Westminster edges TBT for 7-on-7 title at USF
A busy weekend of 7-on-7 football at USF this weekend -- more than 200 games in two days -- wrapped up Sunday afternoon as Miami's Westminster Christian edged Tampa Bay Tech 12-7 on the final play to win the Sling & Shoot tournament.
USF commitment Tajee Fullwood looked to close out a strong tournament by catching a touchdown pass in the final minute of the championship game, and the conversion gave TBT a 7-6 lead. But snapping the ball a split-second before the whistle was blown, Westminster QB Hunter Boyett found his big 2015 target, 6-foot-5 receiver Devonaire Clarington, for a leaping touchdown to get the win.
Westminster coach Sedrick Irvin -- the former Michigan State standout and NFL player -- compared Clarington to Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress, and the recruit still has two years of high school. His offer list is already an elite one, with Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee and others -- yes, USF and UCF have offered as well.
Fullwood was still able to make a strong impression, with Willie Taggart and his USF staff watching from the sidelines -- he caught a touchdown in triple overtime to lead TBT past Daytona Beach Seabreeze in the semifinals, and that came after he caught a touchdown to key a double-overtime win against Armwood in the quarterfinals.
Fullwood looked good at a defensive back, breaking up several passes, but his success catching the ball makes you wonder if his future with the Bulls is on the offensive side of the ball. He'll come in as an athlete officially, leaving his position open for now.
The final eight teams to advance out of the 43-team field: Westminster, Tampa Bay Tech, Seabreeze, Pierce County (Ga.), Gaither, South Plantation, Davie Western, Armwood. Pierce County QB Tyler Harris looked solid, but my understanding is that USF is no longer recruiting him -- he looks like a safe bet to SMU, where he'll visit next week.