New Level 7on7 Recruiting Notebook

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta athlete Su'a Cravens is the consensus top player in the West region and at the New Level Athletics Elite 7 on 7 on Saturday, he showed just what a special player he is...

In most 7 on 7 tournaments, the play is typically dominated by quarterbacks, wide receivers and cornerbacks. Su'a Cravens is one of those players you can't define by a position. He's simply a football player who has the ability to help a team win in so many ways.

On Saturday, Cravens played predominately safety on defense, running back and wide receiver on offense. He made several outstanding catches on the offensive side of the ball and at safety, the athlete is an incredibly explosive player and made a ton of plays.

"I had a great time out here playing with my teammates," Cravens said. "I haven't played safety since the championship game last season and I always have fun on offense. I really don't have a preference. Schools are recruiting me at safety, outside linebacker and running back and I'll play any of those positions.

"I've been working a lot on my footwork so I can play safety and I know whether I play safety or linebacker in college will be determined by how much weight I put on. I'm very comfortable at either spot as well as running back so I'm just going to go through the process."

On the recruiting front, Cravens said he's wide open in terms of favorites but added a handful of schools are recruiting him the hardest right now.

"USC, UCLA, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska are on me the hardest right now," Cravens said. "I'm hoping to take visits to Arizona and Arizona State over Spring Break if I can and hopefully in the summer, I'll be ready to cut my list down.

"There's a chance I could make my decision before school starts but if I don't know for sure, I'll go ahead and take my visits. I want to major in Business Management and I'm looking for a school where I'm comfortable with the coaching staff and the campus. I know I'm going to spend a lot of time with the coaches so I really have to be comfortable with them. Location doesn't mater, I'll go anywhere and I'm not afraid to compete. If I start right away, that's great but if not, I know the competition will only make me better."

Quick Hitters

*Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Tyler Foreman has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State and Oregon State and is also hearing from Washington, USC and UCLA and will camp at both L.A schools.

* Encino (Calif.) Crespi cornerback Brandon Arnold has an offer from South Dakota and said he's receiving a lot of interest from Oregon State. He plans to camp with UCLA and USC.

*Fresno (Calif.) Central L.J. Moore received his most recent offer from Georgia and said he has a top five of Cal, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Notre Dame and Fresno State.

*Fresno (Calif.) Central safety Hatari Byrd was the most physically impressive looking player in the tournament. The DB said he has a top five of Cal, Houston, Notre Dame, USC and USC and all but the Trojans have offered.

*Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey defensive back Daquawn Brown has been offered by Cal, Arizona State, Washington State and San Jose State and UCLA, Washington and Oregon are showing heavy interest as well. Brown will camp with USC, UCLA and Wazzu.

*Santa Monica (Calif.) wide out Sebastain Larue has already visited USC and Arizona State and will attend Washington's Junior Day April 28. He'll also try and visit Texas A&M, Michigan, Nebraska and a few others over the summer as well.

*Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams said the schools recruiting him the hardest are Washington, Georgia Tech, UCLA and ASU and all have offered. Over Spring Break, the signal caller said he wants to try and visit ASU, Arizona and Washington.

*Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinski has an offer from Arkansas and said he talks to Coach Petrino twice a week. Harvard and Yale also recently offered and Colorado, Duke, Washington State, USC and Oklahoma are also showing interest.

*Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic sophomore Cameron Denson said he grew up a Miami fan and wears No. 5 because of Andre Johnson. Arizona and Arizona State have both offered and Oklahoma and UCLA are showing interest as well. Denson said he wants to stay on the West Coast to play his college ball but has no leader at the moment.

*Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany wide receiver Steven Mitchell picked up a recent offer from Cal and the Bears are very high on his list. Arizona State, Washington, USC and Oregon are also high on his list and all but the Ducks and Trojans have offered.

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