There certainly was no shortage of talent at the NFA and IMG West Regional Championship 7on7 passing tournament near Los Angeles this past weekend. Some of the nation's premier players, regardless of class distinction, were in action during the two-day event.
Adoree' Jackson from Gardena (Calif.) Serra was among the many high-profile recruits at the recent NFA and IMG 7on7 passing tournament near Los Angeles.
The collection of names in attendance reads like a who's who list, in fact. That said, we plan to provide you with an in-depth look at the high-profile prospects in attendance. Also included is insight on how the whole recruiting process is going for each individual.
Adoree' Jackson, CB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra: This was one of the first appearances on the spring circuit for the high-profile prospect. The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound junior did not disappoint either. Often times, he upstaged counterparts Naijiel Hale of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Jonathan Lockett of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, both talented in their own right. Bottom line: USC appears to be the team to beat for Jackson, the nation's No. 2 player at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 9 overall.
John Smith, ATH, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly: Similar to Jackson, Smith hasn't been busy on the gridiron in the last month. Nevertheless, the well-known junior with the nickname JuJu was impressive here. Suppose that best explains why the 6-1 and 200-pound playmaker is heavily recruited. The most recent Pac-12 Conference schools to offer were Colorado and Oregon. On the national level, Ohio State and Oklahoma State recently put scholarships on the table. All told, close to 20 programs are hoping for a pledge.
Tyler Luatua, TE, La Mirada (Calif.): For those under the impression tournaments are not for big guys such as the 6-4 and 230-pound junior, think again. Luatua held his own. And then some. Not a surprise when you consider he's the country's No. 1 player at his spot on the field in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 49 overall. At this point, Alabama is considered a frontrunner. He did, after all, say his mid-April visit with the Crimson Tide went well. Plans are also in the works for upcoming trips to Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Jalen Brown, WR, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe: The 6-2 and 170-pound junior opened plenty of eyes upon his arrival in Southern California and kept everyone's attention thereafter. Arizona and Arizona State appear determined to keep Brown close to home for college ball. He might have other ideas, however, and those do not include staying West. Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State are among the trips Brown has planned in the near future. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are in the mix for visits as well.
Erik Brown, WR, Fontana (Calif.) Summit: Expected to be one of the premier pass-catchers on hand prior to the start of the tournament, the 6-1 and 170-pound junior lived up to the hype and gave defensive backs fits throughout. Brown is the nation's No. 26 player at his position in the 247Sports Rankings and looked every bit the part. At this stage of the game, it looks like UCLA and Washington are in the midst of a battle for a commitment from him. Cal could also emerge as a threat after recently offering a scholarship to Brown.
Kurt Scoby, RB, Monrovia (Calif.): The 5-8 and 185-pound junior is one of the more hot commodities from the West Coast. For example, Scoby picked up an offer from Fresno State late Saturday morning, played well the rest of the afternoon and finished up strong on Sunday. If not for up-and-coming sophomore Malik Roberson from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, Scoby would have been the unquestioned best back in attendance. He has offers from Oregon State and Miami. Scoby said that Washington has come on strong lately.
Jamardre Cobb, OLB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian: It might be easy for some individuals lined up at the second level to get lost in the shuffle during tournaments such as this, especially with the onus put on the skill position players. Not Cobb. The 6-2 and 215-pound junior was as competitive as they come. He did not give an inch. The nation's No. 12 recruit at his spot on the field in the 247 Composite Rankings, Cobb locked down an offer from Florida State on Saturday. A few days beforehand, Miami sent him a scholarship.
Marvell Tell, S, Encino (Calif.) Crespi: The 6-2 and 175-pound sophomore typically doesn't receive much recognition due to the fact he plays in the same secondary as underclassman Iman Marshall from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly and juniors Kiante Goudeau from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison and Kwesi Mashack from Norco (Calif.). Tell does deserve an acknowledgment. The 6-2 and 175-pounder is talented and was offered by Miami and UCLA this past week alone. Cal and Nebraska have scholarships waiting for him.
Brady White, QB, Newhall (Calif.) Hart: There were plenty of signal-callers at the tournament, yet the 6-2 and 180-pound pro-style sophomore nearly stole the show from his many peers. It certainly helps having a receiving corp that includes juniors Jordan Lasley from Gardena (Calif.) Serra and Dashawn Gordon from Los Alamitos (Calif.) as well as sophomore Trent Irwin from Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Though he has received interest from multiple Pac-12 Conference schools, White does not have an offer. His time is coming.
Tyler Hilinski, QB, Upland (Calif.): When it comes to top billing among the field generals, the 6-3 and 180-pound pro-style sophomore gave White a run for his money. Hilinski did not make many mistakes. And the few times he did, juniors D'Vonte McKneely from Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Jeffery Farrar from Upland (Calif.) along with sophomore Stanley Norman from Culver City (Calif.) bailed him out. Teams have apparently been reluctant to give Hilinski a scholarship. That scenario, however, figures to change soon.