The IMG 7-on-7 National Championship over the weekend in Bradenton, Fla., featured a huge number of talented recruits. Here are the top offensive playmakers from the event.
Chase Litton, of Tampa Wharton High School, earns the top honor.
Litton, a recent USF commitment, has the look of an elite quarterback at 6'4. His ball certainly looks like it's being thrown by one. But for much of his high school career, he had issues with consistency, accuracy, anticipation, reading defenses, and decision making.
On Sunday, it was as if Litton grew up. He showed off his big arm and, into a stiff wind, there were several college throws that needed every bit of arm strength Litton had. But more impressive, at least considering his past performances, were the passes he didn't throw. Litton consistently chose the correct receiver, and used the appropriate amount of velocity and trajectory.
But others also had good weekends.
Sean White, of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, was very good throughout the tournament. White was accurate, had good arm strength, and got the ball to the playmakers on his South Florida Express team.
Darius Wade, of Middletown (Del.), was quite good as well. I was impressed by his ability to make plays with only his arm, as his feet aren't useful in the 7v7 format. Wade is charismatic and energetic, and kept his Delaware team up throughout the tournament.
Tyler Queen, of the North Cobb squad, showed the arm I had heard about coming from some SEC camps this summer. The 2015 prospect needs to slim down some, but the tools are there to be a good quarterback at the BCS level.
Sony Michel, out of American Heritage Plantation, was consistent for South Florida Express over the middle, particularly in the red zone, where he was too powerful for many defenders in man coverage. Michel is a five-star and is committed to Georgia.
Keith Harrington, of St. Pete (Fla.) Northeast, played with great effort Sunday, and consistently made the most of his catches for Team Tampa. Harrington is committed to the Washington State Cougars.
Shaq Vann, of South Bend (Ind.) John Adams, did it all for the AWP team, catching wheel routes deep, and consistently moving the chains underneath. Vann has good size at 5'10 and probably 190 pounds.
Torrance Gibson plays quarterback for Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage Plantation, but he put on a show over the weekend at receiver. The 6'4, 190-pound Gibson had numerous deep balls where he turned on a gear that wasn't shown by any other big receiver in the tournament. A 2015 prospect, Gibson will continue to explode in the next 20 months.
Artavis Scott, of East Lake High School (Team Tampa), carried the defending champ in its title defense.
Artavis "Tay" Scott, of East Lake High School on the outskirts of Tampa, was the same excellent player he had been last year for Team Tampa. Only this time around, the receiver pulled double duty, picking up first downs on offense, and being a key stopper at cornerback on the defensive side. Scott proved too much to handle on the inside for a relatively young SFE defense, catching almost 20 passes in the two wins. He also provided some fire and confidence for the members of Team Tampa, who may have been initially intimidated by the SFE squad.
George Campbell, also of East Lake High School, was tremendous Sunday.
Campbell, a 6'4, 190-pound freak of a 2015 receiver prospect with offers from across the country, had often been more about talent than production. The knock on Campbell had been his ability to actually catch the football -- an important part of playing receiver. Early Sunday, Campbell had some drops and bobbles. But then he ditched his gloves, electing to go with his bare hands. In the process, he found some confidence.
"If you want a pair of gloves, they're in that trash can over there," he said, pointing. "I'm gloveless." Campbell made several clutch, highlight catches for Tampa in both of the wins over SFE. Campbell also played quite a bit of defensive back on the day, causing teams to avoid the middle of the field.
Chris Godwin, of Middletown (Del.), was very solid on the day. Delware doesn't have as much talent as some of the other squads, which makes Godwin's performance even more impressive, as teams focused their defenses on him. The Penn State Nittany Lions commitment used his body to create separation from defenders, and displayed strong hands several times.
Ermon Lane, of Homestead (Fla.) High School, is widely considered the top receiver in the country, and continued to show that he is great at getting open deep.
Dayall Harris, of Jackson (Miss.) Callaway, impressed me with several acrobatic catches for team Gulf Coast BKS. Harris is an Ole Miss commitment.
Travis Rudolph, of West Palm Beach, continued to show the talents that some recruiting services are still missing. Rudolph has sure hands, good moves in the open field, an understanding of how to run routes, and very good athleticism. That he is quicker than he is fast should not knock him from the elite group of receivers.
Jordan Hogue, of New Haven (Ind.), was excellent for the AWP squad, especially against the Cam Newton All Stars. The skinny 6'0 receiver had a knack for getting behind the defense, and he should soon receive offers.
Isaiah Ford, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian High School, continued to do what he always does -- make tough catches. Ford doesn't have great speed, but the Louisville commitment understands how to play the receiver position, and can box out a defender or go over him to catch the football.
Jeff Holland, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian High School, is considered by some to be the top linebacker in the class of 2015. But he showed well on Saturday, making several tough catches while playing as a tight end.