BRADENTON, Fla. -- The IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Tournament is typically one of the best 7-on-7 events in the country each year. With elite talent on almost every team in attendance, this year was no different. With all the talent on hand there were several trends that stood out. Here’s a closer look at the top five trends from the weekend event.
NEW ORLEANS -- Many of the best players from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were at the New Orleans Opening regional camp and several trending topics emerged from the event. But the biggest is that it looks like Alabama and LSU are set to do battle again for the top 2016 prospects in Louisiana and bordering states.

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NEW ORLEANS -- March has been kind to 2017 running back Cordarrian Richardson of Memphis Trezevant. The sophomore is quickly becoming a household name on the national recruiting trail.

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When looking at the programs that have the best 2016 classes committed to date, the conversation begins and ends with Miami (FL) and Ole Miss. Though the Hurricanes got off to the fastest start, the Rebels have caught up and now arguably have the top class with the commitment of defensive end Charles Wiley, the eighth ESPN Junior 300 pledge for Hugh Freeze and staff. Significance of impact: Outside of the state of Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana are the two most important states for Ole Miss in recruiting. With No. 25-overall and quarterback Shea Patterson already in the fold from the Pelican State, grabbing a coveted prospect from the Peach State was paramount to continue with the building of early momentum, and the Rebels' staff did just that picking up a verbal from Wiley.

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Big 12 recruiting scorecard

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The latest from the Big 12 on the recruiting trail:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 7
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 4
The latest: The Bears hosted two big-time defensive recruits for unofficial visits this weekend: ESPN 300 linebacker Michael Divinity and ESPN 300 defensive end Isaiah Chambers. Both stopped by after attending camps over the weekend and have a long list of high-profile suitors. Getting them to check out Waco while they passed through was a nice move by Art Briles' staff that can only help their chances.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 0
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones were the first to extend an offer to junior college cornerback Kamal Hardy last week, and he's expected to make an unofficial visit in April. Hardy reportedly has a longstanding relationship with assistant Maurice Linguist and could become a priority target, considering Iowa State's needs in the secondary for 2016.

KANSAS
Total commits: 1
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: One pipeline that new coach David Beaty will work hard to establish in Texas is at Cedar Hill High. The Jayhawks recently extended an offer to a good sleeper prospect, wide receiver Josh Stewart, and have also offered 2017 QB Avery Davis and WR Jaylon Jackson. It makes sense for Kansas to go after as many FBS-caliber players as possible from one of the best programs in the DFW area, a back-to-back state champion.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 1
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: Getting defensive Xavier Kelly back on K-State's commitment list is not going to be easy. In the week since Kelly reopened his recruiting process, he's received offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Ole Miss and set up a summer visit to Michigan. Kansas State will continue to recruit him hard, but those options are clearly going to give Kelly a lot to think about this spring.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 3
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Sooners appears to have locked in on their top quarterback target for this class: ESPN 300 standout Austin Kendall. The nation's No. 225 recruit was recently offered a scholarship and took an unofficial visit to Norman, one that seems to have significantly helped OU's chances. Kendall named Kentucky his front-runner a week ago, and Auburn and Florida are also in the mix for Kendall, a former Tennessee pledge.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 3
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: Oklahoma State could have an opportunity to bring in one more running back for the 2015 class. Former Stanford RB Kelsey Young, a graduate transfer who would be eligible to play in 2015, reportedly visited for an Oklahoma State practice last week. Young rushed for 331 yards as a backup for Stanford during his junior season. If he picks the Pokes, he'd come in with Chris Carson and Jeff Carr to help this run game right away.

TCU
Total commits: 8
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Horned Frogs are in good shape for defensive end Caleb Roddy, who reportedly called his visit to TCU this spring the best he's taken yet. Roddy, who holds nearly a dozen offers, comes from the same Denham Springs program in Louisiana that produced Frogs defensive end Tevin Lawson, so that connection could help.

TEXAS
Total commits: 4
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 3
The latest: Texas hosted several key recruits over the weekend during Texas Relays, including LSU wide receiver pledge Dee Anderson, Baylor defensive tackle pledge Jordan Elliott and coveted cornerback Eric Cuffee. The Horns were also able to get a bunch of incoming freshmen -- including out-of-state signees in tight end Devonaire Clarington and cornerback Davante Davis -- in town to watch practice on Friday and Saturday.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 3
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: You don't see this too often, but Texas Tech was able to secure a late pledge from a 2015 recruit in junior college OT Paul Stawarz. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman's only other FBS offers came from Northern Illinois and Appalachian State, but Tech got him in on an official visit last week and will sign him to enroll in the program this summer. The addition of Stawarz completes a six-man offensive line class that should beef up Tech's depth during the next few years.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 7
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Mountaineers have reportedly taken an early lead for running back Kennedy McKoy, a three-star recruit out of North Carolina. Though McKoy does hold offers from North Carolina and NC State and has checked out Virginia, West Virginia put itself in front with a strong impression during McKoy's unofficial visit to Morgantown this spring.

video BRADENTON, Fla. -- There were several ESPN Junior 300 members on hand at the IMG7v7 Southeast Regional Championship this weekend on the campus of IMG Academy. The event was headlined by prospects such as quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Jack Allison, wide receivers Sam Bruce, T.J. Chase, Trevon Diggs, Demetris Robertson, Eli Stove and Dionte Mullins, and defensive backs Jamel Cook, K.J. Sails and Tyreke Johnson. The talent didn't disappoint as there were several spectacular plays throughout the event. Here are some of the best social media posts from the weekend.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl camp series stopped in South Florida Sunday with a turnout that included more than 20 prospects with FBS offers. With instruction by former NFL coaches and wisdom imparted by the United States Marines, the players from the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 not only learned technique on the football field, but also the values of honor, courage, commitment and leadership.

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video BRADENTON, Fla. -- There were several ESPN Junior 300 members on hand at the IMG7v7 Southeast Regional Championship this weekend on the campus of IMG Academy. The event was headlined by prospects such as quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Jack Allison, wide receivers Sam Bruce, Trevon Diggs, Demetris Robertson, Eli Stove and Dionte Mullins, and defensive backs Jamel Cook, K.J. Sails and Tyreke Johnson. Bruce was one of several Miami commits in attendance and has been committed to the Hurricanes since last July. The 5-foot-8, 178-pound playmaker from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) St. Thomas Aquinas said his commitment to the Canes isn’t very solid.

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With spring practices under way, it was a big visit weekend in the Big Ten. A number of programs within the conference had some big visitors on hand, so here is a look at some of the top prospects who were on campus and what a few had to say about the visits.

PENN STATE

The Nittany Lions had a ton of big visitors on campus and that included quite a few 2017 prospects.

Lineman Robert Hainsey was one of those recruits on hand, and Hainsey tweeted a picture of the visit.

Cam Spence was another 2017 target in Happy Valley and he too took to Twitter to show off his experience.

The Nittany Lions also had some 2016 prospects, including Damar Hamlin, Michal Menet and Khaleke Hudson to name a few.

NEBRASKA

The Cornhuskers also had some big visitors on campus in Lincoln. Offensive lineman Nathan Smith was one of the bigger targets on hand and Smith tweeted his thoughts on his time on campus.

OHIO STATE

The Buckeyes picked up a huge commitment in 2016 running back Demario McCall, but the coaches had quite a few other big visitors on hand outside of McCall.

ESPN Jr. 300 tight end Luke Farrell was one of those visitors and Farrell currently holds Ohio State very high on his list.

"It went well," he said. "I liked getting to see practice and I liked how they run the position meetings."

Farrell is still planning some other visits, but wants to decide before his season starts.

One of the more important prospects visiting was Texas quarterback Tristen Wallace, who tweeted out quite a few pictures of the visit and time spent with current Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller.

MICHIGAN STATE

The Spartans were yet another Big Ten program with a lot of traffic on campus, including Georgia prospects Isaiah Pryor, Russell Halimon, Korey Banks and Jamyest Williams.

Their time spent with the coaching staff was memorable, especially for Williams, who is a defensive back.

"I was just thinking while Coach [Mark] Dantonio was talking, that he can turn two stars into first-round draft picks, imagine when he gets a four-star athlete and what he could do for me," he said.

Michigan State also had ESPN Jr. 300 receiver Justin Layne in for a visit, and Layne tweeted about his time with the coaches.

Layne got a chance to hang out with ESPN Jr. 300 quarterback Messiah DeWeaver, who took a return trip to see Michigan State. DeWeaver will be deciding at the end of April, so this could be an important visit for Michigan State in that race.

"I was there for a couple days," he said. "I saw the ins and outs of practice and had a great time with the coaches and players."

South Carolina was also well represented in East Lansing with Nick McCloud, Josh Wilkes, Greg Ruff, Quay Brown, Jamari Curren and a few others taking the trip.

MICHIGAN

The Wolverines and Buckeyes had the chance to host one of the biggest visitors of the weekend in ESPN Jr. 300 defensive lineman Rashan Gary as well as a few other New Jersey prospects.

ESPN Jr. 300 receiver Ahmir Mitchell was among that group and tweeted out some pictures from their time at Michigan, including one picture at breakfast with Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan coaches offered 2017 defensive lineman Corey Bolds on the visit, who happens to be teammates with Gary.

Athlete Korey Banks received an offer on his visit to Michigan this weekend, and the Georgia prospect came away very impressed with what the Wolverines have to offer.

"It's a Michigan offer. It's always exciting to get a Michigan offer, especially from coach Jim Harbaugh," Banks said. "Of course I'm going to keep them in the running, they pack 118,000 fans in the Big House. What kid wouldn't love that offer, that's a big achievement for me."

Isaiah Pryor isn’t your typical recruit. He is 6-foot-2 and has offers from some of the biggest programs in the country, but there’s something even more unique about the 2017 Georgia prospect. Pryor doesn’t have a Twitter account. He decided that he didn’t have time for it, so he deleted his account. A decision that is rare among kids his age. “I was a little kid and everyone had one, so I created one. I just didn’t use it, so there’s no point in having it,” he said. “Apparently coaches like that, because I’m staying off social media.” That’s not the only unique aspect about Pryor, though. He used to play the saxophone, but had to stop because football prevented him from being in the marching band. He also understands that football allows him an opportunity to get the education he desires. “I want to major in psychology because I’m interested in the human mind and helping people with mental disorders. My mom and dad are nurses and they help people every day, so I just want to be in that field,” he said. “If I have the opportunity to make it to the NFL, I’m definitely going to take it, but I feel like the reason we’re doing all of this is to get an education. After football is over, all you have is your education.” Pryor has already started to do some research on programs and says Ohio State is a school that has stood out for his major. With so many offers already, he is going to have a big decision ahead of him. He and a few fellow Georgia recruits took a few visits over the weekend before heading to the Adidas showcase at the EFT football academy in Illinois.

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Thomas Schaffer didn’t just have to convince his mother to let him play football like most kids; he had to convince her to let him play football half way around the world.

Schaffer and his family live in Vienna, Austria, but the 2016 lineman got a taste for what American football is like in 2012 when he traveled to Texas with the Under 19 Austrian team.

“I was 15 and we played against Panama, Team USA and Japan. When we played I just loved playing, even though I was the youngest guy there,” he said. “It was just a great feeling and I decided then that I wanted to do this on a higher level.”

So Schaffer went back to Austria and told his mother he would travel to America for one year to pursue his new dream. Because academics are very important to the family, and because Shaffer would be traveling alone, he needed to find the right school.

The family found Lake Forest Academy in Illinois, which ranks highly on the academic side and also has a dormitory for its students to live. The only problem was once Shaffer got to his new home, he didn’t want to leave.

“I told my mom that I was going for one year and then it worked out that I said it was really good here and I asked if I could stay longer,” he said. “So it’s turned out to be three years. Next year will be my third year and it’s been very productive so far.”

Productive to say the least. Schaffer, who is not just new to the game, but new to the country, currently holds 18 scholarship offers from some of the biggest schools around the country including Cal, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

The first offer came from Illinois in June 2014. His head coach didn’t tell him until his junior year, though, and the news came as a huge shock. When he told his mother and sent her a link to all his recruiting profile pages, she didn’t really understand what it meant.

When he sent the links and news to his friends back home, who also played football, they were just as shocked as he was.

The offer from the Illini was a big deal, but there was one offer in particular that still stands out to the 6-foot-6, 245-pound lineman.

“There are three big schools in Austria: LSU, Alabama and Oregon. Nick Saban at Alabama and Oregon just because they have swag,” he said. “Oregon was the first team I’ve known about and the coach said they wanted to get in front of me, but I was in Austria for the winter. I sent him some mail and then I called him and they offered me as soon as I got back. It was amazing.”

While his mother is now a little more familiar with the recruiting process, it’s still all very new to the family. The decision to let their son travel alone to a new country was difficult, but one thing is for sure: Schaffer won’t have to do any more convincing for his mother to let him play football in America.

There is little doubt Ohio State will ink a top-10 class in February 2016. Judging by the start to the class and the perfect ending to last season, a top-five finish is a high-percentage bet. The Buckeyes' class added another key and impactful piece on Saturday in the form of running back Demario McCall, giving Urban Meyer five ESPN Junior 300 verbals.

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The Adidas football showcase on Saturday had plenty of talent from all over the country. The prospects competed throughout the day in various drills and one-on-ones while honing their craft with some top-notch training. Here is a look at the camp and some of the prospects through the eyes of social media.

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NEW ORLEANS -- When you have some of the best defensive linemen in the nation in attendance at an event like the New Orleans Opening regional, you expect a lot of great one-on-one battles. And nothing makes for better footage than watching a dominating defensive lineman go to work. Fortunately, high profile prospects like Alabama commitment Raekwon Davis and Edward Oliver did not disappoint at Saturday’s camp.

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Dwayne Haskins, the 23rd-ranked prospect in the ESPN Junior 300, has taken his time with the recruiting process. Nevertheless, the talented signal-caller from Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, would like to make a decision by the end of summer and two schools are starting to stand out.

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