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Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - One of the top corners at the Las Vegas Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend was Ishmael Adams of event runner-up Team 1925. A big reason why he was routinely shutting down opposing teams' best receivers is the on and off the field work he puts in.

"I never feel like I'm at the peek of my game," Adams said. "I'm working on my speed with Maurice Greene. Out on the field, Brian Kelly is helping me with my footwork and hands. Keyshawn Johnson is helping me with my alignment and reading wide receivers and what they're going to do. Kelly helps a lot with cover-two because he's been to the pros where they practice that a lot."

Holding offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Oregon, SMU and Washington, Adams is planning on taking a few unofficial visits to get to know some schools a bit better.

"I'm going to Oregon's Junior Day," he said. "I'm going to visit Washington and try and go to a Cal camp. I'm going to try and get to UCLA, I think I'm going to try and get up there next week or the week after that. I'm also trying to get to a USC camp."

"With Adams' recruitment figuring to heat up over the coming months, especially with the May Evaluation period on the horizon, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound corner is looking at all schools but does see one standing out from the pack.

Not yet, I'm just keeping everything open right now," Adams said. "Washington talks to my family a lot so I talk with them and they're being real with me."

One of the first things Adams is looking for in a school is a strong dentistry program, which is what he would like to major in. Facilities and coaching staff are two other factors that will influence his eventual decision.

Utah athlete Hansen impressing at multiple positions

One of the most intriguing players at the competition was Highland (Utah) athlete Chase Hansen. A true embodiment of the athlete label, the talented recruit was working on one side of the ball during most of the tournament.

"I've been working on a lot of quarterback things but I'm out (at 7-on-7) mainly working all defense," Hansen said. "I'm definitely trying to work on defensive back/linebacker type stuff like footwork and whatever else I need."

Hansen likely projects best as a safety on defense with his 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame and good speed. However, he displayed a strong arm in limited action as a junior and has seen a number of teams also give him a look on the offensive side of the ball.

"It's been mixed. Basically what they've been saying is athlete," he said. "Some schools have said quarterback, other schools have said linebacker. Utah has said athlete while Washington has said just quarterback.

"Whatever position I'll be best at but I've been kind of working towards quarterback. We'll see what happens because I feel like I can play defense. But quarterback is definitely something I'll be working towards."

Holding just two scholarship offers, Hansen is starting to see interest from several Pac-12 schools increase and could be on the verge of several more offers.

"Just BYU and Utah right now," he said. "Stanford is recruiting me pretty heavily as a safety/quarterback and Washington as just a quarterback. As far as BYU and Utah, I'm just waiting to see what happens and get an idea of what I want to do."

Hansen is planning on taking in one-day camps at Stanford, USC, BYU and Utah over the next few months to continue to get noticed by college coaches. He recently took an unofficial visit to see the Cardinal in person and is in the process of planning several others.

"I just took one to Stanford and might take one to Washington as well as Oregon," he said. "Stanford was awesome. I mean it's Stanford. I've always kind of wondered what the visit would be like and it was good, if not better than I thought it would be. The facilities, the tradition, the field was awesome. The city where it's located is awesome too."

Hansen plans on taking his time and waiting for more offers to come in before making a decision.

Cope-Fitzpatrick sees recruiting pickup

Rocklin (Calif.) tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is one of the top pass catchers on the West Coast and is starting to see his list of scholarship offers reflect as much.

"I picked up two from Colorado and Nebraska," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "It's nice getting an offer from Nebraska, outside the Pac-12. Florida said they are going to offer in May. A lot of schools said when they come out (for the May Evaluation Period) they're going to offer."

Though the May Evaluation period may see his stock take off even further, Cope-Fitzpatrick is planning to tone things down between now and then on the recruiting front.

"It looks like I'm going to take a break right now," he said. "I've got spring ball so no visits or anything. Right around May things should pick back up again. I'm going to the Stanford Nike Camp because it's closer to where i live in the Sacramento area. It's convenient so I can take more trips. I'm going to do some college camps but I don't know which ones yet. Maybe to some ones that I don't have an offer to so I can show them."

Cope-Fitzpatrick recently took in Cal's Junior Day and throughly enjoyed his visit the Berkley. The Bears are one of his five Pac-12 offers but he doesn't plan on narrowing the list anytime soon.

"My main thing right now is to just get quantity," he said. "I'd like to get as many as I can until July and then cut it down to eight and stick with my eight all the way through December. Then I'll make my decision in early December. Definitely before Signing Day, I want schools to know I'm their guy."

News and Notes

- 2013 Bingham (Utah) defensive end Lowell Lotulelei was named Defensive Line MVP while Encino (Calif.) tackle Jordan Simmons was named Offensive Line MVP.

- Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler said his recent commitment to Arizona State, "Was a soft verbal." He'll take all five of his official visits in the fall and will visit UCLA's spring practice and go to the Nike Camp at USC. Lawler also plans on attending the Arizona State Junior Day on April 2nd.

- Marc Evans was the top quarterback at the event and led his team, B2G, to a comeback win in the championship game. Though he doesn't have an offer, he said Cal and Oregon State are the front runners. He added that he plans on taking in Oregon State's spring game next month.

- Wide receiver Bryce Treggs said he was still sitting at eight offers, including ones from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. He is in the process of attending Junior Days over the next few months in order to get to know the coaching staffs of several schools.

"I'm going to ASU Junior Day and Notre Dame on the 16th," he said. "I was at Cal Junior Day and that was pretty good."

- Quarterback Jeff Lindquist reported offers from Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Northern Colorado but it appears that the Huskies might have the upper hand in his recruitment.

"It's really exciting, that's been my childhood school," he said. "I like the coaches and it's a really good school. Both my parents went there and I like that it's close to home."

- Wide out Kodi Whitfield is holding an Arizona State offer and recently picked up one from Washington. The Atlanta-born Whitfield said he plans on checking out several SEC schools such as Georgia in addition to taking a closer look at several Pac-10 schools.

"I have a lot of interest in Washington and I want to take a visit up there and will probably go up there for their spring game on April 30th," he said. "I'm thinking about going to Arizona State's Junior Day on the 2nd. I've taken a Junior Day visit to UCLA and have been receiving mail from Pac-10 schools like Oregon, Stanford, USC, Cal and some Big 10 schools like Northwestern."

Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Las Vegas 7-on-7 Championship Highlights

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Elite travel teams B2G and Keyshawn Johnson's 1925 staged a back and forth competition for the Badger Sports 7-on-7 West Region Championship at UNLV on Sunday.

Check out some highlights of the game featuring B2G quarterback Marc Evans, wide receiver Gabe Marks, tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, cornerback Kevon Seymour and 1925 standout wide receivers Jordan Payton, Kodi Whitfield, Bryce Treggs, corrnerback Ishmael Adams and linebacker Jeremiah Allison.



Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 12:31 am
 

B2G comes out on top (again) at Vegas 7-on-7

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - On another dreary day on the campus of UNLV, defending champion Team B2G proved that - especially in Las Vegas - it's hard to knock off the champ. Running the two minute drill to perfection to tie the game, the defending Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 champions pulled out the narrow victory over Keyshawn Johnson's Team 1925 in a thrilling, back and forth game between California based all-star teams. 

Following the game-tying touchdown with no time left on the clock, B2G grabbed a quick 10 yard completion to pull out the win in a longest yard-format overtime. The come from behind victory over rival 1925 made holding up the trophy that much sweeter for many on the team.

"it was amazing. To win twice, I feel like this one was even better than last year," Rocklin (Calif.) tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. "We did so bad yesterday and this is my last time out and I'm going out a winner. I'm going out on top.

"This should have been a TV show."

There were plenty of camera crews in attendance at the popular event but Cope-Fitzpatrick would likely tell them to erase the tape of B2G's round-robin play from Saturday, when the team went 1-3. They ended up seeded 27th out of the event's 34 teams but the talented group of all-stars ended up pulling things together for day two.

Thanks to several great plays from USC-bound wide receiver Jordan Payton early in the game, Team 1925 took a 22-16 lead ahead of B2G's final posession. Though they gave up the game tying touchdown, 1925 almost had a chance to win the game in overtime but highly regarded wide receiver Bryce Treggs couldn't quite get to a deep pass along the sidelines for the win.

"I tried to adjust to it but the wind pushed it a little bit," Treggs said. "You just have to adjust to it, you can't use the wind as an excuse."

B2G ran through their section of the bracket to reach the championship game, finding the end zone with ease using a move-the-chains attack. The impressive play Sunday afternoon was a much different sight from the day before when the team struggled to score offensively.

"We were a lot more focused today. We fixed a lot of the little things, looking the ball in, coverages and everybody's energy was up," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "(Marc Evans) lit it up. Michael Bercovici did the same thing last year."

Evans, a lightly recruited quarterback stole the show from many of his talented teammates. Rarely throwing an incompletion, the 6-foot-2, 210 pounder out of Ventura (Calif.) displayed poise and a strong arm as he led his team to the championship.

"It was really fun out here with all my teammates," Evans said. "All these players are D-1 talent and I can go to any one of them. It's really just what the defense gives me. Just take what they give you because sometimes you don't know what coverage they're going to be in. I always just look for the open man."

Evans played well throughout the day and took the reigns of his team as the only quarterback taking snaps once single elimination play began. He had good touch and was impressive in looking off defenders and going through his progression. The very humble Evans never seemed to get caught up in the moment and came into the day focused on just getting better.

"Mainly working my deep ball," he said. "Quicker release, throwing off my back foot too."

Though Evans does not hold any offers, Cal and Oregon State are among the schools that have showed interest. He plans to unofficially visit the Beavers while they go through spring practice. Likely to receive more attention based on his performance the past two days, Evans is looking for one offer in particular.

"UCLA is probably my main one," he said. "I've always liked them ever since I was a little kid. I went to the Oregon State-UCLA game and I really liked it. I've always wanted to play there."

Based on his performance at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, it wouldn't be all that surprising if the now championship-caliber signal caller gets his wish.

Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: March 20, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Badger Sports Day 1 Standouts

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - Wind? Check. Cold? Check. Elite talent? Double check.

That was the story at the Badger Sports Elite Lineman Challenge and 7-on-7 competition held on the campus of UNLV on Saturday. Some of the top talent from all over the west came to compete and get noticed. Here's six players who stood out with their play on the field.

1. Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry

The Fresno (Calif.) wide out/safety was one of the few players to make consistent play after play despite the conditions. It's hard to stand out from the crowd with so many players at an event like this but Greenberry easily was the top performer. The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder has good size and speed and was a touchdown machine all day. Greenberry was also smooth in coverage and picked off several passes. At this point he is probably more of a wide receiver but he could play safety due to his excellent size.

2. Wide receiver Darreus Rogers

The USC commit was the complete package out on the field. Rodgers ran good route and got in and out of his break quickly on most routes while using his body to effectively keep defensive backs away from the ball. He was a terror in the red zone and had a great set of hands that snatched the ball out of the air.

3. Quarterback Troy Williams

On a day where the wind was gusting up to 40 miles per hour, Williams was one of the few quarterbacks who seemed to deal with the wind well. Though he doesn't have ideal height at 6-foot-1, he has a cannon and can throw the ball just about everywhere on the field. The Harbor City (Calif.) signal caller said he has offers from Washington and Nevada but that Oregon has been showing interest. Though he didn't have the best set of receivers on the field at times, Williams made his team better and led them on an impressive run in round-robin play, including an upset of all-star Team 1925.

4. Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons

Simmons is one of the best offensive linemen in California and he showed he's one of the best in the west with his performance in the Elite Lineman Challenge earlier in the morning. He's adjusted his weight and looks better than he has in the past but still projects to be a very good guard at the next level. He threw bags and defenders away with ease and was surprisingly agile for someone his size. He said he'll visit local school USC unofficially in a few weeks but he's wide open at this point and has offers from coast-to-coast.

5. Cornerback Kevon Seymour

Holding down the corner spot for one of the top teams in the event, B2G, Seymour was impressive in coverage against some of the top wide receivers in the competition. The Pasadena (Calif.) corner played well in press coverage but also peeled off his man and played zone very effectively. By the end of the day, quarterbacks stopped throwing in his direction because they just couldn't complete anything. Expect his recruitment to take off as he's quickly becoming one of the top corners in California.

6. Defensive end/offensive lineman Dejon Allen

One of the few defensive lineman to impress at the event, Allen was very good in one-on-ones and won nearly every repetition. He showed a good initial burst but also good footwork and strength to push around opposing lineman. He also was one of the better offensive lineman when going on that side of the ball but at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, projects better on the defensive side. He reports offers from Arizona and New Mexico.

 
 
 
 
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