Plant City Mel Kiper 7on7 Recap

Dr. Phillips and Jesuit secured themselves a spot in the national level competition of the Mel Kiper 7on7 with their top two finishes at the recent tournament held at Plant City. The event fielded some pretty good competition with some really exciting, close games including two match-ups between Dr. Phillips and Jesuit.

Plant City played host to the event which was held at Otis Anderson Sports Complex. In addition to Dr.Phillips, Jesuit, and Plant City, teams from Golden Gate, Bloomingdale, Vanguard, Eastside, Treasure Coast, Spoto, Wiregrass, Anclote, and Ribault were present.

Dr. Phillips and Plant City were both undefeated through pool play, but Dr. Phillips won the first game bye in the bracket play due to scoring more points. In the first round, Plant City defeated Wiregrass, Jesuit defeated Treasure Coast, and Spoto defeated Ribault.

In the second round, Plant City met there match in an intense, emotion filled game against Jesuit while Dr. Phillips seemed to play it close against Spoto. That led to a rematch of a very close Dr Phillips verse Jesuit game that ended 38-36 in pool play. Dr. Phillips won the final, but this time with a more comfortable 28-14 score.

Here is a recap of some of the players and their performances by position:


Nick Patti is a household name around the state and it was no surprise why. He had a tremendous day distributing the ball around the field. Patti could easily be the best quarterback in the state mechanics and ability wise, but being 5'10.5" kept him from being an elite level prospect.

Tommy Eveld had a great day showcasing a strong arm and his ability to make a variety of throws. His mechanics are good, but he needs to continue to add size to his 6'3" frame and keep working on decision making and footwork. With a solid senior season, he will garner some quality offers.

Treasure Coast's Travares Copeland performed well, showcasing a great arm and a tremendous ability to spin the ball. At 5'11" 180, Copeland is one of those players that is on the borderline of playing quarterback or maybe being a receiver at the next level. He is a super athlete who makes plays no matter what position he is at, and some schools have shown interest in him at quarterback.

Kenneth Mouton has a cannon arm. He can sling it with the best of them and has the added dimension of mobility. He made some excellent throws connecting with Frantz Dorvil. Golden Gate struggled as a team to win any of their pool play, but Mouton looked pretty good.

Bennie Coney looked good as usual. He appears to have bounced back well from a spring ankle injury. Coney has the makings of a great quarterback at the next level and continues to pull in offers and interest. He has a rocket arm and is pretty accurate, though he did make some gutsy throws during the tournament by trying to fire into tight spaces.


WR Trey Griffey is the go-to receiver for Dr. Phillips High School

Two receivers from Dr. Phillips had very good days. Trey Griffey, who continues to impress and rack in D-I offers, was virtually unstoppable, beating defensive backs all over the field. The 6'2" 180lber accounted for a large majority of Dr. Phillips touchdowns. In addition to Griffey, fellow receiver David Saintbien had a good outing. At 6'4" 180, Saintbien is a fast yet lanky player who showed good hands.

Jesuit's Evan Young is a big target who could play receiver or maybe even tight end at the next level. At 6'4" 215, he has excellent size and hands. He is a possession receiver, but has enough speed to get deep. He excels the most at making tough catches and fighting for the ball in the air. His teammate, Travis Johnson, is another big target receiver at 6'4" 200, but is a bit more of a deep threat. He has very deceptive speed due to a long stride. Johnson, part of the 2013 class, already has a verbal offer from LSU.

Kevin Orozco is playmaking slot receiver from Treasure Coast who benefited from catching passes from Copeland. Orozco, who is fast and agile, knows how to get open and make big plays. He had a number of great touchdown catches, and displayed the ability to make great catches over the middle in traffic.

Cameron Livingston from Vanguard was another promising receiver on the field. He has very good hands and at 6'2" 180 also has the size bigger schools look for. He is a track guy with good speed and can make big plays downfield.

Running backs

Plant City's Dazmond Patterson had a better day at running back than defensive back which he also plays in 7on7. Patterson has tremendous hands out of the backfield and can utilize his speed and quick cuts to pick up big chunks of yards after the catch.

Eric Harrell will be the next running back for Dr. Phillips, filling the shoes of Dee Hart. The rising junior has very good size already at 5'10" 180. In the tournament he showed his abilities as a pass catcher. Harrell has solid hands out of the backfield and good speed.

Linebackers and Defensive Backs

Phillip Amone performed well, showing why so many schools are interested in him. He was the best of the linebackers at the tournament for sure. He has good speed and covers well sideline to sideline with excellent ball skills.

Green is a physical playmaker at safety for Plant City

The safety duo of Antwon Armstrong and Sam Green from Plant City formed one of the top secondary corps at the tournament. Both Green and Armstrong were knocking down passes all day, and even managed to make some big interceptions. The 6'1" 195lb Green showed off the quickness, range, and ball skills that have earned him several offers from Big East schools. He did an exceptional job defending Jesuit's Evan Young. Armstrong, who is 6'1" 175, plays receiver, safety, and corner, but excels the most at receiver and safety. He is quick with excellent change of direction and great ball skills. He came away with an interception and some great pass break-ups in pool play

Vanguard's P.J. Williams, who is committed to Florida State, shined at both corner and safety. At 6'0" 195, he has great size and speed to go with quick hips. His ability to break fast on the ball helped him make some great plays from the safety position even though Vanguard was not able to win any in pool play.

Jesuit's Reggie Brown had a great day on both sides of the ball, but with his speed and good hips, he is destined to be a corner. At 5'9" 160, he is definitely on the small side and will need to add some good weight and strength. He excels in zone coverage due to great reaction and a knack for jumping routes.

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