LAKELAND – You couldn’t have asked for a better setting on the campus of Southeastern University as the final event in the e7 camp series took place on Sunday; and you couldn’t have asked for players to step up and make plays such as these nine MVP’s from the position groups. There was even enough competition that warranted honorable mentions to guys who ordinarily would have walked away with the top prize at other camps, but these guys turned heads and caused coaches to hoot and holler like they were in the stands themselves. The upperclassmen took the majority of the spots, winning six of the nine available while the 2017’s completed the list. Pasco County was the only county not to have representation on the list meanwhile Hillsborough County boasted 5 MVP’s and Pinellas and Polk each ended up with two MVP’s a piece.
Here now is a quick look at the MVP’s from yesterday’s action.
Quarterback – Garrison Bryant, Clearwater (6-3, 175) -2016
It was a pretty good day for the QB’s overall and this young man did just about anything and everything that was asked of him on the day. A couple throws that Bryant made (especially on the long ball) looked as though he ran the 40+ yards and placed the pigskin in the bucket himself they were so accurate.
Running Back – Ben Sirmons, Lakeland Christian (5-7, 153) -2016
Don’t let the size fool you…this young man spent his whole day running past defenders and using his hands to catch passes with ease. Sirmons made many things on the day look very easy which can only mean good things for his Vikings Squad this fall.
Offensive Line – Michael Wiggs, Lake Gibson (6-2, 292) -2016
Pretty special weekend for this young man. First, a pledge to the hometown Bulls and Head Coach Willie Taggart, then this award for basically being one of the biggest bullies on the block in every phase. Wiggs put on 12-pounds since we last saw him at Ignite, but in this case it was ALLLL good weight….just more to throw around at D-lineman this fall.
Wide Receiver – Bryce Miller, East Lake (5-9, 176) -2017
The coaches were absolutely ranting and raving about what this young man brought to the table on Sunday. Miller made all the cuts, caught all the balls he was supposed to catch and basically showed the other guys in the group how it was done with his aggressive approach. Miller’s added 6-pounds of muscle since Ignite and it shows.
Tight End – Tre’ McKitty, Tampa Catholic (6-4, 225) -2017
The young man committed to the University of Miami this week and then finished up the weekend by dominating at The Xecutives. What’s not to like about that frame? What’s also not to like about his ability to high-point a catch and be a total mismatch versus smaller DB’s? Nothing. There’s nothing NOT to like about his game. This young man is certified baller.
Defensive Line – Andre Washington Jr., Steinbrenner (5-11, 283) -2016
This big fella was a part of some memorable battles in the OL/DL 1v1’s (see him and Baveon Johnson) and has added some serious weight in his offseason workout program to his already powerful style from the defensive tackle position. He was one of the few guys to get the coaches going every time he stepped up to take a rep and it’s his MVP status that’s the end result of those reps.
Linebacker – Decalon Brooks, Gaither (5-9, 192) -2017
What a fantastic day for this young man as he bounces back from a spring that saw a hip injury not allow him to get to full speed. Brooks was doing what he does best and that’s show phenomenal pass coverage skills and quickness along with fantastic fundamentals inside the box when taking on RB’s and making the play.
Safety – KJ Sails, East Bay (5-10, 164) -2016
One of the true entertainers in this entire camp. Sails’ is more than just a larger-than-life character though as he played both sides of the ball at safety and wide receiver proving his versatility, but his calling in life appears to be a ball-hawk and a bully to WR’s and anyone else who wants a piece of those problems for that matter.
Cornerback – Marchalo Judge, Tampa Bay Tech (5-9, 171) -2016
Absolutely one of the best young men you will find that also doubles as a junkyard dog, too. The judge, jury and executioner made his rulings early and often against WR’s flying through the air making a circus interception, then the next moment jamming a prospect twice his size without any reservation. A real football players’–football player in every sense of the description.