The summer serves as the offseason for football players. While most young people spend their summer by the pool or enjoying time with friends, dedicated youth football players are training and competing during their offseason to get better.
Coming up later this month is NextGen's The Show on June 22-24 in Atlanta, GA. For those unfamiliar, The Show is one of the nation’s biggest youth football events. It serves as a great showcase for some of the country’s top talents.
Among the remarkable young athletes that will be in attendance is 2022 WR/S Raid Zerki, who has quietly made a name for himself as a rising talent from Michigan.
Now 5'8 135 lbs., Zerki is a playmaking receiver that runs smooth routes and makes plays with the ball in his hands. He can lineup in a variety of spots on the field to do his damage. Whether it's out wide or lined up in the slot, Zerki is a big play waiting to happen.
"I play wide receiver and I really enjoy crafting and working at my position on my own time, I like all the details that go into it and that everything is important even the little things," Zerki said.
Zerki is a sure-handed receiver that makes tough catches look routine. His versatility allows him to make plays from the backfield as well. Hand him the ball and he'll find a seam to get up field quickly.
While Zerki is a talented athlete, perhaps most impressive is the amount of work he puts into his game.
"My favorite part of football is seeing my hard work pay off when I do something well or achieve something," Zerki said.
Receiving an invitation to participate in The Show for the second straight year is a testament to the level of talent Zerki possesses. He has worked his tail off the past couple of years, and is being recognized as one of the nation's remarkable youth talents.
"Getting invited to The Show of course means a lot about my talent because it’s a prestigious camp but I still have to continue to work until the day of the camp comes," Zerki said.
"And I feel like I will perform really well because it doesn’t matter who I’m competing against even if it’s the nations best I’ll do what I always do," he added.
Zerki competed well in last year's event in Dallas. A year later, he's coming to Atlanta determined to top his last The Show performance.
"I’m really excited to participate and it’s my 2nd year coming to The Show, I’m looking forward to the experience and competing against the best DBs in my class," Zerki said.
"I went last year and NextGen and 24/7 Sports named me to the Fab 50 list among other top players in the class of 2021,2022, and 2023," he added.
2022 WR/S Raid Zerki is ready to show off his skills against the nation's best youth athletes. He's a hard working young man, with the talent to make a real impact going forward.
"I’m working on improving my strength and speed for high school," Zerki said.
"Some of my strengths on the field, it’s my ability to get open and create separation with my footwork but I also have great football IQ and can understand and read coverages," he added.
The Show will serve as a great opportunity for Zerki to continue his growth on the football field.
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