BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Touted prospects Kenny Bigelow and David Sills hope to someday lead the USC Trojans to a national title. For now, they'll have to settle for a 7-on-7 crown. On Sunday, the duo -- along with several other standouts from the Delaware region -- topped a team from Michigan in the finals of the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 national championship. The event featured many elite recruits, and several of them had strong showings on Day 2 of the two-day event. To recap things from Brooklyn, we take a look at some of the prospects who excelled with our list of top performers.
1. Quin Blanding, S, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside (Class of 2014): Every time he steps onto the field, it becomes more and more obvious the five-star prospect is an elite talent. On Saturday, he was exceptional. On Sunday, he was -- at times -- other worldly. Blanding covers so much ground in the secondary and owns such great instincts he almost always finds himself in the center of the action. And at this level, few have his ball-hawking ability. A couple of his interceptions Sunday were head-turners. Not only does Blanding have great physical skills, he's clearly blessed with a high football IQ, and he plays with passion every snap.
2. Will Fuller, WR, Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic: The Penn State commit is listed at 6-feet, 165 pounds but he plays much bigger than that. More than once he climbed the proverbial ladder to go up and over a defensive back to make a reception. Fuller ran terrific routes, getting in and out of his breaks well to gain separation. His hands were very good, and he also was exceptional after making the catch -- particularly in space.
3. Dhameer Bradley, WR, Bear (Del.) Eastern Christian Academy: It's possible no player raised his stock over the weekend more than the Connecticut commit. Bradley isn't all that big at 5-feet-9, 165 pounds, but he's built very well, has better-than-average speed, catches most passes thrown his way and is elusive after the catch. With Bradley, the ability to make a quick move following a reception is one of his greatest assets. There is no hesitation, no wondering where the defender is. He catches the ball, and in a flash, he's off. Bradley's one-cut ability is very good, and he's generally very shifty in space. He also has that extra gear and knows when to use it.
4. Corwin Cutler, QB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes: The Virginia commit had another solid overall day, helping his team go deep into the tournament. As we stated Saturday, Cutler is blessed with a natural, fluid throwing motion that has no loose parts and produces a ball with great velocity and spin. For the most part, he made sound decisions and put the ball where it needed to be Sunday. And when required to fire a pass into a small window, more often than not he did -- and did it well.
5. Taquan Mizzell, RB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside: Mizzell wasn't quite as sharp as the previous day, but nonetheless was very good. In space, he arguably was the most elusive player at the event. Mizzell is blessed with excellent speed and elite one-cut ability, and when you combine those two things you get someone that is incredibly difficult to corral. Mizzell can stop on a dime, then start back up and accelerate to top-end speed an in instant, giving defenders little time to react.
6. Jamil Kamara, WR, Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne (Class of 2014): Kamara, a four-star prospect, can play either receiver or defensive back, but he really impressed as a pass catcher here in Brooklyn. For starters, he possesses and ideal frame (6-feet-2, 190 pounds) and is more solidly built than most receivers at his age. Kamara not only runs well and catches just about everything, he's physical and knows how to use his hands at the line of scrimmage to not allow his route to be altered by press coverage. Kamara's concentration when the ball was in the air also stood out, as did his ability to make leaping grabs.
7. David Sills, QB, Bear (Del.) Eastern Christian Academy (Class of 2015): Sills struggled a bit with his mechanics during the event (his motion had a little hitch, and several passes came out funny), but guess what? He still had a solid overall effort. And, of course, he guided his team to the title. Sills has an excellent frame, solid footwork and good vision. He is great at anticipating which receiver will get open and getting the ball to him. Sills makes quick decisions, and rarely throws to the wrong man. He also made things happen on designed rollouts. Looking back, it was difficult to recall him making a bad decision.
8. Tyler Wiegers, QB, Franklin (Mich.) Detroit Country Day School (Class of 2014): The junior was very good in helping his Michigan Elite team reach the championship game. The 6-feet-3, 190-pound Wiegers is a big kid with a strong, accurate arm. The balls comes off his right hand with good spin and tremendous zip. Wiegers, who already has a few offers, made quick reads and fast decisions, then typically delivered a strike. In one game, he didn't have a single incompletion.
9. Kenny Bigelow, DT, Bear (Del.) Eastern Christian Academy: Although he will play defensive tackle in college, the USC Trojans commit likes to compete in 7-on-7 events, and he isn't bad at all at tight end. The best defensive tackles in college and the NFL are known for having great flexibility, and Bigelow showed that he is excellent for his age in that area. He had several catches during the event, and more than once made quick, sharp moves upfield after securing the ball. He's truly a tremendous athlete for someone who weighs in the 280-pound range.
10. Cameron Thomas, QB, South Lyon (Mich.) South Lyon: The 6-feet-4, 185-pound Western Michigan commit had a strong event while splitting reps with Wiegers. A few things stood out. 1. He had an extremely high completion percentage; 2. He didn't make many dumb throws. Thomas has a quick release and often hit his intended receiver right in the hands. Accuracy wise, he clearly was among the best QBs on hand.
*According to Cutler, he is rock solid to Virginia but that hasn't stopped other colleges from recruiting him. East Carolina continues to pursue him "hard" and Marshall also hasn't given up. Cutler, though, not only seems focused on the Cavaliers but on helping lure more top-instate players to Charlottesville, Va. Mizzell is one of his biggest targets.
*Speaking of Mizzell … he said Sunday that Clemson, Virginia and West Virginia stand out at the moment. Look for Mizzell to have an official top five in the next "week or so."
*Kamara is already starting to narrow things down a bit in his head and it appears as though Virginia may be the front-runner at the moment. But keep an eye on LSU. The Tigers haven't offered yet, but if they do they could become a serious player for his services. Also, don't count out Virginia Tech. That's another program about which the standout receiver speaks highly.
*Who is recruiting running back Wendell Smallwood of Bear (Del.) Eastern Christian Academy the hardest? "I'd probably have to say West Virginia," he said. "They're always blowing me up. The mail is always coming." Right now, the Mountaineers and Rutger look like the teams to beat. Smallwood said he will release of list of top schools later this summer, than probably get things over with a week or two after that.