Some tough choices had to be made for the Scout ALL IMG TEAM. They hosted their national 7v7 tournament last weekend. Here, we picked eight players for offense and eight players for defense. Some big time recruits were left off the list. It's not that they didn't play well. There was just that much competition, especially at wide receiver, where the talent pool was exceptionally deep. There had to be 20 plus major D1 kids there at this position. Lets just put it this way, when you don't have Ray Ray McCloud (Tampa Sickles) make the squad then you know there was some ridiculously talented guys that had great weekends.
(QB) DeAndre Johnson (Jacksonville First Coast)
Johnson gets the nod here over K.J. Costello (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Kato Nelson (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic), Shea Patterson (Shreveport, La./Calvary Baptise) and a few others. I thought Johnson had a brilliant weekend. He's decisive and accurate. Sure he quarterbacks a team loaded with talent at wide receiver but he's the point guard. I absolutely love the way he can spray the ball all over the field. As my colleague Scott Kennedy said, "it's a different guy in each game." Johnson dropped dimes for two days to D.J. Matthews, Tristan Payton, Kalif Jackson and everyone else on the River City Kings roster. He's poised and very accurate. His size (height) is a concern but I love everything else about his game. I am really looking forward to seeing how he performs at The Opening next month.
(WR) Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch)
This Alabama commitment was unstoppable and a big reason why his Florida Fire team went 14-0 and left IMG as the national champs. I mean he was un-guardable. When Fire needed a big play and they wanted to go to Ridley, he would deliver. And it didn't matter against whom because no one could stop him. Ridley is so explosive, especially off the line of scrimmage. It's as if he's shot out of a cannon. This kid has elite, deep speed and very good hands.
(WR) Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech)
Cain is a quarterback for his high school team but will transition here on a full time basis once he gets to Clemson. He's so smooth and natural as a wide receiver and has game breaking speed. He was awesome again for this team. You would never know he's new to the position.
(WR) Tyron Johnson (New Orleans Warren Easton)
After seeing Johnson in person for two days I understand why he has scholarship offers from teams like LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, UCLA and many others. He's a big time talent with soft hands, terrific speed and short area quickness. Johnson made plays deep and would take short passes and make defenders miss in space. There's no question that he was one of the very best talents at this event.
(WR) Nate Craig (Tampa Catholic)
What else can I write about this five-star prospect and the top wide receiver in the 2016 class? He's got the entire package – size (6-3/205), speed and hands. Craig dazzled once again, making play after play after play. I don't think I have ever seen him make more acrobatic catches than what he did these two days. If I had to say the only area of weakness is his route running. But he's still so darn young. I can't even imagine how good he will be two years from now. Like I say at every event I see him participate in, you can make a strong case that he was the top prospect at IMG regardless of class.
(WR) D.J. Matthews (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast)
You can make a case that Matthews was the most electrifying player at this event. And he's only a freshman. To sum it up, Matthews has incredible ball skills. He made a one handed touchdown grab that caught everyone's attention and the place erupted. He catches everything and I mean everything. What he does with the ball in his hands in unreal. They are playing touch and here, at this event, he has breaking guys ankles with open field moves. He has speed and elite short area quickness. It's not like he was the go to guy either. He played on the same team as Tristan Payton, Kalif Jackson and Rashad Blount. The only thing this 2017 standout lacks is size (5-11/170) and you know he's only going to get bigger and stronger. The funny thing about all of this is that Matthews did the exact same thing at the regional event in March. He's going to be special.
(WR) Tyler Vaughns (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat)
After watching Vaughns play one game I instantly became a fan. This kid can flat out ball and I just love the way he plays. He's quick off the line of scrimmage and has terrific feet. Vaughns is so fast that he's tough to press. If you miss him as a defender he instantly puts you in trouble. He's a natural pass catcher that doesn't fight the ball. He can get behind a secondary with his speed. I love his body control and his ability to make plays in the air and leaving his feet. Vaughns had one of the receptions of the weekend on Saturday when he laid out for a ball and was completely horizontal to the ground. He just needs to fill out his frame. He's long and lean. And to be honest, Vaughns made a ton of plays on defense as a safety. He's just a football player and one of my favorite players from this event.
Tristan Payton (Jacksonville First Coast)
This Florida Gator commitment had another outstanding two-day performance, just like he did at this regional event in March. Payton is a great competitor with wonderful hands. He's dynamic in the air. Payton has uncanny body control and can jump through the gym. It also helps that he has giant paws and long arms. He may not be the fastest recruit but he's fearless and physical at this position.
(CB) Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy)
Toliver looks the part. He's a tall corner that's so put together. He runs well. And I have seen him enough playing real football on Fridays to know that he's physical and tough. When he's into it, he's hard to throw on. He certainly rises to the occasion as the competition level ramps up. I love his upside and expect monster things from him at the next level.
(CB) Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
Like Derwin James below, this kid has elite size for the position (cornerback) he plays. You see why he's a five-star and the No. 3 ranked corner in the country. He's fluid and physical. Sometimes Marshall makes playing this position look effortless and easy. He transitions well and can stay on the hip pocket of receivers. Of course he uses his length to his advantage when challenging. Marshall also played safety and wide receiver over the weekend.
(CB) Antonio Howard (Miami Norland)
This is a good sized cornerback that can absolutely fly. He had to be one of the fastest kids at this event. This Cincinnati commitment is raw but with a lot of physical ability to play this position. He was one of the Fire's top defenders. You can see why he has become a hot recruit.
(CB) Ronnie Hoggins (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch)
If they actually picked a defensive MVP of this entire event it could have very well had gone to Hoggins. He was their shut down guy for two days. He's not the biggest guy at 5-foot-9 or so but you can see why he has some of the offers he has. This kid has speed, he's feisty and fearless and just makes plays.
(S) Derwin James (Haines City, Fla.)
Is there anything else you can say about this five-star Florida State commitment? Seriously? He's the No. 1 safety in America and one of the very best prospects in the 2015 class. James spent a lot of time on offense for the Dream Team. They had a great first day but didn't last long on the second. James looks like a linebacker but moves like a cornerback. His upside is incredible.
(S) Donte Jackson (Jefferson, La./Riverdale)
This is the reigning 100 and 200 meters champ from the Bayou State. He was an active presence in the middle of The Bootlegger defense, playing safety. He showed range to either side to make plays. He's a put together 5-foot-10, 175-pounds with some big time offers.
(S) Jamel Cook (Miami Central)
This 2016 safety earned his way on this team. He had an outstanding tournament for the Florida Fire. He's so big and rangy at 6-foot-4, 185-pounds. I saw him make a ton of plays in every game I watched this team play. This kid just has a knack for always being around the ball.
(S) Shawn Springs (Radnor, Pa./Archbishop Carroll)
Springs is undersized, but plays an oversized role. He lined up at corner and at safety to take advantage of both his quickness (corner) and his instincts (safety). He read plays well, used his hands well to break up passes, was quick in all directions, both his backpedal and break on the ball.