• Ed O'Brien

Top Players from Nextgen’s Mega VI and Trench King Challenge

Updated: Feb 5

NextGen All America held its first Mega VI and Trench King Challenge this past weekend at The Star in Frisco, TX. Over 100 quarterbacks and close to 80 linemen had an opportunity to showcase their talent over a two-day period. Athletes had an opportunity to learn from an impressive coaching staff on both the field and the classroom. Athletes were evaluated on what they did on the field (individual drills and 1v1’s) and off the field (classroom work, etc).

Below are the award winners from the MegaVI and Trench King Challenge. These athletes were chosen by the coaching staff.


QUARTERBACKS WHO EARNED AN INVITE TO THE SHOW (JUNE 2022)

Champ Long

Braxton Baker

Parker Leise

Jacquai Long

RJ Tisdale

Adrian Posse

Tanner Zolnosky

Jax Brown

AJ Hill Jr.

Brandon Pena

Taegan Logan

Kane Archer

Quentyn DeMora

Brady Palmer

Furian Inferra

Trae Taylor


LINEMEN WHO EARNED AN INVITATION TO THE SHOW

Olaus Alinen

Makhi Boston

Tajh Boyd

Kade George

Ryan Kirkhart

Kennedy McDowell

Samson Okunlola

Drew Perez

Aaris Bethea

Cameron Chmura

Nathan Laperi

Zyon Vaugh-Nobles

Bryan Velman-Stamey

Carson Harmann

Camron Middleton

Braylon Montero

Luke New

Fletcher Westphal

Ashley Williams

Nicholas Barry

Kaden Beatty

Vashon Brunswick

Zion Carter

Preston Clark

Jaden Morris

Brock Schlef

Zxamyir Pelissier

Kristian Hitzeman

Jonathan Alley

Larid Hanson-Felter

Ervin Smith III

Dixon Hudson

Jamie Morgan


QUARTERBACK AWARD WINNERS

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

2023 CLASS MVP’S

Robert Long | 5-11 | 200 | CT

Braxton Baker | 6-1 | 185 | TX


2023 ACCURACY AWARD WINNERS

Braxton Baker | 6-1 | 185 | TX

Parker Leise | 6-2 | 205 | KS




2024 CLASS MVP's

Jacqai Long | 6-2 | 175 | WV

RJ Tisdale | 6-2 | 170 | FL


2024 ACCURACY AWARD WINNERS

Adrian Posse | 6-4 | 205 | FL

Tanner Zolnosky | 6-0 | 180 | MN


2025 CLASS MVP'S

Antwann Hill | 6-2 | 175 | GA

Jax Brown | 6-1 | 165 | TX


2025 ACCURACY AWARD WINNERS

Brandon Pena

Taegan Logan | 5-11 | 180 | VA


2026 CLASS MVP’S

Kane Archer | 6-0 | 180 | AR

Quentyn DeMara | 5-10 | 156 | CA


2026 ACCURACY AWARD WINNERS

Brady Palmer | 5-11 | 165 | IL

Isaac Harney | NV


MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

2027 CLASS MVP’s

Furian Infererra | 6-2 | 175 | NV

Phil “Trae” Taylor | Illinois


2027 ACCURACY AWARD WINNERS

Zane Johnson | 5-8 | 155 | KY

Tre Williams | TX


LINEMEN AWARD WINNERS

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION - DEFENSIVE LINE

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP

Aaris Bethea | 6-3 | 250 | DT | NY


OTHER TOP DEFENSIVE LINEMEN PERFORMERS

Kennedy McDowell | DL | 2023

Brandon Thomas | 6-5 | 230 | DE | FL

Nathan Laperi | 6-3 | 220 | DE | TX

Zion Carter | 6-3 | 235 | DE | TX


MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

James Carrington | 6-3 | 242 | DL | VA | 2026

Jaden Morris | 6-1 | 215 | OL | TX | 2026


HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION - OFFENSIVE LINE

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP

Samson Okunlola| 2023 | 6-6 | 295 | OT | MA



OTHER TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN PERFORMERS

Dayen Marouf-Araibi | 6-2 | 250 | OL | 2025

Drew Perez | 6-8 | 320 | OL | TX | 2023

Makhi Boston | OL | 2023 | MA | 2023


MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

James Carrington | 6-3 | 242 | DL | VA | 2026

Jaden Morris | 6-1 | 215 | OL | TX | 2026

Preston Clark | 6-0 | 235 | GA | 2026

Brock Schlef| 6-1.5 | 255 | TX | 2026


ED O.B.'S EXTRA POINTS ON THE HS DIVISION

QUARTERBACK ALPHA DOG: ROBERT LONG



There were over 100 quarterbacks at the event. So, there is still a lot to unpack from that part of the event via film study. There is no doubt that Robert Long had the strongest performance of any quarterback at the event. There were a few others on his heels including Braxton Baker and Parker Leise. Long is cool, calm, and confident in his abilities. His overall mechanics, footwork, arm strength, and touch on his passes were on display all weekend.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN ALPHA DOG: SAMSON OKUNLOLA

The only thing that would've stopped Samson Okunlola from winning the MVP award would've been lack of effort. He has elite body composition with lean mass and a well-proportioned frame. In other words, he definitely passes the eye test. He showed explosiveness, drive, great lateral movement, balance, excellent usage of hands, and overall great athletic ability. Okunlola was consistent throughout the camp whether it was individual drills or 1v1's.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP ALPHA DOG: AARIS BETHEA

Bethea won MVP over a good number of talented defensive linemen. He consistently got lower than the offensive linemen he went against and rarely lost ground to power. Bethea has a quick first step and showed active hands which helped him separate from linemen who were trying to block him. I was impressed with him being young and having a rush plan a set of go-to moves during the 1v1's.

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