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Bridgewater leads repeat attempt

Several of Florida's top prospects will be on display at the Nike 7ON event

Updated: July 8, 2010, 9:46 AM ET
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is back and ready to defend Northwestern's (Miami, Fla.) championship at the NIKE 7ON tournament on Thursday and Friday.

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Kynon Codrington/ESPN RISEQB Teddy Bridgewater will lead Northwestern at the Nike 7-On tournament.

However, the rising senior quarterback will have to do it with several new weapons around him.

Gone are wide receiver Michaelee Harris (Louisville), running back Corvin Lamb (Louisville) and defensive backs Khambrel McGee (Florida International) and Khalid Marshall.

This year's Northwestern team does return wide receiver Eli Rogers, who committed to Miami with Bridgewater last month, and he will be surrounded by a younger group.

Eric Kinsey, a rising junior, could play tight end or linebacker and should be one of Bridgewater's top targets in the tournament. The Bulls will also be strong on defense with defensive back Jermaine Reve, a UCF commit, and linebacker Lynden Edwards, who has given a verbal to Florida International.

When Bridgewater decides to give his golden arm a rest, his backup E.J. Hilliard (6-3, 175) is a highly-regarded junior.

Florida will also be represented by teams from Plant (Tampa, Fla.) and Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.).

This is Plant's second straight year in the event and they are once again led by James Wilder II, the No. 8 overall prospect in the nation. Quarterback Phillip Ely has been one of the nation's fastest rising prospects and claims over 25 offers.

Outside of Wilder II, the Panthers best defender is defensive back Eric Patterson, who plays much bigger than his 5-foot-9, 185-pound stature.

Plant won the UCF Shootout in last month and finished in the final eight at the Heath Evans Invitational 7-on-7 in mid-June.

Dr. Phillips could be a sleeper in this event with a squad that should be loaded with speed and talent. ESPNU 150 safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, an Alabama commit, leads a unit that includes FBS prospects LaQuentin Smith at linebacker and Roderick Ryles at cornerback.

All three players will also see time on offense joining ESPNU 150 running back Demetrius Hart. Junior Nick Patti will be taking most of the reps at quarterback.

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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