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May 31, 2014

Mile High 7-on-7: Top performers

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DENVER -- Saturday's Mile High 7-on-7 event had an unmistakably local feel, as all five teams in attendance were from the state of Colorado. There was adequate talent on display at the event, though, as some of the best players in the state showed up to compete.

Below is a list of the top performers from Saturday's tournament, which was held at Denver's Evie Garrett Dennis School.

Mile High 7-on-7: TOP PERFORMERS
1 DB
Eric Lee
Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian
At a tournament that featured just a handful of true FBS prospects, Lee looked dominant as expected. His physicality was the star of the show, as Lee has developed into a nasty press corner capable of jamming wide receivers at the line. Lee, who frustrated nearly every player he matched up with, remains solidly committed to Nebraska and is recruiting other players for the Huskers. He didn't make many outstanding plays on Saturday but that was because quarterbacks stayed far away from his side of the field.
2 QB
Tommy Lazzaro
Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek
Lazzaro's hot offseason contoured at the Mile High 7-on-7, as he contoured to show off a strong arm and impressive accuracy. It certainly helped his cause that his wide outs were superior athletes to the defensive backs they faced, but Lazzaro made his share of impressive throws and crammed the ball through tight windows. Lazzaro is still awaiting his first scholarship offer and plans to camp at Kansas State, Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona.
Arealous Hughes
Aurora (Colo.) Rangeview
Hughes has a nice build and an impressive burst. He is capable of playing both defensive back and wide receiver. His build is closer to that of a cornerback but he shined on offense in Saturday's setting. Hughes gets off the line extremely well and served as a lethal deep threat for his team all afternoon. Hughes is fielding preliminary recruiting interest from a number of schools but is yet to secure a scholarship offer.
4 RB
Milo Hall
Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek
Hall is definite a college prospect and has the speed to play at the FBS level. His size holds him back to an extent, but he was seemingly everywhere on Saturday afternoon. Hall was as effective as any prospect at the event and showcased nice dexterity to go along with his impressive acceleration. He currently holds one offer -- an invite from Northern Colorado, but larger programs, including Wyoming and Colorado, are also taking a look.
5 DB
Jalen Rakim Moore
Denver (Colo.) East
Moore was probably the day's most pleasant surprise. He has the size and closing speed necessary to play safety at the college level but needs a little bit of polishing technique-wise. Even still, he made as many plays as any defensive back in attendance and showed a nose for the football as well as a hyper-aggressive disposition that resulted in a few inadvertent but jarring hits. Moore is garnered college interest from Oregon State, Arizona State and others. His senior season will determine if the buzz gives way to offers.
6 DB
Avery Anderson
Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek
Anderson played wide receiver, cornerback and safety at the event. And while he'll play corner at the college level, he looked best at safety. Anderson has some fine-tuning to do at the corner spot but was a contributor at every position he played. He made his share of plays on defense and scored a handful of touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. Anderson is committed to Nebraska and has not waivered on his pledge.
7 RB
DJ Luke
Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek
At 220 pounds, Luke is a power back that could easily function as a fullback if the offense he played in called for one. He possesses impressive shiftiness for his size and proved capable of catching the ball out of the backfield on Saturday. Luke received limited carries as a backup option to UCLA-bound Nathan Starks and Milo Hall last season but should be a focal point as a senior. He is yet to receive his first scholarship offer.
8 DB
Collin Willis (2017)
Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek
With just one year of high school under his belt, Willis moves extremely well and possesses impressive instincts. Still, what stands out most about him at this juncture is his build. A sophomore to be, the 6-foot safety looks like an upperclassmen already and could develop into a high-level prospect down the road with the right coaching. He's certainly a name to watch.

Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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