Badger Sport/New Level Athletics 7-7 Notebook

Good Counsel's Stefon Diggs

The field at the Badger Sports/New Level Athletics 7on7 on the campus of Rutgers University has soared to new heights this year. What was a field of 12 teams in 2010 grew to 32 in 2011. More than 12 states are represented, with Virginia and Michigan having the farthest to travel. It was hard to narrow it down with so much talented on display, but GBW narrowed it to the 12 top performers.

Stefon Diggs: Arguably the top prospect in the tournament, Diggs continues produce at a very high level. His routes are so precise, that easily sets defensive backs up for double moves. His team "Maryland Speed" team had easy-going on the opening day, although Diggs faced tougher foes on day two during the single elimination tournament in the likes of Armani Reeves and Ronald Darby.

Armani Reeves: Coming in, we knew Reeves was good, but we never knew he was this good! Reeves is a shut down corner, as he proved time in time again. He has a good backpedal, and breaks on the ball extremely well. He is the kind of corner that bothers receivers because he stays in their hip pocket. It may be a bold statement, but from we saw, he is a potential five star recruit.

Ronald Darby: The Maryland speedster should be on a video game because he's faster and quicker then everybody here. As humble as they come, Darby has turned team "Swag" into a contender.

Elijah Hughes: A jitter bug with jets, Hughes wanted to be here so badly that he skipped his final indoor track meet of the season. Though undersized, his skill set would appeal to any school looking for a punt/kick return specialist.

Myles Nash: One of the most promising players here is this 6'4" 170 receiver from Timber Creek, the same school that produced U.S. Army All-American Damiere Byrd. When "New Jersey Fly" needed a first down, Nash kept the chains moving.

Shawn Simmons: Big bodied linebacker that moves very well in space. Simmons was all over the field making plays; he had an interception and a bunch of pass break ups. Simmons brings a high level of intensity and physicality on every snap.

Jalen Strong Rankin: Earned the nick name "Braylon Edwards" during last year's tournament because of his ability to make the big play, but drop the most routine pass. This year, Rankin has grown into his 6'4" 190 frame, and has been able to consistently catch the ball. Rankin is a prospect with a lot of potential; he just turned 17 last week.

Trevor Williams: Williams was really impressive from his safety position. He has it all; size, speed, and instincts. Has a very athletic build, and long arms. Williams could project to either safety position.

Anthony Cooper: One of the more impressive open field runners in the 2012. A teammate of Demetrious Nicholson, Cooper's will be a top recruit in his own right. He's a playmaker that is equally effective at a number of positions including defensive back.

Kendall Fuller: Lived up to the high expectations that people have because of the success his older brothers (Vincent and Kyle) are having on the next level. Fuller had three picks in one game alone. For a corner, he has great size and instincts. Only a sophomore.

Ronald Thompson: The most consistent player on a very talented "Maximum Exposure" squad. Thompson runs good routes, and catches anything thrown his. His speed snuck up on defensive backs because he moves like a receiver in a tight ends body. Thompson found the end zone several times.

Sacoy Malone: Another running back with outstanding wiggle that has made defenders fall quite a few times. Malone separates himself from the pack a little because of his receiving skills in the deep passing game. He catches the ball naturally and competes like he's a receiver.

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