2011 Sling and Shoot defensive standouts and Big Man notebook
The University of South Florida held its annual 7 on 7 Sling & Shoot Tournament and big man camp this weekend and with 52 teams from all over the state of Florida, there was plenty of talent and prospects on the USF campus all weekend long Here's a look at the defensive standouts.
Player Notebook: Defense
With 53 teams there were plenty of defensive backs to look at and here's who caught my eye through the weekend.
Armwood safety Jarvis McCall looked very good out there and was very disruptive on the field. The 6-foot-2, 180 pound defensive back lined up at corner and at safety and made numerous plays. Many times other teams simply stayed away from his side of the field.
Plant's Andrew Madhu, a 6'1, 195 pound safety prospect that's committed to Stanford again looked good during the 7on7 and was making plays for the panther defense.
Mainland's Deante Wilson was a good looking DB with a nice build and at 6'0, 185 pounds the defensive back looked fluid and smooth in coverage.
Jhavon Williams, a corner back from Palm Beach Central looked solid in the secondary. The 5-11, 180 pound Cb recently transferred from American Heritage.
A look ahead
The top safety had to be Armwood's Leon McQuay III, the elite 2013 defensive back wasn't there on Saturday while camping at Virginia, but had a fantastic outing on Sunday. Leon made play after great defensive play with a number of picks as well, showing why he's a top 2013 prospect. The junior stud also lined up at receiver on Sunday and made a case that he could play on either side of the ball if he wanted to.
Another top 2013 prospect is Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves III, but the rising star injured his ankle during the first game on Saturday. He was helped off the field and then left to get x-rays with everybody holding their collective breath. Luckily the x-ray came back negative, and he did return with his ankle wrapped and on crutches to support his teammates, but Hargreaves who suffered a sprained ankle will be out for about two weeks.
South Sumter's Keanu Neal showed he's a player and made his self known on the field all weekend. He lined up mostly at safety, and at 6-0, 204-pound looks more like a linebacker and said that's will he'll most likely play in college.
Plant's Paris Bostic was flying all over for the Panther defense and making plays. The 6'1, 205 pound junior safety had a bunch of interceptions and will be another recruited prospect for the 2013 class.
I know I mentioned Pasco athlete Janarion Grant on offense, but the 5-foot-9, 163-pound rising junior also starred on defense. He hasspeed, was fluid tracking down the ball and showed he could go up and snag the ball out of the hands of receivers. He made play after play on defense, with bunches of interceptions and in the championship game had two picks to go with his two touchdown grabs. Remember his name.
Chamberlain's Xavier Johnson, a rising junior corner is another guy that looked good and to keep an eye on for 2013
There weren't many top LB prospects out there, but Armwood's Eric Striker gets the nod for being one of the best. The Oklahoma commit that looks like a DB at 5'11, 190 pounds was making plenty of plays all weekend long.
Mainland linebacker Jarvis Mott, had a good weekend playing in the middle. But he wasn't as big as I thought and at 5'11, 221 pounds, he's a bit on the short side.
A look ahead
Quinton Powell, Mainland's rising junior linebacker was impressive looking. At 6-3, 230 pounds he already has the size of a college linebacker and was a solid defender all weekend long. He'll be a top prospect for next year's class.
Big Man camp Notes:
The top prospect at the big man camp was Mainland DE Leonard Williams. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Williams is big, strong, with a lot of burst and was a man among boys out there and had his way with every offensive lineman he faced. I almost felt bad for the young guys that went against him.
Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Edens Sinace was one of the top senior offensive linemen at the Big Man Challenge. At 6-5, 315, pounds he showed some good things out there and seemed eager to learn from the staff.
Brendan Battles came all the way from Cape Cod, Mass to participate. He told me he's 6'4, 240 pounds, and began the camp at linebacker but was quickly moved to defensive end. He's a all-american wrestler that is currently committed to UCONN, but got an offer after the camp.
Dwyer defensive lineman Mike Minns looked explosive going through drills, and had a high motor. At 6-foot-1, 285 pounds Minns doesn't have the ideal height but is a strong player with a low center of gravity and knows how to use his powerful frame and gives it his all on every play. He was constantly jumping in line to go again.
Hollywood Hills D-linemen Jean Marc Charles was a player with an impressive looking build, and was lining up at end, but at 6'2.5, 255 pounds looks like he be better suited sliding to the inside.
A look ahead
The top underclassman was Palm Beach offensive lineman K.C. McDermott, brother of Miami offensive lineman Shane, and CSU's Tyler. At 6-5, 265 pounds is the biggest of the brothers and he'll be a top recruit for the class of 2014
Manatee junior defensive tackle Derrick Calloway is a strong looking prospect and showed a good motor and got a lot of attention from the staff. At 6'1, 290 pounds has a great looking frame for an interior lineman.
Jesuit defensive lineman Robert Garcia was another good looking junior. The 6-4, 240-pound DL is a local player to keep tabs on for 2013