NLA Elite 7on7 Preview- Part Two
Anu Solomon
Anu Solomon
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 21, 2012


A look at some of the top newcomer teams in Las Vegas for the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7...

Several of the West’s best will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the fifth annual New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7, and while there are plenty of familiar teams that have been coming to Sin City for the past few years, there are some newer teams that are coming for the first or second time, but have plenty of talent.

The tournament begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at UNLV, just as it has been the last four years, when some of the elite prospects across the country converged on Vegas.

The unique format features select teams, with prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington will be amongst the talent on hand as well as the Goon Squad, with players from all over the country as well as a team from Canada this year.

It will be a 7-on-7 format, with teams playing in a championship and consolation bracket.

Here is another look at some of the newer teams expected at UNLV this weekend.

One of the traveling teams who will hit every NLA Elite 7on7 is the Goon Squad.  Coached by co-founders Baron Flenory and Kashann Simmons, the team with several standouts from Texas and the Southeast, will look to win their first tournament title.

Mansfield (Texas) Timberview sophomore defensive backs Edward Paris and Brandon Sim.mons, who both have a handful of offers, will lead the Goon Squad defense along with Georgia native Brendan Langley.  Quarterback Shane McCarley from Texas will run the Goon Squad offense.

The top prospect in the entire event is Su'a Cravens, the five-star safety from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta.  Cravens is the top defensive prospect in the West, with offers from coast-to-coast and he'll lead the Frat Boyz, coached by former Butkus Award winner Chris Claiborne.  Offensively, the Frat Boyz have Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers and Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill receiver K.J. Young.

Arizona Elite is one of the newer teams but they feature one of the premier corners in the country, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's Cole Luke as well as a stellar running back in Jalen Ortiz from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial.

Team ASAP from the Bakersfield/Stockton/Sacramento area boasts a solid quarterback prospect in Zack Greenlee from Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln as well as one of the top running backs in the West, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale's Deon Martin, a Scout 300 prospect who committed to Cal earlier this week.  Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove has a couple of prospects on the squad, receiver Isaiah Saunders and sophomore Brandon Lewis in the secondary.

The hometown team from Las Vegas has a championship quarterback of their own, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Anu Solomon, who led the Gaels to a Top 10 ranking by FOXSportsNext and the Nevada State Championship in 2011.  He'll be joined by BYU commit Trajan Pili from Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial and receiver Ryan Smith from Las Vegas (Nev.) High.  Also on Las Vegas 7 is 2014 star Nathan Starks and receiver Jamir Tillman, both from Bishop Gorman

4th Quarter Sports emerged last year as the winners of the BMOC Under-the-Lights tournament behind MVP quarterback Jihad Vercher from Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian.  He'll be joined by a few of his Salesian teammates from the 2014 class, athletes Jamadre Cobb and Marquis Ware, who already have a few offers in.  Tustin linebacker Marshaun Daniel and running back Terence Martinez also join the team as well as Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety David Price and running back Marcus Lewis.

A year ago, Alliance 1 won the AIGA 7on7 tournament and they're back in Vegas with freshman quarterback Josh Rosen, an all-underclass pick a year ago, who's now set to take over at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and he'll be joined by his Braves teammate Davonte Young, a three-star running back as well as sophomore defensive back Jaleel Wadood.

Prodigy won the 4th Quarter Tournament a week ago and they'll be in Vegas this weekend with a couple of prospects to watch, including Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta outside linebacker Tyler Cook and Heritage (Calif.) running back Jamal Morrow.

Pride 'N Skillz is headed by sophomore quarterback Eban Jackson from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, who will run the Jackrabbits offense this fall.  Jackson first caught our attention two years ago as an 8th grader at the Eastbay Junior All-American Game in San Antonio.  A couple of prospects from Cerritos (Calif) Gahr are also on the roster in receiver Patrick Enweally and running back Alex Kline.

BBT from San Bernardino has Upland (Calif.) quarterback Nate Romine, who led the Highlanders to the CIF-SS Inland Division semifinals in 2011 running their offense while Air Show Elite has Inglewood (Calif.) defensive end Chauntez Jackson, who will play linebacker and tight end.  Game Steps has Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey quarterback Reggie Bell leading their offense.

Big Picture Athletics from the Central Coast of California, features some standouts from Santa Maria (Calif.) St. Joseph in receiver Zak Karsh and tight end Ryan Mediano.

LV Prospects has running back Donnell Pumphrey from hometown Las Vegas, with a couple of BCS offers and Tucson Showtime features 2014 stud receiver Cameron Denson.

I.E. Elite has a couple of under-the-radar guys to watch in Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Tyan Washington and La Verne (Calif.) Damien receiver Josh Savage.

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