Badger Sport 7v7: Recruiting Notebook

Here are some recruiting news and notes from many of the top prospects at the Vegas Badger 7on7 this weekend...

  • Encino (Calif.) Crespi OL Jordan Simmons has emerged as one of the most highly sought-after players on the West Coast, not that it will change his timetable for selecting a college.

    Despite having nearly two dozen offers from across the country, Simmons said Saturday that he could make a decision at the end of summer, wait until his senior season is over, or go all the way until Signing Day.

    "I'll just narrow it down when the time comes. I'm open to anybody," he said. "It's good for my family and everything. I'm the first kid to have all this attention. They like it. It doesn't change my focus on getting better."

    What will play into that decision is Simmons' desired to graduate with a degree in graphic design.

    Asked why that would his be preferred major, Simmons said, "I like to design my own sneakers."

    Simmons' offers come from Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, BYU, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Miami, Michigan, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, San Diego State, SMU, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington.


  • Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Alphonso Marsh says he and Dominguez teammate Brandon Beaver are a package deal.

    Washington, UCLA, and Arizona sit in both their Top Three's.

    "I'd be down to leave California or stay. My biggest goal is to stay with Brandon Beaver. I'd love to continue playing with him at the next level," said Marsh. "We've told coaches we're a package deal."

    If Marsh really follows Beaver, there is a good chance the two could wind up at UCLA, as Beaver said today that his father wants him to stay in state.

    "He says Washington's too cold, and Arizona's too hot," he laughed. "He says staying in state would be best. He's all about UCLA."


  • Kennedy (Calif.) La Palma linebacker Eli Pleasant says Oregon is his dream school, and that he would love to follow his big bro Eddie there.

    "I'll go anywhere," he said, "but if I can follow in my brother's footsteps, I would love to."

    The last time the athlete was there was in 2007 when he went along on Eddie's visit.

    He hopes to visit again this spring.

    "If Oregon was to offer me, I'd commit right away," he concluded..

    Quick Hitters

  • Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterback Jeff Lindquist says he plans to make his decision by May. At this point, it's going to come down to his Top Two - Washington or Stanford.
  • Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Marc Evans reports he has been invited to compete in the regional ESPN RISE Elite 11 Quarterback camp in May at Cal. "I was invited a couple weeks ago," he said. "I was really happy. Should be a cool experience." Top performers at the regional camp will earn a spot in the final Elite 11 event in July in Southern California.
  • "I recently committed to Arizona State on a soft verbal," said Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler. "It's just a soft, though," he reiterated. He admitted he's still dating around right now. After hitting up UCLA's junior day this spring, he plans to return to campus for an unofficial visit sometime next month. He'll also be attending (offerer) Arizona State's junior day April 2.
  • South Gate (Calif.) South East receiver Robert Lewis, who committed to SMU last month, says "I felt like it was a great school. I like the program. It's a good fit for me. I still have my options open, but right now SMU is my top school." Which options is he keeping open? Oregon and Colorado (who have offered), and Washington and Oregon State (who tell him they're close to offering, he says.) The wide receiver says he wants to see what those schools have to offer, plans to take visits to each this spring.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Jordan Payton will take an unofficial visit to SMU this coming weekend.
  • Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Deontay Greenberry has two verbal offers, from Arizona State and Washington, and Washington State and Notre Dame are showing a lot of interest.

  • Fresno (Calif.) Clovis East linebacker Sam Awrabi landed his first offer over the weekend from Hawaii.

  • Bellevue (Wash.) cornerback Tyler Hasty suffered a concussion in a nasty collision, but made a game-saving play in Washington's opening round win.  The son of former NFL star James Hasty got his first offer this past week from Colorado.

  • Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker/defensive end Jeremy Castro picked up his third offer this week, from Arizona, joining previous ones from Colorado and UCLA.

  • La Puente (Calif.) cornerback Ajee Montes got his first offer, from Arizona State.

  • Pasadena (Calif.) Muir running back Tairen Owens landed his first offer, from Washington, this past week.

  • Owens' Muir teammate Kevon Seymour picked up another offer himself on Friday, from Nebraska.

  • Palmdale (Calif.) Highland quarterback Christian Tago was offered by Boise State.

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