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McManus highlights Next Level Nation event

When Cory Robinson finished his football career at Central Connecticut State, the former Cardinal Gibbons defensive back headed home to Baltimore with hopes of giving back to his community.

Now a counselor at Bluford Drew Jemison Academy and Calvert Hall's secondary coach, Robinson has accomplished just that. The 23-year-old has teamed with fellow Cardinal Gibbons grad Devin Redd to start Next Level Nation -- a nonprofit organization that holds football combines and showcases, taking a "hands-on approach to the development of student-athletes."

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Next Level Nation is "creating a fraternity of elite athletes that have a respect for one another, but are also chasing the same dream and have the same goals," Robinson said. "We're putting it in their hands and helping in anyway. If they commit themselves to what we're teaching, [we'll show them] what it takes to get to the next level."

Among Next Level Nation's success stories of the 2011 class were Calvert Hall safety Adrian Amos (Penn State), DeMatha defensive lineman Kendall Patterson (Buffalo), Owings Mills offensive tackle Donovan Smith (Penn State) and Calvert Hall defensive tackle Dan Yarborough (Shepherd). Several Next Level Nation alumni were in attendance Saturday in Landover at an All-Nation Showcase Series event.

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Robinson spoke to Recruiting Report about some of the Baltimore area's top 2012 talents that participated in the event.• Dunbar wide receiver DeonTay MacManus earned Showcase MVP honors, demonstrating to Robinson why he has earned almost 20 Division I scholarship offers already. "On the field, he's just a mismatch for anybody," Robinson said. "If a corner comes up on him, he's probably not big enough. A safety is probably not fast enough. It can't be a linebacker, because he's not quick enough. There's really no way to contain the kid." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection at safety.

• Calvert Hall wide receiver Trevor Williams is still waiting for his first offer, but Robinson said "Penn State loves him" and he's on the radar of "every school on the East Coast. … He's probably the best pure route runner in the state of Maryland at that position. I would put him in that top three category with DeonTay and [Good Counsel's] Stefon Diggs. I think he's right there with those guys. … What schools are going to get with him is an awesome prospect, and an awesome kid who's going to come in and work hard every day." Robinson said the 6-foot, 170-pound Williams reminds him of former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

Charles Tapper took time out of his busy schedule with City's basketball team to strap on the pads. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end/tight end was a standout performer at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine in San Antonio last month, and he impressed again on Saturday. "Most Baltimore kids have that passion, whenever they're in competition, whenever someone challenges them, to not back down," Robinson said. "That's the part about Tapper. Even though he's raw, when people called him out at the Army Combine, he just destroyed them. He's got the talent."

• Robinson had all fall to work with Calvert Hall cornerback Da'Quan Davis. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior followed up his 11th-grade season with strong performances at the U.S. Army combine, and in Landover on Saturday. "At the Army Combine, this kid was possessed," Robinson said. "The way he works in the weight room is just impressive." Robinson said Davis matched up against McManus on Saturday, and held his own throughout the day.

• Poly wide receiver Jamal Chappell "can give people nightmares at the slot position," Robinson said. The Engineers junior has a similar skill set to former Dunbar star and current West Virginia slot receiver Tavon Austin. … Calvert Hall quarterback Thomas Stuart "stood out," picking up right where he left off after his first-team All-Metro season for the MIAA A Conference-champion Cardinals. … Robinson also was impressed with athlete Josh McPhearson, a Howard County resident who transferred from DeMatha to Riverdale Baptist, and Dunbar linebacker Lavar Highsmith.

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