After a several year hiatus away from the Florida camp series, the Florida football program under Will Muschamp has decided to welcome back a 7on7 tournament format for high school football teams. Under the previous staff, the tournament never really got off the ground, but the hopes here is to make this one for high school football programs to want to visit year in and year out.
Colleges can hold camps during certain months and in those camps they can design 7on7 tournaments for high school programs to come and compete. For the high school coaches, it is a chance to really work their passing game both offensively and defensively. They will face a myriad of offenses and defenses in return and work against those teams to get better. At the same time they are in competitive mode to try and win a trophy at the end of the day.
In year one of the return of the tournament, Florida has done a good job of attracting some big name programs. 2013 National Champion Miami Booker T. Washington will showcase its 2014 team and will have to do so without Gator signee and quarterback Treon Harris. That doesn't mean they are without a great deal of talent and that should be displayed on Friday evening during the tournament.
2015 QB Jaime Taylor will be replacing Harris this year and Taylor has some skills and some swagger as well on the football field. Taylor will be throwing to 2015 wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
2015 cornerback Davante Davis was committed to Syracuse and lately re-opened his recruitment after a slew of offers from big time programs. Look for Florida to watch intently and maybe make a play for Davis this weekend. He will be manning the secondary with terrific 2016 corner Dontye Carriere-Williams, who this spring has picked up five scholarship offers.
2016 running back Mark Walton is a big timer on the Booker T. team and is already committed to Miami. The Florida staff will surely like to make some in-roads with this 5-10, 75 pound speedster.
Another headliner program that is entered in the Gators 7on7 tournament is Tampa Bay Tech. Star athlete Deon Cain gets a lot of the publicity and deservedly so. He plays quarterback for Tech, but the 4-star is being recruited as a receiver by college programs and recently committed to Clemson. Florida made Cain a priority and will continue to recruit him. I would expect as much as possible from the staff this weekend in that matter.
Cain will be handing off to a man-child of a running back this season in 2016 Darrell Turner. The 7on7 may not be something Turner is adept at with his 5-foot-10, 215 pound size, but he is a bull of a runner and someone to watch. One of the top targets for Cain to throw to is 2017 WR Daquon Green.
The man in the middle of the secondary for Tech is senior Bruno Jean, who is a real leader and a headhunter in the back end of the defense.
While the skill guys are performing and competing, there is also a lineman skills camp going on. Tech has a couple of linemen that could be in attendance that will likely get noticed big time. 2016 two-way lineman Qu'Juan Spradley is a beast that plays offensive tackle, but would likely line up at guard or defensive tackle in college. Also 2017 DE Paul Taylor is a long and good looking prospect that looks to be a superior pass rusher before he is done with his high school career.
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood has been friendly to the Gators in recent years and always have talent to recruit from. The Gators are hot after defensive end Byron Cowart. Cowart has been UF many times and we shall see if he shows for the lineman portion of the camp.
In the meantime, Armwood head coach Sean Callahan is glad to have the senior arms and legs of quarterback Noah Johnson back again. Linebacker Jordan Griffin has several offers already including schools from the ACC and Big-10. Cornerback Aaron Covington is a division-1 level player that will get his first offers soon.
University School from Ft. Lauderdale will also be one of the bigger programs in attendance. Home to Gator signee Quincy Wilson, University is going through major change after hiring a new coach. They will bring some of that South Florida swag to the tournament.
The field is much bigger, but in year one of the return of the tournament, Florida is able to host some big time schools that continually have big time talent.
It is a free peak at a large group of players from the prominent talent pockets in the state and a preview to what they hope is something that will get much bigger down the road.