For the ninth straight year, Las Vegas is the place to be for the biggest national 7v7 tournament in the Western United States, with the Pylon Las Vegas National 7v7 taking place this weekend at All-American Park.
While rosters haven't been made available for the event yet, here is a look at some of the top players expected in Las Vegas this Saturday and Sunday.
Ground Zero is the defending champions and Armond Hawkins' outfit has two of the premier players in the country back in Vegas this weekend in USC soft verbals Stephen Carr, the No. 2 ranked running back nationally out of Fontana (Calif.) Summit and the No. 4 ranked cornerback nationally, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) corner Thomas Graham. Ground Zero also boasts two of the top 2018 prospects nationally in Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin, who will play opposite Graham, and four-star Jaiden Woodbey from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco at safety. Rising receiver Michael Onyemaobi from Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral is another name to know.
Team Utah is consistently stacked and no team has had better consistent success in Vegas over its history than former Bingham coach Dave Peck's team. Team Utah has Utah State commit Levani Damuni and Stanford commit Sione Heimuli-Lund and the West's No. 1 safety Chaz Ah You leading their defense and BYU commit Jackson McChesney pacing their offense.
Hometown team 702 Elite will be stacked as well, with five-star quarterback Tate Martell, a commit to Texas A&M, leading their offense with Biaggio Ali-Walsh and Brevin Jordan at running back and tight end respectively. Defensively, a pair of Pac-12 commits, Alex Perry (Arizona State) and Bubba Bolden (USC) will be in the secondary.
ProWay Training has arguably the top defensive player in the event in five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes, the No. 1 cornerback nationally who's focusing on Nebraska, UCLA and Stanford from his top seven. He'll be joined by Calabasas (Calif.) teammates Tristan Gebbia, a four-star quarterback and four-star receiver Keyshawn Johnson as well as Corona (Calif.) Centennial four-star receiver Tyjon Lindsey. Defensively, Lamin Touray from Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany will be at linebacker and Brendan Radley-Hiles from Calabasas (Calif.) will play opposite Holmes.
RizeUp has had some good success on the early 7v7 circuit, winning two early tournaments in Southern California, thanks to the play of receiver Jamire Calvin and quarterback Robbie Blosser on offense and Elijah Gates, Rhedi Short and Elijah Blades on defense.
Team 808 will be quarterbacked by Tua Tagovailoa, the top prospect in Hawaii in the 2017 class from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis and the No. 7 quarterback nationally and teammate and four-star linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia, the top inside 'backer in the West.
Coming down from the state of Washington will be Ford Sports Performance and their Blue Chip roster is stocked with Pac-12 prospects like Washington commit Connor Wedington and four-star athletes Salvon Ahmed and Hunter Bryant. FSP has dedicated their tournament performance this weekend to Avery Huffman, #AveryStrong, who was from Washington and grew up in the same neighborhood as Wedington.
Out of Oregon, EForce Elite will bring down four-star quarterback Connor Neville and Elijah Molden along with defenders like Daniel Green and David Morris at linebacker and Demetrius Douglas at cornerback.
Team Pass will have a heavy dose of Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian with four-star cornerback Deommodore Lenoir and four-star athlete Rahyme Johnson, a commit to UCLA, along with Nick Pickett and Urael Blackshear but it will be a Los Angeles (Calif.) product at quarterback in San Jose State commit Kaymen Cureton.
Elite Athletes will have a pair of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite prospects leading their squad in Washington verbal Keith Taylor at cornerback and quarterback Tyler Lytle plus La Mirada (Calif.) teammates Elijah Hicks at corner and Sire Woods at tight end.
Led by former Boise State defensive back and Fiesta Bowl MVP, Brandyn Thompson, True Grit Sports out of Sacramento will be in Vegas with receiver Alex Cook and quarterback Chance LaChapelle from Sheldon most notable.
Another Sacramento area team, TMP Elite, will bring down the No. 1 player in the country in Antioch (Calif.) five-star running back Najee Harris, a commit to Alabama. He'll be joined by four-star tight end Josh Falo, three-star receivers Isaiah Hodgins and Damon Cole and quarterback Aidan Willard and Jordan Brookshire. Defensively, fast-rising defensive back Trajon Cotton will lead the secondary.
And another Bay Area team, Kenion Training Elite, will boast tight end Erik Krommenhoek from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, where Zach Ertz played the same position and his teammate and quarterback Jake Haener and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle cornerback Tre White along with new Stanford commit Tucker Fisk from Davis and San Mateo (Calif.) Serra running back Sitaleki Nunn.
The Frat Boyz have top prospects Jaylon Redd, a four-star cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga, four-star linebacker Tysyn Parker from Gardena (Calif.) Serra and 2018 four-star linebacker Merlin Robertson.
Gridiron Game Changer won the tournament two years ago and with The Opening Los Angeles QB MVP Chase Garbers, will look to make it two times in three years.
Scout will have full coverage of the Pylon Las Vegas National 7v7 all weekend.