Talent Everywhere at the Tampa 7-on-7

Top prospects from the southeast gathered in Tampa, Fl this weekend to compete in the New Level Athletics/Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament powered by Scout.com. Teams came from Alabama, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and all over Florida to compete on the campus of USF.

Over 300of the top prospects in the southeast made up the 16 team tournament. Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia each had their own team, while Florida with the abundance of talent was divided into 13 teams.

The tournament is broken into a two-day format with the round robin seeding the first day and the single elimination tournament on Sunday.

Starting at the sign-in period, the level of talent present was nothing less than amazing. It was the who's who of the top prospects in the south east. Most of the Florida teams consist of players from the same region, with some areas like Miami having several teams. Many of the kids know each other, play against each other, and it didn't start long for the competition to build. 

During the registration a few of the south Florida teams started to jaw with other kids from the Pahokee area and it almost got ugly, before yours truly and a few other coaches settled everybody down.

With the talent there I can see why the competitive juices were flowing. The amount of prospects that either are or will be 5-star, 4-star, and 3-star prospects was unbelievable. I want to start listing names and will in just a bit, but it'll take me more than a minute.  

Take out the lineman and there were literally the top 10 kids from each state at the camp according to Scout.com. Here's a quick sample.

The Georgia team actually flew in, and was loaded with the top players in the state, such as: WR Markeith Ambles, TE Brian Vogler, WR Tai-ler Jones, OLB Alec Ogletree, RB Storm Johnson, S Daunte Carr, 

Team Alabama had the current top prospect in the state in S Demarcus Milliner, QB Coty Blanchard, WR Gabriel Chambers , WR Maudrecus Humphrey, WR Solomon Patton, S Jarrick Williams, among others.

North Carolina had WR/DB Tony Creecy, QB Anthony Boone, MLB Kendall Moore, LB Joshua Snead, MLB Ty Linton included on their roster

USF doesn't hasn't really recruited Alabama and North Carolina very much, but is heavy in Georgia and has already extended offers to Storm Johnson & Daunte Carr, and there were plenty of others which could get offered.  

I'll get into the Florida kids that were there in more detail later, but here's a quick sampling of the prospects that are at the top of the current Scout rankings in the state: CB Lamarcus Joyner
, S Matt Elam, QB Trey Burton, RB Eduardo Clements, S Marvin Robinson, WR Ted Meline, WR Ricardo Miller.


Day One: Tampa's Top 10 

After the round robin on Saturday, teams are seeded based on their performance. Three teams were undefeated at the end of the day Saturday, 'Team Alabama', 'Palm Beach Gardens' and the 'South Florida Express.'

The seeding was set for Sunday's single elimination tournament with the teams battling to reach the championship.

The final four consisted of

1.       Team Palm Beach - Had studs like Christian Jones, Matt Elam, Chris Dunkley, and were led by QB Marshyl Rothman.


5.     Team Tampa – were loaded with players such as Christian Green, Jon Dowling, Ace Sanders, Eric dungy, and were quarterbacked by Phillip Ely.


2.       Another Miami team had players like Richard Leonard, Hosley Williams and upset the stacked South Florida Express team to reach the quarter finals


8.     Team Alabama was led by S Demarcus Milliner, S Jarrick Williams, QB Coty Blanchard, WR Maudrecus Humphrey, & Solomon Patton and won a heated game with the Georgia team to reach the finals. 


Team Palm Beach came back to beat the Tampa team at the very end to reach the championship with Team Alabama.

The Palm Beach team had too much Florida speed for Alabama and staked a 19-0 lead before Alabama came back to make the score 19-12 with 20 seconds left. The Palm Beach coach told his QB to just kneel, but the refs said they had to run a play. So he said just throw it through the end zone, which he did, but Chris Dunkley just flat out flew and caught the final bomb for a score, and a 25-12 win to take the championship. After the game when asked the reason they won, Dunkley replied "They're too slow, and we're just better athletes then everybody."

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