The first day at Hoover High School was capped off by a great performance by the nation's top receiver Julio Jones
, from Foley, (Ala.). Jones scored four touchdowns as Foley defeated Springdale, (Ark.) finishing the day with a 3-2 record.
The best game of the day came between two Alabama schools. The Hoover A team and Huntsville-Bob Jones were both undefeated heading into their final game of the day.
Hoover jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Bob Jones came back to take a 11-9 lead. The teams fought back and forth with great defensive efforts by both teams. Bob Jones stellar defensive performance prevailed as they go into Friday undefeated.
Hoover High School has three teams at the event. The Hoover B team, led by super talented junior wide receiver Andre Shields, defeated Don Bosco Prep.
Evangel Chrisitian has been a frequent visitor to the Hoover 7-on-7 passing tournament, and they looked terrific the first day. The Louisiana team made it look easy in their only game of the day going up against last year's champion Shiloh Christian. Wide receiver Roderick Banks was the go-to-guy, and he made several nice catches and added several touchdowns. Evangel is on a mission as a tough team entering the second day of the tournament.
At Spain Park, the host team continued through the day with few blemishes on its record, but with some of the best in the country it was Roswell out of Georgia which went undefeated before a thunderstorm halted play.
Ebele Okakpu (right) who said he is down to six schools and could be finished with his recruitment very soon.
"I am down to North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, and Virginia Tech," said Okakpu.
When asked for a decision timeframe, he added, "Well, I am going up to North Carolina on the 3rd (of August), so I am not sure what's going to happen up there."
Is he thinking about committing then?
"Yeah," he said as he sprinted to his next game.
Not to be outdone by their in-state counterparts, Norcross won their first game over Huguenot in Virginia and had their second game against Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central halted due to lightening. Led by two star receivers, Brice Butler and Devonte Bolton, Norcross was able to put up some big numbers offensively.
Play continues this morning as the teams get ready for the upcoming playoffs in the evening.
The National Select 7on7 passing tournament has blossomed this year with 36 teams from across the country joining in the Southeast's biggest summer tournament. Here are some notes from the first afternoon of pool play.