By: Marc Henry @marchen44
Trappin In The Trenches is a showcase that features position players who are on the offensive line, defensive line, play the outside linebacker position and who are hybrid edge rushers. On Friday Nights, the skill players may grab most of the headlines but the trenches are the foundation of any successful football team. Trappin In The Trenches brought out some of top talent from the DFW Metroplex and several standouts from around the state of Texas who traveled to Plano to get more exposure. Coaches from The 95 Brigade, along with Mike West and Zach Collins have put together this series of showcases that gives these athletes the opportunity to learn proper technique, get top notch coaching and they have the chance to compete against elite competition. The mission and goal of The Platform is to Expose The Unexposed by giving athletes exposure. National Scout Marc Henry was in attendance and will spotlight several offensive line standouts who set the tone during the showcase.
Leon Brigham | Class of 2024 | Desoto High School
Brigham is physical at the point of attack, he gets his violent hands on defenders early at engagement, he has an extended reach with a powerful punch and he has a stout base that enables him to be a wall. During the pass protection 1v1s, Brigham showed the athleticism to get into his kickslide quickly, his footwork was clean, he has excellent hip bend and his ability to finish blocks was on full display. Leon has the skill set to line up at all five offensive line positions and be a difference maker. At 6’2 310 pounds, Brigham passes the eye test, he has broad shoulders and he has the physical makeup that college programs covet in offensive linemen at the next level. Leon was apart of the Desoto Eagles offensive line that won the 6A Division II state title in 2022. Brigham won rep after rep at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase and left no doubt that he has the skill set to be dominant.
Gio Longoria | Class of 2025 | Waco University High School
Longoria has a long, lean athletic frame, he has an extended reach and he gets his violent hands on defenders to reroute them at the point of attack. Gio moves well in space, has has good bend at the hips which enables him to get into his set up quickly and he showed off clean footwork throughout the showcase. Longoria delivers a powerful punch at engagement and he sets the table well during pass protection which allowed him to win multiple reps. The 6’6 280 pound junior, has the traits that programs at the collegiate level search for in offensive linemen. Gio had an impressive day at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase, making him one of the standouts on the offensive side of the football.
Samuel Aguilar | Class of 2024 | West Mesquite High School
Aguilar plays with excellent leverage, he has a strong base and he showed a stiff punch at the point of engagement. During the pass protection 1v1s versus the defensive linemen, Aguilar displayed great patience, he didn’t over extend himself, he showed great technique and his ability to finish off his opponent was one the reasons he won multiple reps at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase. The 6’4 270 pound senior to be has the skill set to play at the next level and heading into the 2023 season expect college programs to get more eyes on Aguilar.
Amarion Berry | Class of 2024 | Rowlett High School
Berry was selected as the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase Overall MVP, which was his third time winning this honor against some stiff competition. Amarion has a stout, powerful base, he has nimble, quick feet, he has excellent hip bend and he has superb short area quickness that enables him to get into his kick slide under control. During the pass protection 1v1s versus the defense, Berry was technically sound and showed off a powerful, piston like leg drive, which allows him to finish off his opponents through the whistle. Berry plays with a high motor, he has a nastiness to his game and he let his opponents know about it. Amarion has the skill set to line up at multiple positions along the offensive front, which makes him an attractive prospect at the next level. Berry picked up an offer from Texas Southern early in the spring but college programs will need to get eyes on Amarion as we head into the 2023 season.
Jamari Galloway | Class of 2024 | San Antonio Roosevelt
Galloway had an impressive showing at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase and was selected as the Offensive Line MVP. Jamari has a quick first step, he gets into his kick slide quickly, he has good hip bend that allows him to get in position easily and be under control and he delivers a powerful punch at the point of attack. Galloway has clean footwork with nimble, active feet, he has excellent short area quickness and his powerful leg drive enables him to finish off defenders with a purpose. When Jamari gets his paws on his opponent, he gets control of them and ushers them out of the club with a vengeance. The 6’3 320 pound senior from San Antonio has the the traits that next level linemen possess and after his standout performance at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase, he left no doubt that he has command of the trenches.
Gabriel Grant | Class of 2025 | Barton High School (Arkansas)
Grant has a stout, powerful build, with an extended reach and he has a thick lower trunk. Gabriel has a stiff punch at engagement, he plays with good leverage and he has a solid base that enables him to change directions quickly. Grant was able to win several reps, due to his ability to stay in front of pass rushers, using some nimble footwork to alter his opponents path and he showed off his powerful leg drive at the point of attack to finish his blocks well. The 6’3 310 pound junior from Arkansas has a high ceiling and definitely should have more eyes on him after an impressive showing at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase.
Xavion Davis | Class of 2024 | Lewisville High School
Davis passes the eye test at 6’4 and he has an extended reach that he uses with force at engagement. Xavion has nimble feet, he has violent hands with good hand placement at the point of attack and he has a powerful punch that rocked several defenders during the 1v1s. Davis was a starter on the Lewisville offensive line that lead the Farmers on a deep playoff run in 2022. Xavion is powerful in the run game, he gets an excellent push up front and he stays low and drives opponents off of their axis consistently. Xavion had a great showing at the Trappin In The Trenches Showcase and is a player to keep an eye on heading into 2023.
Kenneth Harris Jr. | Class of 2025 | Pinkston High School
Harris Jr. has a long, athletic frame, he has an extended reach that allows him to get hands on defenders at impact early and he delivers a stiff punch. Kenneth has a solid base which enables him to get his shoulders square to his opponent, he has excellent lateral movement with nimble feet and his superb short area quickness helps him get into position to maintain his blocks through the whistle. Harris Jr. flashes on his 2022 film with Pinkston, showing piston-like leg drive to get a powerful push in the running game and he has the athleticism to get to the second level to make blocks downfield. At 6’3 310 pounds, Kenneth has the skill set that programs search for in offensive linemen at the next level.
Ifeanyi Iwunze | Class of 2025 | Rockwall High School
Iwunze has a powerful, compact, stout build with a lengthy wingspan and he gets his violent hands on defenders delivering a stiff punch. Ifeanyi has clean footwork, he moves well in space under control, he showed off excellent hand placement at engagement and his ability to move quickly laterally allowed him stick like glue to pass rushers during the 1v1s versus the defensive line. Watching Iwunze’s spring tape, his athleticism flashes right away, his short area quickness is on full display, he shifts his weight well, he has the ability to play fast in the tackle box and make crushing blocks. He gets to the second level with ease and he finishes defenders to the ground. The 6’3 330 pound junior has the make up of a next level of linemen who will have college programs eyes on him in the near future.
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