LAS VEGAS-Yesterday, we featured our top performers from day one at the NLA 7-on-7 tournament. That free article can be viewed here.
Five-star Su'a Cravens was the top overall performer at a loaded NLA Elite 7on7 this past weekend at UNLV in Las Vegas.
With the event now completed, here's a final look at the top performers from the weekend and other notes.
Once again, five-star Su'a Cravens not only showcased his talent yesterday but backed it up today. What may have even been more impressive about his effort is it was done mostly on offense. Today he spent all of his time solely on offense. Cravens has tremendous athletic ability for a player his size. If rankings were being determined strictly by what we saw today, he certainly backed up his No. 9 national ranking.
Yesterday, we featured cornerback Priest Willis and he did nothing to change our opinion. At a stout 6-foot-2 he's simply has incredible upside with a future at corner. It's entirely possible he could be moved to safety, but at this event he played solely at corner and was one of the premier corners at the event. He’s got strength and good enough hips to turn and run when receivers can get off the line against him or he’s playing off.
Willis was not alone on a talented B2G 5-stars team in the secondary. It was hard to single out only two players but at safety Tahaan Goodman was everywhere. When Goodman and Willis were on the same side of the field, not many balls were completed.
Despite the loss Troy Williams found X'avier Shepherd and John Ross often to get the championship game. All three players are top performers from the event. Williams was a patient surgeon with the ball, showcasing solid decision making. Ross had a big day today while Shepherd was the big target yesterday. Despite not winning the event, on paper this 1925 All-star team was absolutely loaded.
Team DB Guru boasted some talent of their own in the backfield. But L.J. Moore was smooth and had two solid days. He didn't make many interceptions, but to his credit not many completions were made to his man. Moore is tall with long arms and should he continue to develop could be a real steal for a BCS-level program.
Quarterback Jake Lloyd was a solid passer both days which propelled his team to be eventual champions. His favorite target was talented prep Talon Shumway who has very physical and tough for smaller defensive backs to guard. Both players are easily considered among the top performers of the event.
In the sleeper category, we found ourselves impressed every time we watched Chino Hills (Calif.) receiver Jack Austin. Austin certainly has the size but always found the soft spot and rarely dropped a pass. This talented player may be in line to have a big spring on the recruiting trail.
In such a deep pool of talent it would be easy to list at least 15 or more names here. But there were a handful of recruits that either lived up to their billing or made name for themselves with a solid weekend.
Receivers Clarence Taylor and Kendall Keith for Team GridIron had solid days on Sunday. And cornerback Thaddeus Daniels from the same team was tough in his coverage all day long. Those three players joined four-star Sebastian LaRue as a tough nucleus for Team GridIron.
Team Oregon had a surprising day on Sunday featuring a collection of player from Oregon. Typically the state is not rich with elite talent, but they found a way to win. One prospect we identified was Rex Putnam (Ore.) wide receiver Deshawn Stephens. He was quick enough and had long arms. He may not be on the elite level but he can certainly play. Johnny Ragin and Wyatt Houston were two other prospects for Team Oregon passing the eye ball test.
Team B2G Scorch featured a quartet of defensive backs which was easily their strong suit. Led by safety Jayme Otomewo, corners Victor Bolden, Tre Wilcoxen and Devin Holiday were each tough in coverage. Otomewo is very physical in the backfield and has been picking up interest as of late. Bolden is extremely quick and although slightly smaller, he's big enough to get after the ball. Wilcoxen has a bit more size but is not nearly as quick as Bolden, but quick enough. Holiday was a relatively unknown heading into the event, but was very tight in coverage all day long.
Perhaps one of the top quarterbacks at the event was Jarrett Solomon. Quite simply he is a 'gamer' and rallied his team on more than one occasion. The Bishop Gorman (Nev.) standout has a very tight release and is well timed on his deep ball. Solomon could be an extremely talented quarterback at the college level if he can continue to develop.