Tag:USF Badger Sports
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:42 pm
 

South Florida Express Highlights from USF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several of the top players' highlights from the USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament have already been posted on the blog but we also shot some highlights of elite travel team South Florida Express. The all-star team has some of the top talent from the Miami area and they finished as the runner up after losing a close game in the final.



Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:46 pm
 

USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 Highlights

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Courtesy of the folks at Elite Scouting, here's some highlights from this weekend's USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition.

Included in the video are top plays from Sean Price, Kent Taylor, Latroy Pittman, Nequan Phillips, Tracy Howard, Nelson Agholor, Alvin Bailey, Duke Johnson, Chris Bivins, Amari Cooper, Ahmad Fulwood, Avery Johnson, Drico Johnson, James Brooks, Malcolm Lewis, Tyrece TJ Jiles, Keith Brown, Larry Hope, Tyriq McCord and Leon McQuay.

Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:21 am
 

USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 Top Players

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Another week, another Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 in the books. As always, the Florida event brings some of the top talent from the state and surrounding areas and is one of the better 7-on-7 events in the country. Here are some of the players who stood out at the USF Badger Sports 7-on-7

Alton 'Pig' Howard - 5-foot-9, 180 pound running back, Orlando, Fla.

Howard not only had one of the best nicknames at the event (second only to team Child Please), but he was one of the top running backs as well. Very solidly built, he was extremely dangerous once he reached the open field. Comfortable lining up in the slot or in the backfield, Howard had very soft hands and was very focused on the ball when it was thrown his way. His acceleration was off the charts and he is a great multi-purpose back in that he can run down hill and swing out of the backfield to catch passes.

Sean Price - 6-foot-4, 210 pound tight end, Citra, Fla.

Price was probably the top overall playmaker at the event, catching everything thrown his way. He is a bit on the skinny side but has an excellent frame and should be able to add weight with ease. A great leaper, he made a spectacular one-handed catch near the goal line and really attacks the ball and snatches it out of the air. He looks like one of the top tight ends in the state if not the top tight end. With his frame and quickness, he would also make for a pretty good linebacker as well.

Kent Taylor - 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end, Land O' Lakes, Fla.

Taylor was easy to pick out from a crowd and despite his size, displayed good speed running around the field. He has solid hands made several great plays on jump balls near the end zone. With a good initial burst, Taylor did a good job getting off the line and performed well all tournament as a big, go-to receiver.

Jordan Diggs - 6-foot-2, 200 pound safety, Fort Meyers, Fla.

One of the most impressive looking safeties on the field, Diggs has great size and looks like he could be playing college football already. He was like a hawk roaming around the secondary and didn't let much get through in the passing game. Diggs is probably quicker than he is fast but he does have goot speed and has no problem swatting balls away from receivers. The best part about his game was him talking to younger players in the secondary about what to look for and adjusting the defense to what the offense was doing.

Nelson Agholor - 6-foot-1, 180 pound wide receiver/safety, Tampa, Fla.

Easily one of the top players at the camp, Agholor impressed on both sides of the ball. He played a bit more wide receiver than he did at defensive back and at this point, he's a top level recruit at both positions. Agholor played mostly corner but with his size and speed he could be a very good safety at the next level, especially after a nice diving interception on Sunday. He was also a very good wide out, with plus hands and the ability to blow past corners on defense. Already holding offers from most of the top programs in the country, expect his recruitment to reach a fever pitch as we move closer to the season.

Issac McDonald - 6-foot-6, 200 pound wide receiver, Hialeah, Fla., class of 2013.

McDonald is young but he has a bright future ahead of him if this weekend was any indication. Though he didn't have high end speed, he was catching everything throw his way and was a bit of a bully to defensive backs the way he would make things look effortless. He's still raw but you can't over look his great hands. He made a nice catch in the end zone by reaching back and stealing the ball out of the air on a fade route in one of the biggest plays in round-robin play.

Sony Michel - 5-foot-10, 205 pound running back, Plantation, Fla., class of 2014.

It's easy to see why Michel is one of, if not the, top players in the class of 2014 because he looks like he belongs in the class of 2011. On top of his size, he displayed good quickness and found open spots in the defense like an older player. It's hard to say he's the complete package at such a young age but he is easily the most advanced running back prospect in either the class of 2013 or 2014.

Jamie Wilson - 5-foot-11, 190 pound wide receiver, Belle Glade, Fla.

Every time you'd look up, it seemed like Wilson was making a play or, at the very least, held his hand up because he was open. Though he wasn't the fastest of the quickest on the field, Wilson may have been the savviest. He seemed like he carried his team at times, making play after play. Though Wilson only has one offer, he should expect several more to come his way after a terrific performance this weekend.

Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2011 7:05 pm
 

USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 ends in upset

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TAMPA, Fla. - You could tell how happy the Footballers Fire team was to win the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament when the players kept asking when they would head to California for the national 7-on-7 finals.

And kept asking 30 minutes after the field cleared. And probably asked a few more times on the ride home.

The Footballers Fire had extra motivation to upset all-star team and number two overall seed South Florida Express. After holding an open try out in Miami for the team, many of the top players who were not chosen were selected to play with the Fire.

"We're a first year team and coming in and beating the defending champions is great," said Pompano Beach (Fla.) cornerback Adrian Burton. "They said we were rejects from their team and we showed them that we're just as good. I say we're better because we beat them."

"We just wanted to win," Plantation (Fla.) athlete Deshawn Lindsay said. "I came in to this game ready to play my heart out and give it everything. I was hoping we'd beat South Florida Express. I went to their tryout and didn't make their team. I was grateful to be picked up by Footballers Fire."

Footballers Fire and South Florida Express played each other in the very first game of the event on Saturday, with the Express pulling out a close game. The rematch in the title game had a key difference however, a more focused and expereinced team taking on the top dog.

"It kind of woke us up," Burton said of the first game. "We talked and said you might beat us once but you're not going to beat us twice. We were a lot more confident this game. The first game I felt we should have won too because we only lost 18-13. It was the first game (in the tournament) so we still had to get our jitters out."

In the end though, it was the repetitions and hard work the team put in before the the tournament that several players credited as the reason they were hoisting the Badger Sports Trophy.

"We practiced every other day for this," Lindsay said. "We just did our thing out here."

Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:06 am
 

Elite 11/Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TAMPA, Fla. - To play against a team of all-stars, bringing your “A game” is a must. Sometimes, even an “A+ game” isn’t enough.

Such was the case at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament Saturday night. Despite several terrific - some would even say ridiculous - catches by Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price, Team Showtime narrowly lost to all-star travel team South Florida Express in one of the most exciting games in day one round-robin play.

Price nearly pulled off the upset single-handedly, slightly misjudging a deep pass that would have given Showtime a two-score advantage late in the game. Though he didn’t make that play, the talented tight end used it as motivation.

“I’m used to making plays, that’s nothing new,” Price said. “On the last play, I felt kind of disappointed in myself though because I kind of underestimated the ball and what was going to happen. I can’t hold my head on it, it happens. I just have to play better the next game.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Price put on a show for much of the evening, bringing down several one-handed catches and showing off his vertical leap by out-jumping more athletic defensive backs. His best quality was the ability to attack the ball in the air and snatch it away from just about everybody. Though the Showtime team was at times relying exclusively on Price for offense, the young tight end said the team was starting to gel as the night progressed.

“We just started and have only had a few practices,” Price said. “End of the night, we’re starting to get our swag and chemistry up. Things started to click. We know we’re just as good as that team and one of the best out here.”

Price and Team Tampa/Land O’Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor were both impressive at the position and will likely battle for the title of best in the state at the position throughout the upcoming season. Price already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and others.

“Recent offers are Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami and USF,” he said. “Most are looking at me on offense at tight end. A few have said I could play at defensive end if I want to because I play that in high school too.”

Given Price’s frame, adding weight and playing linebacker at the next level could be something for college coaches to consider, especially considering how well he moved in coverage in limited time on defense during the competition. With multiple schools after his services, Price plans on committing after his senior season and has already scheduled an unofficial visit to Miami next week to give a close look at one of his favorites.

“My top four would be Florida, USF, Miami and possibly Alabama,” he said. “I’m going to go wherever they give me love. If it’s out of state, doesn’t matter, I’ll go there too.”

Fuller tries his hand at safety

Another player who caught the eye of several observers with stellar play Saturday was Fort Myers (Fla.) linebacker/safety Tajarvis Fuller. Playing at both linebacker and safety, the junior used the Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition to adjust to his new position in the secondary after playing mostly linebacker in high school.

“I’m working on trying to be a better safety,” Fuller said. “All of the colleges recruiting me are recruiting me as a strong safety. I’ve never played it before so I’m working on my feet, turning my hips and getting my body right. I just want to show everybody that I’m capable of playing the safety position and showing them what I’m capable of doing.”

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete displayed good quickness but was timid at times while in coverage. Thin for a linebacker, Fuller readily admitted that he would try to add some weight despite changing positions.

“I’ll be playing safety in the spring,” he said. “I still want to get bigger and bulk up 10, 15 pounds. I don’t want to get up to like 230 though.”

Holding scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, UCF and UCLA, Fuller wore a Miami hat most of the afternoon and did not shy away from expressing his excitement over his most recent offer from the Hurricanes.

“We went down there last Saturday and again on Thursday,” he said. “That’s two times in one week and we talked with Coach (Al) Golden and (defensive backs coach Paul Williams). I was really excited about it. We went down there for the first spring practice.

“Illinois is recruiting me very, very heavily. Top five, Miami is number one, Clemson number two. Alabama is number three but I don’t have an offer. Georgia Tech maybe and then Illinois.”

Although Miami is firmly in the lead, Fuller’s recruitment also has one other factor that will have an effect on where he plays college football.

“Me and Christian Brown, a defensive tackle at my school, we’re going to go to the same college,” Fuller said. “The plan is to commit, maybe, after spring or right at the beginning of the fall.”

Brown’s offer list doesn’t quite match up with Fuller’s but the two do share several offers and both figure to pick up several more over the next few months.

Crow solid throwing and in commitment

The Elite 11 competition in Orlando featured a spirited competition among many of the top quarterbacks from the region and Miami commit Gray Crow was one of several that stood out from the pack. Although he might not have been the top guy at the event, he did turn in a solid performance even if he thought it wasn’t that great.

“Personally, I’m a perfectionist, so I felt like I left a little out here,” Crow said. “I felt like I could have done better. I’m going to take these drills I learned out here and use them to try and improve every single time I put my cleats on.”

Though several schools have reached out and continued to recruit him, Crow remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes for a number of reasons.

“It was my favorite school as a little kid and the combination of academics and the relationship with Coach (Jedd) Fisch and Coach Golden,” he said. “The type of people they are, match my personality. I really like that and having a pro-style offense. Then you get to play at a school like Miami also.”

“I’m set on Miami, no doubt about it.”

The Clearwater (Fla.) product recently traveled down to see Miami go through spring practice and was impressed with the new direction of the program under Golden.

“The practices are very different, very fast paced,” Crow said. “He just brings the attitude that we want to win. He has very good character like myself and he’s going in there and picking everybody back up.”

News and notes

- In addition to Crow and the other quarterbacks mentioned in an earlier update, Tampa (Fla.) quarterback Greg Windham stood out. Earning a coveted yellow jersey as one of the most accurate passers, Windham was very fluid when throwing the ball and has decent size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

- Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti surprised with a great arm despite being about 5-foot-10. A quick release and an accurate arm normally gets attention at Elite 11 competitions and Patti earned a yellow jersey as well on top of being named one of the best at the event. The only knock seems to be his height but he is a player and showed his competitiveness off at the event. He was scheduled to throw at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 later in the day but pulled a muscle according to the Orlando Sentinel.

- Class of 2013 quarterback Akeem Jones displayed a cannon of an arm in both events Saturday. He has great size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and gets the ball to the receiver in a hurry. Jones is still raw as a passer but making the elite travel team as a sophomore is an indication of just how talented he is. He might end up playing wide receiver in college but he’s got a good head on his shoulders and a great work ethic so it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ended up getting a shot to play quarterback first.

- Former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is an instructor at the Elite 11 this year. The always enthusiastic Hawkins said he will be attending several spring practices, starting with BYU next week, and instructing at the Elite 11 camps on the weekend. His son, former Colorado quarterback and Elite 11 counselor Cody Hawkins, is in Sweden preparing to play quarterback for a team there.

- Teams from South Florida dominated the Badger Sports event, with three going undefeated in round-robin play. Elite travel team South Florida Express went a perfect 4-0 and had an unbelievable collection of talent at wide receiver, led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and Herb Waters. The South Florida Blur were led by several good performances from wide out Jamie Wilson.

- Florida commit Matt Jones did not play with an undisclosed injury.

- Orlando (Fla.) defensive back Ty Law said he recently picked up offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

 
 
 
 
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