INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – News and notes from today’s High School Player Development National 7-on-7 tournament hosted by the NFL at the Indianapolis Colts complex.
Rising junior QB Treon Harris had a near flawless day in Indianapolis on Saturday in leading Booker T. Washington to a 5-0 record.
South Beach Train Keeps On Rolling
With every NFL team represented by a local mixed bag or high school program, the Miami Dolphins enter this year’s tournament as the three-time defending champs.
Booker T. Washington is representing the Dolphins this year, and they rolled to a 5-0 record on the first day of the two-day tournament.
Class-of-2014 quarterback Treon Harris was one of the day’s top signal-callers, only throwing two interceptions, one in the first two games. Holding early offers from Florida State, Illinois, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida, UCF, FIU and Houston, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Harris often found receivers running alone downfield for 40-yard touchdowns. He was also on target in hitting receivers in stride as the Dolphins typically made quick work of the opposition.
Harris’s top target was his smooth classmate Lamar Parker, who outside of Ohio State commit Jalin Marshall, was the most explosive playmaker on the day. Florida State, West Virginia, Texas A&M and Marshall have all offered.
Leading the Dolphins defense was Florida State commit Michael Johnson, who racked up four interceptions from his safety spot. Cornerback Darren Parker is a long, rangy cornerback that deflected several passes. He currently favors Minnesota over offers from Connecticut and Buffalo.
Five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas is not with his Booker T. Washington teammates this weekend.
Bolin Balled Out
Louisville QB commit Kyle Bolin was sharp in day one at the Indianapolis Colts facility.
Louisville is getting a good one in Lexington (Ky.) Catholic four-star quarterback Kyle Bolin.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Bolin looks more physically impressive every time we see him, and he was throwing darts all over the field in representing the Cincinnati Bengals. The future Cardinal was making quick decisions and picking defenses apart as Bolin and company regularly cruised down the field.
Bolin’s favorite target was Marshall, but he spread the football around to all his teammates.
Cleveland Brings The Lockdown
It’s a good thing for the opposition that the rules say no press coverage this weekend, or the Cleveland Browns team would’ve been tough to move the football against.
The Browns had Penn State four-star cornerback commit Ross Douglas on one side, and future Michigan State Spartan Darian Hicks on the other. Mixed in with those two was young up-and-comer Eric Glover-Williams of Canton (Ohio) McKinley, who played like a future big-timer in the class-of-2015.
Douglas was a pass breakup machine on Saturday. He’s quick, changes direction well, and has a good nose for the football. Hicks wasn’t tested often, but when the pass did come his way, he normally made the play. Hicks was particularly good in zone coverage. Glover-Williams came up with big plays on both sides of the ball for the Browns, including a key overtime breakup on the day’s final play to secure a 4-1 record.
Playing safety for the Browns was Michigan commit Dymonte Thomas, who was as good as advertised. A good looking prospect on the hoof, the nation's No. 7 safety glides around the secondary, eating up turf to make deflections on throws to the other side of the field. On one particular play Thomas ran right, only to change direction when he saw the play was going the other way to get a pass breakup on a throw to the left side of the field.
Future Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas is a space eater in the secondary.
Playmakers That Caught Our Eye
-From zero to 10 yards, Marshall is special. The future Buckeye had a really good day catching the football, with one particular reception going for a 20-yard gain after the catch. The nation’s No. 4 athlete recruit overall continues to grow as a receiver, with him being a quarterback at Middletown (Ohio) High during the fall, and it’s scary to think about defensive backs having to actually bring down the shifty, quick and strong 6-foot, 190-pound Marshall to the turf in a tackle football game. Marshall gets upfield in a hurry.
-Oakley (Calif.) Freedom Top247 receiver Darrell Daniels came up big as a two-way player for the Oakland Raiders squad. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Daniels was a downfield threat that typically won the jump ball. The Washington commit also racked up numerous interceptions from the safety position. Complimenting Daniels was his 2014 teammate at Freedom in Joe Mixon, who already holds an offer from Oregon State.
-Akron (Ohio) Firestone receiver Kevin Gladney was a touchdown machine for the Browns, including one game where the Nebraska commit found the end zone three times. The long-armed 6-foot-2, 175-pound Gladney was especially good at going over the middle and finding yards after the catch.
-Like Thomas, Tupelo (Miss.) High Top247 safety Ashton Shumpert floated around the secondary to make plays, and also lined up and played corner for the Tennessee Titans team. A downhill running back during the fall, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Shumpert also showed he’s a capable receiver in getting open and catching the football. He’ll take visits to Ole Miss (July 20) and Mississippi State (July 21) before month’s end, and he also plans on getting back to Oklahoma State prior to his season.
-The Detroit Lions went 4-1 on Saturday, and Bowling Green commit Teo Redding was a big reason why. The Warren (Mich.) Collegiate receiver has shined at every 7-on-7 tournament and camp this summer, and is a big-time catch for the Falcons. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Redding has excellent ball skills, and makes a habit of catching the football over double teams. Redding also played safety and pulled in a couple deep ball interceptions.
-No question Indianapolis (Ind.) Heritage Christian receiver Anthony Warrum is worthy of a Division-I offer. Holding full-rides from Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State and Western Illinois, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Warrum was the most prolific player on the field on Saturday in racking up double-digit touchdowns and close to 10 interceptions. The sure-handed Warrum has an extra gear in outracing defenders on deep balls, and he never seems to be out of position on defense.
-There are several lineman in Indianapolis this weekend for Character Development/Leadership/Community Service programs. The nation’s No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the class-of-2014 in Detroit (Mich.) Loyola’s Malik McDowell is one of them. On July 29, McDowell says he’ll visit Ann Arbor for the Barbecue at The Big House with both of his parents. Illinois commit Kenton Gibbs also said he plans to attend the Barbecue at The Big House.
-The St. Louis Rams joined the Miami Dolphins as the only other 5-0 team. Illinois commit Darius Mosely headlines the Rams team.
-St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall 2014 quarterback Ricardo Johnson is a promising prospect that played well for the Detroit Lions. When he wasn’t finding Redding deep down the field, Michigan tight end commit Khalid Hill was one of his favorite targets in the flat. Central Michigan commit Desmond King was on par with the corners from Cleveland with his performance.
-Teams will participate in two more pool play games on Saturday before a single elimination tournament in the afternoon.