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IMG Madden 7on7: Defensive 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. The most consistent defensive player I saw during the two day camp was Cape Coral (Fla.) Island Coast four-star safety Jordan Diggs. His closing speed is incredible, he can cover 10-15 yards as fast as any safety I have seen. We know from his film that he hits like a train, but here he showed that he can cover. I have heard people talk about his speed, but from what we saw in a game type situation he is fast enough. He is extremely instinctual and always around the ball. His attitude is outstanding and he is a leader. Diggs has all the makings of a college football star. It is easy to see why he has offers from everyone. Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard four-star safety P.J. Williams who was a very early commit to Florida State put on a show. If you want to see if a safety can cover watch them play cornerback as Williams did at times in this event and he excelled at it. He made big play after big play. He has an excellent back pedal and is very fluid opening up and running with receivers. At safety, he is a ball hawk if you throw in his area there is a good chance he is coming down with it. Like many Florida kids he seemed to rise up another level against better competition. The Seminoles have done as good a job the past two seasons recruiting safeties as anyone in the nation. While Diggs and Williams showed they were the cream of the 2012 defensive back crop it was Leon McQuay who repped the class of 2013. The Seffner (Fla.) Armwood junior-to-be was all over the field and just like his elder counterparts if balls were thrown around him he made sure they were his. His footwork is outstanding, as are his instincts. He backed down from no one and took over as his team advanced deeper into the tournament. He is solidly built and should develop into a star at the next level. The most impressive aspect about McQuay is his 4.24 GPA. Look for Stanford and other academic schools to be all over him. Not to be outdone was McQuay's class of 2012 running mate in the secondary at Armwood Jarvis McCall. McCall can play safety or cornerback and he recently picked up new offers from Vanderbilt and Indiana. He has nice size (6-2/185) and can move. He is a ball hawk at safety and rarely got beat over the top. At corner he did well in man coverage and several times wouldn't allow his man off the line of scrimmage. Miami (Fla.) LaSalle cornerback Demarcus White wasn't in the Scout.com database prior to the event, but I'll guarantee he will be in it now. White isn't the biggest or the fastest corner around, but he is like a pit bull in man coverage. He comes up to the line and locks on and doesn't let go. He is a gritty kid who can play the game did a great job of underneath coverage and working the flats and hook/curl zone against the slot receivers. If we talk about a kid who came out of nowhere and put himself on the map it is Jacksonville (Fla.) Edward White cornerback Charles Henry. His coaches and teammates dubbed him (six-two), as Henry is a 6-foot-2, cover corner. His coaches at the event said they taught him cover-2 man the day of the event. Henry learned well, because in four games that we watched him he didn't allow a completion. By the end of the event he was so good that he was covering the best receiver on whichever team he was against. Henry has no offers right, but expect that to change in the near future. People say it is tough for a linebacker to standout in 7-on-7, but Miami (Fla.) Norland four-star Keith Brown must not have gotten the memo on that. He was all over the field batting down passes or picking them off. He is committed to Miami and the Hurricane fans should be thrilled. If he is as good against the run as he is against the pass they got a good one. He was the only linebacker who could cover MVP Dennis Norfleet. He is a thick bodied kid who is an athlete and can get up the field as well as anyone. Michigan won the championship, so of course they had to have some standouts on defense and the best of the bunch was Ruben Lile who played cornerback and safety and shined at both spots. To top it off, he is also a very good wide receiver with outstanding size (6-3/180). He was the go to guy in the Maximum Exposure secondary when they needed a stop it was often Lile who provided it. He holds a host of MAC offers, but also has Iowa, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. Miami (Fla.) Northwestern outside linebacker Eric Kinsey can move at (6-3/240). He is very impressive when you watch him drop back into coverage. I'm not sold on outside linebacker. I could see him as more of the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker who can get after the quarterback or drop into coverage if necessary. He is a solid kid and will get bigger in college. A few players, that were accidentally omitted from the offensive recap yesterday need to be mentioned today. Miami (Fla.) Norland running back Duke Johnson was the guy that you looked at and said there is a college running back. He is not as fleet footed as a guy like Dennis Norfleet, but if you needed a guy to run between the tackles you take Johnson. He did show that he does have a good bot of elusiveness and his hands are very good coming out of the backfield. The Hurricane commit should have no problem eventually continuing the lineage of great backs to come out of The "U". All I heard about before the event was that I had to see Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage class of 2014 running back Sony Michel and the kid lived up to the hype. He can fly and he has pretty good size for a freshman in high school. I'm sure by the time he is a senior he will have his choice of any school in the country.
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