Recruiting Notes from Vegas Pylon 7v7

The Pylon 7v7 Passing Tournament was loaded with some of the top skill players from all over the West. Here's some of the latest recruiting buzz we heard following the event, including bits on some UCLA targets...

Recruiting Notebook

* Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive back Marvell Tell is the top rated safety in the west and looked very good all weekend. He's noticeably bigger and looks to have grown a couple of inches as well.

"I'm almost 6-3 right now, say 6-2.5 and I weight 187 pounds," Tell said. "I like the weight and I'm very comfortable with it. I would like to be around 190 or 195 pounds by the time our season starts next fall but I feel good where I'm at right now."

Despite the added size, Tell still moves around very well and covers a ton of range. He showed good ball skills with multiple interceptions and impressed at receiver as well. He's an aggressive player who plays with a lot of toughness and showed great leadership skills all weekend.

On the recruiting front, Tell recently took a visit to Washington State for the Cougars Junior Day.

"I really liked it there a lot, it was much better than I expected," Tell said. "Some people were asking me why I wanted to visit Washington State but it was really nice there and I met some great people. It's a cool college town and I liked the small town feel it had.

"They have really nice facilities and I think they're building a strong program there. I think in the next couple of years, Washington State is going to make some noise and I really think they're headed in the right direction."

Tell said the Cougars are recruiting him the hardest right now along with another Pac 12 school.

"UCLA and Washington State are recruiting me the hardest right now," Tell said. "I talk to Coach Martin at UCLA all the time and I'm going to try and get down there for a visit in the next two weeks. I'm going to try and visit California too and that's about all I have planned right now in terms of visits.

"USC is recruiting me hard too, not as hard as the other schools but I talk with Coach Martin and Coach Heyward. Right now, my plan is to wait until Signing Day before I make a decision. I know how big it is and how important it is so I don't want to commit early and then have regrets. I want to wait as long as possible to make sure I'm doing the right thing."

*Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen took a surprise visit to Michigan a few days ago and said he really liked it in Ann Arbor.

"It was a lot better than I expected," Rosen said. "I was actually hoping to get up there and not like it to reaffirm my decision but I really loved it there, Michigan is an incredible place. It was fun walking around the campus and their School of Business is incredible.

"The Big House in insane, I really like Coach Nuss and Coach Hoke is a great guy as well and as down to earth as it gets. It was definitely a pleasant surprise and with the tradition they have, the National Championships and Heisman Trophy winners, I'm surprised more players don't go to Michigan."

Rosen will make his college choice this coming Thursday (Mar. 20) and will likely have Cal, Michigan and UCLA hats on the table. The Bruins have been a solid leader for the past few months and still sound like the team to beat at this time."

*San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Stephen Johnson is one of the region's top two-way performers. He's getting looks at both receiver and corner but focused more on defense in Vegas.

"I want to be recruited as an athlete but I'm learning more to corner," Johnson said. "Oregon was my latest offer and I'm going to try and visit out there in the spring. I also want to visit Duke, Mississippi State and UCLA.

"UCLA hasn't offered yet but they seem like they could be close. With Mississippi State, my father actually played for them in college so I want to get out there and see what it's like. I'm planning to take my official visits in the fall so I'm not close to making a decision right now."

*Foothill (Calif.) Pleasanton quarterback Kyle Kearns recently landed his first offer from SMU.

"I'm going to visit SMU the first week of April," Kearns said. "I'm going to watch a spring practice and I'm looking forward to seeing the city of Dallas. I visited Texas last year and really liked it there so I'm excited to get back out there and see what it's like.

"There are a lot of other schools talking to me now too and I'm going to wait until after the spring to decide what other schools I'll visit in the summer. The schools that seem most serious are the ones I'll visit. Colorado, Cal and Wake Forest seem like they could be close to offering so hopefully that happens and I plan to commit by the end of the summer."

*Pasadena (Calif.) Muir wide out Desean Holmes was easily among the most explosive players in Vegas and was running past opposing secondary's all weekend. USC is the rumored leader for Holmes, but he said he's still open to all schools.

"I don't have a leader, I'm honestly open to everyone," Holmes said. "I plan to do some summer camps and then take some trips as well. I'm going to visit USC for sure this summer and I want to take an official visit to Oklahoma. I've liked Oklahoma for a while so I definitely want to check them out.

"I also want to visit Washington State. Marvell (Tell) just visited there and he told me he really liked it so I need to go check it out too. There's a few other schools I like too but like I said, I'm open to everyone and hoping more schools will jump on and offer this summer."

*Riverside Poly (Calif.) Ykili Ross was easily one of the best receivers in the tournament. He's a two-way player who is very good at corner but was used primarily as a receiver in Vegas.

"Recruiting is going great and I plan to do some visits," Ross said. "I want to visit UCLA, USC and maybe SDSU this spring. I also want to try and get to Boise State too since my brother lives out there.

"In the summer, I'll do camps at USC and UCLA and I know Colorado is coming out here to do a camp so I'm going to try and get to that one too. My plan right now is to wait things out and take all five of my visits. I'm still really open to everyone so I have no plans to make an early decision, I might wait until Signing Day."

*Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral linebacker Malik Lawal traveled to Vegas but was unable to compete after injuring his hamstring in track doing the triple jump earlier in the week.

"Right now my offers are from Arizona State, Washington State and Cal," Lawal said. "I'm also hearing from Stanford and I'm going to unofficially visit there next week along with Cal and San Jose State. I'm going to try and visit USC and UCLA over Spring Break and my brother goes to Boise State so my mom wants us to visit there and also check out Colorado and Washington State that same week.

"As for summer camps, I might go to Cal and I'll do the USC Rising Stars Camp again, I did that one last year and really liked it. I don't have an early leader but I do like ASU a lot and they're recruiting me the hardest. I don't have a top five but five schools I hope to get offers from are Stanford, UCLA, USC, Texas and LSU. I have no plans to commit early, I'm taking all my trips and then announcing around Signing Day."

We'll have more recruiting notes throughout the week as well as detailed evaluations on the players who impressed us the most.

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