Land O' Lakes will be one of the teams and will keep an eye on its ongoing quarterback competition between Ethan Weilant and James Pensyl, both of which look to gain experience against some of the best prep athletes in Florida.
"Biggest thing for us going in is the repetitions," Gators coach Brian Wachtel said. "You can never get enough reps. Working on timing and getting lined up right. Our number one goal right now is just getting better."
In Gulf's history, first-year Buccaneers coach Jason Messamore doesn't remember the school ever competing in the USF passing tournament in Tampa. Messamore decided to sign the team up for the first time and believes the tourney provides a family-building experience.
"I think it brings everyone together," Messamore said. "It gives the parents a chance to come down and watch and also to help out. It's just a fun time for the team and really brings everyone together."
Keep an eye on Gulf's two-headed monster at quarterback: Avery Welch and Keshaun Peters, both of will share snaps all throughout the fall, according to Messamore.
"They will both get equal snaps during the tournament," Messamore said. "They'll both see time at other positions, but I'm going to use both of them at quarterback during the fall. They both have a great comprehension of the offense we're installing."
Bishop McLaughlin hasn't been very active in the 7-on-7 circuit this summer, but the Hurricanes will make their debut holding a tournament next weekend, with schools such as Pasco, Spoto and Wesley Chapel attending
The tournament is much more low key for local schools compared to the expanded field of the USF Sling-N-Shoot tourney, which features more than 40 teams. Wesley Chapel coach Tico Hernandez said the smaller tourney gives his skill guys some makeup work from the North Suncoast passing league session that was rained out Tuesday.
"This tournament is low key and gives us a chance to get back on the field," Hernandez said. "The field of teams won't be large and also gives us a chance to make up some work we missed from last Tuesday."
Pasco teams to compete in Sling-N-Shoot at USF