There were 14 teams in the tournament and it seemed like everyone had a big time wide receiver or two. There were a handful of standouts in all classes.
Headlining the 2014 group was Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla.), Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Tajee Fullwood (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech), Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Garden) and Rod Proctor (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips).
Lane, 6-foot-2 and 193-pounds, made some super plays throughout the two days. He's a big, strong and physical wide receiver that has very good speed and usually reliable hands. Lane is good off the line and tough to jam, he runs good routes and knows how to works his way in zone coverage and find soft spots. He did have a few drops late in day two. But these guys played a lot of ball and I give him the benefit of the doubt.
Scott made some fantastic plays throughout and was the home run guy for Team Tampa. He's a great deep threat and plays bigger than his 6-foot-0 and 185-pound frame. Scott just has ridiculous ball skills. He can jump through the gym and is terrific in the air, showing great body control, leaping ability and concentration. He beat the SFEE on a deep post and then slam dunked the ball over the goal posts. Scott may not be the biggest cat at the position but he's a monster at this level, regardless of who's in front of him. He's a tough matchup for anyone.
Rudolph was every bit as dominating as Scott and Lane and he did it on both sides of the ball at receiver and safety. This kid has strong hands and catches the ball away from his body. He's smooth and runs well. Defensively, he's a pure ball-hawk that shows range.
Fullwood was one of the events surprises at wide receiver. He's a long 6-foot-2 and 175-pounds. Fullwood is another outside receiver with playmaking ability. He has soft hands and doesn't let the ball get to his body. Fullwood runs very well and can get behind the secondary.
The sleeper of this group is Proctor from central Florida. He was definitely the go-to guy for the Orlando based Team Recruits. This kid is blessed with good speed and quickness. He's needs to bulk up but otherwise looks like a nice talent with very good hands and ball skills.
There were two really good 2015 recruits in Burgess-Becker and De'Vante Phillips (Miami Central). You could make a strong case that Shawn Burgess-Becker (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) was the top player at the event. He has great speed, another gear. He made long reception after long reception for the two days. He has good size and is fearless. The ironic thing is that he just started playing wide receiver this spring. He's a standout safety that for his high school team.
Phillips was one of the main threats on SFEE. This is physical rising junior that has strong hands. He runs well and attacks the ball.
Then you had two freshman phenoms in Sam Bruce (Nova, Fla./University School) and Nate Craig (Dade City, Fla./Pasco). Bruce is the nephew of former NFLer Isaac Bruce. He was perhaps the most consistent player on SFEE and he caught both their touchdown passes in the final championship game. He's a slot guy at about 5-foot-8 and 175-pounds. Bruce is very fast and has better quickness. He showed great hands. But what I liked best was the fight in this dog. Despite being a freshman he showed a lot of spunk and backed down to no one this weekend. This kid has a chance to be something really special.
| So does Craig. He's a completely different receiver than Bruce. He just turned 15 and is now 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds. This is another wideout with soft hands and good speed. On a few of his touchdowns he took a short pass the distance, looking like he was shot out from a cannon. Unfortunately he missed today's action because of a hamstring injury but he sure looked good on Saturday.