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NLA 7on7: Eye catchers

ROSWELL, Ga. – The prestigious New Level Athletics 7on7 events kicked off in Atlanta on Saturday with the southeast regional. But the event was anything but strictly southeast. The event features athletes from Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and more.

Richy Anderson was extremely productive on Saturday.

With more than 18 teams and hundreds of athletes in attendance, a true ‘top performers’ list is virtually impossible after one day of action. Instead, we take a look at the prospects that caught our eye after the first day of competition.

Richy Anderson, APB/WR, Frederick (Md.) Johnson

Anderson jumped out from the first snap to the last. He is a player that has terrific ability in space and can play out of the backfield or out of the slot. With natural wide receiver ball skills and quick burst ability, Anderson looks like a perfect fit for a ‘Percy Harvin’ type role in an offense, lining up in different spots and getting the ball in a variety of ways.

Anderson currently holds five offers: Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, East Carolina and Temple. Virginia and Penn State have both shown significant interest.

Anderson also has bloodlines. His father Richie Anderson played in the NFL for 13 seasons with the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys.

Chris Jones, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha (2014)

Only a sophomore, Chris Jones already has great size at 6-3 and he has a great wide receiver frame. As a player, he showed terrific body control and ball skills, contorting his body and sticking the football with ease on several occasions.

Jalyn Holmes, TE, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor (2014)

Though he’s only a sophomore, Holmes was arguably the most impressive physical specimen at the entire event. He’s all of 6-5 and well put together. At the event, Holmes is lining up primarily at tight end and though he doesn’t show the most natural ball skills, you can’t miss him running routes. We see him on the defensive side of the ball on the next level but he could project to either tight end or defensive end.

Currently, Holmes holds offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State. Of his early offers the Hokies have really jumped out the most to him but his childhood favorite has always been Florida State and he’s hoping to add some interest from the Seminoles.

Tyree Harris, WR, Marietta (Ga.) High School

In an event that showcases wide receivers, Harris managed to make his presence felt and stand out with some spectacular plays on the football and after the catch. His feet are what really set Harris apart. Not only does he get off the line of scrimmage with east but after the catch he’s able to make people miss even in a one-hand touch setting.

From a recruiting standpoint, Harris is extremely high on Kentucky though he has yet to land an official offer from the Wildcats. He has landed offers from Mississippi State, Boston College, Syracuse, UCF and Missouri.

Reggie Wilkerson, CB, Citra (Fla.) North Marion

Fresh off of a new offer from the Georgia Bulldogs, Wilkerson was one of the top defenders at the 7on7 event through the first day of competition. He has done most of his damage on the offensive side of the ball in high school but he was separating himself as a long cornerback on Saturday.

Wilkerson picked up his Georgia offer on a Friday unofficial visit. The Bulldogs add to an offer list that includes Utah, Iowa State, USF and Duke. Georgia sits alongside Florida at the top of Wilkerson’s list though interest from Arkansas has him intrigued at the possibility of playing offense.

Alvin Kamara, RB, Norcross (Ga.) High School

With a good frame, great quickness and good burst out of the backfield, Kamara looks very capable as a running back but in the 7on7 setting on Friday, he made his plays as a wide receiver. He shows natural wide receiver hands and gets in and out of his cuts like a player very comfortable as a route-runner.

Tyren Jones, RB, Marietta (Ga.) Walton

Jones is a running back on the high school level and in college but he showed a lot of versatility on Saturday evening. He spent much of the evening split out wide and showed speed vertically, natural hands and even some impressive route-running ability.

The Alabama commit is still a running back on the next level though and that is backed by a terrific, sturdy running back frame that should continue to add to the Crimson Tide’s downhill mentality.

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