Bartram Trail signal caller Nathan Peterman is a name that Florida high school football fans are…
IMG Madden 7on7: Offensive Standouts
There was a lot of talent gracing the four beautiful fields on the sprawling campus at IMG Academy this weekend. The surface was fast and so were the athletes. The majority of the teams were from Florida, except for the eventual champions Maximum Exposure who hailed from Michigan. 2013 Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate quarterback Shane Morris was a player we were all wanting to see. After his strong showing at a similar event in Pittsburgh, we wanted to see if Morris could repeat that performance in Florida and he did. Morris started out slow in his teams first game against the South Florida Express, but he never looked back. He literally seemed to get better with each throw that he made. Morris is as good at threading the needle and finding open guys in traffic as any quarterback in any class in the nation. The southpaw makes throws that you just don't see other guys being able to complete. He has the drive and moxie that you see from all the great leaders. It is hard to believe he still has two seasons of high school football left to play. He is committed to Michigan and will be a strong piece of the puzzle to bringing back championship level football to Ann Arbor. Morris was good, but it helps when you have a running back like Detroit (Mich.) King standout Dennis Norfleet spreading the field for you. We all hear about Florida speed, but this weekend the kid from Motown was the fastest man in town. The Max Exposure playbook was simple when in doubt dump the ball off to Norfleet and watch him work. He is not huge in stature at (5-7/170), but he is solidly built and looks a lot bigger than his listed size. He has an extra gear that most players don't have. He is very elusive in the open field and is great at creating when nothing seems to be there. Several times Norfleet just simply outran people down the seam and Morris hit him 30-40 yards down-field for scores. At this point it is baffling to me that this kid doesn't have double-digit offers. Miami (Fla.) Northwestern wide receiver Amari Cooper showed out. He staked his claim to become the top receiver in Florida. He made catch after catch it didn't matter if it was a routine catch or a circus catch Cooper made it all look easy. He runs great routes and has very good hands. He has good size, although he didn't look to be 6-2 as he is listed. During day two, he was easily the best receiver on any team. As far as the best receiver during day one of the competition and maybe the most consistent target of the whole event would go to Miami (Fla.) Norland receiver Brandon Snell. He isn't the biggest, not is he the fastest, but the kid is always open and he catches everything. Louisville is getting an absolute steal with Snell. He seems to be very polished and well coached. If he is physically ready I could see him playing early in college. Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail quarterback Nathan Peterman may throw the prettiest passes I have seen all year. He throws nice tight spirals and has great touch on everything. You can see the game slows down for Peterman and he just is so fluid and smooth. He has a very quick release and was drawing a lot of praise from former NFL quarterback Ken Dorsey. Lake Brantley (Fla.) athlete Tion Green is listed as a cornerback in the Scout.com database. he is also a running back, but he did his damage in this event as a wide receiver. On day one he was right there with Snell as one of the most impressive wide receivers. He has outstanding body control and his instincts are ridiculous. We saw him run several sideline routes and drag his feet in bounds a number of times to keep drives going. He has solid ball skills and strong hands, when the ball gets in his mitts it usually stays. Could be a gem once he focuses on one position in college. Seffner (Fla.) Armwood wide receiver Javonte Sneed is a specimen. If I am building a team based on guys I saw this weekend, he is one of my first picks. He didn't miss too many balls and always made plays. He is very physical and tough to jam. He ran good routes and came out of his breaks and quick as any receiver I saw. Very good ball skills, especially when the ball is in the air. Sneed will go up and get it. The wealth of talent in Florida is one reason why you see kids as good as Sneed who are still under the radar in June. He holds offers from South Alabama and UAB. He is a BCS kid without a doubt and could play just about anywhere. Venice (Fla.) athlete Danny Dillard is definitely a running back on film. I have seen him listed anywhere from 200 to 205-pounds, but to me he looked bigger than that. Just based on what I watched on Sunday, he looked more like a H-Back type of player. He caught the ball well and moved the chains, but he didn't look like the same player I have seen on film. Without watching the film I would say small/hybrid tight end or H-Back, maybe a fullback. Southfield (Mich.) big body Ron Thompson always makes his share of plays for the Max Exposure squad. In events like this where tight ends are receivers it is hard to project a player like him, but he just always seems to make plays. My guess is he will be a tight end at the next level and will be a viable weapon for someone. He is a tough kid as evident by the three steri-strips he had on his right eye brow to close a gash he received on day two. Tampa (Fla.) Freedom quarterback Jon Economou was a very late replacement for Team Tampa and he showed that he belonged. He led his team to the finals. He is a big bodied kid with a big arm. He seemed to tire a bit in the sweltering heat, but he caught fire on day two and was picking opposing defenses a part. Some coaches don't like big, thick quarterbacks, so it will be interesting to see where he fits. He definitely has the ability and the arm to be a D-I quarterback. Another class of 2013 prospect who stood out was Seffner (Fla.) Armwood wide receiver Alvin Bailey the younger brother of another former Armwood standout Kalvin Bailey. The younger Bailey made his presence known and he showed that age doesn't matter in football. Bailey caught everything thrown in his direction. He was very explosive coming out of his breaks. His route running seems advanced for a younger player. Bailey plays with a lot of heart and desire to be the best on the field at all times.
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