The stars shined in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Scout attended the Heath Evans Foundation 7on7 Saturday because of the talent that was going to be there. Many stars competed and they did not disappoint.

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Here are some notes on the stars and how they performed on Saturday at King's Academy in West Palm Beach.

The Stars in West Palm Beach
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Glades Central - 2011

Measurements: 6-6/220
7on7 Notes: Benjamin looks better to me each time I see him. He made some nice adjustments on balls, he caught a number of balls in traffic, and he simply created a mismatch each time he was lined up at wide receiver. He was thrown to a good bit, but they could have gone to him more, especially with more jump balls in the end zone. He really attacks the ball well in the air and he is very fluid for a guy his size. Overall, Benjamin had an impressive performance on Saturday.
Jacoby Brissett - QB – Dwyer - 2011

Measurements: 6-4/225
7on7 Notes: There was talk this time a year ago that Brissett was going to make the move to tight end on the next level, but that is not going to happen. He has over 20 offers, all are to play quarterback, and I do not see a program moving him to tight end after he signs with them. He showed nice arm strength on Saturday when throwing the ball back to his left across the field and he also is learning how to throw the ball high where only his teammates (O'Leary) can make the play. He needs to become more of a leader on the field, but he showed good accuracy, better arm strength than expected, and he has grown into a true quarterback.
Brandon Butler - DB – Boyd Anderson - 2011

Measurements: 6-0/170
7on7 Notes: Butler has an interesting story to tell – he was on track to be a top 2012 recruit, but after taking extra classes, he is now on track to graduate in 2011. Butler plays free safety for Boyd Anderson, but he's shown the ability to cover like a corner. He is long and lean and he really breaks on the ball well. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment picks up now that he is a year advanced academically, but there is no doubt he is a BCS player. He had a number of pass break-ups on Saturday and he is just a smooth defensive back with speed.
Phillip Ely - QB – Plant - 2011

Measurements: 6-1/175
7on7 Notes: Ely had another good day and it could have been even better but there were a number of dropped passes by his wide receivers and tight ends. He is a cool quarterback that makes very good decisions in timely fashion and then delivers a very accurate ball. His arm strength was a concern a year ago and he still doesn't have the strongest arm, but it has definitely improved. The part of his game that stood out the most on Saturday was the accuracy. He threw it high when he needed to, he threw it to the outside shoulder when he needed to, he put air under it when he needed to, and he just placed the ball where it needed to be throughout most of the event.
Tracy Howard - CB – Miramar - 2012

Measurements: 5-11/175
7on7 Notes: Scout found Howard last December when Miramar won the state championship in Orlando. He was good then and he was good again over the weekend. He grew up playing wide receiver before an injury early in the 2009 season moved him to corner. That is now his ticket to college and maybe farther. He is very fluid in his back peddle, he flips his hips well, and he did a nice job against Kelvin Benjamin on Saturday. He will be one of the top defensive backs in Florida in 2012.
Amos Leggett - CB – Booker T. Washington - 2012
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Measurements: 5-11/185
7on7 Notes: Leggett performed well early and he never slowed down throughout the tournament. He plays a lot of safety for Booker T. Washington, but he will likely move out to corner on the next level. He really controlled the middle of the field and he was involved in a number of plays when the ball came into his area. He has safety like instincts, but he has the size, hips, and speed to play corner on the next level. He could be something special by the end of the 2010 season. He has a lot of what you look for in a top corner.
Curt Maggitt - LB – Dwyer - 2011

Measurements: 6-3/210
7on7 Notes: Maggitt is really starting to fill out his long frame and he played physical and fast on Saturday. He spends most of the time when pads are on with his hand down at defensive end, but he was at outside linebacker in this event. He is very fluid, he moves well in space, and he was solid in coverage on Saturday. He has gained around 15 pounds since the end of the 2009 season and he had a strong performance over the weekend.
Tre Mason - RB – Park Vista - 2011

Measurements: 5-11/195
7on7 Notes: Mason is a talented running back and 7on7 events are not where they can really showcase their skill set, but Mason made the most of his opportunities and he showed he could slide out to wide receiver some too. He caught the ball all day no matter where he was lined up at and he made some guys miss in space. He also showed good acceleration when he got the ball in the flats and he beat some quick linebackers to the edge. He was probably a little better than expected in an event like this.
Nick O'Leary - TE – Dwyer - 2011

Measurements: 6-4/245
7on7 Notes: O'Leary brings his A game each time he steps onto a field to compete. This young man is a warrior and plays the game like he is wearing pads at all times. He dove for balls, he went up in traffic to make plays, and he took some very hard falls, but just kept returning to make more big plays. He caught balls in double and triple coverage all day and he was the top player at this event. He has it all at tight end and he looks like he could be playing for a top college program right now instead of preparing for his senior year in high school.
James Wilder - RB/LB – Plant - 2011

Measurements: 6-2/220
7on7 Notes: Wilder was Wilder and he did not disappoint. During the round robin session in the morning, Wilder spent most of the time playing linebacker and he played limited snaps at running back. He played both ways all the time in the afternoon when the wins meant you stayed and played on in the tournament. On defense, he showed very good instincts and he put himself in position to make a lot of plays including a nice interception on a slant route. Most of the time wide receivers couldn't get off the ball if he lined up at the line of scrimmage. On offense, he has soft hands out of the backfield and he caught the ball in the flats and over the middle, but he was not as big of a factor here as he was at linebacker.
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