NLA Elite 7v7 Day One Notebook

Scout.com takes a look at some of the recruiting notes from the top prospects at the NLA Elite 7v7 in New York...

Elkton (Mary.) Christian Academy defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow has been committed to USC since the fall, and the five-star was just in Los Angeles this week for the Trojans' Rising Stars Camp.  Bigelow said he had a good time in Los Angeles, working with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, and also served as a de facto recruiter for USC.

"I did a lot of recruiting, I talked the school up as much as I could," said Bigelow.  "Eldridge Massington, Jalen Ramsey, Jason Hatcher, Dee Liner, we all roomed together and it was a great experience."

Bigelow said he planned to take his official visit to USC when the Trojans host Oregon.


Elkton (Mary.) Christian Academy 2015 quarterback David Sills, a USC commit, also was in Los Angeles this week, spending time with the Trojan coaches and other commits, including his teammate, Kenny Bigelow.

Sills said he planned to get back out to Los Angeles during the fall, and will see the Trojans when they visit Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in September.


Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes quarterback Corwin Cutler committed to Virginia last month and has since spent that time recruiting for the Cavs.

"I'm working on a lot of guys on my team and other guys in Virginia," said Cutler.  "I really have a good relationship with Coach (Mike) London and Virginia is home..


Washington (D.C.) Woodson 2014 cornerback D'Andre Payne said he's close to 30 verbal offers, but one really stood out.

"LSU is like my dream school and they offered," said Payne.  "My grandmother is from there and we've gone out there a lot.  I like to watch Tyrann Mathieu."

Payne said the offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Auburn, Georgia and Arkansas also were notable to him.


Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor 2014 receiver Jamil Kamara said he's at 13 offers right now.

"My top ones early are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami and NC State," said Kamara.

Kamara said he's preferring the ACC and SEC.


Piscataway (N.J.) four-star CB/WR Nadir Barnwell is not looking to decide soon, but named four programs standing out to him. Barnwell lists Rutgers, Florida, Penn State and Tennessee as the school to beat at this point in the process and plans to cut down to 10 schools before his season begins.

Barnwell is a frequent visitor at Rutgers, which is less than 10 minutes from his house, and has also taken multiple unofficial visits to Penn State. Florida was Barnwell's second verbal scholarship offer and he is friends with St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) commit Tre Bell.


Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) 2013 cornerback Chris Cooper has yet to earn an offer but camped at Massachusetts, Rutgers, Boston College and Connecticut. He has been told by UMass that he is toward the top of their board and has a strong interest in remaining on the east coast.


Pius X (Bangor, Pa.) 2013 wide receiver DuBois Ross picked up his first two FBS offers from Massachusetts and Buffalo during the camp circuit. Ross recently camped at Rutgers, Syracuse and Pittsburgh and expects a Temple offer to come soon.


Liberty (Bethlehem, Pa.) 2014 wide receiver K.J. Williams earned Rutgers and Pittsburgh offers during skills camps in the last month. Williams picked up a Pitt offer after an individual workout with the team and earned a Rutgers offer shortly after a one-day camp.

"I liked how almost the whole coaching staff was there watching me work," Williams said of Pittsburgh. "Getting to work with [wide receivers coach Bobby Engram] was great. It was just a nice facility."

Williams recently camped at Syracuse and reports high interest from Penn State and Maryland.


Syracuse commit Isaiah Johnson informed Scout.com he plans to enroll early for spring practices. Johnson is a two-star defensive end out of Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.).

"His excitement, he's always excited about everything," Johnson said on head coach Doug Marrone. "No matter what he's doing, he's excited."


Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) running back Wendell Smallwood is still in the visiting stage of his recruiting process. The three-star tailback reports eight verbal offers and is hearing the most from West Virginia, Auburn, Boston College and Rutgers.

"I like the facilities," Smallwood said of Rutgers. "They're one of the greatest facilities I've seen before. [Head coach Kyle Flood], I had a brief conversation with him. He just kept it real, told me I'd get down there and he'd treat me like everyone else. I'd have to work and hopefully I would get in early. I would fit perfect in their offensive system."


H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) 2013 receiver Duane Thompson holds verbal offers from Illinois, Hawaii, East Carolina, Colorado and Kansas. Thompson has taken multiple visits to Illinois and hopes to schedule visits to his other four offers.

With an offer from Hawaii, Thompson said distance is not a factor.

"When it comes down to it, football is football," he said. "That's what it's all about."

Thompson plans to enroll for spring football after graduation.

Sam Hellman and Brandon Huffman contributed to this notebook.


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