Initial takeaways from the Battle Miami 7-on-7 tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Over 15 of the nation’s top 7-on-7 teams are in South Florida this weekend for a tournament put on by Battle Sports. Saturday was reserved for pool play as everyone played three games in order to set the seeding for Sunday’s bracket. 247Sports had multiple staffers on hand to cover the event as plenty of talent from around the country was in action. We have some observations below.

Blue chippers shine

By our count, there was over 20 members of the Top247 running around. We tried to get eyes on as many of them as possible. Here’s some quick thoughts on some of the best from Saturday.

CB Domani Jackson, USC commit – Jackson is everything you are looking for in a cornerback. He’s long, twitchy and super physical. The Los Angeles (Calif.) Mater Dei defender played on the boundary for Ground 0 and held his own for most of the morning as the few receptions that he did surrender all came on stuff that was primarily in front of him. Jackson is currently the nation’s No. 1-ranked cornerback. He looked like someone that deserved that title given how he moved and competed. 

CB Jaheim Singletary, Ohio State commit  Singletary lined up at multiple spots in Burch Sports’ secondary. He too is another long body that loves to put his hands on wide receivers and try to jam them at the line of scrimmage. One of Singletary’s best assets is his ability to eliminate throwing lanes with his unique reach. Top-end speed remains a bit of a question with the five-star out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Robert E. Lee, but he does a nice job of not putting himself in bad situations and trusting his technique.

S Bryce Anderson, LSU commit  It seems like more and more college defensive coordinators want safeties that can get home on the blitz and Anderson did just that making a key play for the Bootleggers when he got the green light to attack the quarterback. Obviously, there was no one trying to block him, but it was refreshing to see someone actually make the play instead of coming close to making the play. The Beaumont (Texas) West Brook product also got his hands on a few passes while in coverage.

WR Armani Winfield, Texas commit  Winfield was the go-to target for True Buzz quarterback Garrett Rangel, who flashed a live arm. The Lewisville (Texas) wideout is a smooth route runner that does a nice job of mixing gears in hopes of creating separation. The future Longhorn has a bit of a streamlined build, but he’s got vines for arms that stretch almost all the way down to his knees. Winfield also showed some control of his body which allowed him to make a few acrobatic grabs near the sidelines. 

S Jacoby Mathews – Mathews is a big safety that looks almost like he could be in college. He picked off a pass for the Bootleggers and should have had another takeaway had he been able to get two hands on the ball. The All-American Bowl invitee, who played primarily quarterback as a junior, reminds us of a young Ja’Coby Stevens given his frame and movement patterns. LSU, Florida, Mississippi State and Oklahoma are all chasing the four-star that calls Ponchatoula (La.) home.

CB Khamauri Rogers – We saw Rogers at this same event last year. His body has matured a lot since then as he appeared to be much bigger in the upper half. The former LSU commit would still be described as a lanky corner, but he is able to cover a ton of ground and run with wide receivers of all different sizes. The Lexington (Miss.) Holmes County standout will need to add some functional strength before he’s able to contribute at the Power 5 level, but there’s a lot to like. Miami, Georgia, Ole Miss and others are pushing.

CB Jyaire Brown, Ohio State commit – Brown is yet another Bootlegger defensive back that had a good day. He spent most of the afternoon working out of the slot and was able to outmuscle some receivers once engaged. The Lousiana native, who currently resides in Ohio, is loose in the hips and able to change directions with ease. Brown is listed at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, but in a way plays much bigger than that number suggests as he has some longer arms and is thick throughout much of the torso.

Stock-up performances

S Sherrod Covil – 247Sports’ named Covil its “Alpha Dog” of The Show last month and Covil was just as good on Saturday as he found ways to make plays on both offense and defense for Mach 1. He’s the type of safety that’s able to cover on first down, make a tackle in the flats on second down and then blitz off the edge on third down. Virginia and Virginia Tech are both pushing for the star out of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith. Same with Notre Dame.

WR Devaughn Mortimer – Mortimer has been a touchdown machine through two days for Defcon as he also played in Friday night’s “pull up” game where he found the end zone multiple times. The speedster out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard is on the smaller side, but he’s got good hands and knows how to find holes in defenses. West Virginia is really the only schools pushing for Mortimer at the moment, but that should eventually change.

ATH Jamil Anderson – Make enough plays, get a 247Sports profile. Seriously. The network didn’t have one for Anderson coming into Saturday, but that quickly changed. The Colonial Heights (Va.) Life Christian Academy playmaker was a star for Mach 1 as he was lockdown in coverage, elusive in the open field and on the receiving end of multiple touchdowns passes. Liberty and Old Dominion are the first two offers for Anderson.

LB Javae Gilmore – It’s rare to see linebackers participating in big 7-on-7 tournaments. It’s even more rare for them to be getting snaps at wide receiver, but Gilmore apparently didn’t get the memo as he was split out wide for the Bootleggers. The Amite (La.) product scored from roughly 30 yards out on a post where he actually outran multiple defenders. Gilmore’s future might be on defense, but he showed that he’s more than just a pass rusher, which we like, a lot. 

Others that impressed

TE De’Carlo Donaldson – There were plenty of tight ends in attendance. Donaldson might have been the most fluid of the bunch. The Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep three-star is under 6-foot-3, but he could absolutely carve out a role in a Power 5 offense and potentially as an h-back.

RB Quaron Adams – Adams was simply one of the best in space on Saturday. He picked up multiple first downs for the Tucson Turf and had some juice in his legs. The ball carrier out of Chandler (Ariz.) picked up a bid from Jedd Fisch’s new staff at Arizona a few days ago.

WR Camden Brown – Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas always has talented wide receivers and Brown is the next name to know. He is over 6-foot-2, with a long stride and a big catch radius. Pittsburgh is the most recent offer. Wake Forest is in contact.

DB Anthony Rose – Rose is a rangy safety that patrolled the back end of Defcon’s defense. He came down with an interception early in morning and seemed to always be around the ball. A number of SEC schools have offered the Hallandale (Fla.) junior.

WR Mike Jackson – He might not have any verified testing numbers or track times, but Jackson might be the fastest receiver in South Florida for the 2022 cycle. The Miami (Fla.) Palmetto standout caught a simple drag route and hit the turbo exploding down the field for a big gain.

DE Lance Holtzclaw – Holtzclaw is an edge player that’s masking himself as a wide receiver for the tournament. He caught a few passes for the West Coast True Buzz group and moved well for someone of his stature. Boston College is his only offer to date. 

QB Dante Moore (2023) – A case could be made that Moore was the best quarterback Saturday. The sophomore out of Detroit (Mich.) King has plenty of arm talent and showed nice touch on his deep balls for Sound Mind Sound Body. Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines have offered.

CB Cole Martin (2023) – Martin is a feisty defensive back that anchored the middle of the Tucson Turf’s defense. He did a nice job of reading and reacting. Oregon, FSU, Tennessee, Wisconsin and plenty of others have offered the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton youngster.

WRs Jalen Brown and Brandon Inniss (2023s) – Both Brown and Inniss are already considered some of the nation’s top wideouts for their age. It was easy to see why Saturday as both made plays. Brown has track speed and is a true deep threat. Inniss is polished route runner that loves to compete.

247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong contributed to this report as did InsideTheU’s Gaby Urrutia and David Lake.

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