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July 6, 2011
Southwest Elite Showcase loaded with talent
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One of the few remaining 7-on-7 passing tournaments will take place this weekend in Northwest Arkansas at Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian.
The third annual Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase will be held Friday and Saturday and feature 24 teams from five states at Champions Stadium. The tournament winner will be one of the eight regional qualifiers for the National Select 7-on-7 which will be held at Hoover (Ala.) High later in the month.
"We are very excited to be partnering with the Hoover 7-on-7," Shiloh Christian head coach Josh Floyd said. "We think that this will be a great event and we are looking forward to hosting the players and teams."
The teams appear to be top notch. Of the 24 participants, there will be three defending state champions and seven teams that have been ranked inside the RivalsHigh 100 within the last three seasons.
It will also feature the No. 1 high school football prospect in the country: Dorial Green-Beckham of Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest.
"Everyone is already talking about him," Floyd said. "I am excited to see him. I am not that excited to go against him, but from what I have heard, he is an exceptional player."
Green-Beckham is not the only star player headed to the event as he is just one of more than a dozen players ranked in the Rivals.com Top 250 for the Class of 2012 - including Barry Sanders and Sterling Shepard, both of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Heritage Hall, and Zac Brooks of Jonesboro (Ark.) High.
The pool play will begin on Friday at 2 p.m. and resumes at 8:30 a.m on Saturday. Following that, the tournament will be seeded and begin the knockout round at 12:30 on Saturday.