Las Vegas NLA 7on7: Underclassmen to Watch

A look at some of the top underclassmen expected at the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas...

Every year at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7, underclassmen burst onto the scene and serve notice that they'll be prospects to watch in the years ahead.

Whether it was Washington receiver Kasen Williams or quarterback Troy Williams doing so as freshman or 2015 quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Tyler Hilinski coming along as 8th graders, players with plenty of high school football still ahead of them emerge.

Here is a look at 14 underclassmen we expect to make a name for themselves in Vegas this weekend.

-WR Christian Kirk, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro- Those Guys
Kirk may be the top prospect in Arizona in the Class of 2015, and he has a slew of Pac-12 offers already.  He was arguably the best receiver at last year's Oakland NFTC as a freshman and he'll be one of the primary targets for Those Guys this weekend.

-QB Austin Kafentzis, Sandy (Utah) Jordan- Utah Two
The MaxPreps Freshman of the Year in 2011, Kafentzis made it a two-fer by being named the MaxPreps Sophomore of the Year in 2012, an impressive resume already for the youngster.  Already has a couple of offers and will be one of the top quarterbacks nationally in what's already shaping up to be a loaded class of passers.

-WR Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar (Calif.)- Snoop Dogg All-Stars
Playing on the team his dad has named, Broadus is making a name for himself as an elite receiver prospect in the 2015 class.  He has a handful of Pac-12 offers and is one of the best pass-catchers in the West, regardless of class.

-QB Josh Rosen, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Snoop Dogg All-Stars
Rosen first appeared in Vegas as an 8th grader in 2011, and then as a sophomore starter at Bosco last fall, led them to their first Trinity League title and an unbeaten regular season.  His third appearance has him quarterbacking one of the favorites in the tournament, the Snoop Dogg All-Stars, who won the 4th Quarter Sports Passing Tournament last month.  Rosen has an offer from Fresno State already.

-QB Tyler Hilinski, Upland (Calif.)- Body By Tra
Set to take over at Upland this fall, Hilinski was the backup to his Ivy League-bound brother, Kelly, but is the more talented of the two and should be one of the top quarterbacks in the West in the 2015 class.  Like Rosen, he put himself on the map as an 8th grader in 2011.

-LB D.J. Beavers, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- PrepStar AirStrike
One of the best young defenders in Southern California, Beavers already has Pac-12 offers and was one of the top defensive players in the Pac-5 last fall.  Helped PrepStar AirStrike to the finals of the 4th Quarter Sports Passing Tournament.

-DB Elijah Jones, Upland (Calif.)- Ground Zero
One of the top defensive backs in the Inland Empire, Jones figures to be a high-profile prospect in the class of 2015, and will anchor a stout defense for Ground Zero.

-ATH Kyahva Tezino, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian- 4th Quarter Sports
The last two years, some of the top underclassmen in the tournament have played with 4th Quarter Sports, and Tezino looks to keep the streak going.

-RB Chico McClatcher, Federal Way (Wash.)- NEI North
One of the most electric players in the West in the class of 2015, McClatcher may be the top prospect in Washington in his class, and already has a couple of offers, including a Pac-12 one from the hometown Huskies.

-RB Osa Masina, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton- Utah One
Masina has a whole bunch of offers already, including from Wisconsin and Utah, where his brother, Uaea, signed in February.  While Uaea came from under-the-radar a year ago to make a name for himself, Osa already has a lot of attention coming his way.

-LB John Houston, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Team FCA
Was one of the top sophomore defenders in California in 2012, recording 129 tackles for the CIF State D-II champions.

-RB Malik Roberson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Team FCA
Meanwhile, Roberson was one of the top sophomore backs in the state, rushing for over 1,500 yards in helping the Cavs win the CIF State D-II title.

-QB Ross Bowers, Bothell (Wash.)- NEI North
Should be one of the top quarterback prospects in the Northwest in the 2015 class.  Bowers started for Bothell as a sophomore and showed he has the chops to be an impact player.

-QB Tate Martell, San Diego (Calif.)- 2 Tone All-Stars
Martell made waves last summer when, as he headed into his 8th grade year in school, he committed to Washington.  While it's unknown where he'll go to high school, its well-known where he'll play in college.  He's one of the few non-HS students expected in Vegas.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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