7-on-7 Camp Report

Forty teams descended on West Virginia's campus for its annual 7-on-7 football event, punctuated by Saturday's double elimination tournament.

A nice mix of in-state and out-of-state teams competed across the West Virginia campus on Saturday, with games taking place in the stadium, the indoor practice facility, the grass football practice field and the soccer practice fields. Martinsburg's high school squad rolled through the event without losing a game to capture the tournament title.

Along the way, the Bulldogs defeated Morgantown High to top the winners' bracket, then held off a strong Coatesville, Pa.) squad, led by Michigan State-bound Kyle Kerrick, to win the title. Martinsburg rallied from a late eight-point deficit in the final minute of the game, scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game, then getting the win by earning a defensive stop (worth two points), on the game's final play.

Martinsburg wasn't the only state team to play well. Morgantown had a very strong run before being knocked out by losses to Martinsburg and Coatesville, while a team from Clarksburg had a good tournament as well. George Washington participated in one of the feature match-ups of the day before losing steam (more on this in a moment.) In addition to Coatesville, Penn Hills and Next Level Nation, a team comprised of players from Calvert Hall and Dunbar High Schools in Baltimore, Md., were also stocked with talent.

The Baltimore squad featured players such as Da'Quan Davis, Trevor Williams, Deontay McManus, Tyreke Richburg, Delando Johnson, Levar Highsmith, C.J. Williams and Tyreke Richburg, all of whom are receiving various levels of recruiting interest. They matched up against George Washington in a thriller, which wasn't decided until the Patriots batted away a potential game-tying conversion attempt, then ran out the clock.

The GW squad featured perhaps the most spectacular offensive player in the camp. Junior wide receiver Ryan Switzer, who has been making a name for himself at combines and 7-on-7 events this summer, scored multiple touchdowns in every game he played. He may have saved his best for the match-up with the Baltimore squad and WVU-bound corner Davis. The pair went back and forth at each other non-stop, with Switzer besting him for catches and a score, while Davis responded with good coverage and a pair of pass break-ups. Switzer, who has great moves, acceleration and quickness, was uncoverable by most of his foes, and showed that his short stature shouldn't preclude him from playing major college football.

Another prospect to watch on the George Washington side was linebacker Dustin Crouser. Also a junior, Crouser covered well and showed good ability to drop deep downfield and stay with receivers. He came up with an interception in an early game in the competition and had several deflections on the afternoon.

West Virginia's June camps conclude today with another one-day camp. WVU will hold a final one-day camp on July 30, one week prior to the opening of practice for the 2011 season.


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