West Virginia's week-long succession of football camps concluded Sunday afternoon with the crowning of Trinity High School as seven-on-seven tournament champions.
THS completed an outstanding two-day run by knocking off powerful Woodland Hills High School and Morgantown High School en route to the tournament title. Trinity sailed through the winners' bracket without a loss before sustaining their only setback at the hands of Morgantown, which had battled back through the losers' bracket to gain revenge and force a final game showdown.
The championship match went down to the final play, when Morgantown failed to complete a two-point conversion that would have tied the game.
The tournament, which consisted of 44 teams, was spread out over the stadium, indoor facility and grass practice fields, as well as WVU's soccer fields and the St. Francis athletic fields. In all, ten different fields at five different venues were used for the competition.
WVU also may have set an attendance record at its individual camp, where more than 550 participants signed up and took part.
Morgantown quarterback Charlie Russell is all he's made out to be. The rising junior stands tall in the pocket and displays picture perfect mechanics as he delivers the ball all over the field. Russell often displayed the ability to progress through four different receivers in fewer than four seconds, which is the time allowed on each play to throw the ball before an automatic "sack" is recorded.
The conclusion of the tournament marked the beginning of an all-too-brief summer break for the coaching staff. Several coaches were packed and ready to go the moment the whistle sounded on the last play of the seven-on-seven tournament, and deservedly so. The coaches will be off for approximately two and a half weeks before returning to campus to begin hideaway - the sequestered meetings that include reviews of every aspect of the program. Following that interlude, fall football camp will be right around the corner. It's scheduled to begin on August 5th.
A wide receiver from Tampa who has been climbing the recruiting charts made a stopover at WVU during the week. Carlton Mitchell, rated by Floridakids.us as the 20th best prospect in the state, dropped in to check out the Mountaineer program.
Also garnering an offer during the week was offensive lineman Eric Jobe of LaPlata High School in Maryland. WVU will take at least three, and perhaps four, offensive linemen in the upcoming recruiting class.
More freshmen are beginning to filter in to begin the second semester of summer school, which starts on July 5. One of those in the stadium on Sunday was wide receiver Darren Brownlee. His alma mater, Northwest High School, won the tournament last year and advanced to the quarterfinals before being knocked out by Trinity.