Scout/Badger 7-on-7 Preview

Scout.com takes look at some of the top prospects expected in Las Vegas this weekend at the Scout/Badger 7-on-7 National Passing Tournament, including UCLA commit Paul Richardson and several more of their targets...

Several of the West's best will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the second of four Scout/BadgerSport 7-on-7 Pass Camp's, hosted by New Level Athletics and Scout.com.

The camp begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at UNLV, just as it was a year ago when the initial West Coast swing was made.

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

The unique format features "state" teams, with players from throughout each state representing their state. Some of the state teams are made up of workout groups, such as Team B2G (Los Angeles-based B2G Elite Football Program), Team Pro-Sports USA (San Jose-based Pro-Sports USA) and Team AIGA (Los Angeles-based AIGA Foundation), to go with other in-state teams.

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 Stanford, USC, Notre Dame and UCLA.

On paper, the team from Washington might be the best group, and is arguably the most prepared group.

Led by five-star quarterback Jake Heaps from Skyline HS, Washington returns to Vegas hoping to win "one more game", as they fell in the finals by a score to CaliTwo. Heaps was the top passer a year ago, and along with his teammate Kasen Williams, one of the elite 2011 prospects nationally, as well as other bigtime targets like Jamaal Kearse (Lakes HS), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Gig Harbor) and Christian Wesley (Central Kitsap), Heaps will have more than enough receivers to throw to.

Defensively, Washington will have Chris Young from Auburn, who may be the most physical linebacker/safety in the West in this class, Anthony DeMatteo from Skyline, Dee Magitt from Lakes and John-Paul Kanongata'a from state champion Bellevue.

Nevada has the homefield advantage, with the majority of their roster including Las Vegas prospects.

The headliner is Bishop Gorman tight end Xavier Grimble, who is arguably the top tight end prospect in the West and the top-ranked player in Nevada.

But Grimble won't be alone, with receivers Garic Wharton (Valley), Harvey Yarbrough (Rancho) and Chris Spencer at quarterback and defensive stalwarts like Daniel Godkin (Palo Verde) and Rodney Gilmore (Legacy) at linebacker and safety respectively.

The majority of the prospects work with Phase1Sports, based in Vegas, and led by Mike Waters.

Utah will again field two teams and there are several top-tier prospects from the Beehive State headed to Vegas.

Leading the list for Utah's squad offensively is Jordan HS passer Alex Hart and Cottonwood quarterback Crosby Jensen and quarterback Dallas Lloyd from Pleasant Grove, who owns offers from BYU, Stanford and Wyoming. They will be joined on offense by running back Harvey Langi (Bingham) at running back and Dylan Chynoweth (Park City) and Alema Key (Timpview) at receiver. Key will also spearhead a defense that includes La'au Tanuvasa (Hunter), Bridger Peck (Bingham) and elite 2010 safety Chris Badger from Timpview, who earlier this week, committed to Stanford.

Colorado will bring in two of the top passers in the country in Littleton (Colo.) Columbine's Danny Spond and Steamboat Springs quarterback Austin Hinder.

Arizona will boast Arizona State commit Taylor Walstad as one of its top prospects, while Arcadia HS Colby Kirkegaard will lead the offense.

Oregon's headliner is Josh Milhollin from South Medford, who's coming to Vegas after making unofficial visits to the two Los Angeles schools.

From California, there will be a mixture of teams put together by New Level and then other teams that have been workout groups for a while.

Quarterbacks include El Cajon Valhalla's Peter Thomas, a national 100 member, Tyler Shreve (Redlands East Valley), Nick Hirschman (Los Gatos), Sean Mannion (Foothill of Pleasanton) and Brett Nottingham (Danville Monte Vista).

Running back headliners include James McConico from Compton, an elite back who averaged 19 ypc last year for the Tarbabes, Brennan Clay from San Diego Scripps Ranch, the versatile back who went over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving for the first time in San Diego history, as well as Bishop O'Dowd's Mario Brown, who ran the fastest forty last June at the Scout.com Combine in Oakland.

The receiver corps are led by National 100 members Dillon Baxter (San Diego Mission Bay), a commit to USC, Los Alamitos' Paul Richardson, who's committed to UCLA and Kenneth Scott from Ontario Colony. La Costa Canyon's Kenny Stills, who has eight offers, Josh Harper from Stockton St. Mary's, Etiwanda's Bobby Ratliff, Corona Roosevelt's Tyler Slavin and Crespi's Blake Stanton round out the group.

At tight end is Chris Martin, who's also known as the #1-defensive prospect in the West as an outside linebacker/defensive end out of Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland. Martin committed to Notre Dame last month to play defense, but he'll mix in plenty of offense this weekend. Joining him is Ventura Buena's Tyler Perry and Crespi's Pierce Richardson.

Defensively, the linebacker group is paced by Victor Burnett (Culver City) and Josh Shirley (Fontana Kaiser), who both hold offers from Arizona, Soma Vainuku from Eureka, who was an all-combine pick in Oakland at the Scout.com Combine a year ago and David Wilkerson from Danville Monte Vista.

At cornerback is Banning's Derron Smith, Sacramento Burbank's Terrance Mitchell and Reggie Davis from San Ramon California. The safety group is led by Tony Jefferson from Chula Vista Eastlake. The former Stanford commit is now becoming a commodity pursued by several programs nationally.

Team B2G will feature the likes of National 100 members Dietrich Riley (St. Francis) and Sean Parker (Narbonne) at safeties, along with D.J. Morgan from Taft (USC commit) at running back. Other top prospects for Team B2G include their quarterbacks, Bryan Bennett from Crespi and Ryan Kasdorf from Notre Dame, safety Lucky Radley (Agoura), DeShawn Beck (Jordan), Narbonne cornerback Bryan Douglas, Colony cornerback Jared Bell and Cameron Roberson (Newbury Park).

Team AIGA will be led by Lakewood quarterback Jesse Scroggins and his teammates Dion Bailey and Kevin Anderson, who both hold Pac-10 offers. Justin Alo from Carson will split time at quarterback with Scroggins. Long Beach Jordan teammates John Timu and Princeton Fuimaono also will be repping Team AIGA.

Team Pro Sports USA will feature quarterbacks Kyle Miller (St. Francis) and Kyle Boehm (Archbishop Mitty), running back Derek Stewart (Piedmont Hills), tight end Sam Tomlitz (Mitty), safety Dominique Cole (Bellarmine Prep) and Anthony Pohauhau (Wilcox).

The camp gets underway on the field at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the UNLV Football Complex with the games beginning on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Scout.com will provide exclusive coverage all weekend.


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