NLA Elite 7on7 Day One Recap

Here's a look at the top performers and top surprises from Day One at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas...

Las Vegas- The first day of the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 is in the books, with some fine performances in the first day of action.

Two time defending champion B2G went 3-0 in pool play with their Five-Star team, and one of the other surprise unbeatens was the Frat Boyz, who beat defending national champions 1925, who finished 2-1, in pool play.  Utah 1 also had a strong opening day.

Here is a look at the top performers from Day One.

Brandon Huffman: National Recruiting Analyst, West

Top Offensive Performer: Su'a Cravens, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta.
Why: The top defensive prospect in the West did the majority of his damage on offense, with a couple of touchdown grabs, one in which he out-muscled the ball in triple coverage, and the other with a nice grab in the back of the end zone, where he snuck his foot down.  The best play, though, was one in which it didn't even count, a lunging interception off a deflected pass, which was ruled to have hit the ground, but was clearly a pick by Cravens.  He was a major reason why the Frat Boyz went 3-0 in pool play and beat 1925 in their pool.

Top Defensive Performer: Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Why: Goodman is a top ten safety nationally and showed every reason why on Saturday, with several pass breakups and a pick and a couple more near picks. Goodman is really rangy and has great closing speed and was very good in coverage.  He also showed off some physicality with a hit on a play.

Top Surprise: Nate Romine, Upland (Calif.)
Why: Romine isn't the biggest guy, but he's got a really strong arm and made some great throws in helping BBT 1 to a 2-1 record in pool play.  Romine was a big part of the Highlanders success last season and continues to show off his arm strength and touch.

Scott Kennedy: Director of Scouting

Top Offensive & Defensive Performer: Su'a Cravens, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta

Top Surprise: Zack Greenlee, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Why:  Greenlee throws a nice ball and showed off a good arm in leading Team ASAP in Day One.  While not a big quarterback, Greenlee can make all the throws and is a good pocket passer.

Greg Biggins: National Recruiting Analyst

Top Offensive Performer: Su'a Cravens, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta

Top Defensive Performer: Hatari Byrd, Fresno (Calif.) Central
Why: Byrd is a top 100 player, and while he plays safety, showed off his versatility by switching to corner in their final pool play game, and making a number of big plays.  He's got a huge upper body but is still really fluid and rangy.

Top Surprise: Drew Wolitarsky, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyons
Why: The big receiver from Canyon has pretty good speed too (clocking under 11 seconds in the 100) and is a very good route runner with nice, soft hands.  He was one of B2G's go-to receivers on Saturday.

Others:
DB Priest Willis, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza; QB Troy Williams, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne; CB Ryan McKinley, Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek; QB Jihad Vercher, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian, WR Jabrian Blackwell, Encino (Calif.) Crespi; WR Stephen Ross, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan; QB Jake Lloyd, Provo (Utah) Timpview, WR Talon Shumway, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak.

Scout will be back out on day two to see who the top performers are on Sunday.


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