Massive North’s subsequent crop of high highschool soccer recruits debuts at Recreation Changers Camp in North Jersey
New Jersey’s next crop of top high school soccer recruits showed off theirs on Saturday at the Game Changers Middle School Elite Showcase, held in Catholic Paramus, NJ and led by Nasir Gaines – called theirs by some of the most powerful men in NJ Framework conditions and their sporting advantages Football. Gaines is also president of the Brick City Lions youth football organization in Newark, where several of the camp’s outstanding personalities hone their skills.
Over 150 campers were subjected to rigorous exercises and competed against each other in individual combat, forcing the cream to climb to the top.
They were coached by ex-NFL and Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt, Wisconsin, who brought back Jalen Berger, Rutgers linebacker Joe Porter, and a number of top North Jersey high school coaches. Find out who some of the best newbies have been and where they’ll go to high school before their college recruitment ignites.
Malachi Lewis, QB, Brick City Lions: Lewis is a 5-11, 160-pound high-level quarterback with a living arm, good attitude, and leadership skills. Although Lewis didn’t win QB MVP, he was the most impressive bowler and one of the best overall players in the camp. The Mounties are in good hands with Lewis for the next four years. It will be interesting to see when he’ll take the job.
Mekhi J. Rossignol, ATH, Union: Rossignol hasn’t chosen his high school yet, but used the camp to show how elitist an athlete is – a gifted, broad receiver with a long, explosive frame and good hands. He also accepts competition and is a quick jumper with jumping ability.
“He’s definitely a dog. He’s going to be someone to look out for, ”Gaines said.
Makai Jones, DB, Brick City Lions: Jones is a physical DB that plays security. He is always in phase and plays explosively on football. Jones has built a reputation for himself and an early offer from Ole Miss following breakout camp appearances at Rivals Camp and the PSR Showcase. He will be in St. Joseph Montvale from next year.
“He’s going to be a college kid from the start,” said Gaines.
Marlen Bright, DL, Brick City Lions: Bright is already 6-3 and weighs 210 pounds. He’s a form-fitting, big-bodied D-lineman who will likely enter high school as he grows. But he has the framework, confidence, physicality and other tools to become elite.
“He’s definitely up and coming. He will have a big name. He reminds me of KJ Miles. To hold 100 he had to go up against the coaches, ”said Gaines.
Jalen Cline, RB, Brick City Lions: Cline, a 5-7, 180-pounder, trained with NFL running backs JK Dobbins and Dalvin Cook during recess and heads to Jersey City to work for Rich Hansen Jr. in St. Peter Prep next year. It is built deep to the ground, has elite feet and a tree trunk frame, which is characterized by a powerfully built base.
“Jalen Cline is doing well. That’s the man right there, ”said Gaines.
Omari Gaines, DB / WR / Brik City Lions: Gaines is tall (6-1, 165) and athletic. It’s designed to be played anywhere in high school or wide receiver but could become a linebacker or edge in college, if not an Antonio Cromartie guy. Omari is the second son of Gaines but could be his first to play Power 5-Ball. But first he will suit Pope John.
Aspiring eighth graders
Tyler Bell, QB, Bergen Stars: Originally from East Rutherford, Bell was named MVP quarterback despite being in seventh grade. He showed good accuracy, touching and throwing the receivers all day and leading them to safe areas of the field where they could get a mileage after the catch.
Travis Nodelman, OL, Bergen Stars: Weighing 6 feet and 210 pounds, Nodelman stood out among the offensive linemen in the camp for his toughness and ability to stay ahead of smaller, faster defensive linemen. His grit, physicality, awareness, and technique made him a trailblazer for offensive MVP.
Tahj Smith, DE, East Orange Jaguars: Smith, the full line of defense MVP, has a lightning-fast first step and can really turn the edge and convert speed into force for such a young player. He’s already 6-2, 175 pounds and should continue to develop into an elite pass rusher and regional recruit.
Matt Occhipinti, LB, Bergen Stars: Occhipinti is the son of Ramapo’s defensive coordinator and acts like the son of a coach. He stayed in phase, showed good instincts, elite athleticism, a promising frame (6-1, 185) and a dominant mindset. He plays for the Bergen Stars and will repeat the eighth grade next fall.
Keyport space player Gabrielle Kemp is only in fifth grade but has been hanging around all the DBs, doing highlight reel grabs all day and finishing the games. Despite her youth, she shows elite athleticism. He projects as an explosive slot receiver at every high school he will attend.
“This kid is definitely a rising star.”
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