NLA Elite 7on7: Recruiting Notes

NEW YORK -- FOXSportsNEXT has the latest on loads of high-profile prospects compete in the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 national championship at Brooklyn's Aviator Sports Park.

NEW YORK – The New Level Athletics 7-on-7 national championships descended on Brooklyn's Aviator Sports Park, and it meant loads of talent in the 2013 and 2014 classes.

In this notes installment, FOXSportsNEXT updates the recruitment on more than a dozen high-profile targets.

  • Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) four-star running back Taquan Mizzell said he remains with a Top 10, but he is hoping to trim his list further.

    "I'm going to trim in it a couple of weeks," said Mizzell, who gave an indication of a few schools that would make the list. "Virginia, West Virginia, Clemson and maybe Ohio State."

    Mizzell added he hopes to make a decision before his senior season.

  • Class of 2014 cornerback Tony Brown of Beaumont (Tex.) Ozen High holds plenty of offers, including Alabama, Nebraska, UCLA, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, TCU, Illinois and Notre Dame. He said he already visited LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and Mississippi State, but at this point isn't ready to trim his list.

  • Livingston (Texas) High cornerback Chevoski Collins said he will visit several schools, including Alabama on July 15. He holds offers from the likes of Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech.

    "I'm still kind of open with everything," he said. "I could take official visits and get out and see the world."

  • Class of 2014 cornerback Edward Paris Jr. of Mansfield Timberview High (Arlington, Texas) has offers from the likes of Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA and Nebraska, and he has visited UCLA, Rutgers, USC, Auburn, LSU and Alabama.

    However, he hasn't thought about trimming his list.

    "Getting a D-I scholarship from big-time schools like that are a blessing," he said. "They all stand out."

  • Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) athlete CA Daikiel Shorts just returned from trips to Boston College and Boise State. He said both trips were enjoyable, but the visits also made him realize he may not be able to make a decision before the season so he may wait until after it.

    "After this we'll probably sit down and narrow it down and see if I'm going to play receiver or safety," Shorts said.

  • Four-star running back David Williams of Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) wound up watching much of the day after injuring his left foot. He had it iced for a while but said he thinks he should be fine for The Opening next weekend.

    Williams recently named a top 10 and he wants to trim more.

    "I am trying to take it down to a top seven as fast as I can," Williams said.

    The only trip Williams has set for the rest of the summer is to Ohio State in July.

  • Four-star receiver Will Fuller of Roman Catholic High (Philadelphia) continued to show his sensational hands in the afternoon session. The Penn State commit is firm in his decision, and continues to recruit close friend David Williams.

  • Class of 2014 safety Brandon Simmons of Mansfield Timberview recently picked up offers from Notre Dame, Rutgers, Kansas State, Michigan, LSU and Ohio State.

    "It's funny watching them (on television) and then being able to make a decision on going there or not," Simmons said.

    Simmons already visited UCLA, Georgia Tech, SMU, Ohio State and Rutgers.

  • St. Elizabeth High (Wilmington, Del.) receiver Andre Patton said he is trying to set a visit to West Virginia, but added he may have to wait until making an official one during the fall. He is also talking a lot with Iowa, Purdue and Rutgers.

    "I like that (West Virginia) throws the ball a lot," Patton said.

  • Class of 2015 quarterback Mike O'Connor, who is out of Ottawa, is heading to Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the fall, and with a handful of offers.

    He was offered by Mississippi State, Akron, Toledo, Buffalo and Michigan State. In fact, he said he was offered by Spartans coach Mark D'Antonio after a strong camp performance.

  • Class of 2014 cornerback Quinn Blanding of Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) is approaching two dozen offers but he isn't thinking about the process.

    "I let it go," he said. "I'm not too stressed about it. I'm waiting until (after) my junior year to start focusing on college."

  • Middletown (Del.) High receiver 2014 Chris Godwin holds offers from Boston College, North Carolina State, Delaware, Massachusetts and Rutgers but only visited Rutgers, North Carolina State and Delaware.

  • Manvel (Tex.) High quarterback Shane McCarley took a visit to Temple on Friday to see the facilities and the campus.

    "It was beautiful," he said.

    He also holds offers from Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, McNeese State and Old Dominion.

  • Tight end Cam Serigne of Briar Woods High (Ashburn, Va.) committed to Wake Forest two weeks ago, and said he is enjoying the stress-free feeling that goes with it.

    Serigne added he was recruited as an h-back, and loves the mix of the campus, academics and coaching staff and is solid with his choice.

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