Here’s our breakdown of the talent from the ESPN Florida Premiere 7s tournament at Wide World of Sports this week. Miami Booker T. Washington won the event, beating Winter Park in the final.
Tourney Top 10 (alphabetical)
Xavier Amerson, 2012, WR, Winter Park -- Continues to impress and without Dvario Montgomery there this weekend, he put the team on his back. Had several picks and double-digit touchdowns on Tuesday alone.
Travares Copeland, 2012, QB, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast – We’ve said it before for four tournaments now. Copeland is good, the real deal. He has zip on the ball, finds receivers at the last second and can thread a needle to get the ball there.
Treon Harris, 2014, QB, Miami Booker T. Washington -- Son of Booker T. head coach Tim “Ice” Harris. Treon is a good-looking quarterback prospect. Only a sophomore, he is a bit undersized right now but his decision-making and poise is remarkable. Coach is bringing him along slowly. He will also play in the secondary.
Alton Howard, 2012, WR, Orlando Edgewater – Pig, as he is affectionately called, had his usual share of amazing catches and his route running was as crisp as ever. His ability to go up in traffic and take balls away from much larger defensive backs continues to impress.
Blake McClain, 2013, S, Winter Park -- Primed to be one of the best Class of 2013 players in the area. Just has a knack for making the right reads at safety and effortlessly floats to the ball.
Jordan Reus, 2014, WR, St. Cloud -- Workout wonder continues to impress. Will put up good numbers this season as a wide out in St. Cloud’s high-octane passing attack.
Matthew Thomas, 2013, DB, Miami Booker T. Washington -- Lengthy (6-3) defensive back does a great job at batting down balls as a linebacker in the 7-on-7 format. He’s also extremely athletic and will be a big-time recruit a year from now. Had seven interceptions in this tournament. Albatross wingspan plays big in his arsenal. Probably the tourney MVP.
Lucas Thompson, 2012, S, Winter Garden West Orange -- The real deal. Extremely fluid and accelerates with the best of them. Has the frame to get bigger. Might have the most raw talent of any player at the tournament.
Malcolm Lewis, 2012, WR, Miramar -- Had one of the best performances of the tournament. He’s the real deal. Excels as an underneath target but can also outleap most defensive backs. One of the highest rated Florida players yet to commit in the 2012 class, along with teammate DB Tracy Howard.
Devonte Mathis, 2012, WR, Miramar -- Excellent complement to Lewis, Mathis is a strong possession receiver who does a lot of his damage in jump-ball situations. Just when opponents figure out Lewis, Mathis becomes go-to guy.
Next 10 (Alphabetical)
Chris Blackwell, 2012, DB, Orlando Olympia -- Was very productive during the three days. Had numerous interceptions on defense, but also proved to be a consistent receiver on offense.
Cole Harvey, 2012, WR, St. Cloud -- Lengthy receiver displayed decent body control and reliable hands. Despite his lanky appearance, he plays much stronger than he might look.
Karl Joseph, 2012, S, Orlando Edgewater – Joseph has gotten bigger, adding a few pound of muscle to his physique to quiet some of the criticism that he looked to fragile. No one who has seen him play considers him fragile. He’ll mix it up with anyone.
Xavier Kelly, 2012, CB, Winter Park -- Had plenty of moments against some bigger wide receivers and also had a dazzling interception in which he caught the ball one-handed and kept both feet inbounds in the corner of the end zone.
JoJo Kemp, 2013, LB/RB, DeLand -- Known more for his power running ability but Kemp displayed versatility as a pass-catcher. He’ll go both ways at DeLand this season. Kemp’s been around a while, having played a key role on DeLand’s 2009 6A runner-up squad. He’s got two more seasons, however.
Tim Miller, 2013, WR, Orlando Edgewater – Miller has good size and an advantage right now of being the guy not double-teamed on the other side of Pig. Appears to have the makings for the next big time Edgewater recruit.
Kevin Orozco, 2012, WR, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast - Dropped one pass this tournament, it was the first time we’ve seen this from him in two events. Coaches call him their team’s Wes Welker, but he’s bigger bodied and has more hair.
David Thompson, 2012, QB, Miami Westminster Christian -- Steady leader for a talented small-school team. Is committed to Miami for baseball and football and remains firm on playing both in college.
Josh Witt, 2012, LB, Weston Cypress Bay -- A Miami commit. Very fluid for his size, did very well in covering quicker receivers.
Asiantii Woulard, 2013, QB, Winter Park -- Had a great bounce-back tournament following a mediocre performance in New Smyrna last week. Aside from a bad championship game, Woulard was on queue all three days and made tough throws look effortless.
Best of the rest
Alex Bell, 2013, QB, Port Orange Atlantic – Bell had an impressive tournament in leading Atlantic to a near upset of West Orange in a game that needed overtime. The Sharks had several key players step up with top RB CJ Jones and top WR Adam Owens not playing in the tourney.
Tre Ferguson, 2015, WR/DB, Port Orange Atlantic – Ferguson made several big plays for Atlantic and should give Sharks fans a good four years of excitement.
Tim Irvin, 20015, WR, Miami Westminster Christian -- The nephew of Michael and Sedrick Irvin and he looks the part. Will only be a ninth grader this season but has a ton of potential. Still is raw and makes some mental mistakes, but he also had some terrific catches during the tournament.
Garrett Johnson, 2014, WR, Winter Garden West Orange -- Made some clutch catches for the Warriors, including a game-winner in an overtime playoff game versus Port Orange Atlantic. A quick, undersized player who will open some eyes as he develops.
Steve Mariott, 2012, S, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast -- Unsung emotional leader for the defense. Makes a lot of plays and knows his role.
James Millien, 2012, RB, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast -- Another talented back for the Titans, Millien made some highlight reel catches this weekend. He’s not a high caliber recruit, but will make someone happy.
Alex Montgomery, 20013, WR, Weston Cypress Bay -- A lot like Winter Park’s Montgomery. He isn’t a blazer but uses his body well and is almost impossible to cover in the red zone.
Alex Stout, 2012, TE, Orlando Olympia -- Has good hands and can flat out move for a big guy. He gets split out wide a lot in this format, but certainly is not out of place.
Corey Vareen, 2013, LB, Winter Garden West Orange -- Exceptionally well-built, moves well. Forms a solid group of linebackers with senior Travis Condon and junior Nate Ozdemir.
Michael Wells, 2013, WR/DB, Port Orange Atlantic – Stepped up and played a key role for the Sharks with Owens out. He is a big key in the Atlantic offensive scheme under second-year head coach Tim Smith.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
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