Badger/New Level 7on7 Preview

Scout.com takes a look at some of the top prospects heading to Vegas this weekend for the Badger/New Level 7on7...

Several of the West's best will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the second of four Badger Sport Elite 7 on 7 powered by New Level Athletics.

The camp begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at UNLV, just as it has been the last two years, when some of the elite prospects across the country converged on Vegas.

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

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), Team 1925 All-Stars (Los Angeles-based team) Team AIGA (Los Angeles-based AIGA Foundation), Team Gridiron Football Academy (Inland Empire-based GFA) 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 some of the top quarterbacks in the West, notably Cody Kessler from Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial, Max Wittek from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Kyle Boehm from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Michael Eubank, Brett Smith from Salem (Ore.) West Salem and Trey Wheeler from Renton (Wash.) Liberty, all members of the Scout 300 Watch List.

The biggest names on the list are South Jordan (Utah) running back Harvey Langi and Kasen Williams from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline, the nation's premier receiver, who's been one of the stars the past two years. But Williams' Spartans basketball team is still alive in the Washington State basketball tournament. A loss on Friday, though, knocks the Spartans out and Williams will head down to play.

The rest of the Washington squad should be in good shape, though, although the presence of Williams will definitely raise it a notch.

Wheeler, arguably the best quarterback in Washington in the class of 2011, will have two familiar faces joining him from his Liberty team, receiver/safety Jake Bainton and running back/cornerback Chandler Jenkins. Another Renton product, this one from Lindbergh, Diondre Toms, will play both ways for Washington.

The Evergreen State will also be represented by Issaquah teammates Nik Landdeck at linebacker and Evan Peterson at receiver. Rahmel Dockery from Tacoma Curtis is the blazer of the group, and will play receiver and corner.

Oregon has some of their best talent in years, with Smith, who's shined on the camp circuit the past two years joined by one of the best two-way prospects in the Northwest, Logan Mayes from state champion Eugene Marist. Mayes can play tight end and also linebacker and is the son of College Football Hall of Famer, Reuben Mayes.

Colorado has quarterback Brock Berglund from Valor Christian, the top passer in Colorado, representing his home state.

Utah has fielded two teams the past two years, and pound-for-pound, the state usually competes better than anyone in this tournament, two years ago, sending two teams to the quarterfinals, and last year, having the runner up.

This year, the two Utah teams are again loaded, with Utah 1 featuring Alex Kuresa from Mountain Crest, a commit to BYU and Langi from Bingham. At receiver, Zach Van Leeuwen from perennial powerhouse Timpview in Provo, gives Kuresa a target, as his brother Travis did two years ago, as does an even bigger target, Nate Sakahafua from Highland and bigger than that, Colby Jorgenson, a 6-7 receiver from Timpview. Defensively, Nik Wolford and Travis Still help pace Utah 1.

On Utah 2, Logan quarterback Lucas Falk will ruun the offense and he'll have Alta receiver Ammon Barker, a 2013 prospect and Jordan Lee from Northridge on his offense. Defensively, Isaac Katoa will come from Pine View to UNLV, the same school that offered him last month. Alta as always is loaded with young talent like Barker and they have a 6-3 safety in Rhett Sandlin.

Nevada has the homefield advantage, with the majority of their roster including Las Vegas prospects like Christopher Smith from Las Vegas (Nev.) Liberty and his teammate Sam Tai.

Arizona will feature one of the premier 2012 prospects in the country in Davonte Neal and running back Kadeem Carey.

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 Wittek, Eubank, Boehm and Kessler, as well as some others like Woodland Hills Taft's Michael Bercovici, Montebello Schurr's Aaron Cantu and Justin Alo from Carson.

Then comes a talented group of underclassmen, led by 2012 slinger Mike Baker, an all-state Super Soph passer from Fresno Central and notably 2013 prospects Hayden Rettig from Los Angeles Cathedral and Troy Williams from Harbor City Narbonne.

Running back headliners Jordan Perkins from Lodi, George Atkinson from Livermore Granada and Shaquille Richardson from Gardena Serra.

The receiver corps are led by National 150 member Victor Blackwell from Santa Ana Mater Dei and 2012 receiver Jordan Payton from Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, the reigning California Sophomore of the Year by Scout.com and already one of the top receivers in the nation. And another 2012 stud in Bryce Treggs from Bellflower St. John Bosco.

Other receivers to watch include Devin Lucien from Encino Crespi, Jemond Hazely from Corona Santiago, Patrick Onwoasur from Inglewood, Palmdale's David Richards, Larry Scott from Corona Centennial, Christian Tabron from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde and Dwayne Brown from Fontana Kaiser.

At tight end, one of the elite prospects nationally on defense, Beverly Hills (Calif.) Greg Townsend, will play tight end, as well as one of the state's best tight ends from Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Dillon Van Der Wal. Also playingis Wallace Gonzalez from La Puente Bishop Amat and elite 2012 prospects Everton Thaxter from Harbor City Narbonne and Ian Taubler from Fresno Bullard.

Defensively, the linebacker corps is paced by Los Alamitos' Aaron Davis, one of the hardest hitting backers in the West, who'll have to temper the desire to lay someone out, but is solid in coverage. Fresno Clovis West's Donovan Lewis, Los Angeles Dorsey's Matthew Lyons, San Jose Archbishop Mitty's Jacob Barrow, Fresno Edison's Shaquille Mosely, Fontana Kaiser's Dennis Taylor and Westlake's Nelson Spruce round out the linebacker group.

In the secondary, we'll see standouts like Aaron Almond from Pomona Diamond Ranch, Corona Santiago's Thierry Nguema and Simon Connette, Vacaville Will. C. Wood's Brian Clay, Chino Hills' Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, Long Beach Poly's Kameron Jackson and Huntington Beach Edison's Davion Orphey.

We'll also see San Jose Bellarmine Prep's Kris Olugbode, Livermore Granada's Josh Atkinson, Beverly Hills' A.J. Fortier, Clayton Valley's Giles Chapman, Corona Centennial's Aaron Simpson and Seth Jacobs from St. Joseph's.

But the true secondary to watch will be the one coming from Central California, where they will be coached by legendary secondary coach Tony Perry, who's cranked out more elite DBs in the state while he was at Fresno Edison and then at College of Sequoias.

His secondary will boast Fresno Central star Tee Shepard, as well as Tevin Ivy and Jerry Haymon.

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 9:00 a.m.

Scout.com will provide exclusive coverage all weekend.


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