Unexpected Championship at Badger 7 on 7

Unexpected Championship at Badger 7 on 7

On paper, the two teams that met for the championship game at the Badger New Level Athletics 7 on 7 on Sunday were not necessarily the most loaded with stars, but they were the most consistent throughout the two days.

Two teams who came in with very little hype ran through the elimination round and met in the finals on Sunday, as Small Ball, a team from the Pittsburgh area and Michigan Preps 1 met in the final, where the Michigan team came out on top.

That squad only had four players on it that hold offers right now, but we think a few others will have them by next Signing Day.

Quarterback Cooper Rush is one of them. The Lansing Catholic product was outstanding throughout the course of the two day camp. He has a good arm, not necessarily a bazooka, but he can get his passes there. What impressed me the most was how consistent he was. He's accurate, makes smart decisions, and even when the passes were incomplete, he never seemed like he had any wayward balls. As of now, no offers, but with his size (6'3, 220-lbs) and the way he performed this weekend, I think that will change over the summer.

If he wasn't the MVP of this team, then it was definitely his go-to guy Jamal Lyles. That's right, the Jamal Lyles who has several offers at linebacker is a big time receiver. The Southfield Lathrup junior used his 6'3 frame and excellent ball skills to consistently make circus catches over top of defenders. He wasn't just a big play guy though. He ran good routes underneath, and his strength and physicality allowed him to get off the line. He's big, so he could end up as a flex tight end, but what he showed me was that without a doubt, he could play either side of the ball in college.

Of course, Lyles was not the only weapon on this team. A group of lesser known receivers stepped into the spotlight. Charlotte's Aubrey Parrish is a kid whose coach was just telling me about, and he turned out to be right. Parrish, 6'2, 175-lbs, is sure handed and always seems to get open. He was also able to get separation down the field. Another who impressed was Matt Dellinger from Clarkston. I saw his film and thought he was more of a linebacker, but the way he played receiver this weekend has me rethinking that. One play that stands out was against a team of Detroit All-Stars, where he caught a slant and took it right up the pipe for a touchdown, out running a pretty fast secondary. Watch out for this one.

Two receivers who were a little smaller, but did well were Farmington Hills Harrison's Gairus Coleman and out of state product Tevin Washington. Coleman has good hands and the quickness to gain separation, while the sure handed Washington made a lot of plays throughout the tournament. Southfield Lathrup had another receiver on the team that chipped in some nice plays in Billy Moore.

Playing running back was Muskegon's Juwan Lewis, one of the guys with the offers. He looks like a power back, but in 7 on 7, he showed some open field ability and receiving skills. He also played linebacker where he showed some of his speed. Another high school running back who had a great weekend was Plymouth's Donte Fox. He played over the slot and sometimes at linebacker and had to be one of the tournament leaders in interceptions. He's smart, reads quarterbacks well and as a result, always seemed to be in the right place. The question, as always with him is, which position will he play in college? We think safety or possibly even WILL linebacker, but he had a very nice weekend.

In the secondary, DeAndre Grady from East Grand Rapids came up with a big interception in the championship game. He has nice size and instincts. A high school corner, he is played free safety this weekend and could project there. Shane Barron is an excellent high school receiver, but played more corner this weekend. He did well there. He's quick and has make up speed, and his lack of great size did not hurt him playing over the slot. Lansing Eastern's Garrett Furman and Grand Blanc's Terrence Dye also made key breakups in the secondary.

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