New Level/Scout Pass Camp Preview

The first of three New Level/Scout Pass Camps around the country will take place this weekend in Las Vegas with the West Region Camp kicking off the action. Several of the region's top prospects will be on hand, including many UCLA prospects, and Scout.com will have it covered all weekend...

Several of the West's best will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the first of three Scout.com/BadgerSport Skills Pass Camp's, hosted by New Level Athletics and Scout.com.

The camp begins on Saturday, but the games start on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at UNLV.

Prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming will be amongst the talent on hand.

The unique format, which features "state" teams, with players from throughout each state representing their state. California, the biggest state in the West, will have three evenly split teams, while every other state will have one team.

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

Headlining the field are players committed to schools like BYU, Stanford, USC and UCLA.

With three teams, and a reputation for churning out top prospects, California will have a big influence in the camp.

Several of the elite prospects in the Golden State will be on hand, led by USC commits T.J. McDonald (Fresno Edison) and Morrell Presley (Carson), Stanford commits Zach Ertz (Danville Monte Vista) and Levine Toilolo (La Mesa Helix) and UCLA commits Marlon Pollard (San Bernardino Cajon) and Todd Golper (Arcadia).

From the uncommitted ranks, California will have a strong contingent from Fresno Edison, with McDonald joined by Cliff Harris, the top defensive back in the West, receiver Rolando Jefferson, running back Marquise Cooper, receiver Rashaun Schaefer and tight end Nat Harrison.

San Jose Bellarmine Prep was one of the top teams in the Bay Area last year, winning the WCAL and their quarterback, Austyn Carta-Samuels and linebacker Michael Clay will be in Vegas. Cody Vaz and Joe Southwick, two more of NorCal's strong quarterback group, will also be playing.

Cierre Wood, the region's top running back is the highest rated player from the West coming.

Other players to watch from California include Dasarte Yarnway (San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral), John Michael Davis (Los Flores Tesoro), Brett Thompson (El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge), Robert Franco (San Pedro), Marlion Barnett and Sean Martin (Corona Santiago), Brent Seals and Sheldon Price (La Puente Bishop Amat) Byron Moore (Harbor City Narbonne) and Kevin Cummings (Encino Crespi), who's last appearance in Vegas earned him a Camp MVP award.

Washington will have its share of talent on hand, led by the best quarterback and receiver trio in the Northwest. Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps, the possible top quarterback in the West in 2010 and his teammates Gino Simone and Kasen Williams (a 2011 prospect and a name to remember), are a few of the Evergreen State prospects in town. The team they beat in the WIAA 3A Finals, O'Dea, will have two players as well, Zach Fogerson and Alonzo Jackson.

Other Evergreen State prospects to watch are Nolan Washington, Tre Watson and D'Mario Carter (Kennedy), Luke Schindele (Bellarmine Prep), Ronald Baines (Mount Tahoma) and SPSL standouts like Andre Barrington (Federal Way), Dylan Zylstra (Kentridge) and Jacob Pele (Auburn Riverside).

Utah year in and year out produces strong talent and this year will be no different. Several of the top prospects from the Beehive State will make the trip one state over including BYU commits Craig Bills and Adam Timo.

Bingham teammates Mike Edmunds, Remington Peck and Matthew Green will also be out there. The top tight end in the state is Richard Wilson from Spanish Fork and he'll be flanked by his quarterback, Breck Lewis in Vegas.

With Bills on board from Timpview, he will be joined by teammates Travis Van Leeuwen, Levi T'eo and Chris Badger, the 4A title game defensive player of the game as a sophomore. Kade Andrus (Lone Peak) and Judge Memorial teammates Kade Andrus and Zack McKown aree two more Utah prospects to keep an eye on.

Arizona's top prospect at the camp is running back Jamal Miles from Peoria. He'll be joined by Patrick Foley and Ryan Reardon (Notre Dame Prep) Kevin Yost (Mountain Ridge), Beau Burton (Scottsdale Saguaro) and Chris Jamison (Desert Ridge).

Colorado will have Donnie Jemmert (Glenwood Springs), Luke Mueller (Highlands Ranch), Alex Drexler (Palmer) and Jonny Miller (Mullen).

Idaho's top two prospects in the class of 2009 will be represented in Darren Markle, the stellar linebacker from Mountain View and quarterback Taysom Hill from Highland.

The top prospect to come out of Montana in years is quarterback Brock Osweiler. The basketball commit to Gonzaga is receiving strong interest from several schools, and has two Pac-10 offers, so football could still be in the long-term future of the Flathead HS prospect.

Nevada wont have too far to travel for the event, with several Las Vegas prospects participating. But the headliner for the Silver State is a Reno prospect, Kyle Van Noy, the versatile athlete from McQueen HS. Akil Sharp (Sierra Vista) and Emir Lopez (Las Vegas) are two Sin City natives playing.

Oregon's squad is bolstered by Gianni Carter (Marist), Mitch Mathews and Kellen Mastrud of Southridge and Levi Levasa (Tualatin).

Wyoming and South Dakota will be represented as well, Wyoming headlined by linebacker Andrew Meredith (Green River) and South Dakota by a strong contingent from Harrisburg HS.

The camp gets underway on the field at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the UNLV Football Complex with the games beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Scout.com will provide coverage all weekend.

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