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April 16, 2013
The PA SWAG Northeast Elite 7 on 7 Tournament took place this past weekend at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania, and many top prospects were on hand. As always, Rivals.com was on the scene to break down the top performers combined for both days of action. Led by Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy cornerback Brandon Watson, who has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers and Temple, here's a breakdown of the best.
PA SWAG NORTHEAST ELITE 7 ON 7: TOP PERFORMERS
1. CB Brandon Watson, ELKTON (MD.) EASTERN CHRISTIAN ACADEMYWhenever the football was in the vicinity of Watson, it was either getting intercepted or it was going to be an incompletion. As Flash Training worked toward another 7 on 7 title, Watson was dominant in coverage. He consistently got a good punch at the line of scrimmage in man coverage, and when playing off he closed quickly on the football. As receivers attempted double moves, Watson ran with the opposition step for step, showing great change of direction. The most impressive part of Watson's day was successfully defending a number of jump balls in the end zone against taller receivers.
2. WR Chris Godwin, MIDDLETOWN, DEL.Godwin has excelled at previous camps, and he continued that trend. Godwin is a thick receiver who continues to learn how to use that size to his advantage. He was a nightmare matchup for a majority of the defensive backs he faced, and his combination of size, strength, route-running ability and hands made him one of the more dynamic players at the tournament.
3. ATH Montae Nicholson, MONROEVILLE (PA.) GATEWAYWhile he is considered more of a defensive prospect, Nicholson stood out on the offensive side of the football. Nicholson ran his routes with precision, making his quarterbacks look good as he corralled any passes thrown in his direction. He made one of the highlight touchdown grabs of the weekend as he leaped over two defenders on the goal line to come down with the score. Looking closer to 210 pounds, Nicholson moves extremely well for an athlete his size.
4. QB Andrew Ford, CAMP HILL (PA.) CEDAR CLIFFFord was one of the more impressive prospects during the event. Possessing solid size and better than expected arm strength, Ford dissected most of the defenses he faced. He also showed the ability to throw a nice deep ball and, probably most impressive, he made extremely smart decisions on a consistent basis. Ford has two offers, but with a number of schools coming through to check him out this spring, it will be a surprise if that number does not grow quickly.
5. ATH Curtis Samuel, BROOKLYN (N.Y.) ERASMUS HALL CAMPUSDespite inconsistent play from his quarterbacks, which resulted in limited opportunities, it was still easy to see why some of the better programs in the country have offered Samuels. When put into open space, he showed a tremendous ability to make people miss, a nice burst and top-level athleticism.
6. QB David Sills, ELKTON (MD.) EASTERN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (2015)The windy conditions made it difficult to throw the ball, especially on vertical routes, but Sills found a way to throw catchable footballs to his receivers in stride. Although as a young quarterback he could stand to get stronger, Sills' decision making was the most impressive part of his game. He didn't force throws; he calmly went through his progressions and made the correct decisions.
7. WR Freddy Canteen, ELKTON (MD.) EASTERN CHRISTIAN ACADEMYCanteen got the job done on both sides of the ball during the tournament. During the first day, he was one of the defensive leaders as his Flash Training squad did not allow a score. On Day 2 during the playoffs, Canteen excelled in finding openings across the middle and his impressive route running was highlighted by a few double moves that led to easy scores.
8. RB Quadree Henderson, WILMINGTON (DEL.) ALEXIS I.DUPONT (2015)After an impressive showing this year at the NLA event in Ohio, Henderson worked out of the slot for Team Delaware. He made a number of acrobatic catches while showcasing the ability to make defenders miss in the open field to gain yards after the catch, which is rare in this setting.
9. RB Daquan Worley, COATESVILLE (PA.) COATESVILLE AREA SENIORWhile he also made plays on the offensive side of the ball, Worley was assigned the task of guarding the opposition's best receiver and he didn't disappoint. Worley has added quality weight in his upper body over the past year, which allowed him to physically match up with some of the bigger receivers throughout the tournament. Worley did a great job of recovering and making a play on the football on the few occasions that it looked like he was beat.
10. QB Darius Wade, MIDDLETOWN, DEL.The recent Boston College commitment showed many of the skills that his future ACC school can look forward to. He improved nicely as the event progressed, and despite occasional windy conditions, he consistently moved his offense. The lefty showed good zip on the ball and nice touch when necessary, and he threw well on the run.
11. WR K.J. Williams, BETHLEHEM (PA.) LIBERTYInconsistent play at quarterback made it difficult for Williams to have the type of day we are accustomed to seeing from the Rivals250 WR. Williams did his best work across the middle of the field during this event. He would attack the football in traffic, showing great concentration and strength.
12. WR Troy Simons, PITTSBURGH (PA.) RENAISSANCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMYNo longer under the radar after making the top performers list at the previous weekend's NLA event in New Jersey, Simons showed great body control to adjust to the ball in the air on vertical routes. As seen last week, he excelled in jump-ball situations. He used his long frame to come down with the football as he led Team 412 to the championship game.
13. QB J.J. Cosentino, PITTSBURGH (PA.) CENTRAL CATHOLICThis was the first time we've seen the Florida State commitment live, and it is evident why Jimbo Fisher was aggressive in pursuing the Western Pennsylvania signal caller. Cosentino has legit size, sound mechanics and a live arm. The biggest knock on Cosentino at this event would be that a few of his throws on underneath routes got away from him, but his stable of receivers made plays on the football.
14. TE Trey Klock, HUMMELSTOWN (PA.) LOWER DAUPHINOur first chance to see Klock in person was not a disappointment. Every bit of his listed 6-foot-4, 260-pound size, Klock moved well, showed good feet and ran nice, crisp routes. He was used as a red-zone target numerous times during the event because of his size, which resulted in several short touchdown receptions. He also showed reliable hands, even getting low to catch a couple of underthrown balls.
15. WR Marcus Johnson, PITTSBURGH (PA.) UNIVERSITY PREPFollowing in the footsteps of his teammate Simons, Johnson used the PA Swag 7 on 7 as his coming-out party. Johnson's length and leaping ability allowed him to grab errant passes throughout the day, and his deceptive speed caught teams off guard as he constantly got behind the defense. He needs to add bulk because some of the defensive backs controlled him once they got their hands on him, but Johnson was one of the pleasant surprises of the weekend.
Shawn Brown and Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.