Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason is heading to Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the Pylon Elite National Tournament, a 7-on-7 football tournament.
Eason is ranked as the No. 1 player overall in the Class of 2017 by the 247Sports Composite. A Georgia commit, Eason will lead SP Elite, which won the NW Elite 7on7 tournament last weekend in Washington state.
The use of 7-on-7 football events for colleges to evaluate high school prospects continues to be on the rise and what has become the biggest event nationally both in participation and amount of talent is this weekend in Las Vegas.
More than 100 teams of high school players from around the country will take the field Saturday for pool play at the Heritage Park football complex in the Pylon Elite National Tournament. The event concludes Sunday with a single-elimination format and the championship.
The teams of about 20 players each are club teams, rather than teams representing specific high schools. The event is open invitation with a $1,000 entrance fee per team and teams need to pay for their transportation, hotel and meals.
Organizers say the intent is to give the players exposure and match them up against a level of elite competition that some might not face during their high school seasons.
In its eighth year in Las Vegas, organizers point to a notable list of alumni that includes 13 NFL draft picks in 2014 — including eight in the first round led by No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins — and expected 2015 draft picks such as Heisman Trophy winners and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Houston wide receiver Deontay Greenberry.
See which other national recruits will compete in the Pylon Elite tournament here.