Battle Miami 7v7 National Tour: Top Performers

The 7 on 7 season has kicked off with a bang courtesy of Battle the fastest growing apparel brand in sports. The Battle National 7v7 tour kicked things off in Miami this past weekend and folks it was an absolute movie. All players were gifted with custom made tee shirts pressed on the spot with their choice of Miami slogans, one happened to be “Do it for Da Crib”. If that wasn’t enough players also received fresh new mouthpieces that were designed like grills. One thing that makes the Battle brand so popular is how they embrace different cultures depending on the city there event is in.


Enough about the perks involved it’s time to speak on the main attraction which is football. With 15u & Varsity teams from around the country geared up to compete for the 1st annual Miami Battle 7v7 championship, the atmosphere was electric. You had teams like Ground Zero reppin Cali, the Bootleggers from Louisiana also Team Flex from Maryland along with the Playmakers Elite from Philly. The stage was set and some phenomenal football was played to open the 7v7 season. As much as I want to bring you guys play by play UTR handled that with the dopiest Highlights feel free to go check them out. With that said folks I will be bringing you guys the Top Performers from this past weekend, so buckle up while I breakdown the Prospects that stole the show.

Battle National 7v7 Tour : Miami Top Performers

Name : Lucas Lenhoff
Measurables: 6’1-190
Position : QB
Team : Ground Zero/Cathedral (CA)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
Ground Zero made the trip from California to Miami with a primetime Friday night match up versus Defcon the South Florida 7v7 power. Things didn’t go as planned for Ground Zero and their Field general Lucas Lenhoff to be honest they seemed jet lagged taking a 70-12 lose. But it’s not how you start but how you finish it, in that case Lenhoff was Battle Miami 7v7 offensive MVP. Lenhoff owned the weekend with his decision making & composure by simply not being greedy and taking what the defense gave him. Make no mistake when the opportunity presented itself this prospect made the big-time throws, leading his team to the Battle Miami 7v7 Championship.

Name : Trevonte Rucker
Measurables: 6’0”-157
Position : WR
Team : SF Express/ Vanguard (FL)
Class : 2021



Skinny:
Haven’t had the pleasure of watching Trevonte Rucker in action since his youth days, boy what a difference three years make. Growth & development is vital when you’re trying to make it to the next stage of your career. Rucker unleashed his entire repertoire from the short patterns to the deep routes and if the throws were off, he adjusted making some pretty impressive catches. Poised for a big senior year look for Tucker’s offer total of 18 to continue to climb.

Name : Eric Gentry
Measurables: 6’6-205
Position : WDE/OLB
Team : Playmakers Elite/Neumann Goretti (PA)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
Not often do you see Defensive ends participating in 7v7 football but kudos to Eric Gentry for challenging himself to be better. Not only did Gentry get better but he raised his stock with his performance showing the versatility that will make him a every down OLB. Gentry showed off his long wingspan intercepting a couple passes and swatting down a ton of them. Yeah, this prospect can add weight and I doubt he would lose any athleticism the way he covered so much ground. Gentry is still a raw prospect but he has all the tools to be pretty special.


Name : Sieh Bangura
Measurables: 5’11”-175
Position : Ath
Team : Team Flex/ Dematha (MD)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
My first time covering Sieh Bangura was three years ago he was a pretty special talent for the Maryland Seahawks seems things haven’t changed, in fact his game is more well rounded. The 5-foot-11 Bangura has fantastic length for an underclassman and closes well. He doesn’t get caught out of position a lot due to those fluid hips, he also recovers pretty well when those instances strike. He made a number of plays over the top this past weekend and was able to bat away a few balls that looked to be thrown out of his reach. Versatility is the name of the game now and Bangura has that with his ability to play on both sides of the ball.


Name : Tetairoa “T-Mac” McMillan
Measurables: 6’3”-185
Position : WR
Team : Juice County/ Servite (CA)
Class : 2022


Skinny:
Since his O.C Buckeye’s 14u days Tetairoa “T-Mac” McMillan has had special written all over him the way he dominated his peers, for the most part nothing has changed just a bigger stage. T-Mac had the best showing of any Class of 2022 receiver and showed how valuable his long frame can be. He made a number of impressive catches along the sideline and flashed sure hands on jump balls. T-Mac runs smooth routes and his elite size make him an elite-level prospect for any Power 5 program.

Name: Nick Vattiato
Measurables: 6’0”-180
Position : QB
Team : SF Express/ University School (FL)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
The 6-foot Vattiato shows off impressive arm strength on the weekend, which helped him get the job done since there wasn’t a spot on the field this prospect couldn’t hit. Vattiato goes through his progressions incredibly well and always seems to find the open man. At times, he puts too much air under the ball, but he rarely paid for it this past weekend. He throws well on the run. And while last year around this time some would say he's probably not a high-level FBS quarterback prospect, but with his growth spurt & arm talent plus his consistency there shouldn’t be any doubt about him playing at a Power 5 program.

Name : Adonis West
Measurables: 5’9”-141
Position : Ath
Team : True Buzz/DeSoto (TX)
Class : 2022


Skinny:
While on the sidelines I heard the rumblings about a Texas kid that runs a sub 4.3, now there’s a difference between hearing it and actually seeing it which I might add I saw. West isn’t the biggest of receivers but he does have reliable hands & scorching speed. What sets him apart, though, is his ability to get off the line of scrimmage in a hurry. He made defensive backs pay for playing press coverage this past weekend and also made a couple of spectacular catches in the end zone as he blew by defenders on an 9 route. There's plenty to like about West, who could probably help any number of Air Raid or spread College programs with the type of speed he possesses.

Name : D'Shaun Seals
Measurables: 5’7”-140
Position : Ath
Team : Playmakers Elite/Imhotep (PA)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
Hands down the most exciting player to watch this past weekend was D'Shaun Seals, this kid was a nightmare in open space with his jaw dropping moves. Seals is a gifted athlete with the ball in his hands who makes his living by shooting off the line of scrimmage as if blasted from a cannon. He gets up to speed faster than any receiver in the country and makes sharp, crisp cuts. He made plenty of plays during the tournament and helped his team make some serious noise Down South.


Name : Kaidon Salter
Measurables: 6’1”-181
Position : QB
Team : True Buzz/Cedar Hill (TX)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
Kaidon Salter was out there dealing all tournament and with speedster lined up out wide, this gunslinger went deep early & often. Salters rose above several higher-rated prospects to almost throwing his team into the championship round. Just 6-foot-1 and 181 pounds, Salters displayed the biggest arm of all the Tourney quarterbacks and has the ability to fit the ball into tight windows. He threw over eleven touchdowns in five games with only one interception. Efficient with next level arm strength will have Salters in prime position to moving up in the Quarterback rankings.

Name : Jalil Farooq
Measurables: 6’0”-191
Position : WR
Team : Team Flex/Dr.Henry Wise (MD)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
I have a vivid memory of when Jaleel Farooq was an elite 8th grade running-back for the Bowie Elite Bulldawgs. Fast forward to present day and time he is a receiver and the elite part hasn’t changed one bit. There was little argument that the 6-foot-0, 191-pound Farooq was the most physically impressive looking wide receiver during this past weekend, then the phenom came through with a standout showing during pool play roasting Defensive-backs left & right. Besides having a physical advantage over most defensive backs, Farooq is also a very polished route-runner with sneaky-good speed.

Name : Sean Robinson
Measurables: 6’2”-190
Position : DB
Team : Playmakers Elite/ Olney (PA)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
If you watched film on Sean Robinson you'd say he hits like a linebacker, but after this past weekend event his coverage skills screams defensive back. Which means he will likely play safety in college with the way he moves his thick frame laterally incredibly well. Robinson has active hands and is able to cover small targets when asked. He stayed stride for stride with a number of running backs and slot receivers during the tournament. He'll need to maintain his quickness as he matures and continues to develop, but make no mistake this prospect is the total package.


Name : Dion Jackson
Measurables: 6’1”-180
Position : DB
Team : Ground Zero/Mater Dei (CA)
Class : 2022


Skinny:
One of the best qualities to have as a defensive back is short term memory, a trait Dion Jackson and his teammates possessed. Jackson was the best defensive back on the tournament's best team and made a pair of key pass break ups during the tournament. He also did a nice job locking down Defcon’s receiving core in single elimination game. Jackson is a long, physical corner with good hands and impressive agility. He's a nice blend of size and speed that can cover targets of differing sizes and skill sets.


Name : Taron “Tyger” Dickens
Measurables: 5’11”-172
Position : QB
Team : Defcon/ Miami Northwestern
Class : 2023


Skinny:
The freshman sensation Taron “Tyger” Dickens started this 7v7 season on fire just like he finished his freshman season. There was a lot of buzz around Defcon and their high-powered prolific offense guided by Taron “Tyger” Dickens who was the general of the highest scoring team. Sharp on the move, incredibly confident and always looking for the big play, Dickens and his squad rolled to the final six with over 20 touchdowns in 5 games. So young but yet so poised look for Dickens to only get better.


Name : Timothy Burns Jr.
Measurables: 5’10”-157
Position : DB
Team : Miami Immortals/ Miami Northwestern (FL)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
The slightly undersized Burns makes up for it with physicality. He has a muscular build and can jam a longer receiver at the line. His strength is his ability to break quickly on the ball, though. He transitions well out of his backpedal. Burns is listed at 5-foot-10, but that didn’t stop him from lining up all over the field from Safety to Nickel to boundary wherever you put this prospect he flashed.

Name : Noah Fifita
Measurables: 5’10”-170
Position : QB
Team : Juice County/ Servite (CA)
Class : 2022


Skinny:
Noah Fifita has been a big game Quarterback since his youth days and nothing has changed on the high school level. This Super Sophomore had a breakout year and he brought that same energy to Battle Miami Tourney. Fifita worked the middle of the field as well as anyone in this tournament, put the ball in fast closing windows and attacked the seam as well as fade route with some beautiful tight spirals for scores. I'll say for the people in the back Noah Fifita has always been able to make the game changing throws to lead his team.

Name : Christopher Nelson
Measurables: 5’11”-175
Position : DB
Team : SF Express/ Miami Carol City (FL)
Class : 2021


Skinny:
I had a conversation with Coach who made me aware Christopher Nelson was a running-back, I told him from what I’ve seen from Nelson DB is where he can be elite. The South Florida defensive back's team finished as winner ups but that was not the fault of the Nelson, who broke up passes with some regularity. He was especially good in the day's first two games but couldn't will his team to a Championship on his own. Nelson isn't afraid to jam a receiver at the line but also has a knack for jumping routes. He wasn't perfect in the tourney, but he managed to stand out despite his team coming up short on the Battle Miami 7v7 championship.

Name : Michael Brown Jr.
Measurables: 5’9”-147
Position : DB
Team : Metro Va/ Dunbar (MD)
Class : 2022


Skinny:

Michael Brown Jr. plays with ultimate confidence at the cornerback position. When his Team Metro Va. had no answer for Ground Zero receiver, Brown stepped up and shadowed him for the rest of the game, keeping the explosive receiver in check. On the day he recorded four pass break ups and one interception and was constantly called upon to cover the opposite team's top receiver. Brown not only talks the talk but he walks the walk and is the ultimate competitor. 

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