IMG/Madden 7on7 West Regional Preview
Troy Williams
Troy Williams
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 13, 2012

A look at some of the top prospects expected at the IMG/Madden 7on7 this weekend in SoCal...

Several of the West’s best will be in Southern California this weekend for the Regional Qualifying Event for the IMG Madden 7on7 Tournament.

The tournament begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at Redondo Union HS, with the top four teams qualifying for a berth in the IMG Madden 7on7 National Championship in Bradenton, Florida in June.

Sixteen teams will be in the tournament including three of the top four finishers at last month's NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas.

Here is a look at the top players expected to participate this weekend.

1925 finished as the runner up at the Vegas 7on7 for the second year in a row, and is looking to win their first 7on7 tournament in the Southland.  Led by Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne four-star passer Troy Williams, 1925 has a slew of stellar receivers like Santa Monica (Calif.) Sebastian LaRue and Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany's Steven Mitchell, both top 100 prospects by and four-star as well as another pair of four-star receivers in Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, Francis Owusu and John Ross from Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan.  Another receiver who's gotten Pac-12 offers is Xavier Shepard from Lakewood (Calif.).  Defensively, Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman is one of the standouts with teammate Brandon Arnold and sophomore Dwight Williams, who was the NFTC Linebacker MVP, also leads their defense.  Underclassmen to watch include Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan receiver Rashead Johnson and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Malik Cyphers.

B2G won the 2010 and 2011 Badger 7on7's, but lost in the quarterfinals last month.  They'll look to rebound with their loaded squad which features USC commit Chris Hawkins, a four-star cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga, and Ohio State commit Marcus Baugh, a tight end out of Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North.  Other headliners for Team B2G's 5-Stars includes five-star safety Priest Willis out of Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza and Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) teammates Tahaan Goodman.  Receiver Drew Wolitarsky from Canyon Country (Calif.) and Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne receiver A.J. Richardso and freshman receiver Trent Irwin from Newhall (Calif.) Hart round out a touted receivers corps.  Other top players to watch from 5-Stars include Duarte (Calif.) linebacker Denzel Talifero, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Zachary Green, who just committed to Arizona and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Iman Marshall, a 2015 prospect.

One of the surprise teams in Vegas was I.E. Elite, who came in as relative unknowns and instead made it to the semifinals and finished in third.  Two of the best linebackers in the West play for I.E. Elite, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) twins Alani Latu and Viliami Latu and they head a defense that also features fast rising cornerback Delvin Batiste from Upland (Calif.), and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly linebacker Jayon Brown.  Offensively, I.E. Elite has quarterback Gage Pucci, who made the all-underclass team last month, and a very good receivers group led by Chino Hills (Calif.) receiver Jack Austin, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receiver Jermel Walker, Etiwanda (Calif.) receiver Jordan Villamin and La Verne (Calif.) Damien receiver Josh Savage.

Team 4th Quarter Sports also found themselves making a surprising run to the semifinals in Las Vegas, losing to eventual champs Utah.  One of the most overlooked quarterbacks in the West, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian slinger Jihad Vercher, will lead an offense that also features Salesian receiver Jermaine Kelly and other two-way threats like Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb as well as Dionza Blue.

The Frat Boyz made a nice run in Vegas, losing in overtime to 1925 in the quarterfinals after going unbeaten in pool play.  They'll feature the top prospect in the entire event in Su'a Cravens, the five-star safety from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta.  Offensively, the Frat Boyz have Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers and Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill receiver K.J. Young as well as Pomona (Calif.) receiver Terrell Mosby.  Joining Cravens on defense is Menifee (Calif.) Heritage athlete Darius Allensworth and Fontana (Calif.) Summit cornerback Charles Okonkwo.

Players to watch from B2G Scorch include Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey receiver Delvon Hardaway and safety Jayme Otemewo, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Devin Holiday, Monrovia (Calif.) receiver Mason Bryant and Redlands (Calif.) East Valley safety Tre Wilcoxen

Team Pro-Sports comes down from the Silicon Valley and they have one of the top sophomore quarterbacks in the West, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep's K.J. Carta-Samuels as well as two-way prospect Kenneth Olugbode and another San Jose (Calif.) native in Oak Grove athlete Chidobe Awuzie.

Arizona's "Those Guys" features a host of stellar receivers in Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Point 2014 prospect Jalen Brown, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral receiver Jake Roh and Jalen Ortiz from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial.

A year ago, Alliance 1 won the AIGA 7on7 tournament and they're back in the Southland with freshman quarterback Josh Rosen, where he'll be joined by his Braves teammate Davonte Young, a three-star running back as well as sophomore defensive back Jaleel Wadood.

Next Level Academy from San Bernardino will have quarterback Stephen Johnson from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos as well Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser running back Marquette Washington.

Pride 'N Skillz is headed by sophomore quarterback Eban Jackson from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, while 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.

Team 808 features a slew of underclassmen from Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.  Their quarterback is 2015 prospect Danny Hong and they also have tight end Alize Mack from the 2015, but the top prospect for 808 is 2014 safety Nathan Starks, one of the elite prospects nationally.

Brandon is in his eighth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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