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The second edition of the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase turned out to be a massive success in every which way.
With spectators dispersed and maintaining social distancing guidelines in the stands, along with a safe and high level of intensity from all the competitors, the second showcase provided even more opportunities for athletes from Northern California and other regions – like Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Washington, to name a few – to get their name out there.
“Part 2 of the Bay Area Top 100 showcase – it went incredible,” said Xclusive Speed founder and head trainer Giles Chapman. “I’m kind of lost for words. I’m glad everything was ran safely, smoothly. Besides the competition part, besides the excitement level, everything was safe. The parents enjoyed themselves. The athletes enjoyed themselves. It was just good to be around a little football today.”
One of the top and most popular performances of the day came from Skyline defensive lineman Darius Fonteno, who used all of the benefits of the competition – including the competition period being live streamed for college coaches across the country – to his advantage.
The reigning Defensive MVP from the first showcase, Fonteno dominated in every which way en route to Defensive Line MVP honors.
Another back-to-back award winner was Cosumnes Oaks senior quarterback Anthony Grigsby Jr., whose leadership and skills impressed everyone in attendance and had coaches raving about all players – including fellow quarterbacks – rallying around him.
Castro Valley senior running back Michael Lewis – who boasts a 4.5 GPA – was the third player to garner two consecutive MVP honors at his position, following up a day when he was offered by both Claremont McKenna and Puget Sound.
Meanwhile, De La Salle sophomore offensive guard Derek Thompson showed he will be a force to reckoned with over the next three seasons for one of the nation’s top high school football programs, being named the Offensive Line MVP.
“I’ve just been lifting a lot and been working on my footwork a lot,” Thompson said. “That’s been the big key for me.”
Mickey Stokes, a product of Pennsylvania who is now at Foothill College, shined in a talented wide receiver crop to come away with the award for his position group.
Clayton Valley Charter linebacker Dylan Seeley showed tremendous growth from the first to the second Bay Area Top 100 Showcase, with his progress earning him the award for the linebackers. Seeley, who finished with more than 100 tackles his junior year, was a crucial piece in Clayton Valley’s run to a CIF Division 2-AA state championship.
Menlo-Atherton star Skyler Thomas rounded out the awards for the day, adding to what has been a remarkable career up to this point.
Thomas, who currently boasts an offer from UNLV, was selected as the Defensive Back MVP, providing what is expected to be an extra boost to his profile.
“A whole lot,” Thomas said. “It boosts up my confidence. It tells me that what I’m doing on the field and off the field is working, so it helps me out a lot.”
Chapman said a third showcase is planned for November, but a date is pending for that opportunity. He hopes for the NCAA dead period to conclude by then so that college coaches can attend.
But, right now, Chapman is thrilled about the rise from the first rendition to the second edition of the Bay Area Top 100 Showcase – one that should create even more opportunities for those who participated.
“It grew tremendously,” Chapman said. “The competition level. The competition level, and I think that just as an overall brand, just from my brand and all the other coaches brands that were part of it, they expect excellence, so when you expect excellence, a certain intensity level increases. I think the athletes really kind of got that from the get go, and we turned on the notch right when we hit the field, so it was a really incredible vibe.”
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Defensive Back MVP: Skyler Thomas (Menlo-Atherton)
Defensive Line MVP: Darius Fonteno (Skyline)
Linebacker MVP: Dylan Seeley (Clayton Valley Charter)
Offensive Line MVP: Derek Thompson (De La Salle)
Quarterback MVP: Anthony Grigsby Jr. (Cosumnes Oaks)
Running Back MVP: Michael Lewis (Castro Valley)
Wide Receiver MVP: Mickey Stokes (Manheim Township, PA, and Foothill College)
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