June 21, 2009
BTW wins Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 title
On Saturday 16 teams from across the state Florida took part in what has become the premiere 7-on-7 tournament in South Florida. Miami Booker T. Washington High School won the Heath Evans Foundation championship in dramatic fashion. Booker T. Washington wide receiver Jayvon Wrentz caught a "hail mary pass" to beat Boyd Anderson High School in the championship.
The 16 teams who participated were Miami Booker T. Washington, Boyd Anderson, Miramar, Tampa Plant, Glades Central, Glades Day, Pompano Ely, William T. Dwyer, Daytona Beach Mainland, Daytona Beach Seabreeze, Park Vista, The King's Academy, Jupiter Christian, Cardinal Newman, Gulliver Prep and Olympic Heights.
Besides Evans the other NFL players in attendance were Randy Moss, Matt Cassel, Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk and Jabar Gaffney.
Here is a look at some of the top performers at the event.
Quinton Dunbar - wide receiver - Miami Booker T. Washington
If there would have been an MVP it would have probably been Dunbar. No one could cover the 6 foot 3, 170-pounder and he caught everything thrown his way. He also lined up at safety most of the day.
Jesse York - wide receiver - Boyd Anderson
The class of 2011 standout was Boyd Anderson's most consistent performer on the day. York showed excellent hands and nearly lead his team to the title.
Greg Dent - cornerback/wide receiver - Glades Central
The 6 foot, 175-pound Dent continues to show why he is one of the best players in Florida. He locks down his side of the field on defense and showed that he may have the hands in Florida on offense. He also won the skills challenge by catching and holding onto four punts.
Matt Elam - running back/safety - Dwyer
Elam did most of his damage on offense, showing good hands catching passes. He also showed off his speed catching a crossing pattern and taking it to the house.
Kelvin Benjamin - wide receiver - Glades Central
The 6 foot 6, 205-pound Benjamin will be one of the top 2011 prospects in the nation next fall. He is match up nightmare and had the NFL players in attendance going crazy on the sideline with his play.
O.J. Ross - wide receiver - Daytona Beach Mainland
Although his team struggled in the tournament the 4-star Ross was a definite bright spot. He showed excellent quickness and speed in getting open to make catch after catch.
Curt Maggitt - linebacker - Dwyer
The 6 foot 3, 197-pound Maggitt is quickly developing into one of the best 2011 prospects in Florida. He lined up at inside linebacker all day and tipped a lot of passes with his athleticism. Maggitt just competes on every play and has a motor that doesn't quit.
Ivan McCartney - wide receiver - Miramar
McCartney carried Miramar to the semifinals of the tournament. You felt that they could go to him anytime they wanted to and he would have made the catch.
Steven Clarke - safety/wide receiver - Boyd Anderson
Clarke led Boyd Anderson's defense breaking up passes and getting interceptions from the safety position. He also saw time on offense where he showed off his playmaking ability.
Jalanie Rouland - wide receiver - Booker T. Washington
The 6 foot 5, 180-pound Rouland had a very good day. He is not a burner but he should an ability to make catches in traffic.
Jayvon Wrentz - wide receiver - Booker T. Washington
Wrentz was very good all day, and topped it off with his catch on the final play of the day. He claims an offer from FIU.
Nick O'Leary - tight end - Dwyer
The 6 foot 3, 210-pound 2011 prospect runs great routes and has excellent hands. He is one of the top tight ends in Florida regardless of class.
Phillip Ely - quarterback - Tampa Plant
Ely a 2011 prospect may have had the best performance of any of the quarterbacks on this day. Despite his slight build he can really spin it.
Davonte Allen - wide receiver - Glades Day
Allen is yet another 2011 wide receiver prospect to have a good performance. All he did was catch touchdowns on this day. At 6 foot 1, 180-pounds he has already has a good build
Tre Mason - running back - Park Vista
The 5 foot 8, 175-pound 2011 prospect was a one man show at times for Park Vista. He does a very good job of running the wheel route.
T.J. Glover - wide receiver - Tampa Plant
Glover can flat out fly! He won the 40 yard dash challenge and then showed off his jets catching cross routes and just out running the defenders to the endzone.
Ricardo Allen - cornerback - Daytona Beach Mainland
The 5 foot 9, 175-pound Allen showed good coverage skills all day.
Robert Clark - wide receiver/cornerback - Dwyer
Clark was one of the more explosive players in the tournament. He would just run by the defensive backs and catch long touchdowns.
Tidbits from around the tournament:
There was a lineman challenge also on the day. Kenneth Kirksey a defensive tackle from Daytona Beach Mainland was the most physically impressive looking prospect.
Leron Thomas of Glades Central won the quarterback challenge beating Kansas City Chief Matt Cassel and Tampa Plant's Phillip Ely.
Greg Dent of Glades Central won the punting receiving competition beating out New England Patriot Wes Welker and Dwyer's Matt Elam.
Youngsters represented themselves well:
There were a handful of 2012 prospects who had a solid performances. They are Brandon Butler from Boyd Anderson, Malcolm Lewis and Tracey Howard from Miramar, and Jaime Wilson of Glades Central. Not to be out done 2013 running back Kelvin Taylor of Glades Day was really impressive for some one his age.
For more information on the Heath Evans Foundation check out HeathEvans.org.
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