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June 24, 2008

Peanut City Shootout features impressive lineup

The Third Annual Peanut City Shootout 7 x 7 passing tournament will be played at Suffolk's Kings Fork High School on Saturday, June 28 with twenty-four teams competing for the championship with games tipping off at 10:0 a.m..

This year's field includes a number of '07 Eastern Region playoff qualifiers including Bethel, Great Bridge, Green Run, Heritage, Lafayette, Lake Taylor, Maury, Salem, Woodside and the defending D5 and D6 regional champions -- Phoebus and Oscar Smith, respectively.

Out-of-town programs dot the landscape of the tournament as well with Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.), Friendly (Fort Washington, Md.), and Marlboro County (Bennettsville, SC) entered into the event. Of course, the majority of the day features local Hampton Roads teams with the following programs competing: Booker T. Washington, Deep Creek, Grassfield, Grafton, Kings Fork, Lakeland, Menchville, Princess Anne, Tabb and York.

The event has quickly become one of the premier 7 x 7 events in the area because of the level of talent it attracts and this year is no exception as a number of DI commits will be on hand as well as a number of other players being courted by top schools.

Be on the lookout for...

Jontel Evans, RB, Bethel - The 5-foot-11, 190 pounder is being recruited for both basketball and football with some of the big name schools in the ACC involved including N.C. State, Clemson, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

James Gayle, DE, Bethel - The 6-foot-4, 220 pound lineman may get some time at linebacker throughout the day as he did last weekend at the Hampton University 7 x 7. He holds offers from N.C. State, Purdue, Syracuse, Central Florida, East Carolina, Marshall and Richmond. Fun fact, both his father and uncle played for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Heastie, Logan Logan Heastie, WR, Great Bridge - One of the state's top-ranked players, Logan has committed to West Virginia University and will be looking to show off his 4.4 speed in this event. He'll be one of the more dangerous after-the-catch players in the event.

Carvin Powell, WR, Great Bridge - On the other side of the field, the Wildcats will line up the younger brother of former Virginia Tech Hokie Carlton Powell. Carvin currently holds offers from East Carolina and Army and has been contacted by a number of ACC programs.

Tajh Boyd, QB, Phoebus - The 2007 Eastern Region Offensive Player of the Year and West Virginia commit will be on hand to lead the Phantoms. The 6-foo1, 210 pounder is ranked as the number one high school quarterback in the state this season.

Perry Jones, LB, Oscar Smith - Jones committed to the University of Virginia where he will likely play safety, so this is a great chance to check out some of his coverage skills as he will be backpedaling all day.

Demetrius Craighead, WR, Heritage - The 6-foot-1, 170 pounder has been a bit underpublicized during the offseason, so this will be a chance for him to compete against some more heralded kids and grab some attention for himself and his team. He is said to be a solid DI-AA prospect but could jump to the DI level.

Michael Mason, Kings Fork, WR - The host school features a burner in the 5-foot-11, 160 pound Mason who has shown a knack for making plays on both sides of the ball.

Scott, Brandon Brandon Scott, Forest Park, WR - Ranked as one of the top 20 players in the state, the 6-foot-4, 215 pound speedster will get a chance to compete out of his home region. He is drawing interest from schools across the ACC and Big East.

Tim Smith, Oscar Smith, WR - The three-star prospect was one of the best players on display last weekend at Hampton University and will look to maintain that momentum this weekend. His offer sheet includes Louisville, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia, among others.

Patrick Young, Green Run, WR - The 5-foot-11, 180 pounder lists West Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina among his favorite schools and he's looking to camp at those schools this summer after checking one out at Penn State earlier this summer.

Will Hill, Lafayette, DE - The rising senior sometimes works at linebacker so there's a chance that he will be working with his team. He'll likely be deciding on school from an offer sheet which includes UConn, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Mike Privott, Lake Taylor, LB - The Titans middle linebacker helped lead his team to the title in this event two years ago and will be looking for another title here before playing his senior season and heading off to Louisville where he committed to play.

Shalieq Worrell, Green Run, LB - At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Worrell brings a DI body to this event and will likely be a kid who sees his recruiting blow up during his senior season as teammate Joe Jones' did last season before he committed to Virginia Tech.

Battle, LoVante' LoVante' Battle, Phoebus, LB - The rising senior has already committed to the University of Virginia where he will likely team with Oscar Smith's Perry Jones to form a hard-hitting safeties unit.

Curtis Campbell, Grassfield, S - His 4.4 speed is attracting college coaches from across the region as the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder claims an offer from North Carolina and is drawing interest from several other ACC programs.

Laroy Reynolds, Maury, DB - The three-star prospect has offers from N.C. State, Syracuse and Virginia in hand and should garner many more over the course of his senior season.

Kinsman Thomas, Marlboro County, WR - The 6-foot-2, 195 pound receiver claims South Carolina as his top school and he also sits on offers from N.C. State and Vanderbilt.

Tariq Edwards, Marlboro County, LB - The three-star prospect is being chased by virtually every school in the mid-Atlantic region including offers from Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Darrell Givens, Friendly, CB - The 6-foot-1, 170 pound defensive back pulled as many offers as any player at this event before making his commitment to Penn State in early May.

And that's just a small sample of the talent who will be flying around the fields behind Kings Fork High School this Saturday.

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