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Battle 7v7 Dallas preview

Sam Spiegelman03/25/22
Article written by:On3 imageSam Spiegelman

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DALLAS — The star-studded Battle 7-on-7 circuit makes it back to the Lone Star State for one of the best competitions of the spring.

This year’s event will attract talent in groves. Close to 100 teams from 15 different states are expected, including Texas as well as California, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona and more will be represented.

Among the big names expected include host True Buzz as well as Fast Houston, Team Grind, Team Flex, Juice 7v7, F3 Elite, Def Con, Arkansas Elite, Devoted Dreamers, South Florida Elite, Miami Immortals and Sooners 7v7, among many others.

Texas well-represented in the field

Texas is the home state for this weekend’s Battle tournament. Despite a series of major events taking place this weekend, including massive recruiting weekends nearby at Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma on top of state track relays, there’s a major influx of blue-chip prospects from the host state expected to be in attendance.

Headlining that group is five-star Denton Ryan linebacker Anthony Hill Jr. Hill will play alongside other On300 recruits from the Lone Star State such as Notre Dame commitment Peyton Bowen and other defensive backs Jamel Johnson and Braxton Myers. Malik Muhammad, a top-50 player in the On3 Consensus, is also expected to suit up.

Mikal Harrison-Pilot, Braylon James and Tre Wisner round out some of the Central Texas standout expected at Battle and should bring some star power to their respective offenses. The same goes for former SMU and TCU commitment Cordale Russell and coveted Houston speedster Jaquaize Pettaway.

Other notable commitments from the host state include Houston commitment Ja’Kobi Banks and Baylor pledge Tareaun York, as well as 2024 Longhorns commitment Jaden Allen of Aledo (Tex.)

Rashada adds firepower to QB group

On300 quarterback Jaden Rashada, a top-100 recruit in the On3 Consensus, will be filling in behind center for the Miami Immortals this weekend. Last year, the star-studded Florida-based 7-on-7 squad took home the trophy in this tournament.

Rashada, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound passer out of Pittsburg (Calif.), has outstanding arm strength and is well-versed in orchestrating a vertical passing game. Last year as a junior, the On300 quarterback passed for 2,220 yards with 27 touchdowns compared to five picks.

With some of the nation’s best athletes around him from South Florida, Rashada has a chance to add some big-play spark in this setting. He also has an opportunity to flaunt some of his less-heralded attributes like throwing on the run and executing in the red zone.

Ole Miss has been trending for Rasahada on the Recruiting Prediction Machine over the past week.

Handful of five-stars expected

This 7-on-7 is shaping up to be filled with elite recruits, including some five-stars representing the 2023 and 2024 cycles.

Host True Buzz will have Anthony Hill Jr. manning the middle of the defense. Visiting teams from Florida will pack some serious star power. Miami Immortals, who ran away with the title in this tournament last year, has the nation’s No. 1 junior defensive back, Desmond Ricks, in the secondary. Las Vegas’ Game-Changers will also have new On3 five-star Zachariah Branch leading the way.

On300 Consensus prospects to compete

2023

No. 12 WR Zachariah Branch, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

No. 36 S Joenel Aguero, Danvers (Mass.) St. John’s

No. 41 CB Malik Muhammad, Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff

No. 48 S Peyton Bowen, Denton (Tex.) Guyer

No. 51 WR Jaquaize Pettaway, Houston (Tex.) Langham Creek

No. 57 RB Cedric Baxter Jr., Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater

No. 60 WR Hykeem Williams, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan

No. 74 ATH Jacobe Johnson, Mustang (Okla.)

No. 94 TE Luke Hasz, Bixby (Okla.)

No. 111 WR Braylon James, Del Valle (Tex.)

No. 114 CB Aaron Williams, Corona (Calif.) Centennial

No. 115 WR Nathaniel Joseph, Miami (Fla.) Edison

No. 118 CB Braxton Myers, Coppell (Tex.)

No. 135 CB Justyn Rhett, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

No. 153 WR Robby Washington, Miami (Fla.) Killian

No. 153 QB Jaden Rashada, Pittsburg (Calif.)

No. 176 RB Tre Wisner, Waco (Tex.) Connally

No. 178 S Jamel Johnson, Arlington (Tex.) Seguin

No. 184 S Ryan Yaites, Denton (Tex.) Guyer

No. 185 CB Sharif Denson, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail

No. 188 S Cedrick Hawkins, Titusville (Fla.) Cocoa

No. 200 WR Cordale Russell, Mesquite (Tex.) North Mesquite

No. 231 CB Damari Brown, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage

No. 270 S Daemon Fagan, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage

No. 299 CB Daniel Harris, Miami (Fla.) Gulliver

No. 307 TE Jaden Platt, Haslet (Tex.) Eaton

No. 315 RB Ryan Bullard, Miami (Fla.) St. Brendan

No. 320 CB Antonio Robinson, Miami (Fla.) Florida Christian

No. 336 LB Stanquan Clark, Miami (Fla.) Killian

2024

No. 2 CB Desmond Ricks, Chesapeake (Va.) IMG Academy

No. 9 WR Ryan Wingo, Saint Louis (Mo.) University

No. 24 WR Micah Hudson, Temple (Tex.) Lake Belton

No. 26 Jeremiah Smith, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna

No. 33 ATH Jamyri Cauley, Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff

No. 60 WR James Madison II, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) TRU Prep

No. 71 S Corian Gipson, Lancaster (Tex.)

No. 105 S Jaydan Hardy, Lewisville (Tex.) IMG Academy

No. 107 CB Aaron Butler, Calabasas (Calif.)

No. 117 QB Cedric Bailey Jr., Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna

No. 118 LB Justin Williams, Conroe (Tex.) Oak Ridge

No. 141 ATH Dre’lon Miller, Silsbee (Tex.)

No. 153 CB Earl Kulp, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

No. 161 S Ka’Davion Dotson-Walker, Duncanville (Tex.)