RatPak’s 7v7 roster is once again loaded with many highly recruited college football prospects.

The roster includes many highly recruited athletes across the 2018, 2019 and 2020 classes, including Jamien Sherwood, David Reese, John Huggins, Avantae Williams, Donnovan Moorer, and many more. Five players from the IMG Academy in Bradenton compete on RatPak, and more than 10 prospects hold double-digit scholarship offers.

But according to RatPak’s head coach, seven-year NFL veteran and former Gator standout Keiwan Ratliff, the team won’t be allowed to compete on the highest stage, the 7v7 National Championship at IMG Academy.

According to Twitter posts from RatPak players, the team was notified Wednesday morning they will no longer be allowed to compete in the NFA 7v7 National Championship beginning Friday and running through Sunday at IMG Academy.

Former NFL standout and Gator great Keiwan Ratliff is the coach of RatPak, and he informed players of the decision Wednesday morning. According to Ratliff, the blame rests with IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and the tournament coordinators.

IMG has decided our roster was not good enough to compete at their tournament (week of)),” Ratliff wrote. “We’ve supported this event for 6 years just to be f’d by Cory Wightman and NFA IMG 7v7.”

Understandably, several players, RatPak and otherwise, have spoken out on social media of the decision.

As of press time, Wightman had not returned a request for comment. 

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