Monday, February 25, 2013
New Level Athletics: Six standouts
By Derek Tyson
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -- The New Level Athletics 7-on-7 Southeast regional tournament this weekend featured some of the top talent in the Southeast. Here's a closer look at some of the standout performers.
WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) -- The Miami commitment excelled on both offense and defense. In the first game of the tournament, Rudolph made a 40-yard acrobatic over-the-shoulder catch for a touchdown -- one of several big catches he made during the two day tournament. Defensively, he usually matched up against the other team's best receiver and more than held his own. Though committed to Miami, Rudolph said Florida and Auburn are still in contention for him.
LB Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) -- Most linebackers with Daub's size (6-2/243) don't do well in 7-on-7 events. But Daub was surprisingly fluid in coverage. Daub had several pass breakups and jammed slot receivers and tight ends at the line of scrimmage -- giving them trouble getting into their routes. Daub was very effective in pass coverage during the tournament. Alabama and Florida State are two teams that stand out for the talented linebacker.
WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) -- The 6-2 pass catcher made his presence felt early and often. Lane used his size and strength to go up and make several tough plays. Lane was a nightmare matchup for some of the smaller defensive backs in attendance. With his outstanding performance, there is no question he will be one of the top wideouts in the Southeast next year. Georgia, Clemson and Ole Miss are the latest schools to offer this big-time prospect.
DB Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) -- At 6-2, Paris looks more suited for strong safety than he does as a corner. With his physical play, the Watch List DB has the instincts of a safety, but Paris was quick and talented enough to guard some of the top wide receivers in the tournament. Paris is likely to announce his decision between LSU, Florida and Texas during the next few days. One school will be getting a very athletic player.
WR Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) -- The Watch List wide receiver might have been the most consistent wideout during the tournament. Dixon made several tough catches and showed a knack for getting open deep. Dixon mostly lined up in the slot but he was just as effecive working one-on-one on the outside. Dixon caught a touchdown on his team's first drive of the tournament and continued his solid play throughout the event. Dixon is up to 17 offers and has no current leader.
DB Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- Like Paris, Wilson looks the part of safety but is athletic enough to play cornerback at a high level. The Watch List DB had several pass breakups and made a tremendous diving interception on the second day of the tournament. Wilson's father is a coach who played defensive back at Miami and it's clear to see Wilson has been around the game of football for a long time. He is rarely out of position and always finds a way to be around the football.