By: Drew Johnson
Day Two at the Road to the Crown in the Sunshine state of Florida has concluded with more names and notable standouts that deserve proper recognition. The Platform has a goal to continue scouting rising prospects that make a name for themselves while participating in the DR7 seven-on-seven tournaments. National Scout Drew Johnson was in the house to get eyes on talented recruits for coaches and readers. Let’s get into some quarterbacks that made noise this week in Fort Pierce, FL.
Eric “EJ” Archield Jr | Class of 2025 | 7v7: SlimeyBoyz | Robinson High
Arhield was a top standout at the Plant City DR7 tournament and was instrumental in his team winning back-to-back 15U championship trophies. The tall and lengthy 6-foot-3 sophomore has rocket arm strength and a good frame that you can’t teach. He knows how to put the ball on the money in tight window situations and is smart with his progression decisions. He threw for 1692 passing yards with 19 touchdowns to add for Robinson High. Archield has displayed good composure in the pocket twice now and should see some steam around his recruitment with more progression behind center.
Sean Speed | Class of 2024 | 7v7: St. John’s Cobras | Atlantic Coast High
Speed made it to the 18U championship game with the St. Johns Cobras while showing off his poise in the pocket and confidence to follow through and deliver tough throws. I liked his footwork mechanics whether stationary or rolling to his left or right. Speed has a quick trigger but is smart with the ball. Decent arm strength and showed he can spin it all weekend. The 6’2, 180-pound junior currently holds an offer from Limestone University but can see that pick-up with more exposure in the off-season.
Vaughn O’Brien | Class of 2025 | 7v7: Treasure Coast Elite | Jensen Beach High
O’Brien was simply dominant all weekend, completing so many touchdowns that it deserved two minutes’ worth of highlights. The Jensen Beach product made a name for himself with a quick trigger release that kept defenders off balance. O’Brien can throw every route on the tree from the short intermediate slant or the deep post route. The most impressive aspect of his game was his smart decision-making skills and understanding how to throw his receivers open. No doubt with more impressive showings at camps and the seven-on-seven circuit that his recruitment will start to pick up.
Joseph Weathers | Class of 2026 | 7v7: Treasure Coast Elite | Westwood
This young man was throwing dots all weekend which earned his name on the top quarterback list. Weathers took his team to the 15U championship game by taking down some tough competition. The 5’10, 155-pound freshman displayed good patience on both days in Fort Pierce, FL, and was one of the best decision-makers at the position. He wasn’t afraid to go through his progressions and come back to his main target if he had to. Was really impressed with Weathers this weekend and will be someone I keep an eye on.
Brady Hart | Class of 2026 | 7v7: 24K | Cocoa High
Hart can generate interest in his recruitment because of his well-built frame at 6’5, 185-pounds with plenty of time to add weight and develop his bag of skills at the position. The Cocoa High product is at a good program that will help in his overall development. Hart showed off good arm strength with the ability to be mobile when needed. He has good timing on his throws and isn’t afraid to complete the home run throw. He’s somebody college coaches in the state of Florida need to get an eye on.
Joel Morris | Class of 2026 | 7v7: 24K | Lake Gibson High – Top Stock Riser – Any Age
Chance Routson | Class of 2026 | 7v7: Epic Elite – 15U MVP – Top Standout
Trey Whirley | Class of 2024| 7v7: RI5E | Clearwater High – Most Improved I’ve Seen 18U