Arizona and Colorado are never mentioned in the same breathe when most speak of top-notch football talent. Most will talk of the powerhouses like Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Ohio. But that does not mean that there is not talent in the Grand Canyon and Centennial states.
AZ and CO may not put out the quantity of players produced by the above mentioned states but both are mainstays for many major college program. Both states saw over 60 division-one and 1AA athletes sign national letters of intent last year and players such as Everson Griffen [Avondale (Az.) Agua Fria], Kris O'Dowd [Tucson (Az.) Salpointe] and Ryan Miller [Denver (Co.) Mullen] all had tremendous success in their college debut seasons.
The purpose of the New Level/Badger 7 on 7 Camps is to pit talent from different states and compete for bragging rights. The Las Vegas tournament saw players from California, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon and Montana and AZ and CO were well represented.
In the first round of player, both Colorado and AZ pulled off upsets of Cali teams. Colorado surprised everyone by taking it to the Cali-One team that was stacked with division-one talent. Their players included USC commit Vontaze Burfict, (ranked as the #1 middle backer in the country), Cliff Harris (Scout.com's #2 CB nationally) and Morrell Presley (#3 ranked TE) amongst others.
Team Colorado struck big early when junior quarterback Jonny Miller from Mullen hooked up with 6-6 wideout Donnie Jennert from Glenwood Springs on a deep bomb. Cali-One was never able to recover and it carried over to their next game, in which they lost.
Team Arizona went down to the wire in their first round matchup. They traded scores the entire game but seeled their victory when Notre Dame Prep's Ryan Reardon picked off a pass and took it in for a score.
Both team's advanced to the winner's bracket of the event by going 3-1 in the round robin portion. Unfortunately, both were outed in the first round. AZ lost to a tough Utah team, led by TE Remington Peck, that made it to the semi-finals. Cali-One avenged their loss to Colorado by coming back and beating them in overtime 19-18.
Despite the early exits, both teams showed the other competitors that big time football is played outside of California. Caleve Deboskie and Jeremy Morris were named to the all camp team from Arizona, while Donnie Jennert made it from Team Colorado.
The following players suited up for Team Arizona:
Caleve Deboskie- WR- Chandler
Spencer Stone- QB- Chaparral
Jeremy Morris- CB- Chandler
Chris Jamison- CB- Desert Ridge
Mike Brown- RB- Cactus
Kevin Yost- QB- Mt. Ridge
Patrick Foley- RB- Notre Dame
Ryan Reardon- LB- Notre Dame
Andy Wilder- S/WR- Notre Dame
Brad Williams- CB- Mt. Ridge
Mike Tree- LB- Brophy
Hayden Eager- QB- Round Valley
Deche Milburn- CB- Buena
Stefan Fulce- WR- Basha
Andy Stutz- LB/S- Notre Dame
Kevin Green- CB- Millennium
Team Colorado participants:
Todd Knight- LB- Grandview
Landon Greve- QB- Summit
Alex Drexler- QB- Lewis-Palmer
Tyler Palmer- S- Grand Junction
Matthew Tucker- LB- Grandview
Luke Mueller- LB- Highlands Ranch
Jonny Miller- QB- Mullen
Ryan Hewitt- TE- Mullen
Donnie Jennert- WR- Glenwood Springs
Brian Ford- LB- Alamosa
Josiah Flack- LB- D'Evelyn
Tyree Davis- CB- Grandview
Jason Jewell covers Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico recruiting for Scout.com
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