July 10, 2014

Southeastern 7-on-7 packs in top college prospects (VIDEO)

Organizers of The Daily Citizen’s Southeast-ern 7-on-7 Championship pride themselves on bringing top-level high school football programs to Dalton each summer for the 32-team tournament.

Within those top teams are some outstanding players, many of whom have the potential for notable college careers.

This year isn’t any different.

Whether it’s a wide receiver from Florida with offers from Duke and Missouri or a linebacker from Alabama with Southeastern Conference proposals, there will be plenty of players to keep your eyes on this weekend as the AstroTurf-sponsored tournament returns.

Pool play begins at noon Saturday at four sites — Christian Heritage School, Dalton High School, the James Brown Sports Complex and Lakeshore Park. When competition resumes at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the top four teams from each pool will advance to a 16-team championship bracket, while the remaining 16 teams will compete in a consolation bracket.

Action will be consolidated to Christian Heritage School, the James Brown Sports Complex and Lakeshore Park for bracket play, with each bracket’s title matchup at Lakeshore Park — 3 p.m. for the consolation tournament and 3:30 p.m. for the championship tournament.

For many coaches, the event’s talent pool is a primary reason to sign up for the Southeastern each summer.

“If I had to narrow it down to one thing, you want to see how a guy responds going against someone offered by (someone like) Georgia Tech,” Brookwood School coach Shane Boggs said. “That’s what you want to see.”

There’s at least one player in the tournament with a Georgia Tech offer, so Boggs may get that chance.

Here are 10 players — all will be seniors this season — to watch in the Carpet Capital this weekend:

Donald Freeman, LB, Scotlandville (La.): Freeman (6-foot-3, 224 pounds) helped the Hornets finish 8-2 and reach the Division I quarterfinals in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state playoffs last fall.

Freeman has college scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, Memphis, McNeese State, Mississippi State and Tulane. He’s part of Scotlandville’s experienced group of 18 returning starters, and one of three entering his senior season.

“Our strong suit is experienced players and good depth,” Scotlandville coach Eric Randall said.

Gabe Green, QB, Sacred Heart-Griffin (Ill.): The 6-2, 205-pound gunslinger was an all-state selection in 2013 as the Cyclones won the Illinois High School Association Class 5A state championship.

According to his Twitter account, Green has verbally committed to the University of Southern Mississippi. According to rivals.com, Green also has scholarship offers from Air Force, Fordham and Northern Illinois. Green helped Sacred Heart break single-season state records for touchdowns (104), points scored (744) and average points per game (53.1) last year.

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