NLA 7on7: All-Surprise Team

A look at the top surprise performers in the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas...

QB Luke Rubenzer, Those Guys
Those Guys were rolling through the tournament before they were shocked in the 2nd round of the championship bracket. Rubenzer was very solid throughout showing off a nice

QB Larry Tuileta, AIGA
AIGA rotated three quarterbacks during games but Tuileta was the most effective. He got stronger and more comfortable as the tournament went on and really looked sharp in the final game of the tournament. He has good size, is very athletic and can really spin the football.

RBMatt Rockett, TEAM AIGA
Rockett was one of the top backs in the tournament and was runner up for MVP honors after helping his team win the championship. Rocket is better known as a defensive back for his Monarch team but was explosive all weekend catching the ball out of the backfield.

RB Harris Ross
Like much of Team AIGA, Ross was quiet on Saturday but come Sunday, he helped bolster their offense, with a number of big catches out of the backfield. Ross sealed the semifinal win on a run where he stopped on a dime, had a linebacker fly by, and picked up the first down to kill the clock.

WR D.J. Young, Game Changers
Young is an explosive receiver prospect who missed part of his junior season with broken foot. He made a ton of plays for Game Changers showing off great hands and explosive quickness. He should be one of the top pass catchers in the city section this year.

WR Justin Holmes, Prep Star Air Strike
Holmes was a mystery early on as no one was quite sure who he was but couldn't help ask, ‘who's the kid who looks like a college player right now?' Holmes has a great frame, is very physical and caught everything thrown near him. The athlete is definitely an elite prospect.

WR Donte Fuqua
While Gridiron Football Academy didn't have a great weekend, on Saturday, Fuqua had five touchdown receptions for GFA. Fuqua sat out 2012 after a transfer but at 6-3, 185 pounds, the athlete has the size and speed that will make him an intriguing prospect. Showed great body control and hands during the tournament.

DB Wyatt Demps, TEAM ASAP
There were several big receivers in that 6-2 to 6-3 range and Demps was a player who could physically match up with any of them. He's a big, rangy defensive back who played some safety and corner and has a high upside to him.

DB Amare Burks, Those Guys
Burks was one of the more active defensive backs in the tournament. He's a rangy safety who made a ton of plays and always seems to be around the ball. Burks has a thick frame and could make a move to linebacker down the line.

DB Robert Morgan, Game Changers
Morgan is a two-way player who looked very good at cover corner. Only allowed one catch all day that we saw and has a natural feel for the position. A smart, instinctive player with very good ball skills.

DB Glen Ihenacho
Ihenacho anchored the secondary for Eastbay GameBreakers and was very impressive. He had three interceptions over the course of the tournament and showed great closing speed and tremendous ball skills all weekend.

DB Chandler Hawkins, TEAM AIGA
Yet another player from the loaded Gardena (Calif.) Serra squad stepped up and had a big time tournament. Hawkins is a pure cover corner with good speed and ball skills. He plays physical and has a very solid upside to him.

DB Keenan Curran, NEI North
Curran is a big safety with a great frame. He looks almost 6-3 and has the frame to grow in to a linebacker but showed the athleticism to play safety at the next level. Curran has a high football IQ as well and just seems to have a 6th sense for where to be on the field.

Brandon Huffman, Jake Worthen and Greg Biggins contributed to this report.


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