Springdale Headed to Big Tournament

Top high school teams from across the country will arrive in Alabama Thursday for Hoover's 7 v 7 Tournament. Springdale High School from Arkansas and Byrnes High School from South Carolina are two of the teams competing. Springdale features several top prospects, including Mitch Mustain, one of the nation's top signal callers. Byrnes will feature 2007 prospect, quarterback Willy Korn.

Springdale is a heavy preseason favorite to win the Class AAAAA state title in Arkansas with as many as eight Division 1 signees - including five who have combined for nearly 100 scholarship offers by themselves. They are quarterback Mitch Mustain (6-3, 200), the nation's top-rated quarterback; wideouts Damian Williams (6-1, 180, 4.4) and Andrew Norman (6-3, 190, 4.5); tight end Ben Cleveland (6-4, 230, 4.6) and offensive lineman Bartley Webb (6-7, 285). Arkansas and Michigan State have offered all five of the standouts while most teams in the SEC have offered at least four of them.

The Red Bulldogs are coming off a 12-1 season in 2004 with the only loss being to eventual champion Little Rock Central and occurring when Mustain was knocked out early in the second quarter. Springdale, who won the Hoover event last season, is coming off a 1-1 performance at the Nike Passing Championship, held in Los Angeles this past weekend.

The James F. Byrnes Rebels from Duncan, SC come into Hoover on a passing tournament hot streak having won 5 out of 5 passing titles including a 45-28 romping of Independence of Charlotte at Wake Forest.

On offense the Rebels are led by future 5-star 2007 quarterback prospect Willy Korn. Korn threw for 42 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Wake Forest passing tournament this past weekend. Korn is very high on Clemson at this time. Two of Korn's favorite targets are seniors Jamar Anderson and Matt Quinn. The 6-foot-5 Quinn is hard to handle near the goal line and is Byrnes' leading receiver.

Although Byrnes has a high flying passing attack, the defense may be the strongest part of the team. Four-star prospect Prince Miller leads the defense at cornerback and can virtually lock down one side of the field. Miller is down to Georgia, FSU, and Tennessee in his recruitment. One name that gets more attention every camp is free safety Lamar Bomar. Bomar is a ball hawk and disrupts many plays.

Dudley Dawson, Scout.com-HawgsIllustrated.com, and Jeff Greene, Scout.com-HooNation.com contributed to this report.


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