May 19, 2024

The Battle Miami 7v7 Tournament, held over the weekend, showcased talent from across the nation, drawing attention to five standout players not from South Florida. As the Miami Hurricanes aim to recruit nationally under the leadership of Mario Cristobal, the 2024 class reflects this strategy with a No. 3 overall ranking in the 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.

Miami Hurricanes Football: The Battle to Play in the Slot - State of The U

The class comprises 27 signees, with six players in the Top 100, including DL Armondo Blount, DB Zaquan Patterson, and WR JoJo Trader from South Florida, and WR Ny Carr, Justin Scott, and Marquise Lightfoot from South Georgia and Chicago, Illinois, respectively.

However, the focus here is on the notable performances of out-of-area players from the class of 2025 at the Battle Miami 7v7 Tournament. Among them, Miami Hurricanes quarterback commit Luke Nickel led his C1N team to victory, displaying impressive poise and consistency throughout the competition.

Nickel’s ability to process quickly and make tight-window throws, particularly in short-yardage situations, stood out. Despite areas for improvement, such as developing arm strength and accuracy on the run, Nickel’s performance was promising for the upcoming season.

Another standout from the tournament was elite playmaker Moore from Duncanville, Texas, committed to LSU. Despite sustaining an apparent ankle or foot injury, Moore showcased his explosiveness and toughness, creating separation with precise route running and making yards after the catch.

Linebacker Sanders, representing Southern California’s Mater Dei High School, caught attention with his movement skills, long arms, and vocal leadership. Notably fluid in drops and effective against running backs on wheel routes, Sanders demonstrated versatility by contributing on offense as well.

Cornerback Lee, a Top 100 prospect from Mission Viejo, Southern California, impressed with his ability to mirror receivers in man coverage despite his taller stature. With offers from prominent programs, Lee’s length and size suggest versatility as a boundary corner, big nickel, or safety at the college level.

Pickett, a unique prospect from Zephyrhills High School in the Tampa area, showcased his versatility by excelling at cornerback, safety, and wide receiver during the tournament. Standing nearly 6-feet-5, Pickett’s athleticism and size make him a potential asset on both sides of the ball, emphasizing his status as a notable player in the recruiting landscape.

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