KT Avery Strong Tournament News and Notes
FRESNO (California) – The KT Avery Strong Tournament returned for the fifth year over the weekend, a return to Fresno and a number of Top 247 prospects were on hand.
KT Prep Money, behind the death of Northern California’s top prospect in 2023, Jaden Rashadawho was named tournament MVP, dominated Deliberate Training Elite in the finals, coming back after trailing early.
It was almost an all-KT Prep final, with KT Prep Greatness holding a late lead against Deliberate Training Elite in the semi-finals, needing just one stoppage with seconds to go. But the No. 2 prospect in Northern California, Curse Dickey, caught a Hail Mary in the final game of regulation, passing a KT Prep Greatness DB to score without more time and force overtime. He then nailed KT Prep Greatness’ overtime attempt to place Deliberate Training Elite in the finals.
It was reminiscent of his last second TD take to win that same tournament a year ago in the championship game when he played with TMP Legacy en route to MVP honors in the 2021 version.
But in the final, which saw Rashada face his replacement in Pittsburgh, 2025 quarterback Marley Alcantara, who threw the Hail Mary at Dickey to tie the semi-final game, the top 5 national quarterback in 2023 was determined to win after taking his team to the finals in 2020 and losing in OT and then getting knocked out a year ago.
Despite the opening practice that saw KT Prep Money reach the goal line, a few drops canceled out a scoring practice and Deliberate Training Elite took an early lead.
But then Rashada threw touchdown passes on the last three possessions, to Pitt teammate Zac Card, committed to Notre Dame Cooper Flanagan and receiver Robbie Mascheroni.
And on the final DT disc to link it, McKoy trip won Alcantara on an athletic pick to seal KT Prep’s first title in three trips to the KT AveryStrong Tournament Finals.
KT Prep Money defeated a young North Coast Elite Graffiti team in the other semi-final.
Alpha Dog: QB Jaden RashadaPittsburgh (California)
Rashada threw an interception on Game 1’s first possession and then didn’t throw another for the rest of the tournament. He threw three touchdown passes in the championship game, pulled off a few drops on opening possession with a couple of stunning throws to put the game away and earn MVP honors after helping KT Prep Money win the tournament .
comics Sailasa VadrawaleRohnert Park (California) Rancho Cotate
Vadrawale was the defensive mainstay of the championship game for KT Prep Money, keeping Dickey out of the end zone for the game and keeping him in front and not allowing him to make the big play in the championship.
WR Curse DickeyChristian from the San Jose Valley (California)
Dickey, however, was a monster throughout the day, his touchdown to tie the semis and his choice to force overtime for the deliberate drive were his strengths, but he was bracketed and doubled and went on. been held back a lot because the teams didn’t. I wanted him to have a chance to beat them, but he did it anyway.
WR Andrew AdisonMountain View (California) St. Francis
Adkison was Luke Duncan’s main target that day, on KT Prep Greatness catching around 70% of their touchdown passes en route to the semis and he continues to be a first machine every time the ball heads for him.
ATH Phillip BellSacramento (California) Christian Brothers (2025)
Bell was arguably the most impressive freshman at the event and the slick and explosive freshman showed natural pass-catching ability, ability to get separation and behind defenses for DB Select .
comics Robin BoydPittsburgh (California)
Boyd has been solid at every event he’s been to this spring and while he never draws attention or praise from his Pitt teammates, he’s the heart and soul of the KT Prep defense, with breaks, locking coverage and high closing speed.
Other notable players:QB Marley AlcantaraPittsburgh (California), QC Dominique IngrassieSan Marino (California), LB Jake SonMill Valley (California) Tamalpais, WR Jadyn HudsonPittsburgh (California), WR Map of ZackPittsburgh (California), WR Logan SaldateSalinas (California) Palma, BC McKoy tripConcord (California) De La Salle,
Here are some recruiting notes from the weekend.
–Quarterback of Pittsburgh (California) Jaden Rashada hopes to whittle down his list next month and he said it will be significantly different from his top 10 he announced in December. Last week he added a big offer from Stanford, which definitely resonated with him, and then this weekend Grambling State extended its first HBCU offer. Rashada is scheduled to visit his hometown Cal and UCLA in March and has already visited Oregon and Washington in January.
–San Jose (California) Valley Christian receiver Curse Dickey just named top 13 state Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, Oregon, San Jose , UCLA, USC and Washington. Dickey also had a bit of fun with his gloves, wearing Oregon gloves one game, Washington gloves the next, and then one of each in another game. He still has a long way to go to make a decision.
–Concord (California) De La Salle running back Charles Greer received his first Pac-12 offer from Utah and the Utes are an offer that intrigues him, especially given their recent success in the backfield. He will visit Oregon and Oregon State next month, while Washington and Boise State show interest.
–Pittsburg (California) cornerback Emmanuel Karnel landed its first two Pac-12 offers, from Arizona State and Washington. He made an unofficial visit to Washington last month for their junior day and the Huskies offered it then. Arizona State offered him last week. He plans to visit USC next month.
–Concord (California) De La Salle tight end Cooper Flanagan remains strong at Notre Dame, even with the loss of Irish tight ends coach John McNulty as offensive coordinator at Boston College. Flanagan committed to Notre Dame when Brian Kelly was still the coach and reaffirmed his commitment to the Irish when Marcus Freeman was promoted. Last week, however, Kelly reappeared in recruiting when LSU offered Flanagan, who was just invited to the 2023 Polynesian Bowl.
–Athlete from Pittsburgh (California) 2025 Jadyn Hudson is arguably the best prospect of 2025 in the Bay Area and he landed his first Pac-12 offer last week when Cal’s hometown offered him, Burl Toler making it as a catcher. The Bears join Pitt, FAU and Utah State in delivering Hudson. He will travel to Michigan State in March.
— Sacramento, California 2025 Christian Brothers Receiver Phillip Bell meanwhile, he could be Sacramento’s top prospect of 2025 and he has a Power 5 offer from Oklahoma State as well as offers from Utah State and the FAU. Michigan State and Michigan will receive his visits next month.
–Santa Ana (California) Mater Dei 2025 running back Jordan Davison is looking for offers for teens and he said USC’s offer was the one closest to his heart, while Utah and Oklahoma State also stood out. Davison will also visit Michigan State and Michigan in March.
–Fresno, Calif. 2024 Clovis West Athlete Marshel Sander has an offer from UMass, his first offer, while Arizona, Fresno State and San Jose State are in constant communication with him. His brother plays at San Jose State and he thinks the Spartans could be his next offer.
— Manteca (California) linebacker Blake Nichelson was boosted to four stars last week after a stellar performance at the National Preps Champion National Combine and he has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, California, State from Fresno, Oregon State, San Jose State and Washington with plans to visit UCLA and Cal in March.