GONZALES, La. — The Airo 7v7 circuit returned to Louisiana on Thursday for a regional featuring 19 local area teams and a bevy of serious recruits.
Despite a strong field, the elite prospects shined.
SEC Country was on hand for the annual tournament to document the recruits, including the names that LSU fans should know and ones that are already on the Tigers’ radar. Here are the 7-on-7 tournament’s top performers:
Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (New Orleans)
Jason is a regular on top performers list, but the 4-star Kansas commit was on top of his game this afternoon. We know that he isn’t a burner, but Jason was in pique shape, blowing past defensive backs and making spectacular grabs on a regular basis, which is, of course, the norm.
Jason has all of the necessary qualities you want in a No. 1 wide receiver — vertical ability, hands, route running … and then some. As he gets into shape this summer, he continues to impress at every camp and competition humanly possible.
Sheldon Jones, 3-star WR (New Orleans)
Jones was the highlight of Wednesday’s Southern prospect camp and that trend continued in Thursday’s 7-on-7 action. The shifty slot receiver thrived inside and outside, making grabs in traffic in between defensive backs and taking the tops of opposing defenses.
“Sticks” is currently committed to UTSA, but garnered an offer from Louisiana Tech early on Thursday and both TCU and Texas Tech could be close to pulling the trigger as well. His impeccable hands, elite quickness and breakaway speed make him a mismatch in the passing game.
Devin Bush, 4-star CB (New Orleans)
The elite 2019 cornerback continued to impress. A few weeks after surfacing as the top defensive back at LSU’s skill players prospect camp, Bush was a lockdown defender on the left side of the Edna Karr (La.) High School defense again on Thursday.
Bush is so technically sound, which is all the more impressive considering he is a rising junior. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he is physical with receivers at the line and can thrive in a multitude of coverages. The scary part: Bush is even better with pads on, so we are only getting a glimpse of the LSU target’s potential in 7-on-7 play.
Karr Cb Devin Bush neck and neck in coverage pic.twitter.com/S7qhzvt8QV
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 15, 2017
Trenton Charles, 3-star RB (Baton Rouge, La.)
We already know that Charles is fast, but the all-purpose back was nearly untouchable coming out of the Scotlandville (La.) High School backfield and lined up as a receiver in 7-on-7 competition.
Charles was a go-to receiver on short passing plays. Those fit him well because they allowed him to get moving early, then beat any and all defenders around the edge. Screens out of the backfield, short slants and bootleg plays all put Charles in a position to tear up opposing defenses. He’s too quick for linebackers and impossible to take down in space.
Trenton Charles on 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/txBgvxIiN1
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 15, 2017
Joshua Quiett, TE (Baton Rouge, La.)
Quiett is emerging as a sleeper tight end prospect in what is becoming a very deep collection of tight ends in The Boot in 2018. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was impressive at LSU’s skill player prospect camp earlier this month and that momentum translated into Thursday’s 7-on-7 action.
Despite a big frame, Quiett moves like a wide receiver. He has great hands and the ability to make catches in traffic — with ease. While he only has a handful of offers from in-state schools and smaller schools, Quiett has the potential to make a serious impact on a bigger stage. He’s continuing to hone his craft and is enjoying a monster summer evident by Thursday’s performance.
Javon Antonio, ATH (Reserve, La.)
Another sleeper recruit in the 2018 class is Antonio. The East St. John (La.) standout lines up at wide receiver, tight end and defensive end/outside linebacker, and he’s capable of excelling at any one of those three roles.
At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Antonio has added some muscle to his frame and thrived as a wide receiver on Thursday. He has good footwork and is improving his route running. His natural abilities are clear and were made evident with his ability to get open and get up and over opposing defensive backs.
Antonio has 10 offers with Purdue being the most noteworthy. He could eventually become an uber-athletic tight end or focus his energy as an edge rusher. Even as a wide receiver, though, he was impressive against elite corners.
Lance LeGendre, QB (New Orleans)
One of the top quarterbacks in Louisiana’s 2019 class, Legendre has a lot of the tools necessary to be a dynamic dual-threat prospect at the next level.
Size: He’s 6-foot-2 and 200-plus pounds. In addition to quarterback, LeGendre has also taken snaps at wide receiver and safety for Warren Easton (La.) Charter School.
Arm strength: What LeGendre lacks in accuracy, he more than makes up for with arm strength. LeGendre tossed a handful of rifles during the afternoon and compliments those throws with some good deep routes. At times, he can throw a ball into the dirt. He’s still a young quarterback, so there is time to work on his anticipation and accuracy.
Athleticism: In 7-on-7, it’s hard to realize just how effective LeGendre can be when his legs are taken away from him. However, it is noticeable when watching him navigate in the pocket and scan the field. He is a true dual-threat prospect that forces defenses to stay on their toes.
LeGendre should be one of the bigger quarterbacks to know in 2019. Oregon State, Tulane and Southern Miss have all offered, and he has visited LSU a handful of times already heading into his junior year.
Garland Lafrance, 3-star RB (New Orleans)
Lafrance has already established himself as one of the most explosive players in the state, bar none.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound scat back was a mismatch all afternoon, taking advantage of his rock-solid hands and shifty footwork over and over again. Such makes for an ideal receiver coming out of the backfield and go-to third-down back.
Tulane, Arkansas State and Troy are just some of the offers LaFrance has reported, but Arkansas and Houston are two other schools to watch.