IMG Day One Notebook

A look at the top performers from Day One of the IMG7v7 National Championship...

7 on 7 teams from around the country and beyond, including Canada, competed in regional 7v7 tournaments to win the privilege of playing in the National Championship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

With 10 games at once, there was an incredible amount of action, but here is a look at some of the morning's' pool play standouts.

The South Florida Express is one of the marquee club teams in the nation, and they got the day off to a fast start easily winning their opening game. 

SFE stands to be a good team for the near future as one of their most talented players is just entering his junior season. Torrence Gibson (6'4/195) of American Heritage is a gifted receiver who already holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Miami and Clemson.

Tall fast receivers are the name of the game for SFE. Georgia commit Gilbert Johnson (6'4/190) of Miami Southridge formed a twin tower combination with Gibson. When they lined up on the same side,  they took turns catching touchdown passes on fades. Johnson said he is a solid commit to the Bulldogs and loves the coaching staff and facilities.

It speaks volumes about SFE's depth when they waltzed past an opponent using Gibson and Johnson as the primary targets while the highest ranked player at the tournament, receiver Ermon Lane, was  virtually unused on offense.

Core 6 came down from the Midwest, and they also brought a big junior receiver with them in Miles Boykin (6'4/210) of Providence Catholic in Illinois.  The home state Illini have already offered Boykin who also likes Michigan State and will camp at Ohio State on July 26th.

It wasn't just a day for big receivers though; Artavis Scott (5'10/170) of East Lake was arguably the best two way player I saw all day. Scott lined up inside and outside at receiver and had his way with the defensive backs no matter where he lined up. Scott also played defensive back and forced the opposing quarterback's to look the other direction. By the end of the day, there wasn't much argument, Scott was the top player on the day.

One receiver who had some success on the opposite side of Scott was Florida State commitment Markell Pack (6'2/190) of Purvis High School in Mississippi. Pack used his size and strength to catch a streak route along the sidelines after boxing out the smaller defensive back.

While it's a receiver dominated event, the quarterbacks are equally important. The best thrower on the day was North Carolina State commitment Jalan McClendon (6'5/220) of West Mecklenburg.  McClendon has great size and an easy release. The ball jumps out of his hand and is delivered with accuracy.

Team Tampa's Campbell George of East Lake patrolled the backfield with Scott and had several interceptions including a game clinching grab on a hail mary against Winning Strategy in the top game of the morning.

The teams broke at lunch and will return Saturday evening for the first round of the elimination tournament.


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