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Adidas Invitational Preview

The first-ever Adidas Invitational-Best of the Midwest Football Showcase to take place at the Pontiac Silverdome on April 7 just outside of Detroit, is shaping up to be a mega event, put on by the Lifting As We Climb, Sound Mind Sound Body Maximum Exposure program.

Shane Morris is the nation's No. 2 pro-style passer and No. 14 prospect overall.

Many of the Midwest’s top prospects at each position are already signed up to participate, and several staff members from 247Sports will be on hand to cover all the happenings.

Leading the way at quarterback is the nation’s No. 2 pro-style passer and No. 14 prospect overall in Michigan commit Shane Morris. Competing alongside him will be possibly the state of Michigan’s top 2014 signal-caller in Chance Stewart and perhaps the state’s top 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell. Nathan Bossory is another 2013 quarterback from the state of Michigan receiving Division I looks, and Jalen Brady will be one of the other top juniors-to-be pushing Stewart for the top spot in-state in their respective class.

Michigan State running back commit Gerald Holmes is ready to run, as is Top247 standout Aregeros Turner, the electric Berkley Edwards and talented class-of-2014 prospect Lorenzo Collins.

Mike Rogers recently landed his first BCS offer from Iowa and is one of many talented receivers signed up along with Kevin Gladney, Corey Willis, Gairus Coleman, De’Niro Laster, Mycial Allen, Jared Murphy, Teo Redding and junior-to-be Damon Webb.

At tight end, Michigan commit Khalid Hill will be in the building, as will Peter Cender who holds an offer from Western Michigan.

Lots of touted prospects competing along the offensive line, led by Top100 Notre Dame commit Steven Elmer. Top247 Michigan commit David Dawson will also be present, along with Top247 offensive tackle Riley Norman, Cameron Dillard who holds over 15 offers and recent Illinois pledge Jesse Chadwell. Also holding offers are Dennis Finley, Derek Edwards and Nate Jeppesen.

The defensive line is a stacked group led by 2014 blue-chipper Malik McDowell, who already holds early offers from Michigan, Stanford and Syracuse. Top247 athlete Wyatt Shallman is committed to Michigan and will begin his Wolverines career as a fullback, but he is listed at defensive line on this camp’s roster. Another Top247 two-way lineman coming to compete is Donovan Munger. Poet Thomas, Kenton Gibbs and Daniel Davis are three others with early offers, and another junior-to-be attracting major attention is Jake Khoury.

The nation’s top-ranked outside linebacker Jaylon Smith headlines his position group along with Top247 Michigan State commit Jon Reschke. Luke Maclean is another junior with offers and Jack Doyle in on several BCS schools’ radars. Junior-to-be standouts Deon Drake, William White and Gary Hosey will also be on hand.

Jaylon Smith is the nation's top OLB and No. 6 prospect overall.

Michigan four-star cornerback commit Jourdan Lewis leads the way at the defensive back position. Also already holding at least one scholarship early in the process is Delano Hill, Christopher Worley, Desmond King, DeJuan Rogers, Isaiah Gourdine, Josh Cox, DeShun Brown and 2014 prospect Alonzo Saxton. Three Fort Wayne prospects getting Division-I attention are Kendrick Mullen, Tyvel Jemison and Andrew Spencer.

As always, more names will emerge following competition. Participants will go through combine testing, position drills and 1-on-1s. For more information, check out www.bmwshowcase.eventbrite.com.

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