The USF Sling and Shoot is one of the best 7-on-7 camps in the south, and today there were over 60 teams in action. On hand were numerous BCS caliber players as some of the state's top teams are in Tampa to participate in the festivities.
NoleDigest took in most of the action this afternoon and it did not disappoint. From teams like Tampa-Plant, Dwyer, Venice, Tampa Catholic, Kathleen, Dr. Phillips, Tampa-Hillsborough and many, many others the talent was deep and impressive. Here are NoleDigest.com's top players from the first day of action.
1) Jeff Luc: Luc is a freak! There are not many kids in high school with his sheer size, but what makes him so special is that he moves extremely well for a guy as built as he is. His first step is explosive, he has great feet and he drops back into coverage pretty easily. Speedy backs coming out the backfield give him problems, but there is not much to pick at with Luc's game. What makes him even better is that he is without a doubt the team's leader.
2) Mike Bellamy: The 2011 running back from Punta Gorda-Charlotte looks like he may be the best running back in Florida next year. Bellamy has good size as he is 5'10" and 180 pounds. Today Bellamy dominated against CCC as he was uncoverable on offense. He probably had nearly 200 yards receiving in that game as he continually beat his guy deep. He also showed his athleticism playing safety. Look for an update from Bellamy later on, but it looks like Mike wants to head out of state right now.
3) Kenny Shaw: While the team struggled some overall Kenny runs great routes, has excellent hands, and he gets separation pretty easily from his guy. Whenever a play needed to be made Shaw is the guy Dr. Phillips went to. While Kenny isn't a 4.3 burner he has a long stride that helps him run his routes and get away from his man. Kenny needs to add weight but that is just about all he needs to work on.
4) Terrence Mitchell: Terrence is aggressive and it was impressive to see him dominate his guy. I don't think Mitchell allowed many catches. He uses his hands very well and he doesn't fall for double moves too much. Mitchell is fast and quick, and he has good recovery speed.
5) Chad Abrams: The FSU commitment is built like a brick as he is every bit of 6' 190 pounds. Chad played well today. He covers ground in a heartbeat, has good ball skills (he had several interceptions today, one which helped Kathleen win the game) and he has the capability to turn, open up and run. FSU got a good one here. Look for a good senior season from Chad.
Other that looked good: Gerald Christian, Tony Grimes and 2011 standout James Wilder and Jeremy Deering.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates on the USF Sling and Shoot the rest of the weekend.
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