Prospects Galore at the Tampa 7-on-7

Top prospects from the all over Florida gathered in Tampa this weekend to compete in the New Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament powered by Scout.com. Teams came from all over Florida to compete on the campus of USF.

Hundreds of the top prospects in the state of Florida made up the 11 team tournament, and the abundance of Florida talent was everywhere..

Most 7-on-7 tournament teams consist of players from one high school, but the teams in this tourney consisted of selected players from across the state of Florida with the teams mostly made up of players in the same region such as Miami, Orlando, Naples, Jacksonville, Treasure Coast, and Tampa.

The tournament is broken into a two-day format with the round robin seeding the first day and the single elimination tournament was played on Sunday. The level of talent present was nothing less than amazing. It was the who's who of the top prospects in Florida. The amount of prospects that either are or will be 5-star, 4-star, and 3-star prospects was unbelievable.

Take out the lineman and there were literally the top 10 kids from the state at the camp according to Scout.com. Here's a quick sampling of the prospects that are at the top of the current Scout rankings in the state:

LB James Wilder (Plant ), S Gerod Holliman (Miami Southridge), QB Teddy Bridgewater (Miami Northwestern), TE Nick O'Leary (Dwyer) S Karlos Williams (Ridge Community), Wayne Lyons (Dillard), WR Kelvin Benjamin (Glades Centra), TE Brandon Fulse (Fort Meade), CB Nick Waisome (South Lake)

Saturday's round robin action got the players accustomed to playing together and battling opponents for the first time. Then teams were seeded based on their performance. Two teams were undefeated at the end of the day Saturday, 'Treasure Coast' and ‘Big Timers', with 3 other teams earning a bye ‘South Florida Express', Team Tampa, and ‘Goon Squad'.

The seeding was set for Sunday's single elimination tournament with the teams battling to reach the championship. After some heated contests, the final four consisted of:

South Florida Express - loaded with talent, their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed why he's an upper level prospect along with safeties Gerod Holiman, Wayne Lyons, Jeremy Cash, LB Ryan Shazier, and WR Tacoi Sumler, to name a few.

Treasure Coast – Had players such as FSU commit Keelin Smith and teammate Lamarcus Brutus, RB Kion Wiliams and were quarterbacked by David Nelson.

Pro Impact – They didn't have a lot of big names but were led by UF commit A.C. Leonard, who had a great weekend and was named tournament MVP, and upset the Big Timers to reach the championship

Big Timers – had players such as Karlos Williams, Brandon Fulse, Hasean Dixs, and LaQuinton Smith, beat Treasure coast to finish third.

In the end it came down to a heated match-up between South Florida Express and Pro Impact, which was made up with kids from the Jacksonville area. The two day tourney was won by Pro Impact who stunned the stacked South Florida Express team 26-22. A.C. Leonard was a terror for Pro Impact who scored twice with touchdown grabs of 21 and 16 yards. SFE's Teddy Bridgewater threw 3-TDs and was picked off once.

The game was a close one, with time winding down South Florida Express was down 22-26, and was threatening in the red zone, but Ribault DB William Union picked off a Teddy Bridgewater pass with just seconds remaining in the game.

With over 300 top football prospects in Tampa for the elite 7-on-7 tourney, there is tons of info coming out of the weekend; updates, breakdowns, interviews, video and inside info, so stay tuned to get the best USF recruiting scoop -- only on USFNation.com


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