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June 17, 2012

USF Sling and Shoot I Top Performers

TAMPA, Fla. - Sunday marked the second and final day of Sling and Shoot I at the University of South Florida. The 16-team 7-on-7 tournament featured a number of talented prospects from around the Sunshine State.

JOHNELL BARNES, WR, FORT MYERS (FLA.) DUNBAR: Barnes, a recent Duke commitment, was a major reason why his team played for the championship at the event. He is an explosive slot receiver who is very quick off the line, creates great separation out of his cuts and does an excellent job of catching the ball cleanly with his hands. Even in a two-hand touch setting, he was very elusive after the catch.

ALVIN BAILEY, WR, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD: Bailey did work on both sides of the ball for Armwood, making a number of plays on defense. He also showed the athleticism that makes him such a valued slot receiver option. Bailey is extremely quick and handles change of direction very well. He also excels at using his top-end speed to stretch the field and has the ability to go up and snag balls in the air.

DWIGHT REYNOLDS, WR, PUNTA GORDA (FLA.) CHARLOTTE (2014): Reynolds, a rising junior, had a very good performance for Charlotte. He is a tall, lanky wide receiver with long legs who does a good job of using that height and length to his advantage. He does a good job of getting off the line of scrimmage and down the field. On vertical routes, his long stride allows him to separate, and he has good speed to stretch the field. On short and intermediate routes, he works to the outside a lot and gets out of his cuts very well. He does an excellent job of catching the ball and immediately securing it.

DWAYNE REYNOLDS, WR, PUNTA GORDA (FLA.) CHARLOTTE (2014): Dwight's brother is also a very talented receiver who could remain on offense or switch to the defensive side of the ball at the next level. He is more physical than Dwight, but also a step slower. He did a very good job of catching the ball on offense but may be best served playing centerfield on the defensive side of the ball as a safety with good range.

LEON MCQUAY III, S, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD: McQuay lived up to his Rivals100 billing with yet another strong performance. He has the athleticism to be a cornerback, but will excel as a safety at the next level. McQuay does a good job of positioning himself before the snap and moving laterally to set himself up to break on the ball. When a quarterback makes his decision, McQuay reads the play very well and breaks on the ball. He is a ballhawk when it is put into the air.

WESLEY BULLOCK, RB, TAMPA (FLA.) PLANT: Bullock lacks ideal size at just 5-foot-7 and around 150 pounds, but he is a speeding bullet when he works down the field. The speedy running back displayed good hands and was an excellent dump-down option for Plant, which won the event. Bullock goes from standing still to top speed very quickly and was very elusive in the open field. His size will limit his options, but he is a playmaker out of the backfield in the passing game.

KYLE GIBSON, DB, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD (2014): Gibson can play cornerback or safety. He was doing work at safety for Armwood on Sunday. He has good size at around 6-foot, 180-pounds and long arms that allow him to go up for the ball on jump balls or get in front of a receiver when breaking on a pass. He is very good at attaching himself to a receiver's hip down the field when he comes down or playing in space and lending support to other defenders when the ball is put in the air. He springs off the ground with ease when going up for the ball.

MITCHELL WRIGHT, OLB, TAMPA (FLA.) PLANT: Wright is a good-sized outside linebacker option who moves well in space. He has a frame where adding weight and bulk won't be an issue at the next level. He did a good job covering backs and inside receivers in the 7-on-7 setting. Wright is a long athlete with good feet and handles change of direction well. With some physical development in college, he will be a solid outside linebacker in the right scheme.

BYRON COWART, SDE, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD (2015): The future monster at defensive end showed off his athleticism on Sunday by standing up and working at linebacker in the 7-on-7 setting. Cowart looks as though he is a rising senior, not a rising sophomore, and has a build where he will just continue to get thicker. From an athletic standpoint, he handled playing the linebacker position very well, showing good lateral movement.

ARTHUR WILLIAMS, S, SEBRING (FLA.): Tall safeties tend to struggle with change of direction, but Williams is an exception. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety displayed good range and the ability to change direction gracefully when roaming in the secondary. He did a good job of always being at the spot when the ball was put downfield. Williams' length allows him to compete for the ball in the air with the biggest of wide receivers.

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