The 4th Quarter Sports Elite 7-on-7 passing tournament wasn't the most well-publicized event on the national scene. Given the caliber of players in attendance at Salesian High in Los Angeles this past weekend, perhaps the event should have received additional recognition.
Notre Dame is now in the mix for Top247 tight end Tyler Luatua.
Make no mistake about it, there was plenty of talent on hand, including more than a few of the West Coast's premier prospects from the Class of 2014. Some of the country's more high-profile recruits, in fact, made appearances. The level of competition was elite, indeed. Here is a who's who list of the well-known participants.
Tyler Luatua, TE, La Mirada (CA): The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound play-maker is one of the nation's top players, regardless of position. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Luatua is the No. 1 tight end and country's No. 33 individual overall. Alabama and USC are considered as the front-runners for him at this stage of the game. Notre Dame is in the mix and Luatua recently said that he's been impressed with what the Fighting Irish bring to the table. Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA are among the many other potential suitors he's considering.
John Smith, S, Long Beach (CA) Long Beach Poly: Talk about a hot commodity, Smith is on the radar of several powerhouse programs, most notably Michigan and USC. Closer to home, the Trojans have plenty of competition from their counterparts in the Pac-12 Conference. Arizona and Arizona State, along with Washington and Washington State offered the 6-1 and 200-pound athlete. Cal has stepped up its efforts to land a commitment from him as well. UCLA is also a major player. As of now, Smith has no plans to make a decision anytime soon. For everyone involved, the waiting game begins now. Stay tuned for plenty of updates.
Rahshead Johnson, WR, Long Beach (CA) Jordan: He committed to Washington back in late June. The decision, however, might have been a bit premature considering the interest Johnson has generated over the course of the past couple months. Colleges coaches appear to be somewhat intrigued with the speed that the 5-11 and 165-pound wideout possesses. Go ahead and count Nebraska as a big fan of his. The Cornhuskers put a scholarship offer on the table for him recently. Cal and UCLA are a couple of other programs that have been in contact with Johnson.
Jamardre Cobb, LB, Los Angeles (CA) Salesian: At one point, signs pointed to the 6-2 and 215-pound outside backer landing with a team from the Pac-12 Conference. That potential route to playing college ball, however, no longer applies to him. Cobb has emerged as name that's recognized on the national level. Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas Tech have offered him. On a smaller scale, but equally important, Boise State and SMU also have scholarships waiting for Cobb. Not surprisingly, Oregon and USC have recently expressed interest.
Brad Kaaya, QB, West Hills (CA) Chaminade: For those who haven't heard this name before, fear not. Many observers are in the same boat. Kaaya, after all, has flown underneath the radar for a while now. Nevertheless, consider this as a formal introduction to the the 6-4 and 195-pound pro-style quarterback. He does not have any scholarship offers yet, but that fact could chance sooner rather than later. Schools such as Miami, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin have reached out to him the past. Arizona, Stanford and UCLA have been keeping tabs on Kaaya as well.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky
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