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Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:29 am

Rutgers Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 Top Players

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 started it's 2011 campaign on the campus of Rutgers this past weekend and many of the top prospects from across the Northeast were looking to make an impression over the course of the two-day event.

Here's just a few of the players who stood out from the crowd.


Casey Cochran, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Monroe, Conn. 
One of the top quarterbacks on day one, Cochran was an impressive signal caller. He lacks ideal height but makes up for it with a very strong arm that can make every throw. He has a good release and throws a very pretty, catchable ball to his wide outs. He's ok on the move and can work on his weight transfer and keeping his feet closer together when in the pocket. The ball just jumps out of his hand though and he should be adding to his only offer from Boston College.

Blake Rankin, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Bloomsburg, Pa. 
Rankin has ideal size for a pro-style quarterback and had a very nice deep ball, putting just the right amount of touch on most of them. He doesn't have the strongest arm but is very accurate and could develop into a very well-rounded quarterback. He currently has an offer from Rutgers.

Max Ward, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Steelton, Pa. 
One of the impressive things about Ward was his tight spiral on just about every ball he threw. A gunslinger, he has a cannon on his shoulder and that makes up for what he might lack in ideal height. He currently has an offer from Akron.

Kevin Olsen, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Wayne, N.J., class of 2013 
Despite being younger than many of the quarterbacks in the competition, Olsen was near or at the top. He has an excellent frame but needs to add a few pounds to it. He was a little indecisive with some throws but he also had a very quick release and above average footwork. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg, several programs are showing interest early on.

David Sills, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Bear, Del., class of 2015 
Sills was the big name at the event as the large number of cameras trained on his every drop back would attest. The first thing you notice is his impressive size for just an eighth grader. He had a good understanding of what the defense was doing but still tried to force a few throws. He wasn't as accurate as he has been at other competition but he was maybe the most vocal leader. Seeing him go through an event like this shows why Lane Kiffin offered him a scholarship as a eighth grader.

Brandon Napoleon, 6-foot, 175 pounds, Jersey City, N.J. 
Napoleon is being recruited as an athlete but he was impressive as a quarterback at the event. He threw a nice ball with some zip and a spiral every time. He's light on his feet and can make every throw on the field. Holding double digit offers, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and North Carolina among them.

Ryan Burns, 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Ashburn, Va., class of 2013 
A big quarterback with a decent drop back, he showed off a very big arm and quick release better than most of the older quarterbacks. His feet get too wide at times which causes him to use almost all arm on some throws. That said, he can throw the ball into any window and already has an offer from Boston College.

Wide receivers

Deontay McManus, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Baltimore, Md. 
One of the top players at the competition, McManus is being pursued by just about every program in the country. A long-strider when he gets going, McManus is more fast than quick. He displayed some impressive ball skills and attacked the ball in the air, rarely letting anything get by him that was thrown his way. Despite his skills at wide receiver, it wouldn't be too surprising to see him move to safety or even outside linebacker in college. His double digit offer list includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.

Stefon Diggs, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Olney, Md. 
Diggs was easily one of the top receivers in the competition and was explosive everywhere he went. One of the fastest players on the field with great feet that allowed him to turn on a dime, Diggs was very aware of where the defenders were and would slow it down in order to find open spots in zone coverage. An Army All-American Bowl invitee, he has offers from Alabama, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame and others. He said he will likely pick a school outside of the northeast.

Anthony Cooper, 6-foot, 180 pounds, Virginia Beach, Va. 
A speedy wide out on a team full of them, Cooper stood out with his impressive ability to catch and run. He also plays defensive back and had a very nice back pedal and good change of direction. Local programs Virginia and Virginia Tech have already offered.

Romond Deloatch, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hampton, Va. 
Physically the most impressive receiver at the event, Deloatch was a nightmare for opposing defensive backs to cover. He's still a bit raw but displayed quick feet and a good ability to turn on a route quickly. Very fluid while running routes, he's a bit reminiscent of class of 2011 receiver Quinta Funderburk. During one play, he snatched the ball out of a corner's hand on a fade route. He has offers from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia.

Tight end

Charles Tapper, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Baltimore, Md. 
One of the most physically imposing recruits at the event, Tapper didn't play too much. He will likely be a defensive end or outside linebacker in college but he did flash some potential at tight end. He just picked up an offer from Oklahoma and should be receiving more as the weeks go on.

Kalief Joyner, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Middle Village, N.Y 
More of a receiving tight end in this event and likely at the next level, Joyner has good height and does a solid job of getting off the line. He's not super fast or quick but he does go over the middle and finds spots in zone coverage. He has great hands and several programs are on the verge of offering.

Devin Funchess, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Farmington Hills, Mich. 
A very tall target, Funchess needs to start packing on the pounds to play tight end. He doesn't have great speed as a receiver but could be very good at tight end with his hands and moves in space. Michigan and Michigan State are among the schools to offer.

Defensive back

Brandon Banks, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Brandywine, Md. 
An impressive performance over the weekend from Banks, who might have been the top corner on the field this weekend. A bit skinny, he still wouldn't give up any ground to opposing wide receivers. Fast and smooth, he sinks well when playing in cover-2 and excelled in man coverage. He got to top speed quickly and no receiver was able to create much separation. He currently has an offer from Maryland but should be collecting more soon.

Ronald Darby, 6-foot, 180 pounds, Oak Hill, Md. 
Darby was one of the top players at the event and has seen just about every program send out an offer to him. One of, if not the, fastest players running around the field, he played mostly on defense at safety before eventually playing on both sides of the ball. He was very impressive in coverage with a good backpedal and quick turn to break on the ball. He holds offers from Miami, Florida State, USC, Notre Dame and others and has five-star potential at multiple positions.

Devin Fuller, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Old Tappan, N.J. 
Fuller played on both sides of the ball but stayed mainly in the secondary. He could play a number of positions in college, from quarterback to cornerback to receiver and is being recruited as such. He has very quick feet and reacts well to what is being thrown at him. He was very fluid at cornerback and safety and might be best suited there. He currently has offers from Michigan, Florida State, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State among others.


Dorian O'Daniel, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Olney, Md., class of 2013 
A running back and linebacker, O'Daniel looked a tad better playing on defense for the Maryland Speed. He has excellent closing speed but did tend to guess a little bit after his initial drop into coverage. He's very physical and despite being just a sophomore, already holds offers from Maryland, N.C. State, Pitt and Virginia.

Eli Ankou, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 
Easily the best player at the event from north of the border, Ankou turned a few heads with his size and agility. He was pretty good side-to-side and played on the balls of his feet. His hips are a bit stiff in coverage but he runs well enough to chase faster players down.

Kenny Bigelow, 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Bear, Del., class of 2013 
He will play defensive end at his size but he came out and competed at linebacker at this event. He was a little too upright and needs to bend at the hips more when standing up but for a young defensive end, did pretty well. At his size, he could develop into a strong side defensive end or slim down and play outside linebacker if needed. He has an offer from Auburn already and is very impressive for a sophomore.

Abner Logan, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Salem, Mass. 
One of the best linebackers in coverage, he could be a great fit at outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He was a tad stiff at times but he has a great base and is very fluid when moving around. He might be a name that starts to receive offers by the bucketload as the summer progresses based on what he showed over the weekend.

Jazzmar Clax, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Freehold, N.J. 
Already on the 2012 All-Name team, Clax looked like a good fit as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He was above average on his coverage drops and opened his hips nicely to turn and run. He has an offer from Rutgers.

Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 10:35 pm

Maryland talent shines at Badger Sports 7-on-7

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is alternatively called its official name of the state university of New Jersey but thanks to several talented teams at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, it was temporarily renamed the University of Maryland North.

Four teams from the state of Maryland made the quarterfinals of the 32 team tournament, which featured some of the best talent from all over the northeast and Michigan, Virginia and Canada. Despite being the team from the Old Line State that just about everyone overlooked entering the tournament, the Maryland Flex Team used a consistent attack to wear down opponents and eventually become Badger Sports East region champions by upsetting Maryland Dream Team 14-13 Sunday afternoon.

“It’s great, it’s always good to win and I’m happy for the team to come here and win,” Flex team quarterback Shawn Petty said. “A lot of people wouldn’t think of us as the team to come up here and win this thing but it feels good to get the win. You had the five stars on the other teams and all that but we came up here and got the W.”

Petty's numbers in the final game weren't all that pretty - 14 of 21 with a touchdown and two interceptions - but the lefty got the job done in the clutch, continuously moving the chains and leading his team down the field. After gathering being presented the trophy, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound quarterback joined in to a raucous celebration which ended in shouts of "Mar-a-land!"

Though he doesn't hold any offers, the Greenbelt (Md.) quarterback said Maryland is showing the greatest interest and an offer could come soon after he attended a Junior Day at the school a few weeks ago. Petty winds up a little when throwing and needs to work on his feet but he certainly has the ideal size to fit in about any system. The quarterback shied away from talking about his recruitment however, instead trying to bring more attention to high school teammate and frequent target Tyrone TeMoney.

“He goes to my school and I’m not going to quite say he’s my favorite target but he’s my clutch guy I go to,” Petty said. “He’s a great receiver and he needs to be more publicized than most of the people out here.”

Runner up Maryland Dream Team had an impressive collection of talent and was running around the competition throughout the day. Towson (Md.) quarterback Tommy Stuart powered a precision attack that received big plays from wide receivers Deontay McManus, Josh McPherson, and DeQuan Davis. A bit on the smaller side at about 6-foot, 180 pounds, Stuart was nevertheless one of the most accurate quarterbacks at the competition on short and intermediate routes. He is hearing from Ivy League schools and is receiving looks from FBS-level schools as well.

“I think our team played really well,” Stuart said. “We played together and it wasn’t meant to be in the final. Overall, I’d say probably A-, if we’d brought it home an A+. We had some tough times in the game before and we found a way to win.

“My wide outs all played great today. I missed a few passes but we didn’t drop hardly any. We all did a great job.”

McManus in particular was almost uncoverable over the weekend, making several tough catches while doing just about whatever he wanted to defensive backs. The Baltimore (Md.) receiver holds upwards of 25 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers and Tennessee. A legitimate 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, McManus caught everything thrown his way and was very impressive when getting off the line. With an impressive combination of power and speed, he is easily one of the top wide outs on the East coast.

Also impressive was tight end/defensive end Charles Tapper. The Baltimore (Md.) athlete played on offense and only received limited repetitions, Tapper was easily one of the biggest players at the competition. He just picked up an offer from Oklahoma and though he will be recruited as a defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound Tapper displayed good enough speed to go along with his soft hands to get looks at tight end in college as well.

The top four teams in the tournament will all receive invites to the Badger Sports national competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the end of April. By winning the East regional, Maryland Flex will be one of the tournament's four number one seeds.

Virginia, Pennsylvania also shine Sunday

Maryland wasn't the only state that came to play Sunday as teams from Virginia and Pennsylvania also impressed on their way to the semifinals.

One of the largest teams in terms of size, Virginia had several notable recruits on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receivers Anthony Cooper, Romond Deloatch and quarterback Ryan Burns headlined.

Deloatch was perhaps the most physically impressive player at the competition, at a very cut 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. He needs to work on accelerating off the line but was very fluid when running route and has large, soft hands. Deloatch’s best play of the day came on a fade route in the end zone during Virginia’s quarterfinal game, literally jumping up and wrestling an underthrown ball from a defensive back.

“I’m out here to get better for the season,” Deloatch said. “There’s a lot of talent out here and I want to produce and do my thing. I also want to have fun and make new friends.”

Deloatch claims offers from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia with several more possibly on the way once he receives his SAT scores back. His size and speed compare favorably to fellow Virginian and class of 2011 receiver Quinta Funderburk and he could be a name that starts to receive a lot more attention. Wearing North Carolina eye black stickers on Sunday, Deloatch said the Tar Heels are in the mix but he would not consider them the leaders for his commitment.

“Not really,” he said. “I just got them and I don’t have any answer (as to who’s leading).”

Tournament number two seed Pennsylvania Playmakers also had several talented members to help in their tournament run to the semifinals. Steelton (Pa.) quarterback Max Ward showed off his strong arm for the second straight day. He had several very good options to throw to, including receivers Jalen Strong-Rankin and Kyle Kerrick.

Tournament Notes

- The team from Michigan upset star quarterback David Sills’ Red Lion Christian Academy team in the first round before eventually falling to tournament winner Maryland Flex.

- There was some late controversy in the final between Maryland Dream and Maryland Flex after the score was incorrectly called a tie as Maryland Dream was driving late in the period. The Dream failed their conversion attempt after their first touchdown, which ended up being the difference in the game.

- The team from Connecticut was the closest competition before the final for Maryland Dream. Wide out DaQuan Davis had a terrific one-handed catch in the back of the end zone to seal the win for the Dream.

- Virginia quarterback Ryan Burns looked the part of a pro-style quarterback at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. He needs to improve his footwork, specficially working on keeping his feet underneith him better, but has a big arm and should see an increase in offers throughout the summer. Boston College is currently his only offer.

- The next Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament will be at the University of South Florida on March 12th and 13th.

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