IMG7v7 National Championship | Top-flight college football recruits find out how they match up

Star recruits meet face to face in offseason showcase

jdill@bradenton.comJune 23, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A throng of media gathered around each player.

That's what a top-notch football recruit goes through.

From Alabama-commit Bo Scarbrough to undecided players like Artavis Scott, George Campbell and Byron Cowart, the IMG7v7 National Championship gathered some of the country's best college football prospects in the classes of 2014 and 2015.

The extra exposure puts a spotlight on where each player plans to attend college.

Take Scarbrough, for example.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back from Tuscaloosa, Ala., is committed to the Crimson Tide, but he is not officially locked into anything until National Signing Day comes.

"I will visit Florida on July 26," said Scarbrough, a consensus five-star prospect and the top-rated player at this weekend's event. "... I don't know (what will change my decision from Alabama). I have to go visit and check out the academics on what I want to major in, which will be criminal justice. If they have a great program in it, then it should be a battle."

Scott has his pick of suit

ors from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State and several others. The Tarpon Springs East Lake athlete is in Bradenton to aide Team Tampa in its bid for a repeat national championship.

On Saturday, he shined and did so with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton watching.

Scott reeled in two touchdown receptions and a two-point conversion and provided lockdown defense to give Team Tampa a 30-20 victory over Gulf Coast BKS in a pool play game.

Then the club faced Winning Strategies in a classic.

Scott snagged the last two touchdown receptions, each coming within the final 30 seconds, and acted as a decoy for the winning two-point conversion as Team Tampa earned a 39-35 win that enabled a top-seven finish and a bye in the first round of the knockout phase, which wraps up the event Sunday.

"Just getting back at it, building the team up, building the team up and telling them it's not over and we have to work as a team," said Scott about the comeback win.

Two of Scott's younger teammates, Campbell and Cowart, have drawn considerable interest from colleges. Both are rising juniors, Campbell at East Lake and Cowart at Seffner Armwood.

"I'm already getting recruited," said Campbell, who has received interest from the likes of Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and Georgia to name a few. "So I just come out to get better and compete."

Cowart is a defensive end at powerhouse Armwood, but has to adopt a different role with Team Tampa during 7-on-7 tournaments.

That means a shift to tight end, and he caught a touchdown pass as well as some other nifty grabs to showcase his skills with his hands - a skill that is sought after by a bevy of suitors once he finishes his high school career in a couple years.

"I like to compete," said Cowart, who is 6-3 and 248 pounds and has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and FSU to name a few. "It's good to show everybody that I can catch."

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