Boehm Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 MVP

FRESNO, CA – Cal commit Kyle Boehm, earning MVP along the way, led Team Pro Sport to the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 championship on Friday evening at Deran Koligian Stadium. The same stadium that Cal RB target Brendon Bigelow plays his home games in. While Bigelow didn't play, he did meet Boehm for the second time this summer. Could these elite four-star prospects be future teammates?

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty quarterback Kyle Boehm (6-3, 205) had a stellar evening Friday night leading Team Pro Sport – coached by A.J. Rangel – to 14-12 victory over Team Driller (Bakersfield, Calif.) in Passing Down's Elite 7-on-7 Challenge.

Boehm was named MVP of the tournament.

However, for Cal fans, his greatest achievement on Friday may have been improving his bond with Fresno (Calif.) Central running back Brendon Bigelow.

Boehm and Bigelow met last month for the first time on the Golden Bears Campus for Cal's three-day camp back on June 18. The two traded numbers and kept in contact. But Friday was the first face-to-face contact since them.

Kyle Boehm with Brendon Bigelow at
Passing Down Camp.
Photo by Mario Gomez
"Yeah, we talked," said Boehm. Of course, Bigelow just smiled when asked if he talked to Boehm. Bigelow is one of the nicest kids you'll meet, but when it comes to talking about the details in his recruitment, he's coy. Despite all the attention he's received, still remains a (soft) verbal commitment to Washington. But that may change.

Boehm and Bigelow were some of the top prospects at the inaugural event. USC bound Cody Kessler led Team 100 and Cal offerees Shaq Thompson and James Sample were on Team NorCal. Bigelow would have been on Team 559. But he continues to rehab his knee, and he is not cleared to play. Regardless, Team 559 was loaded with 2012 Cal offeree cornerback Tee Shepard and 2012 quarterback Mike Baker, running back Robert Johnson, and wide receiver B.J. Kelley.

But Boehm and Team Pro Sport came ready to play. After falling short at the Las Vegas Badger/New Level 7-on-7 in March and losing to Team AIGA in the Memorial 7-on-7 in May, Boehm, linebacker Rufus Wolokolie, and wide receiver/cornerback Kris Olugbode and the rest of Pro Sport were determined to bring home a championship trophy for Coach Rangel.

"We've come up short in twice already, we're looking forward to bring one home," said Boehm.

Along the way, Boehm had the opportunity to face USC bound Kessler. In pool play, Kessler's Team 100 squad got the best of Team Pro Sport, 22-14. But in the semifinals, Boehm led Pro Sport to a 7-6 win to advance to the championship.

"Cody and I faced each other in Vegas, but we really didn't know each other that well then," said Boehm. "[Tonight] we really didn't talk very much, me and Cody – one-on-one – didn't really talk."

Both quarterbacks respect each other, but with each going to opposite schools in the Pac-10, their "friendship" is going to heat up.

"There's definitely going to be a rivalry," said Boehm.

Boehm has improved at each camp this spring. He recently returned from Steve Clarkson's Super 7 just days before Passing Down's event on Friday night. "I learned a lot about myself, my footwork, and everything I need to improve on," Boehm said of Clarkson's camp. "I got a lot of work to do, I'm never satisfied."

One thing often overlooked in his game is his speed. Last year at the Los Angeles combine, Boehm clocked a 7.22 shuttle – third fastest at the combine – but more impressive is his latest forty-yard dash time. "The last 40 I ran was with A.J. [Rangel], it was a 4.63," said Boehm. "I think it's pretty accurate, I ran it twice."

Mitty runs a spread option offense that allows Boehm to show his speed and running ability. "We running the same offense as last year," he added. "We may add some shotgun."

As far as recruiting, Boehm has made it clear his verbal commitment is solid. "The only school I've been hearing from is Cal," he said.

Now, can he convince Bigelow to feel the same?

Stay with and for continuing coverage of the Passing Down Camp this weekend.

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