Pylon 7on7 News and Notes

News and notes from the Pylon Elite 7v7 Tournament in Las Vegas...


Santa Margarita (Calif.) WR Kyle won the MVP from Get It Done Gridiron.
Get It Done Gridiron Wins in Vegas

The biggest tournament in the history of the Vegas 7v7 saw Get It Done Gridiron from Los Angeles win the 2014 Pylon 7v7 tournament title.

Led by MVP Kyle Sweet, a three-star receiver from Santa Margarita (Calif.), Get It Done Gridiron outlasted Team Utah 1, who's been to at least the semifinals five of the last six years.

Get It Done Gridiron, comprised of Kordell Knox's Gridiron Football Academy and Karif Byrd's Get It Done Sports, went 1-2 on Saturday so had to play an extra play-in game on Sunday, then promptly went 6-0 on Sunday to earn the championship.

A Coaches 7v7 in the future?

The amount of talent from just the coaches could have made for an intriguing 7on7 tournament.

While Icy Hot, Advil and first-aid kits would have been needed, a whole slew of former NFL and college football stars, including a number who played in the Super Bowl, were coaching teams from their hometowns.


Brian Dawkins Jr. was coached by his father, NFL All-Pro Brian Dawkins in Vegas.

On offense?  Former Washington Husky quarterback Billy Joe Hobert, who led the Huskies to a share of the 1991 national title would be the likely signal-caller, with nine years of NFL experience. 

His primary receiver likely would have been Keyshawn Johnson, who coached Team 19 and was the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and his assistant coach Darick Holmes and Those Guys coach Chuck Levy would rotate in at running back.

At tight end would have been Tevita Ofahengaue, Mr. Irrelevant in the 2001 NFL Draft from BYU, who Jacksonville took with the final pick.

Defensively, the linebackers likely would have been former Butkus Award Winner Chris Claiborne, who coached the Frat Boyz as well as former New York Giant Antonio Pierce, who co-coached with Johnson on Team 19.

The secondary would have been anchored by Brian Dawkins, the former Philadelphia Eagle All-Pro, who coached Weapon X and former Carolina Panthers cornerback Ricky Manning.

Recruiting Notebook

-Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen, the nation's No. 2 quarterback is set to announce his decision on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in his school's MPR.  The five-star has been leaning heavily to UCLA but did take a visit to Michigan prior to coming to Las Vegas.  Rosen played sparingly this week for Alliance Blue, opting to let some of the younger players get more reps at quarterback.

-Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill cornerback Isaiah Langley said he's planning to narrow a list down to ten in the summer from the over 20 offers he has and said the only school he knows for sure will make the cut is California, based on their proximity to home and being his first offer. 

-Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart had a great tournament and is showing a similar developmental and recruiting arc that his former teammate John Plattenburg did a year ago.  Stewart was offered by Oregon last weekend, where two other teammates have signed in the last couple of years and said he spoke with UCLA for 45 minutes on Saturday and the Bruins could offer this next week.  Stewart visited USC last weekend and said that they are interested in him as well, with Plattenburg, who signed with the Trojans last month, putting in a good word for him.

-Whittier (Calif.) Christian tight end Noah Evans is still looking for his first offer, but Evans said he's hearing the most from Tennessee, Arizona State, UCLA and USC.  Evans said that USC is his dream school, with his father, Vince, the former NFL quarterback with the Raiders, a USC alum.


Nebraska commits Eric Lee and Avery Anderson from Colorado.

-Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian cornerback Eric Lee and Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek cornerback Avery Anderson committed to Nebraska last month on the same weekend and the four-star corners were both proudly representing the Huskers in Vegas.  Both said that Bo Pelini's recent contract extension was news they were happy to hear and both plan to get out to Lincoln during the spring.

-Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hills safety Mike Bell is waiting for his first offer but has been talking with Washington, Cal, San Diego State and San Jose State, with an unofficial visit set for San Jose State this week.  Bell said that Washington and UCLA are his favorite schools.

-Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala cornerback Malik Psalms has offers from San Diego State and San Jose State and said Colorado and Cal could be closest to offer from the Pac-12.  Psalms said he grew up a UCLA fan and that was his dream school but now he is open to all Pac-12 schools.

-Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Marvell Tell was easily the most impressive safety at the event, and showed every bit why he's the West's top safety, with a number of picks, great range and closing speed and tremendous ball skills.  Tell said that he's wide open but acknowledged that USC, Washington State and UCLA have been recruiting him the hardest, having visited Washington State and USC unofficially and plans to visit UCLA in the next two weeks.  Tell has also visited Stanford for their Junior Day and said they're looking at his transcripts to offer.  Tell said a decision is coming on Signing Day.

-Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has offers from half the Pac-12 in Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, UCLA, Washington and Washington State and said his early leaders are Cal and UCLA.

-Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep quarterback Brandon Wimbush made the cross-country flight to play for the Goon Squad and was impressive all weekend.  Wimbush said he's at 19 offers and the schools recruiting him the hardest include Penn State, Ohio State, LSU, Miami, Boston College and Tennessee.  Wimbush said he's also talking with Stanford, Arizona State and UCLA.

-Oakley (Calif.) Freedom center Dominic Fredrickson was one of the standouts at the Lineman Challenge and while he tried to get in to the 7on7 playing tight end for his coach, he decided to focus on the Big Man Challenge.  Fredrickson has a handful of offers, with Cal and Washington State standing out.


Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep ATH Darrell.

-Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep athlete Darrell Adams has an offer from Arizona State, which he got as a sophomore.  After sitting out his whole junior year because of a transfer, Adams is ready to get back out and was terrific on both sides of the ball.  Adams, who's 6-3, 222, said schools he's interested in include Cal, USC, Duke, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Colorado State and UCLA.

-Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep athlete Minkah Fitzpatrick has a "whole ton of offers" but said he's keeping it on the down low which schools he's favoring.  He said he wants to commit by the late summer.

-Salt Lake City (Utah) East linebacker Christian Folau committed to Stanford early on in the process, but said a number of schools including Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Washington, Utah and Utah State have been continuing to recruit him.  Folau said Vanderbilt, where former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason is now the head coach, is making a big push for him.

-Jersey City (N.J.) linebacker Jordan Fox said of the 10 offers he has, Boston College, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Nebraska were standing out the most.

-Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Nicco Fertitta was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl before the event and the three-star said that he continues to hear from a number of schools and holds offers from Arizona, Boston College, Hawaii, Indiana, Notre Dame, Utah and Villanova.


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