Auburn, Ala.--It was a long and exhausting trip for Byrnes High School out of South Carolina, but even with a new head coach (Brian Lane) taking over for Bobby Bentley it was business as usual for the Rebels as they defeated Columbia High from Decatur, Ga., to win the 7-on-7 championship at Auburn's Team Camp on Saturday.
Led by talented big receiver Tavin Richardson as well as up and coming 2016 athlete Jaylan Foster, Byrnes secured the championship with Bentley watching as part of Auburn's staff. It was a special time for Lane and he said he saw some good things from his team in the victory.
"It's huge," Lane said. "We had a little adversity last night. Somebody in the hotel lobby burned some popcorn about 3:30 this morning so the fire department and everybody was there last night. It kept going off about every 45 minutes so they got very little sleep last night.
"We're just happy that we made it down here to defend the title," he said. "It's just great facilities and we're glad we had a good time.
Gus Malzahn talks to the two final teams following the championship
"Auburn is just a great trip," he added. "It's an SEC team that has SEC Championships and national championships. With Coach Bentley and his connection down here it's just great to see him and continue to work with him. We're working to be good at the end of the year."
It's still very early in his football career but Bailey Hockman has a chance to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country by the time he's part of the 2017 recruiting class. A talented left-hander who can make all the throws, Hockman was sharp all day long for a McEachern team from Powder Springs, Gla., that advanced to the final eight of the tournament. Already hearing from big schools, he could have several big offers before his sophomore season is done.
Dallas in Auburn
He's still committed to Alabama, but offensive lineman Dallas Warmack made another trip to Auburn on Saturday while his teammates from Mays High took part in the team camp. Spending time with Gus Malzahn and J.B. Grimes, Warmack said he likes the fact that he would have the chance to play early for the Tigers at the center position. Also still looking at Georgia, he said at the moment he's just making sure of his decision and that means continuing to look around.
Hockman is an impressive young quarterback
Former Tigers in the House
Two former Auburn players were back on campus Saturday coaching their former high school teams. Now the head coach at Olive Branch, Miss., High, former offensive lineman Jeremy Toungett brought his team to compete and has several talented kids including Ole Miss commitment Fred Walls and Louisville commitment T.J. Jallow.
Back at Lincoln High in Tallahassee as an assistant, former Auburn linebacker Craig Stevens said it was good to be back on the Plains. Two of the talented players for the Trojans were Florida commitment Camrin Knight and 2017 wide receiver Malik Garye.