Badger Elite 7-on-7 Risers
Feb 28, 2011
Calvert Hall DB Da'Quan Davis
This past weekend was a terrific opportunity for the top skill position athletes from the Northeast region to get together and officially find out who is the best of the best. There were over 40 or so big names in attendance this past weekend, but there were a few athletes who came in under the radar yet really stood out and impressed the StateOfRutgers.com staff. Let’s find out who they are.
Eli Hughes, Running Back, Elizabeth (N.J.): Last week, SOR first brought you a video interview of Hughes, a player we knew had great potential. Although 7-on-7 events are somewhat tailored towards showcasing wide receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs, every once in a while you come across a running back elusive enough to make a name for himself within this format of competition. That is the case with Hughes, who on day one took two running back draws to the house on the first play of two separate drives. Although Hughes had high production in 2010, he has turned many into believers since this past weekend’s event. Expect Rutgers to begin to recruit the 5-foot-8, 170-pounder as a change of pace back.
Trent Corney, Linebacker, Thousand Island Rockford (Canada): Corney suprised many on-lookers in attendance while even overshadowing last weekend's Elite Lineman Challenge up-and comer Eli Ankou. Standing 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds Corney moves like a player half his size and has the athleticism to stick to skill position offenders. Although extremely raw, his athletic ability cannot be denied.
Kevin Olsen, Quarterback, Wayne (N.J.): Olsen has arrived. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound sophomore threw the football around, displaying the poise and accuracy of an upperclassman. However, opposing defenses have two years left of having to compete against this onslaught of offensive talent. Olsen got the ball out quickly at times although he would hold onto it a bit at others. He will become more decisive with age, leading to him establishing himself as one of the area's best.
Najee Glass, Wide Receiver, St. Peters (N.J.): If there were any concerns as to whether Glass can catch the football, he answered those questions with a resounding “yes”. Glass repeatedly came up with big plays that kept the New Jersey Flash chugging along through the first two rounds of one-loss eliminations on Sunday. Glass, a 6-foot-3 receiver, also caught a game-winning touchdown on the final play of a game on day one. Rutgers as well as a few other regional institutions have expressed interest in the wideout with near-Olympic speed. Expect that interest to compound in the coming days.
Da’Quan Davis, Cornerback, Calvert Hall (Md.): So far, only West Virginia has been smart enough to offer the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder. Davis repeatedly shut out wide receivers throughout the two day competition. He is so fast that he would make plays on the other side of the field saving touchdowns. Davis was one of the defensive leaders of the Maryland Dream Team, whose only loss came in the finals of the 32-team tournament to the Maryland Flex team by a score.
Paul Harris, Wide Receiver, DeMatha (Md.): Harris, only a sophomore, was one of the smoothest wide receivers the event had to offer. Standing 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, the top talent ran like a gazelle and caught the ball with his hands as opposed to his body. As of right now, he is extremely under the radar, but being that he plays at DeMatha, that shouldn't last too long. Expect Harris to blow up after catching the attention of players, coaches and media member alike this past weekend.
Steven Longa, Linebacker, Saddle Brook (N.J.): The 6-foot-1, 207 pound Longa was terrific in coverage as he led his Young Gunz Team throughout day one from all areas of the field. Although linebackers don’t often get to make a huge impact in these types of events, Longa displayed the athleticism to run down plays and consistently attack the football. Longa also gave it a go and made plays in space from the offensive side of the football. He routinely caught passes for good chucks of yardage. Expect Rutgers to give him a look.
Anthony Nyers, Wide Receiver, Woodbridge (N.J.): Nyers was one of the most dependable receivers at the event. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder caught everything, and therefore was his team’s go-to guy throughout the two days. You can tell that Nyers is the son of a coach. There was one play where he caught a ball that went about 40 yards in the air, one-handed and over his shoulder, displaying his big-play ability. Nyers has yet to field an offer from an FBS institution, but he is being recruited by a plethora of Big East schools.
Delon Stephenson, Athlete, Sayreville (N.J.): Although Stephenson didn’t get many offensive opportunities due to being one of the better cover guys on the New Jersey Flash team, defenders had a tough time keeping up with the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder.There was one play where he ran a wheel route and really turned on the burners leaving his defender about 15 yards in the dust. Although he ultimately lost the ball in the lights, it’s that type of speed and elusiveness that has earned him an early offer from Rutgers.
Abner Logan, Linebacker, Salem (Mass.): Logan looks how they are supposed to look at the linebacker position. The 210 pounds that he carries already looks like about 225 pounds due to how lean and athletically built he is. Look for many of the schools within the Northeast to give Logan a sniff.
Monte Taylor, Tight End, CH Flowers (Md.): Taylor is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end prospect who moved around well for his size at the event and caught multiple passes. Taylor is so agile that he spent most of his time on the offensive side of the football split out wide. Cover corners had their hands full with the huge pass-catcher who would routinely exploit his size advantage over anyone who dared attempt to cover him. Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Penn State, Wisconsin and now Rutgers are all recruiting him although no one has extended an offer.
Charles Tapper, Tight End, City College (Md.): Tapper is as well put-together of an athlete as we saw at the event; only rivaled by Eli Harold and Kenny Bigelow. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder is another one of those big guys who moves really well. Tapper is likely a defensive end on the next level, but he displayed the ability to get off the line and out-athleticize defenders over the weekend. Oklahoma verbally offered just recently. Expect many more tenders to follow.
Stay tuned as we continue to bring you a plethora of information from the New level Athletics 7-on-7 event.