Here are rankings from last weekend’s USF Sling-N-Shoot. These are based only on players I was able to see.
1. Chase Litton, Wharton, QB
When it comes to slinging the football, Litton showed off a nice arm and good precision, especially near the end zone, in guiding the surprising Wildcats to the semifinals. He’s only a sophomore, but he’s 6-foot-5 and has great potential.
2. James Few, Plant, QB
The Panthers rotated quarterbacks during the tournament but Few stood out, especially against Armwood. He has a strong arm and throws well on the run. He took another step toward the starting job at Plant.
3. Darryl Richardson, Armwood, QB
His size (6-5, 215) makes college scouts drool, as does his strong arm. Richardson, a junior, is a work in progress having been a reserve on a non-throwing team the past few seasons, and sometimes it showed as he threw a few too many interceptions. But he’s only going to benefit from 7-on-7 and get better.
4. Tommy Eveld, Jesuit, QB
Eveld showed one of the strongest arms at the Sling-N-Shoot. He won an accuracy contest at a quarterback camp in the spring, and clearly has the arm to make almost any throw. Now the only question is can he do it with pads on, as he has yet to start a varsity contest.
1. Austin Aikens, Plant, WR
Aikens showed why he already has more than a half-dozen offers with a terrific performance. He made a number of outstanding catches and against Wharton the Panthers isolated Aikens and threw it to him every time they needed to, and the senior made every catch. I thought he was the best wideout out there.
2. Javonte Sneed, Armwood, WR
Sneed made a number of terrific catches, showing great hands to go with his blow-by speed. Sneed told USFBullsEye.com that USF has shown considerable interest in him since his weekend performance.
3. Alvin Bailey, Armwood, WR
One of the quickest wide receivers out there, Bailey, a junior, was tough to contain. Fast with great hands. Is going to be a top recruit in 2013 class.
1. Vernon Hargreaves, Wharton, DB
Hargreaves’ reputation as a lockdown corner was cemented at the Sling-N-Shoot, but he also proved to be a revelation as a wide receiver, and you could list him with either. His performances against Gainesville Buchholz and Leesburg were scary good. On Tuesday, Hargreaves picked up an offer from Florida after visiting the Gators.
2. Drew Madhu, Plant, DB
Saw a USF coach having a long talk with Madhu after the tournament, so an offer from the Bulls could be right around the corner. Madhu’s second-day performance was as good as anyone’s, and he added some spectacular interceptions to go with blanket coverage.
3. Leon McQuay, Armwood, DB
I’m giving Madhu the edge over McQuay because of what Madhu did against Armwood (two INTs). I thought McQuay was the most impressive defender out there Day One, and his signature headband should serve as a warning to any quarterback thinking of throwing his way.
1. Ryan Patterson, WR, Anclote
Patterson made the catch of Day One, a one-handed nab in the back of the end zone that looked more like he was pulling down a rebound. It was just one of a number of nice catches for the 6-1, 175-pound senior.
“I think Ryan Patterson opened a lot of eyes out here,” said Anclote coach Matt Wicks, who thinks his wideout could be a Division I guy.
2. Austin Roberts, WR, Plant
The son of Bucs tight end coach and former NFLer Alfredo Roberts, Austin is only 14 years old and a future standout. The 6-1, 180-pounder caught the winning touchdown against Steinbrenner and while still a little green, looks like he has all the tools and room to grow.
3. Kendall Pearcy, Steinbrenner, RB
Pearcy showed breakaway speed, running away from the Plant secondary after one catch, and made some nice grabs. The Warriors had an unsung but solid Sling-N-Shoot (they led Plant in their single-elimination game before a Panther rally and still had a chance to win at the end), both their quarterbacks looked good, and it will be interesting to see how they do the rest of this summer.