UA/Mike Stoop 7-on-7 camp report

There were a lot of talented skill position players on display at the Mike Stoops 7-on-7 passing league tournament. Things were a little more spread out than they were for the linemen, but we were still able to see most of the top talent on display.

Quarterbacks

The Cats received a commitment from one of their top quarterback prospects and may not add another, but there were still some impressive passers on display.

Arguably the best passer present was Jason Forcier of San Diego. He led his St. Augustine Saints deep into the tournament. He is big and strong, but was not terribly accurate when we watched him. He reminded us a little bit of Kris Heavner in terms of size and arm strength. We've heard that Arizona may still pursue him, but if he didn't make an immediate impact as a passer they would want him to make the move to safety.

One guy who was terribly impressive was Travis Dixon of Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton. The Huskies' passer is very athletic, but has a nice touch and make very good, quick decisions. As of right now he isn't a high D-I prospect but he could make some smaller school very happy. Before it is all said an done don't count out Dixon becoming a coveted player.

Before the camp Brian Wriston told a local paper that he really wanted to turn some heads at the camp. He played very well, but it remains to be seen if he will garner any elite offers. Wriston is very thin and does not have the strongest arm. He usually finds the open receiver, but threw a couple of bade pick.

A relative unknown was Cleven Dotty or Long Beach Cabrillo. He is a very athletic passer with a decent arm and nice tough. He was particularly deadly on the fade pattern. Idaho State is the only offer he has at this time, but schools like San Diego State and Fresno State have been calling. He is probably a WAC/MWC level player.

Wide Receivers

There were a number of good pass catchers on display, but two were heads and shoulders above the rest.

Chris McGaha was the biggest name out of the receivers present. He is a big, muscular pass catcher that has decent quicks and nice hands. He was used primarily in the slot and proved to be the go-to guy for Moon Valley. Whenever the Rockets needed a first down or a big catch he was the guy. His strength made him a constant target in the redzone. When he got position on a defensive back he never gave it up.

McGaha also plays safety and if the Cats can land him you may see a fight break out between Mike Stoops and Mike Canales to see which side of the ball he'll play. He looked better as a receiver, but he certainly possesses the skills to play safety.

Equaling McGaha was Hamilton's Mekel Wesley. Wesley lacks the height to be a big-time recruit, but that is all he lacks. He has blazing speed and great hands, he also has great separation skills. We saw one play where he snagged a errant pass with one hand and continued in stride to the end zone. He lists himself at 6-11, 175, but he's probably closer to 5-9. He has a lot of muscle packed on the frame and is able to use his strength.

The talk of camp was that ASU had offered but he did not mention it in a brief interview, instead talking about potential offers from UCLA, Oregon and Washington State. He would be open to Arizona if they got more involved and with Wildcat coaches running the camp you can bet they noticed him.

Cabrillo's Deon Tolliver has a lot of tools to work with. He's big, rangy and has great hands. He does lack a burst and it was tough to tell if he was dogging it against weaker competition or if he just isn't very fast. Right now MWC schools are coming the hardest.

Moon Valley had a second receiver we really liked. Trazar Johnson has great height and very nice hands. He made some spectacular catches and is very adept at using his height against shorter opponents. He's built a lot like Biren Ealy, but he looks to be a little taller. We know Johnson was impressing people and he could be a fast-riser in the class.

St. Augustine's Sean Culling was solid, but not spectacular. We heard Channing Trotter may have been at the camp, but we did not locate him.

Defensive backs

There were a couple of defensive specialists who looked solid at the camp. Cabrillo's Michael Samples has nice size and speed and a nose for the ball. He may not be quite fast enough to be an elite player, but he's getting some very nice attention early in the process.

Hamilton's Daniel Hill is tall and quick. He's playing corner in high school but isn't fast enough to be a college corner. He could be a very nice safety though and we've heard some Pac-10 programs have come calling.


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