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NextGen All America Camp: Elite Midwest Showcase top performers

BRIGHTON, MI---A slew of the most promising 2022-2026 football prospects from the Midwest gathered on Saturday at the Legacy Center Sports Complex in the metro Detroit area for the latest installment of the NextGen All America Camp series. 

At the NextGen Elite Midwest Showcase, the athletes competed in the Y1ACT combine, TB12 Quarterback Challenge and Vicis Lineman Showcase, as well as squaring off in one-on-one drills. 

Out of the 253 participants, 60 earned the coveted golden ticket to The SHOW at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL: 34 from 2022-2023 and 26 from 2024-2026. The SHOW, which will be held on June 26-28, is one of the country's largest youth football events and provides a plethora of exposure for athletes. 

NextGen President/Founder Brent Williams believes the athletes in his home state of Michigan certainly seized the opportunity at the Elite Midwest Showcase. 

“It was a successful event. I think it was a lot of great young talent, which is one of the things that we’ve been trying to identify,” Williams said. “There’s some positions that we’re having some trouble finding in the defensive back group, so that was really helpful to find some young defensive backs and some defensive backs with our older group.”

The collection of 2022-2023 prospects particularly impressed the evaluators with their willingness to step out of their comfort zone. 

“Some of you guys switched positions, loved that. That shows versatility. College coaches love that. They love versatility,” The SHOW selection committee member Jonathan Hadnott said in the final huddle. “But they also love guys who love the game and pay attention and get better and stronger as the day goes along. I think you guys did a phenomenal job.”

Williams, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive end (1986-1996) with the Patriots, Seahawks, and Jets, explains the core mission of NextGen. 

“We want to level the playing field and create opportunities for kids from different parts of the country to come and compete with the kids from the recruiting hotbeds. I don’t want to be the camp that’s just about the best kids that can afford to come to our camp,” Williams said. “We want to make sure the kids that earn the right to be there, we want to make sure we find a way to get those kids in our camp and let them compete. That’s what NextGen is all about.”

The game of football holds special significance to Williams and it’s his honor to provide a platform for the youth. 

“I realize the impact that football had on my life. I know how it changed my life,” Williams said. “More importantly I think I view this like a ministry. I know that we’re touching and changing the lives of these young men by creating opportunities for them to be seen.”

The most important emphasis at each NextGen event is to teach invaluable lessons applicable on and off the field. 

“We try to teach them real-life stuff. Some days will be great, some days you may not do your best,” Williams said. “You’ve got to learn how to handle the successes and failures with this sport if you really love it. I think that’s something that we try to instill in every camp that we do.”

NextGen Elite Midwest Showcase top performers  

(2022-2023)

Overall MVPs

2022 LB Michael Williams II

2022 DB Khimani McNeill (not pictured)

The impactful 6-foot-3, 220-pound Williams II reinforced why he holds offers from three Power 5 programs (Michigan, Maryland, and West Virginia). McNeill held his own in coverage against the wide receivers. 

TB12 Peak Performance

2022 QB Caleb Treadwell 

Treadwell has an absolute cannon for an arm as well as the elusiveness to evade pressure. 

Battle Offensive Gamebreaker

2022 WR Jordan Jackson 

The sure-handed Jackson snagged a share of nifty receptions. 

Battle Defensive MVP

2022 DB Kyle Johnson

The versatile Johnson, who previously played wide receiver, showcased his seamless transition to his new position at nickel back.  

Vicis Outstanding Lineman

2023 OL Amir Herring

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Herring, who holds offers from two Power 5 programs (Kentucky and Maryland), is nimble on his feet and demonstrates textbook technique. 

Vicis Outstanding Lineman

2022 DL Nick Cruji 

Cruji is a hard-nosed Canadian who gets after it on every snap and refuses to give anything less than his all. 

(2024-2026)

Overall MVPs: 

QB Ryan Kohlsaat (not pictured)

2024 WR Nigel Dunton (not pictured)

2024 WR Preston Wolfe

Kohlsaat has superb accuracy and can place the ball where only his target can catch it. Dunton makes up for his lack of size by extracting maximum energy on each play. The dynamic 6-foot-1, 148-pound Wolfe is headed back to The SHOW for a second straight year. 

TB12 Peak Performance

2026 QB Trae Taylor

The decorated Taylor is an intriguing prospect who possesses explosive dual-threat capabilities and an excellent football IQ. 

Battle Defensive MVP

2025 LB Ryan Palmeri 

Palmeri had a great showing and made a number of eye-opening plays. 

Vicis Outstanding Lineman

2024 OL Nathaniel Johnson

The menacing 6-foot-4, 270-pound Johnson, who holds Power 5 offers from Kentucky and Maryland, boosted his stock even further with his latest dominant showing. 

Battle Offensive Gamebreaker

2024 QB Gavin Frye 

Frye is an emerging signal caller that delivers dimes on the regular and relishes the grind of his position. 

Battle Offensive Gamebreaker

WR Amari Williams

The dependable Williams demonstrated why defenses have to pay close attention to him or suffer the consequences. 

Y1ACT top performers

40 Yard Dash

Kyle Clayton 4.75

Joshua Brown 4.754

Michael Davis Jr. 4.798

Raykim Chenier 4.848

Andre Tarver Jr. 4.886

Dameon Hall 4.879

Jahsiah Galvan 4.885

Cole Cabana 4.888

Lavari Smith 4.895

Joshua Farquharson-Seaforth 4.931

5-10-5 Shuttle

Jaqaveion Echols 4.09

Ronin Russell-Dixon 4.265

Bertrelle Shelby-Rankin 4.273

Cody Britt 4.291

Zyaire Miller 4.334

Dameon Hall 4.368

Drew Garcia 4.379

Joshua Brown 4.392

Nigel Dunton 4.413

Jovan Butts 4.424

Broad Jump

Ben Cotrell 117

Garrison Stehr 114

Michael Davis Jr. 113

Jordan Jackson 111

Kyle Clayton 111

Raykim Chenier 111

Isaiah Thomas 110

Jahsiah Galvan 110

Zyaire Miller 110

Dylan Simpson 109

Jaqaveion Echols 109

The NextGen All America Camp series continues on Feb. 22 with the Elite Mid-Atlantic Showcase in Delaware. 

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