Terrace Marshall (Photo by Billy Embody)

Top Performers from New Orleans Pylon 7-on-7

The Louisiana Bootleggers Pylon 7-on-7 Invitational in New Orleans featured some of the top talent from around the region. Tiger Blitz picked out a few of the top performers.

On Sunday's Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament hosted by the Louisiana Bootleggers, there was plenty of elite talent as the Bootleggers and Fast Houston ended up facing off for the championship. Fast came away with the win over the Bootleggers, but who were the standouts throughout the day in New Orleans?

There was the usual suspects and then there were a few sleepers that caught Tiger Blitz' eye. Here they are.

Offensive Standouts


The No. 2 wide receiver overall and five-star prospect Terrace Marshall Jr. was explosive during the tournament, notching touchdowns with ease for the most part, except the championship game. You can't judge a performance off one game and Marshall isn't going to be in our eyes. 


Under Armour All-American Justin Rogers was excellent for pretty much the entire tournament, making throws down the field and stepping up for his Bootleggers team, which has some explosive talent at receiver. Rogers has that swagger as well and isn't afraid to let the other team know when his team is having a good outing against them. His competitive nature, chemistry with his receivers and talent make him one of the best quarterbacks in the country for a reason.


One of the top wide receivers in Louisiana also stood out on Sunday. Devonta Jason made some highlight reel catches and outside of going against Jalen Green, Jason had a solid day for Coastliners. His body is physically ready to go for the next level and he could be moved around an offense and even lined up at H-Back to create matchups, his frame is that big. Jason is still working himself into football shape after basketball, which is interesting, but Jason stood out in a big way on Sunday anyway.

Defensive Standouts


This one was easy. The No. 22 overall player in the country, Jalen Green, headlined Fast Houston's secondary and was locking down anyone across from him all day. In the clip below, you can see the four-star cornerback play Devonta Jason perfectly, getting the interception. Green rose to the occasion on Sunday and allowed his team to focus on covering the other four targets on the field as he was in man-to-man all day. Even Scout's No. 2 overall receiver Terrace Marshall struggled against Green, being held catchless. 


One of the fastest risers in the spring has been Slidell cornerback Eddie Smith, who continued to make plays. His aggressive nature and playmaking ability was on display on Sunday too. Smith has started to hear from LSU more and more and is coming off a good visit to Baton Rouge. By the end of spring, it won't be a surprise when he's one of the most sought after players.


A sleeper in his own right, 2019 Richmond (Tex.) Bush defensive back Erick Young was just too good on Sunday to be a sleeper. His body is ready to go for the next level even as a rising junior. His long arms helped him do very well in 1-on-1 situations against some premier talent. Young will be one to watch this spring and summer as schools roll through Bush and see him in person.

Erick Young (Photo by Billy Embody)

Sleeper Standouts


2018 Houston (Tex.) Westside quarterback Jaylyn Williams was at his natural position as wide receiver on Sunday and had about as good of a day as anyone. The 6-2, 16-year old junior has the potential to grow more and lose some baby fat, but had the catch of the day over three defenders on a last play Hail Mary. Williams also worked against Scout 300 defensive back Corione Harris and had his way with him. Someone is going to find a diamond in the rough during spring evaluations as Williams will get more looks at wide receiver this season.


One of the better looking players without pads was Mississippi Grind defensive back/wide receiver Hakeem Vance, who looked smooth playing on both sides of the ball. Vance doesn't have too much attention on the college front, but his versatility was on display on Sunday.


2019 defensive back Alex Hogan is next in line for great defensive backs from Houston (Tex.) Lamar, where he'll have a chance to shine again. Hogan has an early Memphis offer and if he can grow a little bit more, his technique and playmaking ability will really get to shine. Hogan was all over the field for Air Assault making plays. 


For Team Texas Elite Black, tight end Jacob Kainer was another player playing out of position in a way. The Cy Ridge (Tex.) quarterback is getting looks from Louisville as a tight end and more could come as spring rolls along. Kainer was physical and did a nice job boxing out opponents on targets. Kainer has room to add to his 6-2 frame and has long arms as well. Was moved all around the field for Elite on Sunday.


2019 Houston (Tex.) Langham Creek Christful Herron made about every throw you'd want to see out of a quarterback on Sunday. He dropped a few deep dimes on go routes, changed a route to a post for an easy touchdown because of coverage and had plenty of moxie out there. It's quiet on the recruiting front, but that won't stay that way for long as he gets out into camps and coaches come through the Houston area.

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