Locals Win National 7-on-7 Title; U-Md. Recruit Shows Well
The local entry in the NFL High School Player Development 7-on-7 national tournament won the title for the third consecutive year. Led by Ballou quarterback Emmanuel Yeager and recent Maryland commitment Tavon Wilson, a wide receiver and defensive back at H.D. Woodson, the D.C. squad turned things around after going 1-4 in pool play last week.
Ballou wide receiver Ronald Green, who holds a scholarship offer from Hofstra, also played well, as did Dunbar wide receiver Deon Long and Theodore Roosevelt running back Erik Young. On defenese, Dunbar's Jharron Armstrong and Woodson linebacker Craig Wilkins enjoyed strong tournaments, according to Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies.
The tournament brought together teams from nine NFL cities and Jefferies said the goal is to one day bring in teams from each NFL city.
"The NFL picked up the entire expense," Jefferies said. "It was a lot of guys' first plane ride."
Wilson recently committed to Maryland and he showed why the Terrapins regard high so highly, Jefferies said.
"I was impressed with that kid, he can flat out run," Jefferies said. He made some diving catches and ran through some people breaking up passes that I didn't think he could do. And he played pretty banged up, too."
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