Disney 7on7: Day 1 standouts (defense)

Teams from all over the state of Florida will be in Disney for the next few days competing in the Florida Premier 7on7 event. Scout is there so lets take a look at some of the first day standouts, focusing on defense.

Sometimes it's hard for linebackers to really jump out at you during 7on7 competitions but two of them did on this day -- Cypress Bay senior Josh Witt and Treasure Coast senior Patrick Jean. A few DB's jumped out, too -- West Orange senior Lucas Thompson, Treasure Coast's Steven Marriott, and Edgewater's Karl Joseph.

Witt was very impressive. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he already has the right size of a major college linebacker. He showed the ability to turn and run with most receivers and just looked comfortable in coverage. He's very intense, very competitive, and just looks like the type of kid who will be around the ball a lot. Witt recently committed to Miami.

Jean, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is used to playing defensive end in high school but he is getting more and more comfortable playing cover linebacker in these types of events. He has an explosive first step and has a natural feel for things out there on the field. He will need to put on weight but the frame and athleticism are there. He already has several BCS offers and you could see why on Sunday.

Thompson, 6-feet and 190 pounds, got lost in the shuffle playing on a 1-9 West Orange team in 2010. However, he looked impressive on the field today. He showed decent ball skills, solid cover skills, and just seemed to be around the ball a lot. He already has several offers including ones from Miami, South Carolina, and others.

Marriott is an under-the-radar kid from Treasure Coast but he was all over the field today. TC made a lot of plays on defense and no one made more than Marriott, who is being recruited by some lower tier Div 1 schools. His stock should continue rising with performances like the one he had today.

Joseph, who plays mostly LB in high school, was playing safety today and looked very good. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he's very athletic, shows good ball skills, and was very active on Edgewater's defense today. He already claims several BCS offers.

Note: The most heavily recruited defensive prospect at the event, Miramar cornerback Tracy Howard, was in attendance but not participating after spending all last week at The Opening in Oregon. Howard was there cheering his teammates on.

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