The summer officially got under way for BCAA football programs last weekend
as several made their way up to The King's Academy High School in West Palm
Beach for the annual Heath Evans 7-on-7 event.
The 16-team field was the first of many chances these young athletes will have to
promote themselves throughout the summer. From camps and combines to 7-on-7
tournaments, there will be enough competition to keep everyone busy.
In a day that the Evans works hard to make a reality each year, there was no
winner as rain cut into the late afternoon tournament schedule, but those on hand
had the chance to play several games as well as listen to Evans' former teammate
Ben Watson and the newest Miami Dolphin, Ryan Tanneyhill, who came out to
show their support to annual compilation of some of the best football talent in the
Four BCAA programs did very well in the tournament - with Blanche Ely,
McArthur, Northeast and Miramar getting to showcase some tremendous athletes.
"Great event and tremendous opportunity for me to work on things such
as my drops and coverage," said McArthur standout linebacker Jeremy
Benjamin. "Playing against such fast and outstanding athletes gives me the chance
to bring my game to that next level."
In addition to working on his own game, Benjamin, who owns several major
college offers, was showing that he can be leader as well, taking 2016 linebacker
prospect Kory Johnson under his wings, teaching and showing him where to be on
"I have been only playing defense a short time myself," said Benjamin. "But to
have the chance to be help a teammate help us become a better team is what this is
As Benjamin did his thing, another of the emerging schools at the Evans event was
Northeast. Loaded with athletes on both sides of the ball – including two young
quarterbacks and an emerging line, the Hurricanes will be a force.
If you watched any of the games in the Heath Evans tournament – or have had the
chance to see this team play over the past few years, Stacy Coley certainly turned
out to be the best player in a field that featured in the neighborhood of 60 FBS
prospects. The 6-2, 190-pound receiver, who dominated the past two seasons for
the Hurricanes, was a player that everyone left totally impressed with.
"Stacy Coley is easily one of the best receivers in the country," said Corey Long of
ESPN. "This is a player who really gets it done against anyone."
Coley's performance against Tampa Wharton's standout defensive backs Vernon
Hargreaves was something to watch, although Hargreaves was playing safety and
not his usual corner position.
Even though there was plenty of football being played, some of the best action
doesn't always happen on the football field.
The annual Linemen Challenge attracted a number of fans who watched the young
and talented Miramar line rise up to capture the linemen event. The Patriots, who
promise to be in the playoff mix in the fall, had a great showing against very strong
"We will learn plenty this summer about the young athletes we have on this
football teams," said head coach Damon Cogdell. "Our line has really been a place
where the foundation of this program has been built, and as you saw today, we are
off to a great start in replacing some very key athletes on both sides of the ball."
DOLPHINS ACADEMY 7-ON-7 THIS WEEKEND
Friday and Saturday will see some of the finest football talent from throughout
South Florida as the annual Miami Dolphins Academy 7-on-7 football challenge
will take place on Friday and Saturday at Central Park (9151 NW 2nd Street,
Plantation, FL 33324) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dozens of BCAA schools will mix with Miami-Dade and Palm Beach teams for
the coveted team title that will send the winner to the national NFL tournament.
The defending champion Miami Jackson Generals, with Class of 2014 quarterback
prospect Quinton Flowers, will be on hand with several key teams.
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