Saturday＊s Palm Beach Shootout was packed full with exciting action, surprising prospects, and a back and forth title game. The 7-on-7 event featured Palm Beach Central, Palm Beach Gardens, Dwyer, Palm Beach Lakes, Benjamin, Cardinal Newman, Forest Hill, Royal Palm Beach, Olympic Heights, Inlet Grove, Summit Christian, Doral Academy, and Ft. Pierce Westwood.
The semi-final games featured Palm Beach Lakes taking on Ft. Pierce Westwood and Dwyer battling Cardinal Newman. Lakes escaped with the win, while Dwyer handed Cardinal Newman with ease setting up an impressive final. Both teams went back and forth before Lakes defeated Dwyer 38-36.
Below are some of the prospects that stood out on the day.
Eddie Lovett 每 2010 - wide receiver 6 foot, 160-pounds - Palm Beach Lakes: Lovett has great speed, good jumping ability and made a number of plays throughout the whole day. He saw time at safety on the defensive side of the ball, but on offense is where he made his mark. Lovett would get my vote for MVP on the day due to the fact he made plays from the opening game all the way through the championship. Lovett has the skills to be a BCS receiver. He currently does not have any offers but he is hearing from Florida A&M, Southern Mississippi, and Central Michigan.
Van Davis 每 2011 -DE/TE 6 foot 6, 270-pounds - Royal Palm Beach: Davis will see most of his time at defensive end for RPB this fall, but today he played outside linebacker and a little strong safety. His future home is on the offensive line, most likely tackle with the athleticism he displayed today. To see a kid his size and be able to run with slot receivers was amazing. Once Davis gets in a college weight program, he will become an absolute monster. He has the possibility to be one of the top prospects for 2011 in Florida.
Layton Haynes 每 2010 - Safety 6 foot 1, 200-pounds - Dwyer: Haynes was too much to handle early in the day, coming away with several interceptions. He has a college ready body right now, and Dwyer Head Coach Jack Daniels claims he is the best overall athlete at Dwyer. That is an impressive declaration, considering all the talented athletes on the Panthers roster. Right now the only school Haynes is hearing from is FAU.
Robert Clark 每 2010 - ATH - 5 foot10, 170-pounds - Dwyer: Clark has been stellar this summer and today was no different. His play at cornerback has improved drastically from a year ago, as he came away with several interceptions as well. On offense, Clark used his speed and shake to give defenses fits. Had Dwyer came away with the championship, he would have gotten my vote for MVP for his play on both sides of the ball. Clark will be attending Friday Night Lights at the University of Florida.
Johnnie Simon 每 2010 -Saftey - 6 foot, 170-pounds 每 Palm Beach Lakes: Simon was the defensive playmaker for Lakes, knocking down passes and sealing the semifinal victory with an interception. Simon added offers from Western Michigan and Utah State this week and now that he has his test score look for more schools to offer. Simon was awarded one of the MVP trophies.
Mike Ruiz 每 2010 - wide receiver 5 foot 9, 150-pounds - Dwyer: Ruiz is a speed demon on the field. He is Dwyer＊s deep threat this fall, testing defenses vertically. Ruiz was awarded one of the MVP trophies. Ruiz is hearing from FAU and Central Michigan.
William Waldon - 5 foot 10, 155-pounds - Palm Beach Lakes: Waldon is another speed merchant in the Rams receiving corps. Waldon struggled early with a few drops, but came on strong during the single elimination tournament portion of the day with some impressive grabs. His play was a major reason the Rams won the championship.
Michael Woods 2011 OL 6∩4∪ 240 Summit Christian: Woods played inside linebacker today for Summit Christian, but in the fall he plays offensive tackle. His frame is large and under developed right now, but should fill out as he continues to mature. Woods showed decent mobility for his size and even came away with an interception.
Cody Bonea - 2010 QB 6∩1∪ 175 Palm Beach Lakes: Bonea has good arm strength, spins the ball well, and has no fear trying to needle balls through a defense. The risks he takes often result in big plays, but at times causes bad turnovers. Bonea used his arm strength to zip the ball into the soft spots of zone defenses much of the day.
Jacobby Brissett 每 2011 - QB/TE 6 foot 5, 215 pounds -Dwyer: Brissett will show flashes at quarterback, but he still lacks the consistency needed. He saw a lot of time at tight end today, and struggled early with some bad drops. Then Brissett got in a groove and started snagging everything thrown in his area. Tight end may turn out to be his best position with his size and athleticism.
Angelo Jean Louis - 2012 -WR/LB 6 foot, 180-pounds - Palm Beach Central: Jean Louis had a long touchdown reception early in the day and came away with juggling catch on the sidelines during the tournament. He played solid defense most of the day.
Brandon Smith - 2010 -QB 6 foot 1,190-pounds - Cardinal Newman: Smith is solid running the offense and managing the game. He has decent arm strength, and takes what the defense gives him. Smith is hearing from Harvard and Penn.
Leon Shorter 每 2010 每 Wide Receiver 每 6 foot 2, 175-pounds 每 Ft.Pierce Westwood: Shorter is force feed the ball in Westwood＊s passing game. He needs to get stronger but his length is attractive to colleges.
Jimmy Lera 每 2010 每 5 foot 8, 175-pounds 每 Palm Beach Gardens: Lera currently has offers from Eastern Illinois and FIU. He spent most of the day lined up at running back and they don＊t really get a chance to show off their skills in this setting.
Brian Coe puts on this event each July for Rising Stars Athletics and each year the talent continues to improve.
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