Salomon with five early leaders

The Ocala Invitational 7on7 tournament was a big time success this past weekend with a lot of top talent in the field. 7on7 power Florida Fire was there and finished just short in the Championship, but of course brought some prime talent. One of the best on the Fire is just a sophomore and in the class of 2016. Darnell Salomon is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound receiver with all the tools to be a great one.

Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic receiver Darnell Salomon is just a sophomore and already holds 11 scholarship offers to play football in college. It is something that he says has come on pretty quick for him.

"I expected it to be slow," he said following the tournament on Saturday. "It is kind of slow, but I didn't expect this many offers so soon. I got a Clemson offer at school probably two weeks ago."

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He isn't really ready to make any kind of decision and will remain open, but he does have five standing out for him right now.

"I have Alabama up there, LSU, Florida, Clemson, and probably FSU," he said of the teams he is most interested in at this time.

He talked about each of the schools. Florida State: "Kelvin Benjamin is my favorite player. I have watched him since I was a little kid."

Clemson: "With Sammy Watkins, they have a great receiving corps. Both receivers are top two draft picks."

LSU: "They were the first to offer and started my recruiting. They were the only team I have taken a tour at and I really liked the school."

Alabama: "I know Amari Cooper. He is my favorite that player is there. For him to play as a freshman, I know I will have the opportunity to do that."

Florida: "I was always a big Florida fan. That was my favorite school. I would never turn them down. I was a big Tim Tebow fan too."

"Florida says they saw my film and I would make a huge impact on their team. They want me at the school. I met the new OC and everything."

"I will pick a school for the education. I am looking at what kind of courses and school they have. I want to get to these schools and see what they are like. I also want to get some early playing time, even if I don't start as a freshman."

He and his high school teammates will be making the rounds in the southeast this offseason. "This spring we are going to Georgia and Georgia Tech," he said. "In the summer we are going to Alabama, LSU, and FSU camps. I will be going to some colleges for a tour and see the colleges."

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