Stack Sports SoCal Regional Showcase 2020: Top Performers

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The Stack Sports Regional Showcase made its final stop of the year out West at El Camino College in Southern California, with a solid group of 2022, 2023, and 2024 athletes participating.

Some of the top prospects in the Class of 2022 and elite underclassmen competed in drills designed to showcase their athleticism and explosiveness. 

Due to Covid protocols, there were no one on one drills at the event. Instead, the offensive and defensive lineman, running backs and linebackers, and receivers and defensive backs worked out separately. Players tested as usual in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, and power ball throw. In addition to the testing, the showcase included position-specific drills, which allowed players' technique and skill to stand out. 

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The Stack Sports Regional Showcase made its final stop of the year out West at El Camino College in Southern California, with a solid group of 2022, 2023, and 2024 athletes participating.

Some of the top prospects in the Class of 2022 and elite underclassmen competed in drills designed to showcase their athleticism and explosiveness. 

Due to Covid protocols, there were no one on one drills at the event. Instead, the offensive and defensive lineman, running backs and linebackers, and receivers and defensive backs worked out separately. Players tested as usual in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, and power ball throw. In addition to the testing, the showcase included position-specific drills, which allowed players' technique and skill to stand out. 

The quarterbacks took part in an Elite 11 workout at the end of the camp that also included a handful of receivers who stayed to catch passes. In addition to the testing, the QBs went through a workout, including an accuracy challenge. Since the quarterback group was strong, there will be a separate story highlighting the top performer list from the Elite 11.

 

TOP 3:

The West was represented very well, with the top performers of the event being quarterback Malachi Nelson, wide receiver Arlis Boardingham, and defensive end Gracen Halton.

QB Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos (CA) - 2023

In a powerful group of quarterbacks, Nelson still stood out as the most polished and consistent. At most showcase events, quarterbacks try to impress with arm strength but not Nelson, who completes his passes accurately and on time. He showed his skill as a pocket passer and the ability to throw rolling left/right and from several different arm angles. Nelson is on pace to be in the discussion for the top overall player in the class of 2023 with offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida, Georgia, and just about every college in the country by the time he's ready to commit.

DL Gracen Halton, St. Augustine (CA) - 2022

 With over 12 top college offers, Halton showcased he certainly belongs amongst the most athletic and powerful defensive ends in the nation, with his score of 105 ranking — 5th in fall event history for a defensive lineman. He moves very well for a 6-3, 270-pound lineman and shows the versatility to play multiple positions on the defensive line highlighted by a 4.59-shuttle, a 33" vertical jump 36-foot power toss. He moves well laterally, and projects as a player we think can be useful as both a run stuffer and a quality pass rusher with offers from Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, and USC.

WR Arlis Boardingham, Birmingham (Calif.) - 2022

Boadingham's large frame — standing at 6'3" 234 lbs — showed he certainly belonged among the top performers, testing very well with the highest rating of the showcase at 116. His ability to run solid routes for his size makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses with offers from Nevada, Boston College, and Colorado. Since his standout showing, Boardingham has already added offers from Oregon State, Kansas and Fresno State.

Next 5 on Offense

OL Miles McVay, East St. Louis (Ill.) - 2023 

McVay is a massive kid who stands at 6'7" 372 pounds but moves extremely well for his size and shows excellent mobility. He's a natural athlete and a well-known prospect in the Midwest with offers from Florida, Georgia, and Ole Miss.

RB Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco (CA) - 2022

Luke is a quick and shifty nationally ranked running back with the highest score of any back in the 2022 class and first at the position with a 96 highlighted by a 4.50-40 and a 39" vertical jump. He displayed not only his straight-line speed but also his ability to be shifty and explosive. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a real home run threat, capable of scoring from anywhere on the field with offers from Arizona State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, UCLA, and USC. 

WR Braden Pegan, San Juan Hills (CA) - 2022

Pegan, a long and lean 6'4" receiver, showed his athleticism, running a solid 4.6 40-yard dash and very clean, crisp routes finishing up the day top 10 of the event at 98.13. He had great body control going up for the football and displayed a wide catch radius. The recruiting process is just beginning for Pegan, and he looks primed for a breakout junior season. 

WR Makai Lemon, Los Alamitos (CA) - 2023

Ranked one of the top 10 recruits in the class of 2023, Lemon displayed overall athleticism and the ability to fit numerous positions. He ran a 4.61 40-yard dash and the top score of the 2023 class in any position with an 84. His polished route running combined with skilled footwork and large catching radius has sparked offers from Colorado, Oregon State, ASU, USC, Arkansas, Penn State, FSU, and Tennessee.

WR David Washington, Arbor View (Nev.) - 2024

Washington is a freshman standout who has yet to play a down of varsity football and quickly caught the attention of coaches at the showcase, making a handful of excellent receptions over the middle of the field and showed the ability to go deep as a target down the field. The 6-foot, 185-pound receiver is one to watch in the years to come.

Next 5 on Defense 

LB Cyrus Moss, Bishop Gorman (CA) - 2022

Moss, a long and lean 6'6" linebacker ranked 29th in his class, was one of the big names heading into the event, and he did not disappoint, registering the best test score among all the defensive participants. The dynamic edge rusher ran a 4.78 40-yard dash, 4.19 shuttle, 34.5-inch vertical jump, and a 116 overall rating. Moss has over 15 scholarship offers, including Arizona State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and USC.

LB Eoghan Kerry, Mater Dei (CA) - 2022

Kerry, a 6'3" and 235lb outside linebacker, displayed his ability to change direction with a 4.3 shuttle and solid overall athleticism ranking second in his position with a score of 106. Kerry moved incredibly well in the position-specific drills and should be considered one of the prospects to keep tabs on this coming year, with Colorado and Nevada as the only two early offers at the moment. 

DL Jaxson Moi, Cathedral Catholic (CA) - 2022

Moi is tough and physical, with a solid frame, advanced hands, and the quickness that will allow him to move around and play inside or outside. Moi is a high-end academic with several Ivy League offers along with Hawaii and UNLV. 

DB Jaxon Harley, St. John Bosco (CA) - 2022

St. John Bosco had a loaded secondary last year, and junior safety Jaxon Harley looks like the next man up. Harley showed he could perform at a high level with great footwork, speed, and the highest defensive backs score at 93. 

DB/ATH Deville Dickerson, Lompoc (CA) - 2022

Three-star recruit Dickerson had a solid overall score of 84 but displayed most of his skillset in the position-specific drills with great footwork and direction change. 

Honorable Mentions:

With so much talent coming through the 2020 showcase, here are some honorable mentions that caught the eye of coaches:

DB Jaden Mickey, Centennial (CA) - 2022

Mickey is a tall and lean build standing at 6'0" with good footwork and solid athleticism. Currently has offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, USC, and Utah.

OL Sean Na'a, Westlake (CA) - 2023 

Stack's number two OL score of the day, solid build, and moves exceptionally well. 

QB Anthony Garcia, Capital Christian (CA) - 2022

Son of former WSU QB Aaron Garcia, Anthony displayed his athleticism as a dual-threat with the day's highest quarterback score at 97.  

LB Taariq Al-Uqdah, Inglewood (CA) - 2022

Tariq is built more like safety and showed exceptional cover skills in the position-specific segments. 

CB Tacario Davis, Millikan (CA) - 2022

Millikan has a more extended, taller build but maintained a tremendous low base and footwork in cover drills and was smooth through his backpedal. 

QB Nate Johnson, Clovis (CA) - 2022

Dual-threat quarterback Johnson tested well with an explosive 4.45 40-yard dash, which was the fastest of the day, and showed excellent mobility in throwing drills rolling to left/right sides. 

DL Jaeden Moore, Central Valley Christian (CA) - 2023

For only a sophomore, Moore was one of the most athletic players in this group showing an explosive first step and multi-directional capabilities.  

DB Nathaniel Frazier, Piux-St.Matthias (CA) - 2024

Outstanding freshman standout, Frazier ran a 4.58 40-yard dash with an overall rating of 81.12. A young talent to keep your eyes out for in the upcoming years.