I will pick a 7D over 60D :
Scroll wheel, features, AF system, build.
Something he can easily grow with and will last him a long while before he get bitten by the upgrade bug.
I strongly disagree simply due to this statement that the OP made: "He has never really used a DSLR before and wants a camera he can grow into and not need to replace any time soon."
The 7D was never intended for someone who is just starting out, hence the classification "Prosumer"; Rebel series and/or 60D however were designed specifically for this crowd. I started with the T1i and then progressed to the 60D; my next step will be full frame as my style, or passion has been discovered by using these relatively user-friendly bodies. Now that I know what type of photography I lean towards, I can make a more intelligent decision on my next upgrade; that won't happen until I can support the move to full frame with a stable of quality lenses.
Just my 2cp - take it for what it's worth.