The BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, runs Saturday and Sunday inside the Bubble at Rutgers. It features 18 teams from 12 states, ranging from Virginia to Maine.
It is the fourth year the event is being held in New Jersey. Camps will also be run on the campuses of UNLV, South Florida, Tennessee and Michigan at later dates. (The events are not sponsored by any of the schools where the events are held.)
"This event is one of the No. 1 camps in country, quality-wise,'' New Level Athletics co-founder Kashann Simmons said. "We get the top guys all in one location. The talent this year will probably be a little bit better, especially here in the east coast, being we have 18 teams, as opposed to having 11 or 12 teams last year.''
Clearly the team most intriguing team to Rutgers fans is the New Jersey No. 1 squad.
It is led by Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) quarterback Gary Nova. Neptune running back Charles Davis, Timber Creek (Erial) receiver Damiere Byrd, Bergen Catholic (Oradell) receiver Tanner McEvoy, Long Brach athlete Miles Shuler, Willingboro linebacker Brandon Bennett, Winslow (Atco) receiver Bill Belton and St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) safety Sheldon Royster are all on the roster, and each holds an offer from Rutgers,
Joining them on the squad are Wayne Hills receiver Brian Dowling, Pennington receiver Anthony Gaffney, Timber Creek linebacker Quiton Alston, Paul VI (Haddonfield) receiver Jakwail Bailey and Winslow linebacker Robert Mahan, all of whom are getting significant interest from the Scarlet Knights.
The New Jersey No. 2 team is quarterbacked by Barnegat's Nick SanGiacomo. Bergen Catholic receiver Cameron Dickerson and Pt. Boro tight end Ryan Malleck, all of whom are all getting strong interest from Rutgers.
Other participants in the camp holding offers from Rutgers are Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) cornerback Nicholas Law, Fort Hamilton (Bronx, N.Y.) receiver Brandon Reddish, Bishop Kearny (Rochester, N.Y.) linebacker Quentin Gause, Brockton (Mass.) cornerback Albert Louis-Jean, Gilman School (Baltimore) athlete Darius Jennings, Osbourn Park (Manassas, Va.) receiver Dominique Terrell and Pottsgrove (Pottstown, Pa.) receiver Terrell Chestnut.
"There is going to be some serious talent there,'' Simmons said. "We have about 300 kids registered, from some of the top kids in Virginia all the way up to Maine. Each team will have a full roster from their state.''
Among the many other players Rutgers is recruiting who will be at the event are: last year Annandale (Va.) receiver Melvin Robinson, Pottsgove defensive back Maika Polomalu, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) cornerback Blake Countess and running back Wes Brown, Penn Charter (Philadelphia) quarterback John Loughery, Franklin (Reisterstown, Md.) running back Navassa Brown and Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) running back Vance Roberts.