IMG/Madden 7on7 Recruiting Notebook

A look at some of the recruiting news and notes from Day two at the IMG/Madden 7on7 Tournament in Redondo Beach, Calif…

Passing tournaments are not typically designed for 6-1, 290 pound defensive tackles. Don't tell that to Rialto (Calif.) Carter lineman Kenneth Clark, who played some linebacker and actually didn't look half bad.

"I wanted to come out here and bang around a little," Clark said. "It was fun, I enjoyed it. Obviously linebacker is not my real position but I thought it would be good to come out here and show off some athleticism and I think I did that."

On the recruiting front, Clark is now up to eight scholarship offers.

"Nebraska was my most recent," Clark said. "I also have Boise State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Nevada and Colorado. I've already visited UCLA and USC for Junior Days and Spring practice and I'm going to camp with both in the summer.

"USC said if I come out and do well, I could pick up an offer. Right now, my plan is to take all my official visits and commit on Signing Day. I want to check out Nebraska, Colorado, Boise State and maybe Oregon, that's where things are at right now."

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Upland (Calif.) defensive back Delvin Batiste was easily among the top cover corners in the event. Recruiting is a little slow at the moment after missing six games last season but a strong summer camp performance should rectify that.

"I'm hearing from UCLA, Colorado and Northwestern," Batiste said. "I'm going to camp with UCLA and trying to get to the other two as well. I'm also interested in California, San Diego State and Tulane, since I'm from Louisiana.

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Chino Hills (Calif.) receiver Jack Austin had another standout showing and has the talent to play for just about anyone in the region.

"Boise State is still my only offer," Austin said. "I'm hearing from California, Nebraska, Idaho, and a few more Pac 12 schools and I plan to camp with Stanford, Cal, Boise State and San Jose State."

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Alani Latu and his twin brother Viliami Latu out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) are elite linebackers and among the best in the region. The two want to be a package deal and right now, two schools are giving them that opportunity.

"I have offers from Colorado, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon State and San Diego State," Alani said. "San Diego State is showing us the most love right now and we both love it there."

Viliami echoed the statement.

"I have offers from Hawaii, Fresno State, San Diego State and Boise State," he said. "I'm hoping for Colorado and they said I'm high on their list. Right now, SDSU is our top school."

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Bellarmine (Calif.) sophomore K.J. Carta-Samuels had a good tournament and has all the tools necessary to play at the next level.

"My older brother Austin is at Vanderbilt so I'm very interested in that school as well," Carta-Samuels said. "I'm going to camp there along with Stanford and then do the three big Ivy League schools, Harvard, Princeton and Yale back to back."

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Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey defensive backs Jayme Otomewo and Daquawn Brown both picked up an offer from Arizona State on Sunday.

"It's exciting because we want to play together in college," Brown said. "San Jose State has also offered both of us but the rest of the offers we have, there is no one else in common."

"We want definitely want to visit ASU together," Otomewo said. "I'm not sure if it will be an official or unofficial but we're for sure getting out there."

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Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton linebacker Uaea Masina is still waiting for his first scholarship offer to roll in despite looking like one of the most athletic players at his position in the entire West region.

"I plan to camp with BYU and Utah and they both said if I do well, I could earn an offer," Masina said. "I also want to camp with Stanford and have already taken an unofficial visit there. Those are my top three schools right now."

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Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Adoree Jackson is just a sophomore but was one of the top defensive players in the tournament. He's already receiving early scholarship mention and will be among the region's top recruits in two years.

"I have offers from SMU, Washington, Nebraska and Northwestern," Jackson said. "I'm also hearing from USC, UCLA, California and Washington State. Growing up, my favorite schools were USC and LSU and I also liked Florida and Alabama a lot too."

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Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe athlete Jalen Brown was another standout sophomore who looked good at receiver and defensive back.

"I prefer receiver and that's where I would like to play in college," Brown said. "Right now I have offers from Arizona and Arizona State and USC and Oregon both called my coach and said they plan to come visit my school on April 30th to check me out."

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Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Iman Marshall had another great showing and recently picked up his first scholarship offer.

"I took a visit to UCLA for spring practice and they offered me," Marshall said. "I liked the practice a lot, I can tell a difference between this staff and the old one for sure. The team looks more lively and up tempo and it was real cool there. I've been to USC as well and I have a lot of interest in both schools but I'm not ready to narrow my list down yet."


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