Thursday, March 30, 2017

ACE Rule The Air & Battle of The Trenches Showcase Recap 2017

Rule The Air and Battle of the Trenches Showcase 2017

On Saturday, March 25th, some of the top football players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and surrounding states came to showcase their talents. Approximately, 20+ teams and organizations were represented. The 4th annual Rule The Air Showcase once again was a hit! The camp included elite instruction and evaluation from some of the nation’s top trainers. Director and lead QB coach, Vernard Abrams of ACE QB and WR, Donovan Dooley of QBU, Sam Mora of Sam Mora football, Sudan Ellington of Big Skills Academy, Key Moore of RunIt RBs, Kevin Zeblium of Keystone Sports, Brandon Bing of Probing Elite. Vernard Abrams also known as Abe, has been making a name for himself by developing many of the area’s top QB and WR collegiate and NFL prospects. This year includes NFL Draft hopeful, University of Penn’s signal caller, Alek Torgersen.

Camp Recap: Saturday’s event was filled with outstanding talent from youth leagues and High Schools all over PA and surrounding states. The camp was split into two parts by age. The morning session was for players from grades 4 through 8 and the afternoon session, for grades 9-11. The showcase gave each athlete an opportunity to display his abilities. All participants were evaluated as they were put through a series of drills and competitions during the day. The player evaluation process started at warmups all the way through the last whistle at camp’s conclusion. Participants took part in developmental drills, then applied their new knowledge and skills in one on one competition. The action was non-stop! Quarterbacks displayed accuracy and arm strength. The Receivers and Running backs constantly made plays. You will surely hear about a few of them on the Spring/Summer college recruiting trail. l definitely wouldn’t want to have to play defense against them during the 2017 season. The defensive back play was better than anticipated. Although outnumbered, they displayed, technique, speed, and tenacity battling WRs and RBS on multiple reps. At the end of the day, parents and athletes were raving about the camps organization and talent that was present.

There were 100 attendees between the two session and each position group had multiple coaches to instruct them throughout the day.

Beyond Xs and Os: Participates were not only observed and evaluated on physical talents, but on attitude and leadership while interacting with their peers. Coach Abe and staff took every opportunity during breaks to discuss the keys to becoming successful in life and on the field. He also relayed the message that too often many football players limit themselves. They focus so much on being great football players, that they don’t focus on attacking the school work and being the best they can within their family dynamic. The goal is to be multi-dimensional, to be great not only in football but most importantly in life, hence the name of Abrams’ training company ACE (Athletes Creating Excellence).  Overall, we can say that it was a great day filled with great competition and fun atmosphere.

Photos and a Prospect Review of the showcase will be posted for the camp on

Top Players Middle School:

Quarterbacks -Tyler Barry, Donovan Salters, Trey Holsman, Jeron Phillips, Jr., Landon Henline

Skill Players- (MVP Offense) Liam Kennedy, Dante DeNardo, Michael Price, Edward Quinn, Mekhi Williams, (MVP Defense) Devin Smith

Linemen-(MVP) Jordan Alvarez

Fastest Man - Devon Smith

Top High School Players:

Quarterbacks - Stone Hollenbach, Jared Lewis, Ryan Yost, Matt DeLaurentis

Skill Players - (MVP-O) Jayvonne Campfield, Rodger Holcombe, (MVP-D) Isaiah Watson, Keishawn Jones, Noah Santiago, Kyrin Jackson, Sterlen Barr Jr., Caleb Mead, Jaime Rodriguez

Linemen – (MVP) Rahmel Turner, Jeremiah Carter, Beau Lanzidelle

Fastest Man – (Tied) Isaiah Watson and Keishawn Jones

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Philly Native & Minnesota Vikings Star, Sharrif Floyd, Hosts Charity Weekend

There is something special about Philadelphia sports. Known for our blue collar attitude, there is no doubt that our city produces special talents in every aspect! A city with the 5th largest population in the U.S., we have made our imprint in the sports world for sure. But for me and many others, as a football first guy, I have always bragged about the talent in our city, yet we have dealt with the stigma that "Philly is a basketball city." Although this has some truth to it, that notion is quickly becoming old folktale. The city has become acknowledged as a "recruiting hotbed" for college football recruiters in recent years. There are many reasons. One person who I feel played a huge role in pioneering this movement was 2013 1st round draft pick and Philly native, Sharrif Floyd.

Now that Floyd is a NFL player, he has continually been a blessing to his hometown. Floyd is often returning home to workout with his trainer, Greg Garrett of Level 40. He's been a familiar face at workouts, camps, or any other events where he can show his support for talent from Philadelphia. Young men in our city need to see that. And it's helping.

Floyd's charity weekend included a benefit for a fallen Philadelphia officer's family. Which was an awesome gesture in itself. Then on July 16th, Sharrif hosted a camp for Youth and HS football players on Temple's campus. The events' counselors included Philly natives who have made it to the NFL. The players included Al-Hajj Shabazz (Pittsburgh Steelers), Deion Barnes (NY Jets), Rasheed Bailey (Jacksonville Jaguars). The camp was awesome! But wait...the MOST impactful moment was before the camp had even started.

The campers were rounded up and seated in the conference room in Temple University's, Edberg-Olson Football Complex. They were typical young men, chatty as can be they were anxious to hit the field and show off their talents. The small talk ended very quickly though. Organizers of the camp created a forum for a potpourri of guests to speak. Speakers included each one of the players named above, a number of other NFLers, a Philly politician, and a few well known entertainers from Philly. They all spoke frankly about the trials and tribulations they had to deal with while chasing their dreams and becoming better men. 

(Ha) Let me tell you...these WERE NOT your average speeches. If you were unclear on what it took to get to the highest level coming from the city where you are counted out before you even start, you definitely had an idea after hearing the talks. Shabazz, a West Chester alum, talked frankly about being counted out because he was from a Division 2 school. How he had to work that much harder to even be taken seriously. He talked to the kids about finding a "why" outside of yourself. Voice raised and screaming with passion, Shabazz shouted, "It ain't going to be easy. You're going to go through things. My grandmother died, I loved her to death. When she was gone I knew I was going to give everything I had. It was for her!" The whole room was silent and you could feel the passion in his talk. After he finished the room cheered as if they were ready to play in a championship game. We were all pumped up!

It would be really hard for anyone to follow Shabazz's talk. So you'd think...well...Rasheed Bailey, who's no stranger to challenges, was up next. With such a difficult and heart-felt act to follow, he knocked it out of the park! He began by re-hashing many of the things that Shabazz had discussed. He talked about being your own man. "It is ok to be different." "You don't have to do what everyone else is doing, a matter of fact you can't!" Bailey played at Division III, Delaware Valley University. They are one of the most successful D3 programs around, but after talking to his coaches about his dreams of playing in the NFL, he knew he had to be different! These guys' words went right to my soul. I know this had to hit home with the athletes who are exactly where the NFL guys once were...Dreamers. Thank you to Sharrif Floyd and Level 40 training for the opportunity to coach QBs and be a part of this special moment!

My writing can't do these talks justice. Fortunately I was able to get some of Rasheed's speech on video. Click the link to check it out the video!