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Top prospects to compete in Beaverton

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Many of the nation's top prospects will be on display this week at the Nike Campus as part of the Nike 7 On national passing tournament.

The tournament features eight of the top high school programs in the country: Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), DeSoto (Texas), Gainesville (Ga.), Lakewood (Calif.), Northwestern (Miami), Pahokee (Fla.), Serra (Gardena, Calif.) and Skyline (Dallas).

"We got the invite awhile back and found out that there is only one other Texas team that is going to be there so we feel honored," Under Armour All-American and Texas cornerback commit A.J. White of DeSoto said. "It's going to be fun to just go up there and compete."

Pool play begins on Thursday at the Nike campus, followed by a single-elimination championship bracket on Friday. The teams will have special nicknames for the event.

Byrnes - Zoom Blade
DeSoto - Super Speed
Gainesville - Merciless
Lakewood - Field Generals
Northwestern - Vapor Trail
Pahokee - Vapor Jets
Serra - Landsharks
Skyline - Zoom Fly

Byrnes wide receiver Nick Jones, whose team competed in the event last year, is ready for the challenge.

"This year we have a better chance," he said. "We are competing with some of the best teams in the country."

Gainesville safety Daunte Carr, a Stanford commit, shared in Jones' excitement.

"Win or lose, the trip will forge the 'family concept' and continue building team chemistry, camaraderie and oneness, which will get us one step closer to our quest in pursuing the Georgia Class 3A championship," Carr said.

Here's a look at some of the players to watch heading into the event.

Byrnes (Zoom Blade)

Running back Marcus Lattimore is one of the top prospects at his position in the country. He was dominant recently in a 7-on-7 tournament held at his school that featured several of the top programs from around the Southeast. Lattimore has dozens of scholarship offers. Florida State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, Maryland, Clemson, Penn State, Rutgers, Oregon and others are among the schools he is interested in.

Jones is an all-purpose player who can take a pitch out of the backfield and will play slot receiver in college. Other receivers like Jazz King and Torian Richardson are Division I prospects with BCS offers as well.

Quarterback Chas Dodd recently picked up his first BCS offer, from Rutgers. He has led the Rebels to two state championships in as many years as a starter.

DeSoto (Super Speed)

In addition to White, DeSoto features Texas wide receiver commit Darius Terrell. The big-bodied Terrell was impressive last week at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships in College Station.

Class of 2011 receivers David Porter and Sam Ajala both have bright futures. Porter did well last week and at the University of Texas prospect camp

Running back/receiver Marcus Murphy, a senior, also impressed last week.

Gainesville (Merciless)

Under Armour All-American receiver Tai-ler Jones, a Stanford commit, is one of the top prospects at his position in the Southeast. He runs smooth routes and has good hands. Jones had nearly three dozen scholarship offers before committing to the Cardinal.

Quarterback Blake Sims is committed to Alabama as an athlete. Sims looked good throwing the football during the Athens Elite 11 workout earlier this summer.

Class of 2011 linebacker A.J. Johnson has multiple scholarship offers and projects to be the next heavily recruited prospect out of Gainesville.

Carr, who is also committed to Stanford, is another Division I prospect who will participate for Gainesville.

Lakewood (Field Generals)

From the May evaluation period to this point, Under Armour All-American quarterback Jesse Scroggins has seen his stock rise tremendously. Southern California is one of the most recent schools to offer the smooth-armed Scroggins a scholarship.

One of Scroggins' favorite targets is receiver Kevin Anderson, a Pac-10-level prospect with multiple scholarship offers.

On the defensive side, safety Dion Bailey is another heavily recruited prospect from Lakewood. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder holds offers from USC, Notre Dame, Tennessee and others.

Miami Northwestern
(Vapor Trail)

Class of 2011 quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a fun player to watch. He was impressive at the Miami Nike Football Training Camp in March when he played quarterback as well as when he lined up at receiver.

Receiver Michaelee Harris is one of the better prospects at a loaded position in South Florida for the 2010 class and tight end Charles Fashaw is a big, athletic target who also impressed in Coral Gables in March.

Running back Corvin Lamb also is an impressive prospect.

On the defensive side, cornerbacks Khambrel McGee (a Florida International commit) and Khalid Marshall, as well as safety Jerome Thomas, are all high-quality players.

Pahokee (Vapor Jets)

Under Armour All-American Chris Dunkley, a newcomer to Pahokee, is one of the top uncommitted receivers in the country. He played last season at Royal Palm Beach and joins his new teammates to form one of the most explosive receiving corps in Florida high school football.

Another top playmaker in the pass-catching corps is receiver De'Joshua Johnson, a Florida State commit and an electric player with the ball in his hands who will thrive in a 7-on-7 format.

And don't forget about West Virginia commit Fred Pickett, who also has excellent speed.

Another future Seminole, cornerback Merrill Noel, anchors the defense. Linebacker Zachary Allen is committed to Wake Forest while safety Raheam Buxton is considering Miami (Fla.) and others.

Serra (Landsharks)

Robert Woods is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Los Angeles area for the 2010 class. Notre Dame, Stanford, USC, Tennessee and a host of others have offered Woods, who could play either side of the ball in college.

A pair of wide receivers, one from this year's class and one from the Class of 2011, also power Serra.

Class of 2011 receiver George Farmer already holds verbal offers from USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and California, among others.

Paul Richardson, a Class of 2010 receiver prospect, has multiple Pac-10 offers and caught 13 touchdowns last season.

Skyline (Zoom Fly)

LSU wide receiver commit Mike Davis is one of two Under Armour All-Americans who will participate with Skyline; the other is recent Texas A&M linebacker commit Corey Nelson.

There are others to watch though, including athlete Joe Powell, who is committed to Oklahoma. The explosive athlete could make plays on either side of the ball for Skyline.

Running back Tony Drake is committed to Michigan and is a great fit in the spread offense that the Wolverines like to run.

Linebacker Domonique Patterson is a future Aggie like Nelson.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.