NLA Elite 7on7 MVP

Provo (Utah) Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd was named MVP as Team Utah won the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas...

Success in a 7on7 can usually be tied directly to your quarterback's performance. In the case of Team Utah, Provo (Utah) Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd put on a championship worthy display. Lloyd showed the ability to make reads before the snap and quickly move through his progression. Lloyd also avoided big game-changing turnovers and was able to find his receivers in space.

While Lloyd doesn't have the biggest arm, he was accurate and fit the ball into tight spaces. Lloyd is the younger brother of Stanford quarterback Dallas Lloyd and is hoping to find the same recruiting success as his older brother.

A close second to Lloyd in the MVP voting was the entire Team Utah defense. The defense held a shutout for all three games on Saturday, a rare feat in 7on7 competition. Brighton (Utah) outside linebacker Uaea Masina was one of the most impressive prospects on the squad. Masina has a great frame and looked natural covering players in space and making plays on the ball. Syracuse (Utah) 2014 safety Kavika Fonua had the biggest play of the weekend, intercepting B2G in overtime to seal the victory.

Three other offensive players really stood out for Team Utah. Salt Lake City (Utah) East wide receiver John Fakahafua showed incredible toughness and hands throughout the weekend. Fakahafua was able to find space on intermediate routes all weekend to move the chains.

For the second year in a row, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak wide receiver Talon Shumway seemed to be able to find the end zone at will. Shumway played through a knee injury and displayed incredible leaping ability. South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 2014 tight end Dalton Schultz caught both of the touchdown passes in the final game. He is a prospect to watch coming out of Utah next year.


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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