5:26 AM EDT, June 14, 2011
When looking at this past weekend’s USF Sling&Shoot 7-on-7 tournament, there were plenty of players who could be considered as MVP possibilities.
But if you gauge the popularity of the players off the field, along with their performances on it, Winter Park WR Dvario Montgomery was hands-down the MVP.
USF makes no bones about Montgomery being high on the Bulls’ recruiting board, and assistant coaches were always watching Winter Park games and chit-chatting here and there with Montgomery, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound specimen who is equally sought by UCF.
The Bulls, on Sunday, even brought out some heavy artillery to give a little push to Montgomery as he was introduced to a former recruit of similar magnitude in ex-Pahokee star WR Chris Dunkley.
Dunkley had originally signed with Florida. The Bulls’ picked him up recently after he was released from his scholarship following an injury-plagued freshman year with the Gators.
Dunkley will have to sit out a transfer season, but he will then be available to play for the Bulls in 2013, according to what he told Montgomery in their conversation.
“He just was telling me about the school and everything else, nothing real big … just informing me about the recruiting process,” Montgomery said.
Dunkley knows a little about that. He was one of the more highly touted players in the state for the class of 2010. Upon entry to UF, however, he injured his hamstring and that lingered for much of this past season. He was eventually given a redshirt season.
So Dunkley still hasn’t played a down of football since the Under Armour All-American game in St. Petersburg in January 2010.
On Sunday, however, he was sharing advice with Montgomery, but the big guy, however, couldn’t chat long. He had a team title to win.
The Wildcats and Montgomery did not disappoint on the field, using a tremendous group effort throughout the tourney’s 15 games, with Montgomery making the big plays in clutch time. Winter Park, for the second straight year, went through the Sling&Shoot tourney unscathed at 15-0.
New QB Asiantii Woulard picked up where Sam Richardson left off last year, guiding the team to a second straight tourney title, making the Wildcats 30-0 in two summer events at USF. The Wildcats’ 7s have lost just once and tied once in two years, out of about 70 games.
Montgomery seemed to be the hands-down, player of the tournament, but no single player in the tourney did more for his team than rising junior DB-WR Vernon Hargreaves III of Tampa Wharton. The first thing you notice about Hargreaves is his leaping ability. He outjumped every player he went up against this past weekend, whether it was for a touchdown catch or for an interception, he won nearly every battle.
Hargreaves is the son of USF assistant coach Vernon II, who came down with Skip Holtz from East Carolina when he took the USF head coaching job last winter.
Both Hargreaves said they have no idea what the youngster's vertical leap is, but it has to be a big number, edging toward 40 inches.
"That's a good question," said Dad. "When you see him out here making plays it certainly looks like he would have a good [vertical]."
When asked if being the son of a USF coach gave the Bulls an inside track, Vernon III said, "I wouldn't say that. There are some other Florida schools I'd like to check out. But we'll see what happens."
The Sling&Shoot II competition on the July 23rd weekend, will have 60 teams.
Check OrlandoSentinel.com/recruiting for a deeper breakdown of the Sling&Shoot I talent.
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