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Sling & Shoot notebook: USF offers aplenty for Hawks

Armwood's players break huddle following a Sunday victory against East Lake at the USF Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 tournament. The Hawks reached the semifinals, losing to eventual champ Daytona Beach Mainland.

JOEY KNIGHT | Times

Armwood's players break huddle following a Sunday victory against East Lake at the USF Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 tournament. The Hawks reached the semifinals, losing to eventual champ Daytona Beach Mainland.

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Another sweltering Sling & Shoot is in the books at USF, where offers were doled out almost as frequently as sideline warnings, or so it seemed. At any rate, here are some notes and observations from the two-day 7-on-7 showcase.

* This year's event -- held in concurrence with USF's Big Man Camp -- attracted 38 schools. That's a modest dip from previous years, but shouldn't be surprising.

In today's summer football climate, similar events are staged in every nook of the state, on every weekend. This year, USF was going head-to-head against a Polk County 7-on-7 tournament in Auburndale, and a tourney sanctioned by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (featuring Pasco and Hillsborough schools) at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.

* Daytona Beach Mainland topped Spoto in Sunday afternoon's final to capture the title. The Spartans, who upset Armwood earlier in the day, exited campus with no offers; Coach Dale Caparaso said his roster is loaded with solid players but no elite ones -- yet. Mainland, meantime, was sparked by DB Cyrus Fagan, a prominent FSU commit.

* Armwood entered the weekend already loaded with offers from USF. According to Hawks coaches, every offensive skill starter  -- and four defensive starters -- already have offers from the Bulls. Among them: rising sophomore LB Ricardo Watson.

* A handful of current Bulls were spotted milling around the Morsani Practice Complex including QB Quinton Flowers, who appears slightly thicker than the 209 pounds at which he was listed on USF's post-spring depth chart. (Our guess: He's a solid 215 these days).

* Sickles rising junior QB Jordan McCloud -- younger sibling of Hillsborough County all-time rushing leader (and Clemson receiver) Ray Ray McCloud -- landed a USF offer, according to his dad. So too did Gryphons rising junior Jontrey Hunter (6-2, 185), an Alonso transfer whom new Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy says is "one of the best athletes I've ever seen."

Here's some Hudl footage of Hunter, who could line up at myriad spots this fall. He didn't start playing football until his freshman year, Murphy said.

* Speaking of Sickles, longtime Gryphons girls basketball coach Mark Key has joined Murphy's staff as an assistant.

* The Bulls are applying a full-court press on Jesuit RB Malik Davis -- trust us on this. Unfortunately for them, so are dozens of other Division I programs. Davis is ranked first on the list of the Times' top 100 local prep players for the 2016 season.

* Carrollwood Day WR/DB Markeis Colvin -- an Armwood transfer -- landed a USF offer Friday night, Patriots coach Lane McLaughlin confirmed. The offer's the first for Colvin, who had more than 500 receiving yards as a sophomore. Raymond Woodie, son of the Bulls defensive coordinator, is the Pats' QB.

* Longtime statewide recruiting analyst Larry Blustein, who attended Saturday's games, said to keep an eye on Miami Dr. Krop WR Randall St. Felix, who didn't attend Sling & Shooot but received a USF offer at a recent satellite camp. Blustein says St. Felix (6-2, 190) has a chance to evolve into a "better version" of Bulls '16 four-star signee Darnell Salomon.     

[Last modified: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:56pm]

    

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