Monday, April 22, 2013
RN Top 10: IMG SE Regional
By Corey Dowlar and Derek Tyson
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Some of the top prospects at the skill positions took to the fields at the IMG Academy over the weekend to participate in the 7-on-7 Southeast Regional. Here are 10 players who really stood out based upon their performances alone.
The safety wasn't flashy over the course of the two-day event, but Gibson consistently seemed to be in good position to knock down pass attempts. The four-star prospect continually took the right angles on deep balls and came up aggressively on underneath routes. On day one, Gibson helped Team Tampa beat the South Florida Express Elite, which consisted of big-time wide receivers Ermon Lane and Florida State commit JoJo Robinson. Vanderbilt and Louisville are two schools standing out for Gibson. He has no timeframe on making a decision.
The No. 81-ranked player in the country proved just why he is ranked so highly. The South Florida Express Elite athlete was in on several pass breakups, and when teamed with Quincy Wilson, Tavares McFadden and Tyrek Cole, formed one of the best high school seven-on-seven defensive backfields that you will see on this level. Receivers had difficulty creating separation against Lammons, and when the ball was thrown their way, the four-star athlete was usually in position to knock it down. Lammons is considering Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Florida and Ohio State among others.
Though many schools are recruiting Flowers as an athlete, he might have had the best performance of any of the quarterbacks in attendance. The talented signal-caller directed arguably the best offense of day one. Flowers showed a strong, accurate arm and completed some very timely passes over the course of the two-day event. The Florida Fire quarterback has offers from Marshall, Appalachian State and Cincinnati, but after this performance he will likely see his recruitment heat up. His two favorite targets on the day were 2015 standouts Shawn Burgess-Becker and Jacques Patrick. Burgess-Becker and Flowers hooked up for at least three long touchdown passes, while Patrick was a very reliable target over the middle.
7. Shawn Burgess-Becker (2015)
Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch | ATH | 6-0, 185
Burgess-Becker is going to be a name that recruitniks will soon know, if they don't already. He's got superior athleticism, ball skills and ability in the air that allows him to flourish on either side of the ball. Burgess-Becker's hands check out, too, as it appeared that he caught everything thrown in his direction. He was part of an impressive offensive attack from team Florida Fire that rolled on day one. He has early offers from Alabama and Miami.
Rudolph, Lane and Artavis Scott, were the top three receiver prospects in attendance, and the trio didn't disappoint. He might not have had a ton of acrobatic catches, but Rudolph was very consistent over the course of the event and did very well getting up field after the catch. Rudolph also had a strong presence on the defensive side of the ball for his South Florida Blur team, breaking up several passes over the weekend. Rudolph wants to play receiver on the next level, but after seeing him this weekend, there's no question he could make an impact on either side of the ball on the next level. The Gators appear to be the favorite to land Rudolph after he recently decommitted from Miami, but he remains open and said he will take other visits.
Leading team Central Florida Top Recruits, rising junior quarterback Deondre Francois directed his team in burnt orange shirts to a near-flawless first day. One highlight included a come-from-behind win against team Unsigned Preps on the final play of the game. Francois displayed composure under pressure and the ability to change from read to read when necessary in order to move his team down the field and into the end zone. Francois is waiting on his first offer.
4. Artavis Scott
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake | WR | 5-11, 177
As one of the premier receivers at the event, the East Lake prospect didn't disappoint. He made a couple of circus catches in the corner of the end zone from quarterback Chase Litton (Tampa, Fla./Wharton), but also showed the ability to get open in the middle of the field. Arguably his top moment from the tournament came against ESPN 150 prospect J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee). Scott was able to make a cut to the middle, catch the ball, evade a would-be tackler and race to the end zone for a score to help Team Tampa to a victory. Scott is considering Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame among others.
3. Duke Dawson Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County | ATH | 5-11, 197
The UF defensive back commit had an excellent tournament. Though not as fast as some of the other top cornerbacks in attendance, Dawson displayed quick feet, aggressiveness and excellent ball skills. Dawson was consistently in position to make plays throughout the two-day tournament. His jam at the line of scrimmage made it very difficult for receivers to get in to their routes. When the ball was thrown his way, he continued to make plays on the ball and made it very difficult for quarterbacks to target him. The Central Florida Top Recruits defender earned an offer from Florida and Florida State after camping with each school last year. Dawson certainly proved he belongs to be mentioned with the other top defensive backs in the state after a solid performance at IMG.
At 6-2, Toliver's frame and length stuck out immediately. Well, that's just before the games got started. With his excellent size and strength, Toliver dominated just about everyone he came across during the games in Bradenton. Among the rest of the defensive backs in attendance, regardless of class, Toliver was arguably the top player at the position. He's currently committed to LSU and has been since November.
Only the top defensive backs were able to keep Lane in check, and that was only for moments in time. The adage that they "can only hope to contain him" held true, as Lane would suddenly burst down the field on a vertical route to score a touchdown. His display over the weekend added credibility to his ranking in the ESPN 150 as the top wide receiver prospect in the nation. Lane is currently considering Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and USC among others.