Day one at the IMG 7v7 National Championship gave CLA our first glimpse at what the competition is like down in Florida. Going undefeated in the first day of action, South Florida Express looked cruised through their bracket. The Express' stingy defense only gave up 9 points over the first two games and 2014 quarterback Sean White was on target throughout the day.
University School transfer Sean White was provided a stable of athletic wide receivers to chuck the rock to and they didn't let him down. Several big-time play-makers line the S. Florida Express roster and hold offers from the likes of Alabama, USC, Michigan, Florida State, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State, Notre Dame & beyond. To say SFE is stacked would be an understatement.
IMG 7v7 Nat'l Championship: Day 1 Highlights
One of the most athletic players on the field yesterday was SFE's Torrance Gibson (Plantation HS). The dual-threat quarterback is more like a triple-threat if you factor in his insane ability to catch the ball and move in space. Gibson plays QB during the regular season, but yesterday he lined up at wideout and was unstoppable.
The list goes on for S. Florida Express. 2016 WR Sam Bruce (University School) proved why he's worthy of so many early offers. The elusive Bruce has been compared to Reggie Bush at the high school level and holds scholarships from USC, Miami (FL), West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, UCF and several others.
On the defensive side of the ball, S. Florida Express featured some of the top DB recruits in the nation.
At 6'3 205, Quincy Wilson is a specimen at defensive back. The 2014 baller made several nice plays on defense, including a few pass breakups. Another ball-hawk defensive back was Homestead 2014 DB Ermon Lane, who also played a bit of offense and found himself in the end zone on a few occasions. Lane has the build of a college corner already and stands 6'2' 175.
Defending champions Team Tampa also repped hard going 3-1 on the day. One of the most impressive looking recruits at the entire tournament was Byron Cowart (DE/2015). At 6'3 255, Cowart made an amazing leaping grab in the back corner of the end zone and snatched a slightly under-thrown pass over two defenders and sent the Team Tampa sidelines into a frenzy. Cowart holds offers from Alabama, Florida State and Vanderbilt.
Vincent Jackson and USF quarterback commit Chase Litton also played well for Team Tampa. Jackson holds nearly 40 offers from the SEC, Pac-12 and more. Another standout performer for Team Tampa was George Cambell who played safety like a centerfielder in baseball and snagged at least 4 interceptions over the course of the day. Look for Team Tampa to be back in the hunt for this year's title.