Badger Elite Vegas 7-on-7 Preview:

Scout.com takes a look at some of the top prospects expected at the Badger Elite 7on7 and Lineman Challenge in Las Vegas this weekend, including numerous UCLA prospects...


B2G Celebrates their 2010 title.
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Several of the West's best will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the fourth annual Badger Elite 7-on-7 powered by New Level Athletics.

The camp begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at UNLV, just as it has been the last three years, when some of the elite prospects across the country converged on Vegas.

Prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington will be amongst the talent on hand.

The unique format features select teams. Some of those squads include defending champions Team B2G (Los Angeles-based B2G Elite Football Program), Team Pro-Sports USA (San Jose-based Pro-Sports USA), Team 1925 All-Stars (Los Angeles-based team) Team AIGA (Los Angeles-based AIGA Foundation), Team Gridiron Football Academy (Inland Empire-based GFA) to go with other in-state teams from Washington and Utah and regional teams from places like Central California.

It will be a 7-on-7 format, with teams playing in a championship and consolation bracket.

Also new this year is the Elite Lineman Challenge, which will boast numerous lineman drills and compettions.

B2G is back to defend their title from 2010.  It was a big change from the year before when an absolutely loaded B2G team was disposed relatively quickly.  Last year, a motivated and humbled B2G squad went on to win the title.


Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick
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The headliner for Team B2G includes Scout 100 member Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, who helped them to the title a year ago and was named to the Vegas 21 All-Underclassmen Team.

One of the premier tight ends in the nation, the Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney product has a handful of Pac-12 offers and is one of the more heavily recruited jumbo athletes around.

They also feature another returning All-Underclass pick in Venice (Calif.) receiver Gabriel Marks, who shined a year ago.

Other 2012 standouts for B2G include Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Marc Evans, Arroyo Grande (Calif.) safety Seth Jacobs and Pasadena (Calif.) Muir cornerback Kevon Seymour.  B2G again features some top underclassmen, like Canyon (Calif.) receiver Drew Wolitarsky and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammed.

The champions from 2009, Team AIGA, will be back with three teams, Team Red, Team Blue and Team Young Guns.

Several players from the team that won the AIGA 7on7 a year ago are back for Team Red, coached by George Malaaulu, who coached the team to victory in 2009, including Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Dylan Lagarde. Also playing for Team Red are Kennedy (Calif.) La Palma athlete Eli Pleasant (the younger brother of former Oregon Duck Eddie Pleasant) and Lakewood (Calif.) cornerback Daylon Cason (the younger brother of San Diego Chargers defensive back Antoine Cason).  They also will have Oxnard (Calif.) Channel Islands tight end Jeremiah Valoaga and Palmdale (Calif.) Highland quarterback Christian Tago.

One of the most talented teams in the West is the 1925 All-Stars.  They finished third in Las Vegas a year ago but went to the national tournament and finished as runner ups.

They'll return a couple of players who played in it a year ago and were All-Underclass picks, namely Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Jordan Payton, a commit to USC and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Bryce Treggs, both of whom are in the Scout 100 for 2012.

1925 also boasts a handful of Scout 2012 Watch List members in Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola receiver Kodi Whitfield, Lakewood (Calif.) receiver Malik Gilmore, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Richard Smith, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams and Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey linebacker Jeremiah Allison.


Bryce Treggs
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Other notable 1925 players with offers include three players from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, linebacker Matthew Rowe, receiver Josiah Blandin, and receiver Randall Goforth.  Class of 2014 cornerback Malik Cyphers from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, who already has a verbal offer from SMU, is also on 1925 All-Stars.

The Gridiron Football Academy made it to the semifinals a year ago before losing to Utah 1, and finished in fourth, losing to 1925 in the 3rd Place Game.  While several of their players have graduated, they still have the talent to compete for another title in 2011.

They are led by El Cajon (Calif.) Christian quarterback Shane Dillon, a Scout 2012 Watch Lister, who's got offers from all over the country.

He'll have a pair of Pac-12 commits at receiver at his expense, Carson (Calif.) receiver Darreus Rogers, a commit to USC and Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler, a verbal to Arizona State.  An underclassmen to watch is Anterio Bateman from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who impressed us at the Nike 7on7 in Oregon last summer at running back.

Defensively, GFA has Scout 2012 Watch Lister Chris Solomon from West Covina in the secondary with Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Alphonso Marsh, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran cornerback Deion Williams and Santa Monica (Calif.) cornerback Dylan Muscat.

But the top prospect for GFA is Downey (Calif.) athlete Jabari Ruffin, a commit to USC, and one of the best athletes in the country.


Darreus Rogers
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Team DB Guru from Central and Northern California will feature one of the top defensive back tandems you'll see at any event, if all goes according to plan.   Track and injuries may prevent that from happening, but Team DB Guru features five-star safety Shaquille Thompson from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, who may have a track meet, and Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback Tee Shepard, who hopes to be cleared for a wrist injury.  Shepard is a four-star committed to Notre Dame.

They also have a rising receiver prospect in Deontay Greenberry from Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union.

Team Athletic Performance Fresno features the Central part of California's top quarterback, Fresno (Calif.) Central's Mike Baker.  His Tiger teammate, Matt Lea, anchors the secondary.  TAPF also boasts some other talented skill prospects on Scout's 2012 Watch List like Woodland (Calif.) receiver Dalen Jones, Fresno (Calif.) Bullard tight end Ian Taubler and 2013 prospect Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial cornerback Johnny Johnson.

Team Bakersfield Burr has a quarterback to watch in Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview passer Tyler Ferguson and Bakersfield (Calif.) DB/WR Kevin Elijah.

ProSport USA from San Jose was in the "Pool of Death" a year ago, that included 1925, B2G and Central Cali, so they're used to the big stage. Their headliner is Scout 2012 Watch Lister Christopher Santini, a safety from San Jose (Calif.) Leland.  Los Gatos (Calif.) linebacker Shane Smith and San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove cornerback Cleveland Wallace.


Mike Baker
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Former Cal legend Brian Treggs may see his son Bryce star for 1925, but he's comprised a squad of his own in Alliance Sports.  Their top prospects include Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista cornerback/receiver Dalis Bruce, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Justin Johnson, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran quarterback Clark Levingston, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Charles Redd, El Segundo (Calif.) athlete Kendall Brown and Orange (Calif.) Lutheran receiver Robert Cooper.

Big Picture Athletics will be coming down from the Central Coast of California.  They feature prospects like West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Logan Scott, Camarillo (Calif.) receiver Jake Maulhardt and Ventura (Calif.) Buena athlete Kendrick Mathis.  Rialto Next Level All-Stars is a new team and they feature prospects like Ontario (Calif.) Colony athlete Bryan Harper.  The Factory Football Group from Central California has an intriguing defender in Sam Awrabi from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis East.

The hometown team, Las Vegas Phase 1, boasts numerous local prospects, including Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Stevie Farmer, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Oasis linebacker Kyle Henry and Arbor View (Nev.) athlete Rodrick Eason.

A new twist this year is the inclusion of lineman, with several of the West's top offensive lineman expected to be on hand in Vegas.


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The top prospect in the trenches is Encino (Calif.) Crespi offensive guard/tackle Jordan Simmons, Southern California's top offensive lineman and a Scout 100 pick for the 2012 class, and one of the top five prospects in the West.  The versatile, athletic Simmons has been invited to both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the UnderArmour All-America Game.

Joining him is one of Utah's best two-way lineman, Pleasant Grove (Utah) defensive tackle/offensive guard Brandon Fanaika.

The lineman camp gets underway on the field at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the UNLV Football Complex with the 7on7 games starting at 1:00 p.m. The camp and tournament continue Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and concludes Sunday afternoon.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the 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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