TAMPA, Fla. - Some of the top prospects in Florida were on hand competing in the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics 7on7 Tournament over the weekend and you can see who the top 12 performers were right here.
Florida produces some of the top athletes in the country year after year and many in the class of 2011 competed this past weekend at the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics 7on7 Tournament at South Florida.
Scout was on hand all weekend and here are the top 12 performers...
Tampa Evaluation: Maybe expectations were a little too high for Benjamin because of the limited amount of film that is out there to evaluate, but after somewhat of a slow start on day one, he took it up a notch on day two. He made multiple nice catches in the end zone against tough coverage including a one-handed grab on a ball that would have been out of bounds with average sized receivers on the other end. He needs to really play with more intensity and work on his speed, but his size is very difficult to defend. Will he be an athletic tight end or a big receiver on the next level? That is still to be determined, but he is a big target no matter where he lines up and he should be a real weapon inside the 20 yard line for the program he signs with..
Tampa Evaluation: He has had a lot of hype over the past 18 months and he handled the pressure again like a pro over the weekend. He could have been more consistent, but when he was hot, he made the throws that show he can be a true quarterback on the next level. He has the size, the arm, and the athleticism schools look for in a QB, but his mechanics need to be improved from top to bottom. He threw the ball very well when he was able to roll out and he threw the deep ball better than the intermediate routes, so while he was hot and cold over the weekend, he still made the plays that put him as one of the best at the end of the event.
Tampa Evaluation: There is no doubt that Clinton-Dix is the top safety in the state of Florida. A number of others were there that are also very talented, but his combination of size, the speed he showed out of his breaks, and his very strong coverage skills really set him apart from the others. He really showed great instincts in the secondary and he got to the ball in a hurry. He picked off four passes and had a number of break-ups as well. There is a possibility that he could get a look at corner on the next level as well, he is that good in coverage.
Tampa Evaluation: No, Davis is not all that fast and he may be very lean, but he just catches the football, he runs great routes, he moves the chains, and he scores touchdowns. He needs to work on getting off the ball quicker, but once he gets into his route, he really sinks his hips, he creates space, and gives his quarterback a good window to throw the ball to. When the ball comes to him, he catches it. I saw him make sliding catches, I saw him adjust to balls thrown behind him, and I saw him go up and get balls at its highest point. He could be an inside or outside receiver on the next level and he is someone a quarterback can depend on.
Tampa Evaluation: While Fulse is still likely to end up on the defensive or offensive line when he gets to the next level, he showed over the weekend that if a school wants him to play tight end, he could do well there too. He is a very athletic big man with soft hands. He dropped the very first pass thrown to him on Saturday afternoon, but his hands were like glue the rest of the tournament. He always caught the ball well away from his body with his big hands, he really used his body to shield defenders well, and he scored a number of touchdowns. He is not an Orson Charles type at tight end, but he could definitely that position on the next level.
Tampa Evaluation: I have broken down film or Hart and watched some complete games on tape as well and I saw more elusiveness and explosiveness over the weekend live than I ever have on tape. He is such a competitor – he is one of those guys you just do not want to take off the field if he plays on your team. Hart definitely made a positive impression over the weekend with what he showed at running back, wide receiver, and defensive back. He showed a nice burst and is a little more shifty than expected.
Tampa Evaluation: The South Florida Express had a loaded secondary and while Waisome was their top corner, Holliman was their top corner. Others like Jeremy Cash were right there too, but Holliman plays fast, he showed he can cover, and he was solid in man coverage or dropping back into zone. He has very good closing speed and while he can improve on making his reads, he really proved over the weekend that he is one of the top defensive backs in the Sunshine State.
Tampa Evaluation: What a weekend Leonard had against some very stiff competition. He matched up against safeties, cornerbacks, and linebackers at this event and had equal success against all of them. He either used his size or speed to beat them and was just about unstoppable. He showed very strong hands, he used his big body to shield defenders well, and he showed a lot of leadership. His size could hold him back some when it comes to the NFL and he needs to work on catching the ball more with his hands instead of with his body, but he should be a big-time player at Florida.
Tampa Evaluation: There is no question that O'Leary is one of the top overall prospects in the country. He is not the big 6-foot-6 tight end, but he is everything else. I have seen him play live in full pads and he is extremely impressive there and he was maybe a bit more impressive in the shorts and t-shirt over the weekend. His body control, his explosiveness, his hands, his route running, his ability to go up and get a ball, and just his play-making ability make him a legit five-star candidate. He is right around 6-foot-3, maybe 6-foot-4, but other than that, there are no knocks on O'Leary. He will play early on the next level no matter where he goes.
Tampa Evaluation: I am not sure what I really expected to see in Rogers, but I was impressed at the end of the event. He is a little faster than I expected and he is not as small as some of the other athletes that come out of Northwestern. He really showed good acceleration when he got the ball in his hands and he never dropped one ball that was catchable. He is a solid receiver, better than I thought coming into the weekend. Michaelee Harris was a very talented wideout and while Rogers is a tad shorter, he is stronger and faster with the same type of hands.
Tampa Evaluation: I had some questions about Smith going into this event and when I left, I felt good about his chances of playing cornerback at Florida State. Smith is built like a free safety, but he really opened his hips up well and ran right with some very quick and smaller wide receivers. He had a nice interception where he cut underneath the receiver, used his length, and snatched the ball the ball right out of the air a couple of feet away from his body. He can still work on the fundamentals at corner like lining up on the correct shoulder and back pedaling, but he has a successful weekend at cornerback.
Tampa Evaluation: There were a number of solid corners at this event, but the one that probably stood out the most when out there on an island matched up against receivers was Waisome. He looks very comfortable at corner and although he had some issues with the bigger receivers, he showed he could run with just about anyone. He was the most sound corner there from his back peddle, to change of direction, to quickness out of breaks, to reading the play. He still needs to get stronger and add some more weight, but his skill set at cornerback is legit.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.