Las Vegas Pylon Elite 7on7 Preview

Defending champs AIGA Foundation

Many UCLA's targets in 2015 and 2016 will be in Las Vegas this weekend...

The name may have changed, but the event is still the same.

This year's Pylon Elite Camps in Las Vegas continues the Vegas invasion of the former Badger and New Level Elite 7v7.

The tournament begins on Saturday, and continues on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talent on the field at All-American Fields. 

Prospects from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington will be amongst the talent on hand as well as Texas and even the East Coast.

The unique format features select teams from around the West and beyond.

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

Here is a look at some of the top teams and prospects expected in Vegas:

Team AIGA Q90 is the defending champions, and looking to become the first ever 3-time champions of the Vegas tourney.  While they graduated many of their players from last year's squad, they now boast one of the premier quarterbacks in the country in Corona (Calif.) Santiago's Blake Barnett, the MVP of the Los Angeles Elite 11 and a commit to Notre Dame.  He's one of two West Coast commits headed to the Midwest, with Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston joining him.


Corona (Calif.) Santiago QB Blake Barnett.

Other players to watch on AIGA Q90 include Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood linebacker T.J. Fehoko, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral linebacker Malik Lawal and Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta receiver Colin Baker.

AIGA 808 is another team from the AIGA Foundation, and they're led by several Las Vegas natives including new Bishop Gorman quarterback Danny Hong and safety Nicco Fertitta, who has offers from coast-to-coast including Notre Dame and Boston College.  Another Bishop Gorman prospect playing for AIGA 808 is three-star linebacker Nela Otukolo.

4th Quarter Elite has a strong contingent from Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian, including four-star linebacker Kyahva Tezino, three-star receiver Jeremy Kelly and Dana Hills (Calif.) quarterback Cole Wilber.

Bay Area Elite has one of the elite 2016 prospects in the West in San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian receiver Collin Johnson, who was offered by Texas recently and has a handful of Pac-12 offers.  Playing opposite him is three-star receiver Austin Aaron from Napa (Calif.), who also owns Pac-12 offers.  One of the Bay's most versatile two-way prospects, Stephen Johnson from San Leandro (Calif.) leads their secondary.   San Ramon (Calif.) California tight end Matt Snyder figures to be another big target for three-star Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns, who led his squad to a tournament title last week at the Passing Down regional event.

BBT Truth has one of the premier 2016 quarterbacks nationally in Santa Margarita (Calif.) four-star K.J. Costello and he'll have another South Orange County prospect to throw to in Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro's Jake Smeltzer.  Another underclass star is La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis' receiver Dylan Crawford.  Defensively, the West's top middle linebacker, Cameron Smith from Granite Bay, will be coming down from NorCal to play with BBT Truth.  Whittier (Calif.) Christian WR/TE Noah Evans is another intriguing prospct.

Cathedral out of Los Angeles has receiver Aaron Moore, who was the WR MVP in a loaded field at last week's Los Angeles NFTC as well as quarterback M.C. Poe, a three-star prospect with offers.  Cameron Haney plays cornerback and also has offers.

D1 Academy has San Diego (Calif.) Westview quarterback Nate Ketteringham and Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Greyson Bankhead as well as Etiwanda (Calif.) linebacker DeShawn Fortune, one of the standouts at defensive end last week at the NFTC.

DB Guru from Fresno is strong, where else, in the secondary.  Savion Simms and Dehlon Preston from Fresno (Calif.) Central and A.J. Greeley from Fresno (Calif.) Edison bolster Tony Perry's defensive backfield.  On offense, Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt tight end Ricky McCoy is their top target.

Elite Athletes has two of the best quarterbacks in California, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star Travis Waller and Westlake (Calif.) four-star 2016 quarterback Malik Henry, who was offered by USC this week.  Two-way three-star Mike Little from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame is another to watch.

Elite 760 was one of the surprise teams a year ago, based out of San Diego and they have two very strong squads.

FCA Chosen has won the first two big tournaments in California this year and are one of the favorites this weekend.  Buena Park (Calif.) four-star receiver Jaylinn Hawkins is their star, but there is talent elsewhere, including four-star 2016 safety Micah Croom from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.  His teammate, Josh Love, is the quarterback for FCA Chosen.


Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure QB Ricky Town.

Frat Boyz Gold has the nation's top quarterback, Ricky Town from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, running their offense and also has the West's top linebacker, John Houston from Gardena (Calif.) Serra leading their defense.  Concord (Calif.) De La Salle safety Jevari Anderson bolsters their secondary.   Others to watch include Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Blake Walls, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Eddie Rudinski and Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Marcus Chambers.

Frat Boyz Fly has four-star athlete Ykili Ross from Riverside (Calif.) Poly.  Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart is one of the fastest rising corner prospects in the West, with a number of Pac-12 offers coming in.  Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster from the 2016 class, is their signal-caller with Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle's Will Pyburn.

Frat Boyz Revolution has Upland (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski, a three-star, and one of the top 7on7 quarterbacks a year ago running their offense.  He has three Upland teammates that are on his squad including elite 2017 prospect Nathan Tilford, who already has USC and UCLA offers, four-star safety Kameron Powell and three-star tight end Hasani Smith.

GameChangers have Burbank (Calif.) three-star running back James Williams, and a pair of 2017 prospects from power programs, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Jeremiah Hawkins and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Tariq Johnson.

Paramount (Calif.) three-star cornerback Donzale Roddie and Santa Margarita (Calif.) three-star receiver Kyle Sweet pace GG West.


Redlands (Calif.) East Valley running back Malik Lovette.

Ground Zero has the West's top running back, Malik Lovette from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley on offense and defensively has Mike Bell and Malik Psalms from Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala leading their secondary.  Elite 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa from Rialto (Calif.) Carter is also a defensive standout.  Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian quarterback Damion Wright will play on both sides of the ball.

Hukilau Cafe from Hawaii has new Utah commit Tuli Wily-Matagi running their offense and he could even play some defense during the weekend.

Kenion Training has Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley quarterback Kevin Davidson and Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rohnert Park receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha leading their offense, both 2016 prospects.

Northwest Underclassmen is led by Aberdeen (Wash.) four-star linebacker Joel Dublanko, a 2016 prospect and he's joined by Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen running back Rey Green from the southern part of the State.  From the Puget Sound area, Lake Stevens (Wash.) 2016 quarterback Jacob Eason will run the offense and Yakima (Wash.) Davis safety Eric Briscoe also will be a part of the roster.

Oregon will have West Salem (Ore.) quarterback Cade Smith, a three-star and his teammate and favorite target, Keegan Hlad, on offense.  Two other quarterbacks include Eric Dungey from Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeside and Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt's Kimane Domena.  Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen receiver Justice Murphy, a three-star, will play with the Oregon squad just across the Columbia River.

Phase 1 Elite is a local team with quarterback Christian Lopez from Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley receiver Christian Lopez and RB/WR Albert Lake.

Rhare Breed has some good prospects coming out like Palmdale (Calif.) ATH Dameon Baber and Etiwanda (Calif.) four-star linebacker Khaylan Thomas.


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco QB Josh Rosen.

Team 19, after a year off, and two straight trips to the finals (including a national championship in 2011) is back with several top prospects like Gardena (Calif.) Serra four-star Brandon Burton, four-star Stanley Norman, Newbury Park (Calif.) running back Darick Holmes and 2017 star Darnay Holmes.

Team Alliance Blue has five-star quarterback Josh Rosen from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and his 2016 teammates Sean McGrew and D.J. Morgan, who both own BCS offers.

Team ASAP has a pair of prospects from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove in Darren Chism and Sedrick Thomas.

Team D1 boasts the West's top safety in Encino (Calif.) Crespi four-star Marvell Tell and four-star receiver Desean Holmes from Pasadena (Calif.) Muir.  Another four-star from Muir, Taeon Mason, is a commit to USC.

Team Pro Sport has Curt Calomeni from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep and tight end Jacob Moen from Gilroy (Calif.) on their roster.

The Bulls, with players from the East Coast and Texas, has two Scout 300 prospects in Brandon Wimbush and Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Factory has 2016 Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West receiver J.J. Wills, the son of former UCLA running back Shaun Wills as one of its standouts.

The Shop from Fresno is one of the most loaded squads, with two four-star receivers, Isaiah Langley from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothilla and L.J. Reed from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks as well as three-star running back Bolu Olorunfunmi from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, who just committed to UCLA this week.  Quarterback Cameron Burston from Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep also commtited to San Jose State this week.


Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian CB Eric Lee.

Utah Team One, coached by famed coach David Peck, has talent all over like four-star linebacker Osa Masina from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton and four-star linebacker Christian Folau from Salt Lake City (Utah) East, a commit to Stanford.  In the secondary, BYU commit Dayan Lake from Layton (Utah) Northridge leads the defensive backfield.

Utah Team Two has Wisconsin commit Austin Kafenztis from Sandy (Utah) Jordan at quarterback and Utah State commit Zayne Anderson at safety.

Washington has Camas (Wash.) Union quarterback Nolan Henry joined by Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline receiver Derrick Loville and Lake Stevens (Wash.) receiver Josh Rasmussen as well as Seattle (Wash.) Lakeside tight end Erik Rottsolk and Bothell (Wash.) receiver Dayzell Wilson as his targets.

Weapon X from Colorado boasts a pair of Scout 300 prospects in Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek cornerback Avery Anderson and the state's top player in Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian cornerback Eric Lee, both commits to Nebraska.  Coaching the squad is former NFL star Brian Dawkins, who's son, Brian Dawkins Jr., also is a part of the secondary.


From Greg Biggins:

10 To Watch at Pylon 7on7

Including underclassmen, there could be over 100 legitimate Div I players in Vegas this weekend. Here's our look at just 10 players who should stand out all weekend headlined by the top three quarterbacks on our board out West. Players are listed in alphabetical order.

QB Blake Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago- AIGA Q90
Barnett is currently the No. 3 rated quarterback out West but in terms of his physical tools- arm strength and running ability, he has few peers anywhere in the country. Obviously ability to run doesn't play a role in 7 on 7 action but Barnett has made huge strides as a thrower in the last year and this will be a nice test for him.

WR Desean Holmes, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir- Team D1
Holmes is an explosive pass catcher who has been one of the state's most dominant receivers since his freshman year. He has played in a ton of 7 on 7 action and his size, down field speed and ability to run after the catch has reminded some of Eagles standout DeSean Jackson.

ATH Stephen Johnson, San Leandro (Calif.)- Bay Area Elite
Johnson plays quarterback and corner at San Leandro but will work out with the receivers in Vegas. He's one of the most explosive players out West and his stock has been rising fast in recent weeks. It will be good seeing his ball skills on offense as well as his cover skills at the corner position.

ATH Isaiah Langley, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill- The Shop
Langley could be the best two-way prospect in the entire tournament. He'll play receiver and corner and is a top five player in the west at both positions. We have him rated with the corners but he's an explosive, game breaking pass catcher as well. He has very good short area quickness at the corner position and is very physical.

LB Osa Masina, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton- Utah Team 1
Masina is a fast rising outside backer who does everything well. We loved his older brother Uaea, who played for Team Utah two years ago, and the younger Masina is an even better prospect. We know he can run and get after the quarterback but this weekend will be a chance to watch him play in space, drop and cover.

WR L.J. Reed, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks- The Shop
This will be our first look at Reed in person but we love what we see on film. He's an athletic 6-3 receiver who can run, has great hands and is a very natural athlete. He's a talented basketball player and is a very smooth, all around athlete with great body control. He can out-run and out-jump most corners and with his 6-2 frame, he's a very tough cover.

QB Josh Rosen, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Team Alliance Blue
Rosen was originally set to play for Team 19 but will play for an all-Bosco team now. Physically, Rosen is off the charts and had his coming out party in Vegas last year playing for the Snoop Dogg All-Star team. He won't have as much talent around him at the skill positions but should still put on a show.

ATH Ykili Ross, Riverside Poly (Calif.)- Frat Boys
Ross is another two-way athlete who excels at corner, safety and receiver. He went from a relative unknown just a month ago to one of the hottest prospects out west once his film got out. He has all the physical tools including top level athleticism and body control and competes at a very high level every time out.

DB Marvell Tell, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Team D1
Tell is one of the nation's top safety prospects and first caught our eye playing on the 7 on 7 circuit for B2G last spring. He's an athletic, instinctive player with very good ball skills. He can cover but excels playing deep center field and showing off his range. We missed him at last weekend's Nike Camp since he was taking an unofficial visit so this will be our first time seeing Tell this spring.

QB Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St, Bonaventure- Frat Boyz Gold
Town will attempt to rebound from a sub-par showing at the recent NIKE Camp in Redondo. This setting should be more to his liking as Town really shines in an environment that is more like real football. He's a smart, cerebral quarterback who makes quick decisions and can get the ball out fast, that's what 7 on 7 play is all about.

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