Let the madness of March begin in earnest this weekend, on the football field anyway.
With the new recruiting cycle already in full swing, the 7on7 Tournament circuit got going last weekend in the West with the I.E. Sports Chat King of the I.E.
This Sunday, the 4th Quarter Sports 3rd Annual 7v7 Shootout takes place at Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian, and several of the West's top 7on7 teams will be in attendance.
The host team, 4th Quarter Sports, will have a number of the top prospects playing. The headliner is Scout 300 linebacker Kyahva Tezino, a four-star from Salesian HS who has double-digit offers from around the country. Two-way star Jeremy Kelly, another Salesian prospect, will play both receiver and safety for 4th Quarter. Dana Hills (Calif.) quarterback Cole Wilber will run the offense under D'Vah Thomas, the event co-organizer and offensive coordinator and head coach Anthony Atkins.
Several Scout 300 prospects are up and down the B2G rosters, including three four-star receivers, a four-star quarterback, a four-star cornerback and the West's No. 1 prospect.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star Iman Marshall, the West's No. 1 player in the 2015 class, has been a staple for B2G for three years now, starring as a freshman on the circuit. He'll lead a secondary that also features Scout 300 cornerback Dechaun Holiday from San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills, three-star cornerback Maurice Davison from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite and Central California product Anthony Mariscal from Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty.
Offensively, Newhall (Calif.) Hart quarterback Brady White, is the No. 10 quarterback nationally and owns offers from coast-to-coast. He'll run the B2G offense and have a trio of four-stars to choose from: Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon's Isaiah Renfro, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Equanimeous St. Brown and his Hart teammate Trent Irwin. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston, a commit to Wisconsin, is another weapon for White to choose from as is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston, a three-star with a slew of offers.
Ground Zero will have four teams in the event, the Inland Empire based squad one of the stronger teams in the event.
Their top prospect is four-star receiver Malik Lovette from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, who will play running back as well as quarterback Damion Wright from Fontana (Calif.)Jurupa Hills. On defense, a couple of underclassmen will be featured in Rialto (Calif.) Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa and Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward linebacker Breland Brandt, a pair of 2016 prospects with multiple Pac-12 offers. Upland (Calif.) safety Elijah Jones, who has a couple of in-state offers, anchors the secondary and La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Christian Wiley also plays on the defense.
If Iman Marshall is the biggest defensive name in the event, then Josh Rosen is the biggest name on offense. The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star quarterback is the No. 2 passer nationally and he'll lead one of the two Alliance Sports squads. Rosen will have a familiar face in his backfield, 2016 running back Sean McGrew, who played behind him en route to the Braves state championship season as well as 2016 four-star athlete D.J. Morgan.
Making the trip down from Fresno is DB Guru, coached by legendary secondary coach Tony Perry. His team is strong in the secondary, with Fresno products Savion Sims, Dehlon Preston, A.J. Greeley and Tyler Horton anchoring the defensive backfield. Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt tight end Ricky McCoy, who has a couple of Pac-12 offers, is their top offensive option.
The 2-Tone All-Stars from San Diego will be in attendance, with Poway (Calif.) quarterback Tate Martell, who committed to Washington before his 8th grade season. Heading into his sophomore season this fall, his top target is San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa 2016 receiver Steffon McKnight, who already has an offer from UCLA.