NLA 7on7: All-Tourney Teams

Here are the the All-Tournament Defense, Offense and Under-Classmen teams from the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas...

All-Offensive Team

QB Brad Kaaya, Prep Star Air Strike
Kaaya has a very nice skill set and a lot of tools that project well to the next level. He's a tall signal caller with an athletic frame and is very solid mechanically. Kaaya showed off a nice tight release and a live arm as well.

QB Manny Wilkins, DB GURU
Wilkins has a similar frame to Kaaya and is starting to establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the region. He has a big arm, showed surprising poise and clicked well with his team despite the fact this tournament was the first time he had ever worked out with them.

QB Josh Rosen, Snoop Dog All Stars (2015)
Rosen was the top quarterback during Saturday's pool play round when his Snoop Dog team rolled through the toughest bracket without a blemish. Rosen is starting to fill out in his upper body, and has improved in all facets of his game.

WR Rahshead Johnson, Snoop Dog All Stars
Johnson was the top receiver during pool play on Saturday but his team was disqualified early Sunday for fighting. Johnson was the quickest receiver in the event and showed great hands and polish running his routes.

WR Tyler Whiley, Those Guys
Whiley was already well known in Arizona but showed the rest of the region just how good he was. He has a strong frame and is built like a safety but showed plus athleticism running past defensive backs and added some nice wiggle in the open field as well.

WR Erik Brown, Ground Zero
Brown should see his stock continue to soar after this event. He has a prototype ‘big WR' frame, tall and angular but with plenty of fast twitch to him. He was able to run past defensive backs all tournament long or simply jump over them when he needed to.

WR Mack Richards, Team Utah 1
Richards didn't play much during Saturday's pool play round with a hip flexor injury but lit it up on Sunday. Richards does everything well, he has the hands to be a solid possession guy but the speed to run past corners as well.

WR Michiah Quick, DB GURU
Quick came in to the tournament as the top prospect in the event and didn't disappoint. He may have been even more impressive as a corner and could easily play on either side of the ball. He's an explosive athlete with great ball skills and a high understanding of how to play the game.

RB Kishawn Holmes, Frat Boyz
Holmes was one of the big surprises of the tournament and the most dominant of all the running backs. He may have led his team in catches and touchdowns, which is rare for a RB and was a brutal matchup for any ‘backer or safety trying to check him.

TE Dalton Schultz, Team Utah 1
Schultz is a national recruit and one of the elite tight ends anywhere in the country. For as big as he is, he moves effortlessly, has as good a pair of hands as you'll see and plays with a high compete level. He'll continue to gain strength in his upper body and should be an impact player early in college.

TE Tyler Luatua, TEAM AIGA
Luatua didn't look that engaged on Saturday but picked it up in a big way Sunday to help AIGA win the championship. The tight end has a solid frame and showed very soft hands. He has the ability to make the tough catch as well as make plays down the field.


All-Defensive Team

LB Dwight Williams, Eastbay GameBreakers
Those his team didn't have a great weekend, it wasn't because of the defense, and Williams was one of the best defenders there.  Already a physical linebacker, Williams did a great job in coverage and showed improved athleticism all weekend.

LB Chandler Leniu, Team AIGA
The MVP of the tournament, Leniu was terrific all weekend, especially on Sunday when AIGA needed big plays in the semifinals, breaking up a key pass in the final minute to secure the victory, and tipping two passes for interceptions.  A bigtime hitter, Leniu showed this weekend how good he can be in coverage.

LB Tyler Cook, Frat Boyz
Cook was one of the top backers over the weekend, and was a key reason why the Frat Boyz advanced to the quarterfinals, showing good coverage ability during the tournament.

LB Sam Bodine, NEI South
A big and athletic outside linebacker, Bodine was stellar all weekend and showed he's a strong cover linebacker.

DB Jaleel Wadood, Snoop Dogg All-Stars
Playing safety for the Snoop Dogg All-Stars, Wadood was a part of one of the better secondaries in the tournament and showed great closing speed and good ball skills, especially on the first day.

DB Naijiel Hale, Snoop Dogg All-Stars
Possibly the most consistent corner in the tournament, Hale is a big and physical corner who was terrific in press and did a good job locking down his receiver.

DB Kavika Fonua, Utah One
Made a name for himself last year, sealing Team Utah's championship with an interception and returned to help lead a team that didn't give up a touchdown in the playoffs until the quarterfinals.  Had a couple of interceptions and took them to the semifinals and is an under-the-radar prospect.

DB Aaron Washington, NEI South
One of the sleeper prospects who surprised and was strong all weekend, had a number of interceptions during the tournament.

DB Kionce Roberts, Just Play
The sleeper prospect from Corona, Roberts and Just Play had a surprising run through the playoffs, knocking out top seeded Those Guys in a surprising fashion and giving Utah One all it could handle in the quarterfinals, thanks largely to the play of Roberts, who was tremendous in coverage all weekend.

DB Das Tautalatasi, AIGA
Anchored the secondary for AIGA, who only allowed two touchdowns on Sunday en route to the tournament title.

DB Chandler Hawkins, AIGA
Racked up six interceptions during the tournament, including five on Sunday's playoff run when AIGA won the tournament.

DB Adam Soesman, DB Guru
Overshadowed by other stellar DBs on his team, Soesman led his squad interceptions, showing great range and athleticism and had one of the best picks in the tournament, going up the ladder to seal a playoff win and getting both of his feet down in the back of the end zone.


All-Underclassmen Team

QB Josh Rosen, Snoop Dogg All-Stars
In his third year in the event, Rosen was arguably the best quarterback in the tournament, but didn't get a chance to finish it out after his team was eliminated.  Still, on Saturday, he was the best quarterback throwing.

QB Tyler Hilinski, Body By Tra
Like Rosen, Hilinski is a three-time veteran of the event and was at his best during this tournament.  Also like Rosen, his team was eliminated earlier than expected but he put them in a position to win and have a nice run.

QB Holden Thomas, Frat Boyz
Just a freshman, Thomas helped the Frat Boyz make a surprising run to the quarterfinals and served notice that he's another youngster to watch.

RB Osa Masina, Utah One
Well put together, Masina looks like he could play a number of positions and offered a nice second option for Utah's offense to Dalton Schultz.

WR Christian Kirk, Those Guys
Teamed with Tyler Whiley to form one of the best 1-2 punches of receivers in the tournament.  Had a number of touchdowns on the opening day.

WR Desean Holmes, Eastbay Gamebreakers
The electric Holmes was one of the best weapons on his team during the tournament, a bright spot when the offense scuffled.

WR Nate Kelly, Frat Boyz
The big 6-4 receiver drew praise from the coaches for his play during the tournament and he's one to watch in the 2015 class.

DB Dalen Lake, Utah One
Was arguably the top defensive back on Utah's semifinal team, locking down the opponents top receiver.

DB Nicco Fertitta, Team 808
Had a great first day, doing well in coverage and breaking up a number of passes.

DB Chico McClatcher, NEI North
One of the best athletes in the event, McClatcher was strong all weekend at corner and also in catching passes.

DB, Tyler Porter, DB Guru
The nephew of former NLA standout Cliff Harris, few defensive backs showed the closing speed and ball skills that Porter did.

DB Soli Afalava, Hukilau Café
On a stacked team of upperclassmen, Afalava shined in the secondary for Hukilau.

DB Dalon Preston, DB Guru
Another strong performer for DB Guru's secondary, he was great in coverage all tournament.

DB Stanley Norman, Body By Tra
Already owning an offer from San Jose State, Norman played big all weekend and showed he's one of the top athletes in his class.

Greg Biggins, Jake Worthen and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

 


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