Shootout of the South 7-on-7

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson talks about how Broderick Green, Lee Ziemba and Kodi Burns all being named to the Scout.com Top 100 and the upcoming Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock this weekend.

The Scout.com Top 100 came out ont Monday with three Arkansans dotting the list - two of which were dubbed five-star recruits and one of which will be on display this weekend at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament in Little Rock.

Pulaski Academy running back and USC commitment Broderick Green (6-1, 235, 4.67) was tabbed as the 27th-best player in the country while Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295, 5.1) was close behind at number 35.

Both of those were given 5 stars - handed out to the top 50 players in the nation - while Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns (6-2, 190, 4.6) came in number 75 and worthy of four stars.

Green and Pulaski Academy quarterback Stefan Loucks will be among the top talents at this Friday and Saturday's Shootout of the South, a 22-team event hosted by Pulaski Academy at the Might Bluebird Soccer Fields in Little Rock and sponsored in part by Stephens, Inc.

"Last year it went really well," Pulaski Academy assistant coach Adam DePriest said Monday afternoon. "We had been to a couple of this things before and wanted to build off of what we had seen and just have an event that would be a great experience for everyone involved. We had no idea how good a response we were going to get, but it seems to be a good thing for everyone in every facet."

Central Arkansas Christian tight end/fullback David Williams (6-3, 245), Allen (Texas) High quarterback Nathan Dick and running back Charles Opeseypitan, Louisiana prep wideout Austin Tolliver (son of former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver) and Fayetteville standouts Ben Ball, Cameron Walker, Jake Arnold, Dallas McCutcheon and Adam Herring are among other top talents scheduled to participate.

The event was also suppose to have Texas High quarterback Ryan Mallett, but his team backed out due to ACT testing being on the weekend according to DePriest.

It will have Loucks (6-2, 185), who got a scholarship offer from Cal last week and took an unofficial visit with PA head coach Kevin Kelly out West on Monday.

He also has offers from Missouri, Auburn, Mississippi State, Wyoming, New Mexico State and Arkansas State with Texas Tech also showing interest and could decide before the end of this month.

"We are really excited for him about the California offer," DePriest said.

The 22 teams include six out-of-state invitees include Texas prep power Allen, American Heritage Christian Academy out of Dallas, Shreveport Captain Shreve, Shreveport Evangel Christian, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Heritage Hall and Miami (Okla.)

Joining Pulaski Academy's varsity and JV teams, CAC and Fayetteville from inside the state's borders are Arkansas Baptist, Bryant, Fort Smith Union Christian, Helena-West Helena Central, Hot Springs Lakeside, Little Rock Episcopal, Little Rock Parkview, Mayflower, Prescott, Russellville, Star City and Warren.

Action will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday with pool play with championship play starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

"Last year each team play seven pool games on Friday, but this year we are just going to have them play six," DePriest said. "We had some rain last year and it was a little cooler and we are a little worried about pushing things when it gets close to 90 degrees.

"Then Saturday morning, no matter how you did in pool play, everybody will have a chance to win the tournament," DePriest added. "Some will have better seedings, but everybody starts off with a chance to win."

The teams will all compete in the big bracket on Saturday with first round losers headed off to compete in the Baptist Health Shootout, second-round losers in the Alltel Shootout and the final eight survivors going for the championship in the Stephens, Inc. Shootout.

Rogers finished undefeated and won the title in the inaugural Shootout of the South last summer and this year's champion will be crowned late on Saturday afternoon.


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