7-on-7 football is all the rage right now.
It’s essentially become football’s version of AAU travel basketball – giving players even more exposure and adding more time on the clock they can spend working on their crafts.
Multiple “all-star” 7-on-7 programs have sprouted up all over the country – there’s nearly a dozen in South Florida alone.
These teams are comprised of players from multiple schools; with the teams holding tryouts that draw hundreds of kids and droves of media outlets.
Some of the area’s best skill players grace these rosters.
But what would happen if you got the “all-stars” of the all-star teams?
Enter WarZone Sports.
Headed by Ricky Williams, WarZone Sports is doing just that – building a “super all-star” team; combining players from three of South Florida’s top 7-on-7 teams to make a squad that will travel to and compete in national tournaments.
Williams, who will serve as the head coach, said that the WarZone team will have players from the Florida Fire, Team StrongArm and the South Florida Express.
All three of those teams have and won both local and regional tournaments on a stand-alone basis, but William’s idea of building a “super team” with players from all three programs is about taking South Florida 7-on-7 all over the country.
“We want to compete in all the national tournaments,” Williams said. “We get some of the best players from each of the top 7-on-7 teams down here and we go compete in all the major national tournaments.”
“I think we’ll be alright,” Williams grinned.
“We’re combining only for the major tournaments. All the other tournaments, all the players will return to playing for their respective 7-on-7 teams,” Williams said.
Team WarZone will be hitting the road this weekend, traveling to Louisiana to participate in the Bootleggers Invitational. The top four teams from this event will qualify to play in the AAU Junior Olympic Games July 27-30th in Houston, Texas. The team also plans on taking in Louisiana State University’s spring game while in the Pelican State.
Assisting Williams on the coaching staff will be Miami Carol City High School and Team StrongArm offensive coordinator Jacquay Nunnally along with newly appointed Flanagan head coach and former Florida State standout Stanford Samuels Jr. – who runs the defense for the Florida Fire.
The team itself does have some of South Florida’s top players – including 6-foot-4 tight end and recent University of Florida commit Kemore Gamble.
University of Miami verbal commit and Miami-Dade County top receiver Kevaughn Dingle (Carol City) will get to line up next to Southridge’s Rodney Scott and play with his Chiefs teammates Victor Tucker and Caleb Thomas.
Also, Samuels’ son, Stanford III – one of the country’s top defensive backs – is on the roster. As are emerging defensive standouts Anthony White (Miami Central) and Trenell Troutman (Monsignor Pace).
On The Roster
ATH Anthony White – Miami Central
ATH Clevan Thomas – Miramar Flanagan
ATH Dominick Watts – Hollywood McArthur
ATH Mark Pope – Miami Southridge
ATH Stanford Samuels III – Miramar Flanagan
DB Chris “C.J.” Henderson – Miami Christopher Columbus
DB Donell Thomas – Miami Carol City
DB Jacques McClellan – Delray American Heritage Delray
DB Nate Culpepper – Miami Carol City
DB Rennard Bozeman – Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
DB Trenell Troutman – Miami Monsignor Pace
QB Stone Labanowitz – Stuart South Fork
WR Akeem Hayes – South Broward
WR Caleb Thomas – Miami Carol City
WR Kemore Gamble – Miami Southridge
WR Kevaughn Dingle – Miami Carol City
WR Rodney Scott – Miami Southridge
WR Victor Tucker – Miami Carol City