College Football Recruiting 2013: Top 7-on-7 and Combine Performers to Watch

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2012

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St. Patrick's Day wasn't the only party going on this weekend, as top high school football recruits across the nation competed in various 7-on-7 camps and combines.

One of the most prolific was the 7-on-7 on Saturday at the Philadelphia Eagles' training facility.

There was also an NUC Five-Star Showcase in Louisiana and NLA Combine in Houston.

Rivals, ESPN and Scout were on hand to see some of the top performers, and there will be more than a few of the players to keep an eye on.


Devin Butler, CB, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga (7-on-7)

At 6'1", 185 pounds, soon-to-be senior Devin Butler possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism. He already holds at least 20 offers, according to Rivals, and could be looking at a few more after his performance in Philly.

He reportedly wasn't thrown on much, and that isn't a huge surprise—cornerbacks with his combination of size, speed and physicality don't come around all the time.

The top schools to offer include Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Maryland.

He's certainly someone we'll hear from again.


Maurice Smith, CB, Sugarland (TX) Dulles HS (NLA Combine)

This guy is well-known and someone who programs have been after for some time. As Smith put it, via Scout, he was at the combine just to get out and compete.

Standing at 6'1", 175 pounds, Smith also has great height for the secondary and is more than a handful for receivers to deal with.

He showed out in Houston, and his play shows why the likes of Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have already offered.

The Scout, 4-star rated defensive back isn't done doing work, and he'll have more offers in hand before long.


Delando Johnson, ATH, Towson (MD.) Calvert Hall (7-on-7)

The versatile athlete who spent most of his season on the defensive line in 2011 is making moves to the skills positions. Johnson spent most of his day playing receiver in Philly, but also showed out at defense a few times as well.

Mike Farrell of Rivals broke down his performance, saying:

Overall, he is a tough, athletic and explosive player with great speed who is made for defense and can make some plays that make you stand up and pay attention.

Johnson, at 6'2", 180 pounds, is bound to catch the attention of more than the three programs that have already offered him.

He's getting interest from a number of other schools, and performances like the one put on in Philadelphia will only help.


Brian Walker Jr., RB, Sulphur (LA) Sulphur (NUC 5-Star)

There are no offers for the 5'9.5", 170-pound running back, but that will change soon.

ESPN's David Helman of GeuxTigerNation reports that Walker dominated the competition at the NUC 5-Star Showcase in Louisiana and was awarded the MVP of the event for his performance.

There were no running back-specific drills, but Walker caught the ball effortlessly in one-on-ones and showcased his elite versatility.

LSU, Texas A&M and Mississippi State reportedly have interest in the Louisiana prospect, according to Scout, and that could turn into more than interest rather quickly.

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