New Level Elite 7-on-7 Notebook

Roswell, GA-This past weekend, several teams participated in the New Level Elite 7-on-7 tournament. Here are some of the standouts from the event.

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Taquan Mizzell (5'10/180) from Bayside High School (Virginia Beach, VA) showed why he is one of the top prospects in his respective state. The 2013 running back showed tremendous speed and quickness. However, what sets Mizzell apart from other backs are his feet and vision. Once he sees the hole, Mizzell is able to make cuts without losing speed. On the recruiting front, Mizzell has 15 offers. The latest schools to offer him are California, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Temple. Despite missing a few games last season, he still managed to run for over 1,000 yards.

Quin Blanding (6'2/185) was one of the most physical players I saw all weekend, and he is only a sophomore. A standout on both sides of the ball, he made several acrobatic catches and wreaked havoc in secondary. He was extremely impressive in the red zone, hauling in several touchdown passes. Blanding, one of the top sophomores in Virginia, already has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, and Connecticut.

Buddy Brown (6'3/210) out of Williamstown High School (Williamstown, N.J.) was one of the more physically imposing prospects on hand. The junior spent most of his time playing middle linebacker in the tournament and looked extremely comfortable. He showed good strait-line speed and has the frame to add a significant amount of weight. Brown already has double-digit offers.

Corwin Cutler (6'4/190) had a strong showing is Georgia. It is hard to believe Cutler is still waiting on his first offer. After watching him all weekend, I would be very surprised if he does not start picking up offers in the near future. Cutler is blessed with good size, athletic ability, and a rocket for an arm. He showed the ability to squeeze throws into tight windows on short and intermediate routes. Cutler also threw the ball well downfield with good touch and accuracy. He is hearing from several schools, but said Michigan, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Florida, Virginia, and Virginia Tech having been showing the most interest.

Richie Anderson (5'11/180) was one of the top athletes in attendance. The 2013 prospect out of Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick, MD) has early offers from Rutgers, Temple, Boston College, East Carolina, and Maryland. Tennessee, Penn State, Oregon, Virginia, and Duke are also aggressively pursuing him. Anderson lined up at running back and slot receiver during the tournament. In the open field, Anderson is extremely dangerous and showed a burst that you cannot teach. He recently visited Virginia and enjoyed the trip. Anderson will also check out Duke sometime this month and head to Rutgers at the beginning of April.

Jamil Kamara (6'2/195) was one of the most athletic wide receivers in the entire tournament. A sophomore from Lake Taylor High School (Norfolk, VA), Kamara, really attacks the ball when it is in the air and made several circus catches. He repeatedly got behind the defense and won nearly all his one-on-one battles. Kamara already has offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College, Marshall, Vanderbilt, Richmond, and Hampton.

One of the most impressive looking prospects was 2014 tight end Jalyn Holmes (6'6/230), who is high school teammates with Kamara. Holmes is very big and very skilled. He runs extremely well for his size and is a huge target. Holmes is a matchup nightmare for defenders. He has offers from North Carolina State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Penn State. He recently visited Virginia and will head to Virginia Tech in April.

Charles Williams (6'2/190) was another good looking prospect. He plays quarterback and defensive back for his high school team. However, he will likely play safety at the next level. The 2013 athlete out of Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL) is a sensational athlete. He has great speed and is extremely physical. Williams was very smooth coming out of his breaks and really showed good range in the secondary. He has offers from Bowling Green, Clemson, Massachusetts, Louisville, Purdue, South Florida, and Western Kentucky.

Isaac McDonald (6'6/215) also plays for Champagnat Catholic. McDonald has the size to play defensive end and the speed to play in the secondary. The junior is an intimidating prospect, who has tremendous potential. McDonald's offer list has reached double-digits and will surely continue to grow. Some of his most recent offers include Notre Dame, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Louisville.

Jaquan Johnson (5'10/180) out of Killian High School (Miami, FL) is only a freshman. Johnson made the All-Dade county team last season and has a bright future. He showed great speed and quickness all weekend. Last season, he had nearly 500 yards rushing, 200 yards receiving, and 11 touchdowns. On defense, he had 45 tackles and five interceptions from his strong safety spot. Johnson will likely become a big-time recruit down the road.


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