By Mike Coppage
The concept of elite 7-on-7 football — skill position players competing in a game of touch on a 40-yard field — doesn't convey its popularity or controversial nature.
Receivers, defensive backs and quarterbacks, the latter of whom have four seconds to throw a pass before an electronic timer is sounded, love it.
Hardcore recruiting fans flock to websites like 247Sports and Rivals, where readers can learn about prospects from across the state who combine to form all-star 7-on-7 teams that travel to tournaments in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
High school coaches, meanwhile, have a variety of opinions about select 7-on-7, which requires players to spend time away from their own school's team.
"I've dedicated five years to learning as much as I can about it," St. Thomas More offensive coordinator Shane Savoie said. "Right now we're in Year 3."
All three of Savoie's quarterbacks at STM dot the rosters of the two premier 7-on-7 programs in the state: the EPS Blaze and the Louisiana Bootleggers.
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