyst Matt Alkire of scout.com had this to say: "Marcus McGill may not be from a football state, but the 6-foot-1, 195lb wide receiver from Gates-Chili High School is definitely in a football state of mind if you check out his junior highlights. He shows good speed, great cutting ability, the ups to snatch the ball at its highest point and the playmaking skills to make people miss in the open field. After watching his film it’s obvious why Penn State, Rutgers, and Syracuse are already on him and he definitely looks like he’ll be picking up offers very soon. As a sophomore, McGill caught 20 passes for 305 yards. He was named second team All-County as a cornerback". Alkire, goes on to say "Rochester, N.Y., has started to put out some big-name players over the past few years and the Class of 2012 is looking no different."
Keep your eyes open for Junior lock-down DB Jahmahl Pardner, CB/WR, out of Aquinas Instistute, also in Rochester, N.Y. Pardner is expected to make his 2nd appearance as well. Team Western NY, would like to rely on Pardners' speed at both WR and CB, he could very well be one of the best DB's on the east coast, Pardner will have a ton of big time eyes on him at this event, schools are beginning to line up for his services, but many would like one more look at him first. The Little Irish speedster will be yet another standout from the Rochester Connection, and is also a very close relative of Rutgers commit Quentin Gause. Pardner also has an offer from the University of Buffalo.
Other local athletes attending are underclassmen: Jeremiah Ortiz (Eastridge),DaRon Roper (Rush-Henrietta), Marlon Anderson (East High), Branden Bish(Hornell), and Jospeh Gause (Bishop Kearney) just to name a few. Team Western NY will be coached by Kala Gause and partners, Greg Hopkins, Raji El-Amin and other coaches from CTC Changing The Community. With the amount of talent from Section V. This is truly an All-Star Team, good luck to Team Western New York this weekend as they travel down to New Jersey and bring back the trophy!!!
March 3, 2011
The Western NY All-Stars were pitted against Team Eastern NY led by highly recruited CB Wayne Morgan (Erasmus Hall) from Brooklyn, NY. Morgan holds offers from Alabama, Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Miami (FL), Penn State, Rutgers, and Syracuse.
Team Western NY was led by Section V QB's Dominic Scavo (Hornell), and Corey Benedetto (Aquinas). And both were exceptional, Scavo got the start, and drove down the field and found Joseph Gause (Bishop Kearney) in the End Zone for the TD. Gause was covered by Morgan on the play. Benedetto threw a 40yd TD pass to Brenden Buish (Hornell), and WNY never looked back, winning 28-6.
Games 2 and 3 were both losses to Maryland (36-20), and Eastern Massechusetts (20-12), however the losses were productive as some kids began to step up and make names for themselves. Marlon Anderson (East) proved that he could play multliple positions and ended up switching between OLB and CB. Anderson held his own in coverage against older multiple-offer kids from other regions, and almost had 2 interceptions in the tournament. Daron Roper (Rush Henrietta) made many plays from the Saftey position. Roper broke up pass after pass, QB's kept testing him, and continued throwing his way, he picked 2 off inßrd game. Speed, great coverage skills, and a nose for the ball are all strengths for Roper.
Game 4 was another victory over East NY (14-6). Benedetto stepped in as a DB and broke up many plays over the middle. Buish had another TD catch and only dropped 1 pass in the entire tournament. His teamates nicknamed him Mr. Hands. He really showed alot of toughness catching passes all over the field with no fear. ATH Jeremiah Ortiz(Eastridge) rebounded very well from games 2 and 3. His ability to focus kept his head in the game. Ortiz, probably got the most work out of any other WNY player and he ended the tournament with an interception on his final play. Ellis Randall (Greece Olympia) also played mulitple positions on defense. Mostly DB, some OLB, Randall's physical play reminded WR's why they shouldn't come across the middle of the field. And his coverage skills defending RB's out of the backfield was excellent as well.
WNY ended the day at 2-2, and was entered as the 20th seed in the Single Elimination Badgersports Championship Bracket and would be matched up against the 3-1 New Jersey Fly.
Both Scavo, and Benedetto played some D, but they were like kids in a candy store on day 2 when the other Section V teamates walked into the Rutgers bubble. The arrival of class of 2012 athletes Jahmahl Pardner (Aquinas),Marcus McGill (Gates Chili), and Ishmael El-Amin (Wilson) marked the beginning of the day. They immediatly made a difference as Day 2 would kick off with a single elimination game at 7:30am. Pardner made plays on offense, and locked up any and all receivers that he lined up against, had 2 picks and showed why his stock is increasing among college recruiters everywhere! McGill had 2 TD receptions on the first 2 possesions and played both ways with authority, his offers will also begin to pick up this spring as well. It appeared that Pardner and McGill were the best two athletes on the field. El-Amin broke up any pass that came across the middle as a DB and made his presence known to many recruiters. WNY defeated NJ Fly 35-6 and moved on into the final round to face Virginia.
Virginia came out red hot as they went 40 yards for the TD on the very first play. The offense turned the ball over and WNY found themselves down by 2 TDs within minutes. Defensive adjustments had to be made, however it was too late for a comeback as time expired and WNY lost 22-12 to Virginia. The surprise of the tournament was the play of East High's Marlon Anderson. Even with all the losses, Anderson asserted himself as an athlete for recruiters to began to put on their radars, he made a few big defensive plays at the end that kept the final score from getting out of hand.
Congrats to all of the Section V athletes that participated in the Badgersports 7 on 7 Tournament. These guys all received national exposure, and an experience that will continue to help build WNY as a football hotspot!