ADDISON, Ill. - The Hoosier State came in and took over at Sunday’s Core 6 Athletes 7v7 Shootout held at Addison Trail High School in the Chicago suburbs.
Top247 WR Dominique Booth led his team to the Core 6 Shootout 7v7 Championship on Sunday.
Led by Top247 receiver Dominique Booth, the Preps To Prospects E-7s team out of Indianapolis won the championship, defeating Fort Wayne based Athletes With Purpose in the final.
Both E-7 and AWP, along with Windy City Boom and Core 6 Red earned invitations to the next round of the IMG 7-on-7 qualifier en route to the National Championships to be held the last weekend of June at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
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While other teams may have had more heralded prospects, both Indiana teams got it done with tremendous team efforts.
Booth was the big name on the Preps To Prospects E-7s team, favoring offers from the likes of Tennessee, Alabama, Florida State, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, however he was just one of two players to hold a Division-I offer on his squad’s roster.
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 19 receiver and No. 166 prospect overall, Booth is a polished and very physical route runner with strong hands and above average ball skills. He was the go-to player in every game, but the wealth was definitely spread. Two of Booth’s Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike teammates in running back Taylor Sanders and receiver Devin Pearson came up big all day, including a huge performance by Sanders in the championship game. The other player on the roster with a Division-I offer was Darian Green from Lafayette (Ind.) Jefferson. Ball State has offered Green, who quickly finds his top-end speed and accelerates away from defenders. E-7s rotated quarterbacks with Noblesville (Ind.) Guerin Catholic’s Michael Myers performing as the most consistent of the bunch.
Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central linebacker Sherrod Graham is coming back from a knee injury and played well in the middle in leading a gritty defense. South Bend (Ind.) Riley’s Daigien Morgan is a good looking prospect on the hoof that came up with a key interception in the title tilt.
Donovan Clark showed why he's the top CB in Indiana in 2014, helping lead AWP to the championship game.
The AWP team also had just two players on the roster currently holding an offer in cornerback Donovan Clark and safety Drue Tranquill. Both of their presences in the secondary made it tough to move the football against them as they cruised undefeated to the championship game.
Holding an offer from Indiana and several MAC schools, Clark is the top-ranked cornerback in Indiana and he didn’t give up a completion until the semifinals when he was matched up with Illinois commit Mike Dudek. Clark has good size, fluid hips and above average strength for the cornerback position. He also went man-to-man against Booth and more than held his own against the state’s top receiver prospect. Tranquill continues to perform well on the camp and combine circuit, doing an excellent job of flying around the field in making plays. He has a pair of MAC offers from Bowling Green and Toledo, but has seen the BCS interest pick up.
Also coming up big for AWP was D’Marcus Moon from the inside linebacker position and safety Justin Tranquill. Both made it difficult for teams to get anything underneath. Like his older brother, Tranquill impressed with his physical play and range on the football field. Offensively, quarterback David Morrison led the attack, and his two favorite targets were receiver Jordan Hogue and tight end Ryan Wattercutter. South Bend (Ind.) Adams running back Shaq Vann also had a big day, frequently beating defenders to the edge.
Red Turns It Up For Core 6
While the Core 6 White team was the one loaded with blue-chippers and prospects with BCS offers, the younger Core 6 Red squad came in under the radar and rolled to the semifinals.
Franklin (Wis.) High quarterback Sean McGuire showed he had Division-I size (6-3, 205) and the tools in spreading the ball around to three exciting receivers in sophomores Miles Boykin of New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic and Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic teammates, sophomore Leon Thornton and junior Simmie Cobb. Boykin already looks like he’ll be one of the Chicagoland’s best in his class, using his 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame to keep defenders at bay, while also showing big-play ability downfield.
On the other side of the ball, Oswego (Ill.) High safety/linebacker Bryce Holm unofficially led the tournament in interceptions. Palatine (Ill.) Fremd linebacker Matt Konopka also had a productive day in forcing turnovers.
Feeling The Boom
WR Miles Boykin is one of Chicago's best in 2015.
Booth was the best and most complete receiver on Sunday, but Mike Dudek was the most exciting and fastest player on the property in leading his Windy City Boom team to the semifinals. They lost in overtime to AWP.
Dudek flat runs away from folks and is also shifty with the ball in his hands. Quarterback Alex Wills showed why he was able to lead Montini Catholic to a state championship in the fall as the 2014 signal-caller was accurate and made strong decisions with the football throughout the day. Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer has BCS offers and was also a reliable target, including one of the more exciting leaping grabs of the day.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Bobby McMillen of Naperville (Ill.) Central had his coming out party. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound McMillen made it tough for running backs and tight ends to get into their routes and broke up several passes. He’ll be a prospect to watch in the Lincoln State over the next two years. Porter Ontko made bat down after bat down for the Boom team from his safety position, and 2015 prospect Dre Brown looked good at safety as well having only played the position for three weeks. Illinois and Northern Illinois have already extended a scholarship to Brown.
Big Names Do What They Do
-In a tough field, it was a tough draw for the Maximum Exposure team out of Detroit saw them lose a tough one against AWP in the quarterfinals of elimination play. The loaded roster led by Ohio State cornerback commit Damon Webb still had a strong showing.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell continues to show improvement in his ability to read defenses and make quick decisions in delivering the football. Alabama, Michigan State and Notre Dame have already offered. Campbell’s teammate in Michael Weber is one of the country’s top running backs in 2015, and on this day he was the top receiving running back in the tournament. He ate teams up catching the football in the flats, and continues to prove he is a complete back when talking about the next level. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are among the schools to extend an early scholarship.
Webb is an in-your-face corner that played press coverage most of the afternoon, making it tough for receivers to get open. Also performing very well in the Maximum Exposure secondary were Clarkston (Mich.) High’s Timothy Cason II, Detroit King’s Jalen Embry, and Oak Park (Mich.) High’s 2015 standout John Kelly. Warren (Mich.) De La Salle linebacker Jared Wangler was one of the more athletic players at his position throughout the day.
On the Core 6 White Team, five-star linebacker Clifton Garrett continues to show his high ceiling. Playing in the middle of the defense, the fluid athlete out of Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South covers a lot of ground and also has great length. He found the passing lane to make a pass breakup on several occasions. Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic linebacker Nile Sykes was another that gave the defense nice range and length.
Detroit Cass Tech's Michael Weber is the total package at the RB position.
While the Core 6 White team struggle to find a rhythm on offense, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central four-star tight end Ian Bunting was one of the more impressive players there, as he can beat you in many ways in the passing game. Short passes and over the top, Bunting has fantastic hands and ball skills while running very well. The go-to player was 2015 receiver Flynn Nagel. The slippery BCS prospect with sticky fingers is very quick and made people miss.
The Michigan Elite team was led by Rutgers quarterback commit Tyler Wiegers. Through wet, windy and cold conditions, The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wiegers proved he is one of the Midwest best’s signal-callers, making quick reads and putting nice touch on the football.
Over At The Big Man Camp
Fort Wayne (Ind.) South Side defensive end Nathan Braster has just one offer from Ball State, but performances like the one he had in winning MVP honors at the adjoining Core 6 Athletes Big Man camp proved he’s worthy of several more opportunities.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Braster won every speed agility drill and during 1-on-1s had offensive linemen on their heels with a variety of speed and power moves. By the end, nobody wanted a piece of him.
From a physical standpoint, Ohio State defensive lineman commit Dylan Thompson stood out above the rest. The rocked up 6-foot-5, 270-pound Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic standout was unblockable when using a power rush, but spent half the afternoon working on his swim move and finesse game.
Michigan State offensive tackle commit Chase Gianacakos continues to show above average athletic ability for the position. He moves his feet well and has great reach, and as he improves his strength could become a dominate player.
Freshman offensive tackle Erik Swenson has all the tools to be highly recruited. At 6-foot-7, 285-pounds, he has a great frame, moves well, delivers a strong punch and held his own against the likes of Thompson. Swenson has plans to camp at Michigan, Northwestern and Notre Dame this summer, and favors the Wolverines early in the process.