Monday, June 24, 2013
RN Top 10: IMG 7v7 championships
By Derek Tyson
The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect ranking.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The IMG 7v7 National Championships brought in top talent from all over the country. Narrowing it to 10 was difficult, as top prospects such as linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) didn't make the list. It's not because they didn't play well, but because 7-on-7 events are geared more for wide receivers and quarterbacks on offense and the defensive backs on defense.
10. Chris Godwin Middletown (Del.) High School | WR | 6-2, 203
Godwin, an Under Armour All-American, was one of the main reasons his Delaware team went 6-0 before finally losing a game. In this talent-filled tournament, Godwin showed why he is one of the top receivers in the country. He made several tough catches and displayed his 4.4 speed on a consistent basis. He displayed all the tools to be successful on the next level.
9. Sean White Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Unversity School | QB | 6-1, 199
With receivers such as Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph, it's hard for White not to look good, but he was extremely accurate throughout the tournament and made several big-time throws. White did a nice job of taking what the defense gave him underneath and also showed the arm strength to make several tough throws over the middle. White has seen his recruitment pick up lately and it will likely continue to increase with performances like this.
North Cobb was one of the few that brought their high school team, instead of an All-Star team from their region. Queen led his team to several victories and showed pinpoint accuracy on a majority of his throws. He displayed great touch on his deep ball and completed several long touchdowns on the day. It was easy to see why he is already a highly recruited prospect.
Campbell proved why he might be the top receiver in Florida next year. He used his 6-foot-4 height to go up over defensive backs and come down with several long catches. It wasn't just the jump ball that impressed; his route running was good and he consistently got open. On top of his impressive offensive performance, Campbell made several plays at safety. This Under Armour All-American has a chance to be a special player as a senior.
The Under Armour All-American was a new addition to the South Florida Express team, but fit right in from the very first game. He caught several tough touchdown passes and was consistently able to get deep, regardless of who was covering him. Lane clearly was the top receiver in attendance, but Rudolph wasn't far behind at all.
5. Wesley Green Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King | CB | 5-11, 165
Green, a recent South Carolina commit, demonstrated just why he is ranked in the ESPN 150. He didn't show elite speed, but his athleticism was obvious and he had several acrobatic pass breakups over the course of the event. Green plays bigger than his size would indicate. He was very physical in bump-and-run and certainly did not shy away from contact.
4. Artavis Scott Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake | WR/DB | 5-11, 171
Scott made plays all over the field as a receiver and as a cornerback. Scott is well known for being one of the best receivers in the country, but he showcased his ability to play cornerback on the next level. He rarely had a ball thrown his way and when it was, he was always in position. Scott said after the event that several colleges are recruiting him as a cornerback.
3. Ermon Lane Homestead (Fla.) High School | WR | 6-2, 171
The IMG 7v7 National Championships were loaded with top receivers and Lane took a back seat to no one. He used his size to create mismatches all over the field. Lane, once again, showed exceptional hands and body control. What he lacks in top end speed he more than makes up for with his playmaking ability and natural pass-catching skills.
Seven-on-seven events aren't great events for players of Scarbrough's size, but the No. 2 athlete in the ESPN 300 was all over the field, both on defense and offense. Scarbrough made plays as a receiver, as a running back out of the backfield and defensively he locked down just about every running back or tight end he matched up against. Scarbrough, an Alabama commitment, showed why he is ranked so highly.
1. Kevin Toliver II (2015) Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian | CB | 6-2, 183
Toliver, an LSU commit, shut down just about every receiver he went against, and in a defensive backfield that included Florida commits Duke Dawson and J.C. Jackson and FSU commit Derwin James, Toliver was clearly the best DB at the event. Top Recruits coach Keiwan Ratliff, a former Florida and NFL cornerback, said Toliver has all the skills to be an elite defensive back.
"That kid there, and I hate using the word potential, but it is unbelievable the potential the he possesses," Ratliff said. "He has the size, he has the speed, he has the technique, he has the mental toughness, he has the ball skills -- I can't say enough good things about him."