NLA Elite 7on7 NW Recap

A look at the top northwest performers and top surprises from Day One at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas...

Team Utah 1 (3-0)

Just like the previous two years, Utah 1 was dominant in group play. The team won their first two games 20-0, dominating both sides of the ball. Provo (Utah) Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd was as accurate as any quarterback in attendance. Highland (Utah) Lone Peak athlete Talon Shumway was a big time performer last season and is doing the same this season. The senior to be caught a touchdown pass in each of the team's first two games.

Salt Lake City (Utah) East wide receiver John Fakahafua showed great hands, pulling in every ball thrown his way. Sandy (Utah) Brighton outside linebacker Uaea Masina was an unknown before this weekend, but the OLB has the frame to be a special player. South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2014 tight end Dalton Schutlz was a reliable target in the middle of the field. The Utah team is one of the favorites to take the title on Sunday.

Team Washington (2-1)

Team Washington was a play away from going 3-0 in day one and showed they will be able to compete with the best teams in Vegas. Three players really stood out on the offensive side of the ball. Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline wide receiver Nic Sblendorio Was able to get behind the defense on a couple occasions using double moves. Sblendorio has great hands and was as good a route runner as anyone in attendance. Wentachee (Wash.) 2014 running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims was an unfair matchup for defenses. The speedster abused the linebackers tasked with chasing him down. Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes wide receiver Sammie Long was the best offensive player in the first game and got the team playing well early. Long is excellent in jump ball situations, but he also showed his ability to move the chains on intermediate routes.

The defensive really got into a rhythm at the end of the day, pitching a shutout in the final game. Seattle (Wash.) Prep safety Tere Calloway was a player that jumped out to scouts in attendance. Graham-Kapowsin (Wash.) Kahlil Dawson showed a great break on the ball, getting his hands on multiple passes. Tukwila (Wash.) Foster LB Micah Breland looked comfortable in coverage and at 215lbs showed the athleticism to chase down running backs. Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si safety Hunter Malberg was everywhere. The junior made all of the defensive calls for the Washington team and was used on their blitz package to get after the quarterback.

Team Oregon (1-2)

Team Oregon lost two games by a combined two points. The team struggled at times offensively, but still could have gone 3-0 in team play. Portland (Ore.) Grant CB/WR Nate Halverson showed off his athleticism. Halverson had a juke move in the first game that drew cheers from the crowd. Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview CB Reiley Henderson was lock down all day. He was challenged repeatedly on fade routes and showed a great ability to make plays on the football. Dallen Leavitt is physical every time he steps on the football field and looked ready to hit with or without pads. The BYU commit has great speed and was a very competitive player. Wilsonville (Ore.) athlete Johnny Ragin was one of the big surprises on Saturday. Ragin has the size and athleticism to be a special athlete, expect offers soon for this prospect.

Team Utah 2 (0-3)

Team Utah 2 struggled in team play, but there were still some players that stood out. Pine View (Utah) freshman quarterback Kody Wilstead was the better of the two signal callers on Saturday. Look for Logan (Utah) quarterback Luke Faulk to bounce back on Sunday. South Jordan (Utah) Bingham wide receiver Kalan Cantwell was the best offensive player on the team. Another standout from South Jordan (Utah) Bingham was linebacker Drake Miller. Miller looked solid in pass coverage and is no doubt even better when it comes to strapping the pads on.

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for
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