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Talent shines at Hoover 7-on-7

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Hoover's National Select 7-on-7 started on Thursday.

The high-profile high school football event is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

32 teams from as far away as Connecticut and Texas are taking part in the event.

Clemson commit Robert Nkemdiche was the big man on campus at Hoover on Thursday.

The 6-2, 270-pound running back/linebacker said his commitment to the Tigers is solid.

"Clemson is a family-organized, family type school. Coach Swinney and I are very close. They're like family. It's a good school," said Nkemdiche.

Jeremy Johnson of Carver-Montgomery showed off his strong arm and smooth delivery on Thursday.

He said he's not signed, sealed and delivered to Auburn yet. 

"My options are still open. I'm going to take my visits, which is part of the recruiting process. It's good to see new things and do new things. So that's what I'm gonna do," said Johnson.

Spain Park's Nick Mullens has one solid offer from Georgia State, but knows a good weekend could really help his exposure.

"Scouting services and recruiters... It's all about how I play. If I play well, I'll get noticed. That's just recruiting. So I have to play well. Then I'll get more exposure," said Mullens.

Nkemdiche, Johnson and Mullens will be getting a lot of looks this weekend, especially from those watching the games online.

National Select 7-on-7 creator Rush Propst said last year 1.7 million people watched the games on the event's webcasts.

"It's incredible. It keeps building year after year. People are starving for football this time of year. I think this is a perfect time of year for it," said Rush Propst.