Preview: Las Vegas NLA 7on7

A look at some of the top players and teams expected in Las Vegas at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7...

Several of the West's best will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the sixth annual New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7.

The tournament begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at Charlie Frias Park, a new venue this year, after five years at UNLV. 

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 from around the West.

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

Team Utah, which after two trips to the finals and another to the semifinals, finally broke through with a win in 2012, beating 1925 in the finals in overtime.

Coached by South Jordan (Utah) Bingham head coach Dave Peck, Team Utah1 is led by one of the elite tight end prospects nationally, Dalton Schultz, the #2-ranked tight end in the country by  He's joined by other prospects in the 2014 class with offers like Salt Lake City (Utah) East running back Ula Tolutau, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton athlete Isaiah Kaufusi and 2015 prospect Osa Masina from Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland.  Team Utah2 also has some talent with sophomore quarterback from Sandy (Utah) Jordan, Austin Kafentzis. Kearns (Utah) receiver Amone Finau also dots the roster.

Locally, Team 808 features a number of Nevada prospects, including Scout 100 athlete Nathan Starks from Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas and teammate, linebacker Isaiah Nacua, a commit to BYU.  Danny Hong, who is back in Las Vegas after playing the 2012 season at Westlake HS, is the quarterback for Team 808.  Las Vegas Swagger, another local team, has top tight end prospect Eric Burrell from Las Vegas (Nev.) Valley HS.

Arizona has three teams in town for the weekend, the most notable, "Those Guys", who have one of the premier players in the tournament, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe receiver Jalen Brown, a top 10 receiver nationally. Tyler Whiley has a number of offers for cornerback as does tight end Trevor Wood, teammates at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, and they also boast one of the elite prospects in the 2015 class in receiver Christian Kirk from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro.  The Arizona Outlaws have running back Marquice Page, who has offers.

Teams from Oregon and Washington are broken down by NEI North and NEI South.  Leading NEI North is Federal Way (Wash.) 2015 running back Chico McClatcher and pacing NEI South is 2015 Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers and Beaverton (Ore.) Southridge receiver Jordan Morgan.

Coming from Central California is DB Guru, which has the top-ranked receiver in the country, Michiah Quick from Fresno (Calif.) Central, the lone five-star set for Vegas.  He's joined by his Scout 300 teammate, Devon Brewer, a safety with a handful of offers.  Playing quarterback for DB Guru is Scout 300 quarterback Manny Wilkins from Novato (Calif.) San Marin.

Pro Sport USA always has a solid squad in Las Vegas, the San Jose-based team led again by K.J. Carta-Samuels, the Scout 300 quarterback from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep, a commit to Vanderbilt.  Morgan Hill (Calif.) Live Oak athlete Trevor Bearden is a favorite target of Carta-Samuels.  Pro Sport USA won the Passing Down Regional Tournament last year and are one of the top teams in Vegas. 

Southern California will provide the bulk of the teams participating.

The Snoop Dogg All-Stars won the 4th Quarter Sports Passing Tournament two weeks ago and will bring a loaded roster to Vegas.

Leading their team is a pair of Pac-12 commits.  Offensively, Rashead Johnson, a four-star receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan, who's committed to Washington will team with Diamond Bar (Calif.) 2015 receiver Cordell Broadus, who's father is Snoop Dogg, the namesake of the team.  Defensively, Arizona State verbal Jaleel Wadood, a four-star cornerback from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco will team with fellow Pac-12 recruit and Bosco teammate, cornerback Naijiel Hale, to anchor the secondary.  Hale is the son of the late rapper Nate Dogg.

Other prospects to watch for the Snoop Dogg All-Stars are St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields, St. John Bosco's 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen (who will be in Vegas for the third time), and Lakewood (Calif.) athlete Darren Gardenhire.

PrepStar AirStrike advanced to the finals in Los Angeles two weeks ago before losing to the Snoop Dogg All-Stars and they'll be in Vegas looking to win the tournament this time.

Their top prospects include West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade athlete Donovan Lee, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back D.J. Riggins and Encino (Calif.) Crespi 2015 linebacker D.J. Beavers.

The Frat Boyz made it to the semifinals a year ago in their first trip to Vegas, and will feature players from prep powerhouse Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, like linebacker Tyler Cook and running back Kishawn Holmes as well as quarterback Kyle Plantier from Temecula Valley (Calif.).

The Eastbay GameBreakers are new, but have plenty of talent, including Scout 300 prospects Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins and Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams, who were a part of 1925's runner-up team.  Joining them is Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Malik Cyphers and Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta defensive back Randy Beggs.

4th Quarter Sports Elite's top prospects include a pair of Scout 300 prospects from Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian, linebacker Jamardre Cobb and defensive back Rodney Carr as well as 2015 athlete Kyahva Tezino.

Body By Tra advanced to the IMG National 7on7 tournament a year ago, and they once again have a solid roster, with Upland (Calif.) receiver Jeff Farrar and Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Curtis Bolton their standouts, both owning Pac-12 offers.

I.E. Elite made it to the semifinals a year ago in their first trip to Vegas and their quarterback from a year ago, La Verne (Calif.) Damien's Gage Pucci is back for a second go-round.  Other players to watch include Redlands (Calif.) receiver Marcus Durham and Redlands (Calif.) East Valley receiver Anthony Grayson.

GameChangers L.A. won the UCLA 7on7 Tournament last summer and will have another strong squad of L.A. natives in Vegas, namely Westlake Village (Calif.) cornerback Robert Morgan, who is also one of their top receivers, Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Jordan Lasley and Compton (Calif.) Dominguez teammates Don'yeh Patterson and Anthony Sims.

Team AIGA won the tournament back in 2009 and they have a talented group making the return trip, headlined by the top-ranked tight end in the country, La Mirada (Calif.) four-star Tyler Luatua.  Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Chase Forrest will lead them offensively and Trinity League rival Neil Pau'u, a BYU commit from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, will also be a target.

Ground Zero from the San Bernardino area will have a handful of players with offers, including Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Ralston Compton and Fontana (Calif.) Summit teammates, receiver Jordan Washington and receiver Erik Brown.  Other players to watch are La Verne (Calif.) Damien linebacker Joe Provenzano and Jurupa Hills (Calif.) quarterback Damion Wright.

Coming out from San Diego are a handful of teams, one Elite Seven60, which has Oceanside teammates and brothers Alijah Holder and Mikah Holder.  The 2 Tone All-Stars have quarterback Tate Martell, who committed to Washington last summer before he started 8th grade.

Team FCA has quarterback Eban Jackson, who helped lead Long Beach (Calif.) Poly to the CIF State D-I title game last fall, though he's now at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne and running back Malik Roberson, who as a sophomore, was a major part of Gardena (Calif.) Serra's CIF State D-II title team.

Brandon is in his eighth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and 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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