April 20, 2013

IMG/NFA top offensive performers

BRADENTON, FLA. --- Some of the best players in the Sunshine State and beyond converged onto the practice fields at the IMG Academy on Saturday for the first day of the IMG/NFA 7-on-7 Southeast Regional Tournament. Here are the top offensive performers from the first day of action.

1. WR/DB Shawn Burgess-Becker, Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch (2015)
Burgess-Becker continues to impress on the offseason camp and 7-on-7 setting. The two-way star is a playmaker in every sense of the word. He is the go-to receiver for the Florida Fire team. At times it seemed like he was always open and unstoppable on the perimeter.

2. WR Travis Rudolph, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman
There are some schools recruiting Rudolph as a cornerback, but every time we see him, he dazzles at wideout. Saturday was no different as he had several touchdown grabs from quarterback Bud Martin. On one vertical route, Rudolph created separation against the defender and hauled in a long bomb. After the play he broke into his touchdown celebration dance, which drew cheers from the crowd.

3. ATH Ray Ray McCloud, Tampa (Fla.) Sickles (2015)
McCloud followed up his Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour offensive skill MVP award last month with a solid showing in Bradenton. One of his many highlights was a one-handed catch in traffic on a square-in route that gave his team a big first down. That drive ended in a score. He is a threat out of the backfield or split out wide.

4. WR Ermon Lane, Homestead (Fla.)
Lane was his usually self, scoring on a few deep pass plays from signal-caller Sean White. His vertical ability gave defenses fits all afternoon. He even beat LSU commit Kevin Toliver from the slot on a seam route.

5. ATH Jimmy Bayes, Immokalee (Fla.)
Bayes turned in a good day at flanker. Although he had one drop, he did get behind the defense on a handful of plays for Team 239. His athleticism is off the charts and some schools are recruiting him on the defensive side of the ball because of his versatility.

6. RB Jacques Patrick, Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek (2015)
Patrick is a well-built power back with deceptive speed. He lined up at receiver and had pair of nice catches. The 2015 standout made a spectacular play on a two-point conversion as he out-jumped two players to come up with catch. His soft hands combined with his speed and size are a few reasons why he already has 30-plus offers.

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