Dawgman Las Vegas 7v7 Notebook - Day 1

With the amount of talent on hand at the Pylon Las Vegas 7v7, it was tough to see everyone that Washington is after, but here's a quick recap of the players we did see and spoke to during the first day of the tournament...

Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) ATH Salvon Ahmed - I missed Team FSP's three games, but I did speak to Salvon for a few minutes and he said he's excited to check out the different schools that he's considering including Notre Dame, LSU and Stanford. One bit of speculation I got from another source at the event, not from Ahmed himself, is that if Stanford does offer, that could wind up being a game-changer for Ahmed. We'll have to see what happens. FSP finished the day 3-0 and they will likely play in one of the later sessions on Sunday.

Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) ATH Hunter Bryant - Nothing new to report really, but Bryant said he's taking his time and will visit several schools, as we reported last week, during the spring. 

Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach, Ca.) QB Chase Garbers - Really was impressed with what I saw from Garbers during his team's run of three games. He really spins the ball well, something that helped him in the windy conditions, and he makes quick decision. On one play, the defense used their one blitz to get after Garber and make him decide early where he'd go, while escaping to his right, the talented signal-caller hit an underneath route that gained his team five yards. UW is still very much in the mix for Garbers and he said he's still waiting to hear about his status with them.

Calabasas (Ca.) QB Tristan Gebbia - One of five QBs with an offer from Washington, Gebbia just visited Washington and said he loved his trip to check things out. He'd already seen the gameday atmosphere (he attended the Utah game last fall), so this was his chance to see the facilities and sit down with the coaches. Gebbia has a very good arm and I liked how he made his way through his progressions. Gebbia is visiting a bunch of schools this spring, so it will be a while before he makes a decision. 

Corona (Ca.) Centennial ATH Tyjon Lindsey - Lindsey is impressive when you see him on film and even more impressive in person. He runs really good routes, gets up to full speed and he has very soft hands. He caught everything thrown his way and he made several guys miss in space. UW is under consideration for a visit, but he hasn't set up a visit to see Montlake at this point.

Westlake (Saratoga Springs, Ut.) S Chaz Ah You - Got a chance to watch Ah You and he is as good as advertised. He was a bit rusty since today was the first time he'd laced up his cleats since the end of football season (he's been focused on his basketball team up until today). Ah You was tasked with playing linebacker on his team since they already had two safeties who could play, but they still wanted him on the field. He reads the quarterbacks eyes well and he has the ball skills to make plays on the ball when it's in the air. He's planning to visit UW very soon and he is very high on Washington although BYU could be tough to beat with his family ties there. 

St. Louis (Honolulu, Hi.) QB Tua Tagovailoa - Didn't catch any of his team's games, but word is that UW is likely to get a visit soon and he said he also wants to take an official visit to Montlake this spring, but USC is the heavy favorite for his services. Tagovailoa is another one of the quarterback prospects that UW has offered.

Antioch (Ca.) RB Najee Harris - 7v7 play isn't really where Harris will shine. However, you can see why he's so highly-coveted. He's a smooth athlete with outstanding quickness and just enough wiggle to be tough to catch in the open field. Harris had the catch of the day, although it was about five feet out of bounds, when he  spun around and one-handed (with his left hand for good measure) a reception that had everyone, even the team he was planning, ooing and ahing. Spoke to Harris after his games were complete and he said he is planning to visit UW at some point in April, but he had no idea of an exact date. Harris is also planning trips to see USC, UCLA, Texas A&M and Ohio State as well.

Calabasas (Ca.) CB Darnay Holmes - Holmes is a lockdown corner and he was rarely challenged in the game I watched. He is strong in zone coverage, able to use his great anticipation and quickness to make plays on the ball in the air and he also played tight man-to-man coverage when asked. I talked to Darnay for a few minutes and he said that he has a great relationship with the UW coaches, especially Chris Petersen, and he's hoping to visit this spring to see a spring practice. Nebraska and UCLA are considered the favorites for Holmes, but he's hitting the road to see a lot of schools and UW will be one of the schools he visits.

Provo (Ut.) WR Ty Jones - Jones looked really good in the three games I saw, showing great ball skills and the ability to get separation. He runs really well, goes up and gets the ball at it's highest point and he uses his long frame to shield defenders from the ball. Jones is currently committed to Utah, but he told me he's hoping to visit some other schools, including Washington, this spring and some think he might be close to de-committing from the Utes.

Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) CB Keith Taylor - Taylor is so long and athletic, I don't know how you throw against him. He was playing zone mostly in the game that I saw, but he is an imposing figure on his side of the ball.

Inderkum (Sacramento, Ca.) TE/DE Josh Falo - Falo is another long athlete who UW has offered. While most schools like him at tight end, UW and a handful of others like him as a defensive end. He told me he prefers tight end because "I like getting the ball", but he said that won't be a huge deciding factor on where he winds up. Falo is planning to visit UW, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan and UCLA this spring and summer.

Berean Christian (Walnut Creek, Ca.) WR Isaiah Hodgins - Big and athletic, Hodgins didn't have a great day, dropping a few passes, but you can see the potential with his long arms and outstanding athleticism. He maintains he hopes to visit several of his favorites, including Washington, but he hasn't mapped out a schedule at this time.


Dawgman.com Top Stories