The most impressive running back at the New Level Athletics/Scout.com 7 on 7 Tournament in Tampa this past weekend had to be St. Louis standout Ronnie Wingo.
Whether he was playing running back, receiver, or cornerback, Wingo was constantly making big plays. At an event that is more geared towards running backs who are better in the open field as opposed to running between the tackles, Wingo was outstanding. He showed off tremendous explosiveness and just had great football instincts.
At least one coach thought he was the best player at the entire event.
"That kid had it all," Miami Northwestern assistant coach Jon Drummond said. "On defense, he was jamming the heck out of everyone and just disrupted timing. On offense, he just kept making play after play. He's just got a crazy combination of size and speed."
Wingo, a already a four-star prospect on Scout.com, certainly lived up to his billing on Sunday and whoever lands him is getting a big time football player and an intense competitor.
Wingo wasn't the only big time running back at the event. I thought the second most impressive back was Pahokee's Vincent Smith. Playing on the championship team, Smith was dynamite all day with his speed and explosiveness.
"That running back really hurt us in the final game," said South Florida Express coach Brett Goetz. "He's a great player and really hurt us coming out of the backfield. We didn't do a good enough job against him."
Goetz and his team wasn't the only one. Smith made plays all afternoon and showed why he's considered one of the most explosive players in the state this year.
Okeechobee's Lonnie Pryor already has several scholarship offers and it was easy to see why on Sunday. With an excellent combination of size and speed, Pryor looked very impressive all day. Whether it was on offense or defense, Pryor's simply a playmaker who's also very impressive between the tackles on Friday nights. It's easy to see why he's considered a four-star player on Scout.com.
The way Adaris Bellamy, a South Florida commitment, is built makes you think he's not really made for this type of event. In fact, he made sure to tell me that he's better with the ball in his hands going between the tackles. Still, he was quite impressive.
"He caught a ton of balls for us," Coach Drummond said. "And it seemed like every time he made a catch, it was for a first down. He kept coming up with big plays for us. I'm sure he can run the ball but I know he sure can catch the ball and run well too."
Bellamy solidified his spot as one of the top running back prospects in the state of Florida on Sunday.
Jaamal Berry, at 190+ pounds, has an excellent highlight video. He breaks a lot of tackles and is coming off a great junior season in Dade County. At this event, Berry looked very good as usual. He made a lot of plays coming out of the backfield and looks like a borderline four-star prospect right now.
Trabis Ward, Daquan Hargrett, Tyresse Jones, and Gio Bernard (2010) all had strong performances on Sunday as well and showed why they're considered major Division 1 running back prospects.
In our next positional recap, we'll break down some of the top pass-catchers at this event -- and there were plenty of them. Stay tuned!