Sunday, July 25, 2021

Manny Diaz 7-on-7, Big Man Camp top performers

Sunday’s Manny Diaz Football Camp featured a 7-on-7 tournament featuring close to 16 teams and a ‘big man camp’ that allowed for offensive and defensive linemen to receive coaching.

The camp attracted some top talent for the 2022, 2023, and 2024 cycles.

This article looks to highlight some of the top performers on the day.


Gulliver Prep 2023 wide receiver Jalen Brown made plays on both sides of the ball. He consistently showed off his deep speed as a receiver while also showing the ability to generate yards after catch while making the first defender miss. Brown also played cornerback during the day and had a number of pass break-ups. Brown is a receiver all the way, but he has the athleticism and ability to be a lockdown corner if he wanted.


– Gulliver Prep tight end De’Carlo Donaldson caught the attention of the UM coaching staff with his ability to make plays out of the slot. Donaldson is thickly built, but demonstrates the ability to run away from defensive backs and has very impressive body control when he jumps to make catches. Donaldson also shows the ability to consistently catch the ball cleanly away from his body.

– Delray Beach Atlantic safety Marquis Lymon is a thickly built prospect that has impressive twitch and explosiveness at 5-feet-9 and 205 pounds. Lymon claims offers from Indiana, Kentucky, and Louisville, amongst others.

– Glades Central offensive linemen Keon Kindred and Ja’Kavion Nonar have intriguing length and athleticism. Both players need to continue to improve their technique, but they offer plenty for a college program to work with.

– Gulliver Prep quarterback Carson Haggard had a successful weekend between the Miami and FIU camp, throwing 52 touchdowns no interceptions between the two sessions. Haggard is a reliable ball distributor that gives his athletic receivers a chance to make plays. Haggard gets the ball out quick.


– Vero Beach wide receiver Vandrevius Jacobs is definitely in the discussion of being top player on the day. Jacobs was impressive with his ability to make contested catches and get behind opposing secondaries. His showing on Sunday earned an offer from the Hurricanes, joining FSU, Georgia Tech, Illinois, and Indiana, amongst others.

– The top defensive line prospect at the camp was Ft. Pierce John Carroll’s Wilky Denaud, who had the best frame of any player at that position at the camp and demonstrated good twitch and hand usage. Denaud has offers from Miami, Florida, Penn State, and Nebraska.

– Gulliver Prep cornerback Daniel Harris is an impressive athlete that picked off multiple interceptions and had a couple of touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. Harris picked up an Appalachian State offer after the event.


– Monsignor Pace QB Adrian Posse is a physically impressive quarterback for his age at 6-feet-4 and 205 pounds. Posse is a streaky passer and when he gets hot, he can rip any throw necessary. He will be a big time recruit for his cycle if he continues to improve and work at his craft. Posse claims early offers from Miami, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, and Texas A&M, amongst others.

– Monsignor Pace WR Jeremiah Smith made numerous impressive contested catches during the course of the tournament. He definitely plays older than a rising sophomore. Smith is a relative of NFL quarterback Geno Smith and claims early offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia, amongst others.

– Ocala Vanguard ATH Jamil Watkins picked up an offer from the Hurricanes after an impressive performance in which he made plenty of plays.

– Orlando Jones defensive lineman D’antre Robinson picked up an offer following his performance at the camp. Robinson has impressive size at this stage of his development and if he continues to improve his athleticism, he will be one of the top linemen in the state for his cycle. Robinson claims early offers from Florida, Florida State, and Tennessee.


– Five-star edge Shemar Stewart was on campus to watch Monsignor Pace compete in the 7-on-7 tournament. Stewart spent plenty of time with the UM coaching staff during his visit.

– Ft. Myers Bishop Verot cornerback Chris Graves went through a private workout led by Travaris Robinson and DeMarcus Van Dyke. Tampa Catholic’s Jaquise Alexander also participated in the workout.

– Miramar defensive back Darius Thomas went through a private workout with Travaris Robinson during the camp. Thomas impressed with his big frame and movement skills. You can read more about that here.

– Miami Central 2023 defensive lineman Rueben Bain was on hand to watch Jess Simpson coach at the camp.

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