Monday, June 23, 2014
IMG 7v7 National Championship standouts
By Derek Tyson
BRADENTON, Fla. — There were as many as 10 games going on at the same time at the IMG 7v7 National Championship over the weekend, and at times it was difficult to determine just who the top performers were. After all, there were more than 30 prospects in the ESPN 300 who participated. Here's a closer look at several seniors who stood out during the two-day event.
ATH Deon Cain Committed to Clemson ESPN 300 rank: 25 Cain helped lead his team, Unsigned Preps from Tampa, to the championship game with several acrobatic catches. The trio of Cain, Ray Ray McCloud III and junior-to-be wide receiver Nate Craig proved to be too much for teams to handle. Cain is solidly committed to Clemson and said he is not considering any other schools at this time.
S Derwin James Committed to Florida State ESPN 300 rank: 26 James is known for his physical play, but he showed he is more than just a big hitter. James broke up several passes and just always seemed to be around the ball. Like Cain, he is solid with his commitment, but in this case to the Seminoles.
CB Iman Marshall Uncommitted ESPN 300 rank: 20 Marshall played wide receiver and defensive back for his team, B2G, and excelled at both. The four-star prospect teamed with another ESPN 300 receiver, Trent Irwin, to form a dangerous pass-catching combo. Marshall is still narrowing his choices but knows he will take visits in the fall to Florida State and Notre Dame.
WR Calvin Ridley Committed to Alabama ESPN 300 rank: 35 Ridley and teammate Shawn Burgess-Becker led the Florida Fire from South Florida to the championship. The Alabama commit made play after play and was almost unstoppable throughout the two-day tournament.
ATH Terry Godwin Committed to Georgia ESPN 300 rank: 30 Godwin was the best player on the Cam Newton All-Stars. With his excellent speed and quickness, he was a difficult matchup for defenders throughout the course of the event.
OLB Jeffery Holland Uncommitted ESPN 300 rank: 24 Though he’s ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country, Holland showed off his athleticism by playing wide receiver for his team, Pro Impact. With his size, he was a tough matchup for some of the smaller defensive backs, and Holland showed phenomenal hands by hauling in several difficult passes.
QB Deondre Francois Uncommitted ESPN 300 rank: 49 Francois, who will decide among Auburn, Florida State and Oregon in late July, was incredible during the tournament as the quarterback of Team Rat Pak from Orlando. On several passes, he looked as if he were already in college.
CB Kevin Toliver II Committed to LSU ESPN 300 rank: 3
As usual, Toliver blanketed receivers on his side of the field. He might not have had a lot of interceptions, but he made it extremely difficult for quarterbacks to complete passes on his side of the field.
ATH George Campbell Uncommitted ESPN 300 rank: 11 Campbell displayed his size and speed for Team Tampa. The 6-foot-4 target was a tough matchup for every defensive back he went up against, and he made several nice catches. Campbell, along with ESPN 300 wide receiver Ryan Davis, led Team Tampa deep in the tournament.
QB Brady White Committed to Arizona State ESPN 300 rank: 126 White was one of the top quarterbacks in attendance. He displayed a strong arm and incredible accuracy throughout the tournament. While a lot of quarterbacks find success in 7-on-7 tournaments, it was obvious he is one of the top QBs in the country. His favorite targets were Marshall and Irwin.