Great Valley’s Geiss wins Elite 25 QB Showcase

Great Valley’s Chris Geiss

There were quarterbacks with bigger names, lots of stars and college offers at the Elite 25 Quarterback Showcase Friday, but none of them took home the MVP honor. That distinction went to Chris Geiss.

Geiss, a senior to be at Great Valley High, beat out over 30 other quarterbacks and won the MVP of the event held at the Lanco Fieldhouse in Lancaster. The event saw the quarterbacks doing different passing and agility drills and scores were kept for each drill.

“It’s great,” said Geiss of winning. “I first came (to coach Jim Cantafio’s camps) last year and have just kept working. At first I was a little frustrated, but I owe it all to (Cantafio). He worked with me and I have just kept getting better.”

Geiss , 6-4, 190, threw for over 1,500 yards but also ran for over 1,000 yards in the run-oriented spread option that is used at Great Valley.

“It’s been kind of frustrating for me,” said Great Valley coach Mike Choi, who drove to Lancaster to see his quarterback in action. “Since the end of last year I’ve been telling people how good he is. I know I’m an option guy and like to run, run, run. But he’s a kid that has great size and can make all the throws. I feel like whenever he has the opportunity to show what he has, he can really be good.”

While Geiss hasn’t had any offers yet, he has had some quality football programs show interest. Villanova, Stony Brook, Richmond, Connecticut and Temple have all been in contact with him.

“I just don’t get it,” said Cantafio, who was the director of the event. “Chris has great size and strength and can make all the throws. And he can also run. I don’t understand why he hasn’t had offers yet. I told him to just keep working and they will come. Plus, he still has his entire senior  year to play.”

Winning the MVP was a good start to his senior season and he and his coaches hope that it might generate more interest among the recruiting services and, more importantly, college coaches.

Cantafio happy with camp

Coach Jim Cantafio was pleased with how his second-year showcase event went – even without highly touted Adam Breneman (injured ACL) and Christian Hackenberg, who elected not to wear out his tired arm even more and sat out the afternoon drills.

“Oh he did the right thing,” Cantafio said of Hackenberg. “There are so many camps and events going on in June. It can make it tough to have to throw all the time.”

At the same time, there were good players on hand.

“I think the neat part is that a lot of the kids that did well are the ones that we’ve seen coming throughout the year. They just keep getting better and better.”

This is the second year of Elite 25 and Cantafio looks forward to continuing the event next year.

“This is something that is just going to keep getting bigger and bigger,” he said. “There are just not a lot of events like this in our area and we need to have them to give our kids experience and exposure.”

In addition to Geiss winning, the freshman/sophomore winner was Malvern Prep’s Alex Hornibrook and the middle school winner was Taylor Lentz from Warwick, Pa.

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Methacton’s Bossard verbals to Eastern Michigan

Brandon Bossard is headed to Eastern Michigan.

Methacton quarterback Brandon Bossard verbally committed to Eastern Michigan.

The 6-3, 204 pounder chose Eastern Michigan over Towson. Boston College, Delaware, Villanova Connecticut and Maryland were just some of the schools that showed interest in Bossard.

“It’s a big weight off my shoulders,” said Bossard in between sessions at the Elite 25 Quarterback Showcase Friday in Lancaster. “Now I can just concentrate on getting our team to the conference championship and the playoffs.”

Methacton finished 6-5 last season, recording its first winning season in over a decade. Bossard hopes for bigger and better things this season.

“Hopefully, we can win the conference and I really want to get to the playoffs.”

Bossard’s decision came down to Eastern Michigan and Towson.

“I really wanted to play Division I-A,” Bossard said. “Plus, with the quarterback situation at Eastern Michigan I think I will have the opportunity to compete for the starting job sooner.”

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Adam Breneman and Christian Hackenberg talk Penn State

Adam Breneman will enroll at Penn State in January.

PSU recruit Christian Hackenberg

As the Jerry Sandusky trial came and went, many outside of Penn State University were talking about the decline of the football program and of the school. For people inside the community, however, it has almost become a mission to become tighter and stronger.

Two of the people that symbolize that resurgence won’t even step foot on campus until 2013 – but they certainly have helped galvanize the football program and in some ways, the university as a whole. Certainly, they understand that football can’t wipe out the tragedies of what happened. But they also understand the role football plays on campus and throughout the community.

Penn State recruits Adam Breneman and Christian Hackenberg are just two of 13 verbal commits so far for the 2013 recruiting class – but they have become the leaders of the class and symbols of the school moving past the horror of the last eight months.

“Christian and I have taken the role of being the leaders of this class,” said Breneman while watching Hackenberg and his younger brother at the Elite 25 Quarterback Showcase in Lancaster Friday. “It takes a different kind of player to be part of this and we want to be difference makers.”

Currently, the Nittany Lions have a top 10-15 recruiting class – depending on what rankings you look at.

“If you look on Twitter under the hashtag “Restore the Roar” – that’s us and that’s what we want to do. We’re not done yet, our goal is to have a top five class.”

Hackenberg echoed those statements.

“We started off really good and now we picked up steam again with the addition of Dorian Johnson and Zach Bradshaw,” said Hackenberg, who was also at the Lancaster QB Showcase. “We have had a lot of success and we want to be the ones that bring back that pride.”

Hackenberg had an outstanding Rivals100 Challenge last weekend in Atlanta and is now preparing for the Elite 11 camp in California.

“There’s a new energy with the program,” said Hackenberg, who was born in Tamaqua, Pa. and grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania before moving to Virginia. “Coach O’Brien has brought that and he’s the biggest reason I’m going to Penn State.”

Neither Hackenberg nor Breneman are concerned what others think or say about the program. They have formed their own ideas.

“Outsiders don’t understand what it means to be a Penn Stater,” Breneman said. “I grew up as a Penn State fan and had to separate that when making my decision. I’ve gotten some hate mail and heard all the nasty comments and jokes. But those people just don’t get it. One guy will not tear the university down.”

Hackenberg preparing for competitions

Hackenberg, 6-4, 215, attends Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. and is listed as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout and is ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation by ESPN. He has been to camps and competitions all over the country this spring and summer and has continued to receive rave reviews.

“It’s just an honor,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with ability and I just want to make the best of it.”

Next up for the quarterback will be the Elite 11 camp, which is led by head coach Trent Dilfer of ESPN and will be televised by ESPN. The camp is July 18-22 in Redondo Beach, Cal.

Hackenberg has seen last year’s camp on DVD and knows he has to prepare.

“I just got the playbook and it’s not easy but that’s the biggest thing I have to do to get ready. I have to learn that playbook.”

Breneman eyeing recovery

Breneman, 6-5, 228 and the No. 1 ranked tight end in the nation according to Rivals.com, tore his ACL in a non-contact drill before a 7-on-7 tournament last month. He was walking normally Friday with a sleeve on his knee. He is scheduled to have surgery July 10 by Penn State doctor Wayne Sebastianelli.

“I have been riding a stationary bike and walking on a treadmill,” Breneman said. “They wanted to wait that long to make sure all the swelling went down.”

Breneman said he plans to be enrolled and on the Penn State campus by Jan. 5 so he can take part in spring practice and maybe even be ready for the Blue-White game.

Breneman will miss playing his senior season at Cedar Cliff High but plans to be as big part of the team.

“I guess I’ll be a player-coach,” he said half jokingly. “I’m going to help both the offense an defense and I’m going to learn all the signals this summer so I can help during the game.”

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15 players with D-1 offers on one team

USC, Ohio State, Auburn, Syracuse, UCLA, Rutgers, West Virginia, Iowa, Maryland, Hawaii, Temple, Purdue, Boise State, N.C. State. You may not have heard of the Eastern Christian Academy football team, but all these schools have.

This is the list of some of the schools that offered scholarships to Eastern Christian Academy (Md.) players. Not bad considering it’s the team’s first year in existence.

Actually, the players on the team are playing for Eastern Christian for the first time – but they all played together at Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear, Del. previously.

After the church that managed the school had a change in ownership and management that produced a deemphasis on the athletic program, the group found a home at newly formed school.

The team has been busy since the end of last season, taking the spring and summer 7-on-7 competitions by storm. The latest conquest came at the Rutgers competition, which saw Class of 2015 quarterback – and USC commit – David Sills earn the honor as the event’s top offensive player by Rivals.com. Not to be outdone, Jahmere Irvin-Sills, an Auburn commit, earned the top defensive honor.

Eastern Christian earned the title in the 84-team tournament with a shutout of Coatesville (Pa.) in the title game. Eastern Christian also knocked off Bergen Catholic (N.J.) in a tough semifinal.

David Sills and Jahmere Irvin-Sills, however, aren’t the only ones on the team garnering national attention.

Take a look at this list.

Kenny Bigelow SR. DE – 6-4, 290 5-stars – committed to USC.

Khaliel Rodgers SR. OL – 6-3, 300 4-stars – has 15 offers including Ohio State, Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Houston, Iowa, Mississippi, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, UCLA, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati.

Dhameer Bradley  SR. WR – 5-9, 165 3-stars – committed to Connecticut.

Isaiah Johnson SR. DT – 6-5, 272 3-stars – committed to Syracuse.

Wendell Smallwood SR. RB – 5-11, 194 3-stars – has seven offers including Auburn, West Virginia, Boston College, Connecticut, Hawaii, Rutgers, Temple.

Daikiel Shorts SR. WR – 6-1, 199, 3-stars – eight offers from Boise State, West Virginia, Boston College, UCLA, West Virginia, Temple, UMass  and N.C. State.

Danair Hardrick SR. DE – 6-0, 267, 2-stars – three offers from Delaware State, Norfolk State and Massachusetts

Neiko Creamer SR. WR – 6-4, 215, 3-stars – two offers from Rutgers, Temple

Quashawn Lister SR. S – 5-9, 170 – three offers from Delaware State, Norfolk State, Massachusetts

Freddy Canteen JR. WR – 6-0, 175 – Hawaii, Rutgers, Maryland offered

Vashon Tucker JR. DB – 5-10, 175 – Rutgers, Hawaii, UCLA offered.

Jamie Herr, JR, OL – 6-5, 266 – Rutgers, Hawaii offered.

And that’s only the players that have been offered to this point. You can be sure that more offers for more players are coming as Eastern Christian and its players continues its success.

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Tryouts for Chesapeake Bowl North team scheduled

According to EasternPaFootball.com, the Chesapeake Bowl North Selection camp will be held Saturday, July 14 at Cardinal O’Hara High from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The camp is affiliated with Rivals with the players being selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl. The Chesapeake Bowl pits senior players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, against seniors from Maryland, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia.

Cardinal O’Hara High is on 1701 Sproul Rd. in Springfield, Pa. 19064.

Click here for more information about this invite-only selection camp.

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Recruiting note: Bradshaw verbally commits to Penn State

Zach Bradshaw, of Damascus, Md., became the 13th member of Penn State’s highly regarded 2013 recruiting class.

Bradshaw, 6-3, 205 pounds, played both outside linebacker and wide receiver at Damascus and was recruited as a linebacker. He is ranked as a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Other schools to offer Bradshaw a scholarship included Arizona, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, N.C. State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

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PSU’s Hackenberg leads roster of Lancaster QB showcase

There aren’t many big-time recruiting showcase events in the Mid-Atlantic region but Jim Cantafio is trying to change that.

The Pennsylvania Hall of Fame coach, who is at Cedar Cliff High now, is running the Elite Top 25 Showcase Camp Friday in Lancaster, Pa. and has a talented roster of players coming.

“The first thing you need to know, is that I’m passionate about quarterback play,” said Cantafio, whose tight end at Camp Hill is Adam Breneman, a Penn State recruit and the number one ranked tight end in the nation. “My goal is to run the best quarterback camp on the East coast. I’ve been running camps forever but there is really nothing big on the East coast.”

The Elite Top 25 Showcase is in its second year. The first one was on the University of Maryland campus last year. NCAA rules changes prohibit these types of events from being on campuses now so Cantafio moved it to Lanco Fieldhouse.

Christian Hackenberg leads an impressive roster of players that will be participating.

Hackenberg, like Breneman, is a Penn State recruit and is rated as the nation’s top quarterback for the class of 2013 by Rivals.

In addition, Syracuse commit Austin Wilson of East Pennsboro High, will also be in attendance.

Other noted 2013 quarterback recruits that will be in Lancaster Friday include Brandon Bossard (Methacton), Kyle Lauletta (Downingtown East), Brennan Scott (Manheim Township), Adam Sahd (Penn Manor), Alex Werner (Bishop McDevitt), Matt Foltz (Donegal) and Chris Geiss (Great Valley).

In addition, a couple of highly touted 2014 prospects in Andrew Ford (Cedar Cliff) and Mike Boguski (Trinity).

Cantafio, though, thinks that everyone that is attending has a chance to be recruited.

“Some of these guys are really good but haven’t gotten the exposure or play in a running offense or whatever,” the coach said. “But we think they can be good players at the college level and would like to see them get exposure.

“Our whole idea is to prepare kids for when they go to those college camps.”

The morning session Friday will teach the skills that the players will be evaluated on in the afternoon. There will be three-step drops, five-step drops and sprint out drills.

The afternoon session will see the quarterbacks compete in each of the disciplines. The player that accumulates the most points during the afternoon competition will be the winner.

The event begins 9 a.m. Friday, June 29 at Lanco Fieldhouse in Lancaster, Pa.

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The full roster of attendees:

Christian Hackenberg–Fork Union, VA

Mike Gillespie–12th Grade–Glassboro HS, PA

Hank Coyne–12th Grade–Springford HS, PA

Brandon Bossard–12th Grade–Methacton HS, PA

Matt Foltz–12th Grade–Donegal HS, PA

Zack Jansen–12th Grade–Madeira HS, OH

Kyle Lauletta–12th Grade–Downingtown East, PA

Austin Wilson–12th Grade–East Pennsboro HS, PA

Brennan Scott–12th Grade–Manheim Twp HS, PA

Chris Geiss–12th Grade–Great Valley HS, PA

Patrick Moriarity–12th Grade–Harriton HS, PA

Tyler Bolan–12th Grade–Parkersburg, W. VA

Tyler McLaughlin–12th Grade–E. Stroudsburg, PA

Corey Unger-12th Grade–PA

Ryan Zopoticky–12th Grade–Dallas HS, PA

Alex Werner–12th Grade–Bishop McDevitt HS, PA

Adam Sahd–12th Grade–Penn Manor HS, PA

Andrew Ford–11th Grade–Cedar Cliff HS, PA

Nick Crusco–11th Grade–Don Bosco Prep, NJ

Paul Aliseo–11th Grade–Toms River, NJ

Mike Boguski–11th Grade–Trinity HS, PA

Matt Timochenko-11th Grade-Wilson West Lawn, PA

Mark Pyles-11th Grade–Lebanon HS, PA

Patrick Kline–11th Grade–Trinity HS, PA

Ryan Adzima–10th Grade–Don Bosco Prep, NJ

Alex Hornibrook–10th Grade–Malvern Prep, PA

Spencer Mott–10th Grade–Tuscorora HS, MD

Devante Cross–9th Grade–Parkland HS, PA

Shane McLaughlin–9th Grade-Cardinal O’Hara, PA

Jeff Martin–9th Grade–ELCO HS, PA

Jon Jon Roberts–9th Grade–W. Chester East, PA

Hunter Geisel–9th Grade–Cumberland Valley, PA

Coaches’ Wild Card Invitees (9th to 12th Grade):

Nick Cascarino–12th Grade–Cedar Crest HS, PA

Justin Neff–12th Grade–Millbrook HS, VA

Cole Proffit–12th Grade–Manheim Central, PA

Shane Whalen–12th Grade–Mifflin County HS–PA

Lance Gifford–12th Grade–Lower Moreland, PA

Tyler Cottle–11th Grade–Elizabethtown HS, PA

Boaz Pogue–11th Grade–Mercersburg Acad., PA

Toby Show–11th Grade–Wynfield HS, WV

Mason Dugay–10th Grade–Fleetwood HS, PA

Pat Keating–10th Grade–Pottsville HS, PA

Mike Viti–9th Grade–Cedar Cliff HS, PA

QB RISING STARS (6th to 8th Grade):

Ken Pickett–8th Grade–St. Leo, NJ

Nick Maras–8th Grade–Episcopal Academy, PA

Grant Breneman–8th Grade–Cedar Cliff, PA

Jordan Scott–8th Grade–Manheim Twp., PA

Chase Summers–8th Grade–Susquehannok HS, PA

Taylor Lentz–8th Grade–Warwick HS, PA

Zakee Sailsman–7th Grade–Red Lion, PA

Logan Johnson–7th Grade–Fort Hill, MD

Chase Diehl–6th Grade–Cedar Cliff, PA

RECEIVERS

Ken Brown–12th Grade–Harriton HS, PA

Tyce Miller–12th Grade–Port Allegheny HS, PA

Quinn Hager–12th Grade–Episcopal Academy, PA

Angleo Brusnaham-12th Grade–Bohemia Manor, MD

Richard Sheldon–12th Grade–Springford HS, PA

Zaccheus Roberson–12th Grade–E. Stroudsburg, PA

Diate Cherry–12th Grade–McCaskey HS, PA

Jaquan McIntyre–12th Grade-_Cedar Cliff HS, PA

Jeremy Delacruz–11th Grade–Lebanon HS, PA

Jake Scott–11th Grade–Cedar Cliff HS, PA

Todd Rush–11th Grade–Freehold Boro HS, NJ

Theo Mordecai–11th Grade–Bowie, MD

Kyle Henrichs–11th Grade–Owen J. Roberts HS, PA

Chris Turner–11th Grade–Wynfield HS, WV

Eli Warnick–11th Grade–Muncy HS, PA

Colin Brubaker–10th Grade–Manheim HS, PA

Western Pa. players make decisions

Clarion’s Armstrong chooses Old Dominion

Clarion High School’s T.J. Armstrong announced his verbal commitment to Old Dominion University Monday.

Armstrong is a 6-2, 205 pound outside linebacker that garnered a two-star ranking from Scout.com and Rivals.com. He also had offers from Buffalo, Massachusetts and Temple.

Although Old Dominion currently plays in the Colonial Athletic Association in the CAA, it is moving to FBS in 2013. It will play two seasons as an independent before joining Conference USA in 2015.

Armstrong, who also gained over 1,000 yards as a running back last season, led Clarion to an 8-5 season and the District 9 championship game. He was named to the Class A All-State team after his 123 tackle season.

Stockett verbals to Akron

McKeesport quarterback Eddie Stockett verbally committed to Akron, choosing the Zips over Rutgers, who also offered. Stockett is a 6-4, 210 pounder who was ranked as a two-star recruit by Scout.com and a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was the 93rd overall quarterback in the country according to Scout.

Stockett threw for over 1,773 yards last year in helping lead McKeesport to a 6-4 record.

Howard picks Pitt

Clairton defensive back Titus Howard will be headed to Pitt. The two-star Rivals and three-star Scout ranked prospect is listed as a safety by most scouting services and that’s what he was recruited for by Pitt.

Howard also had offers from Toledo, Youngstown St., Connecticut and Arkansas State. He helped lead Clairton to a 16-0 season and its third straight Class A state title.

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Downingtown East’s Harris tabs Michigan State

Downingtown (Pa.) East wide receiver Jay Harris verbally committed to Michigan State.

Harris, a 5-10, 180 pounder, is ranked as the No. 109 receiver in the nation by Scout.com and is tabbed as a three-star prospect by Scout. He was not ranked by Rivals. Harris’ other solid offers were from Temple and Old Dominion. He did, however, have interest from a host of programs such as UConn, Maryland, Rutgers, Pitt and Penn State.

The future Spartan helped lead Downingtown East to a 9-3 record and the District 1 quarterfinals last season. He had 53 catches for over 700 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior season.

Harris becomes the 10th recruit in 2013 class so far for the Spartans and joins fellow Pennsylvania product Damion Terry of Erie Cathedral Prep. At this point Michigan State’s class is ranked No. 37 in the nation by Rivals (eighth in the Big 10) and 27  (seventh in the Big 10) by Scout.

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Exeter QB picks Delaware

According to easterpafootball.com, Exeter quarterback Kyle Yocum has decided to play at the University of Delaware.

The 6-4, 220 pound signal-caller is a dual threat passing for over 1,000 yards and running for nearly that much as a junior.

Yocum is a two-star Rivals.com and Scout.com recruit and also had offers from Bucknell, Villanova, Lafayette and Buffalo. Rivals ranked Yocum as the fourth best quarterback prospect in Pennsylvania while Scout.com had Yocum ranked as the 83rd quarterback in the nation for the class of 2013.

Read more about Yocum at easternpafootball.com.

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