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June 23, 2013
IMG 7-on-7 Championship top underclass performers
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Team Tampa brought home the IMG 7-on-7 National Championship on Sunday IMG Academy, knocking off the South Florida Express in the championship game. The day was full of action, with teams competing from all over the U.S. Rivals.com Southeast analyst Woody Wommack breaks down the top underclassmen performances.
IMG 7-ON-7 TOP UNDERCLASSMEN
1. LB Jeffrey Holland, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian (2015)Holland will play defense at the next level but during 7-on-7, he plays wide receiver and on Sunday he was one of his team's best options in the pass game. The versatility shows how much Holland likes to compete and should serve him well at the next level.
2. ATH Torrance Gibson, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage (2015)Gibson is a long, lean wide receiver who knows how to use his size to go up and get the balls that look uncatchable. He's a dangerous weapon for quarterbacks because they know he can put the ball up and he'll find a way to bring it down. Gibson was playing alongside Rivals250 stars Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph and fit in perfectly.
3. DB Shawn Towner, Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central (2015)Towner's squad from Mississippi made a deep run in the tournament and he was a big part of the success. He had two emphatic pass breakups during one contest and on another occasion deflected the ball and then found a way to come away with an interception.
4. DB Shawn Burgess-Becker, Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch (2015)Burgess-Becker is being recruited by several schools as a safety, but turned in his usual standout performance at the wide receiver position on Sunday. He consistently gets open and has great hands, along with a toughness factor that isn't always seen at the wide receiver position.
5. RB Quadree Henderson, Wilmington (Del.) Alexis I Dupont (2015)Henderson was one of Team Delaware's best players and showed an array of moves in space when catching the ball out of the backfield. One of his best plays of the day came on a deep pass down the field, when he caught the ball then put a move on the defender and left in the dust on his way to the end zone.
6. DB Tarvarus McFadden, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage (2015)McFadden is so consistent that sometimes it's easy to forget that he's yet to play his junior season. On Sunday he played a big part in South Florida Express' run to the title game, but seemed like he was running out of gas late in the day. As he continues to develop physically, McFadden's consistency will improve and so will his overall game.
7. WR Sam Bruce, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School (2016)There's no doubt Bruce was one of the top underclassmen at the event and maybe the top player from the class of 2016. He's shifty, he knows how to get open and consistently catches the ball. He's only listed at 5-foot-7, but he's by no means weak and has a lower center of gravity, allowing him to get past jams and get off the ball quickly.