IMG 7 on 7 Recap- The Offense

The IMG West Region Championship was loaded with not just teams from the Southern California area but NorCal and Arizona as well. Here's a look at the top offensive players who caught our eye over the two day event.

B2G Five Star exacted some revenge on Body By Tra to win the tournament. BBT had beaten B2G five times in a row in previous tournaments but after an OT scare in the quarters against TGS Warriors, B2G rolled over everyone.

Here's a look at the top offensive players from the tournament, and we'll check out the defensive standouts later in the week.

2014 Checklist

Jalen Brown, WR Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe- Brown was very impressive and might be the most polished receiver in the region. He has very good size, hands and body control and has an advanced feel for how to play the position. He looked great at safety as well but receiver is definitely his favorite position and where he had the bigger impact this past weekend.

Erik Brown, WR Fontana (Calif.) Summit- There a lot of similarities between the two Brown's Jalen and Erik (no relation). Both are about 6-2, very smooth, and catch everything. Whereas some young receivers really fight the ball, Brown has suction cups for hands and better than average downfield speed and athleticism as well.

Dashon Gordon, WR Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Gordon is a dynamic playmaker who always seems to step up for B2G. We've compared him to Oregon State signee Victor Bolden in the past because of his similar size and explosiveness. He may not be quite as fast as Bolden but is a more polished pass catcher at the same stage.

Jordan Lasley, WR Gardena (Calif.) Serra- It's going to be a lot of fun to watch the Serra offense this year and Lasley should be a big part of it. He has made incredible strides this past spring and was extremely clutch for B2G this past weekend. BBT has owned B2G but Lasley came up big with several big third down catches as well as multiple touchdowns against their nemesis in this one.

Emmanuel Butler, WR Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe- Butler probably had more highlight reel catches than any other receiver. It seemed at least once a game, Butler would catch a deep ball or an end zone fade over a pair of helpless defenders. Butler looks all of 6-3, 200 pounds and with his overall athleticism, he's a pretty intriguing player to watch this coming summer.

Matthew Palmer, WR Menifee (Calif.) Heritage- Palmer is a versatile player who has played corner, safety and receiver this past spring and stood out this weekend as a pass catcher. Palmer has very good size, good straight line speed and a nice catch radius. He's a tough red zone matchup and the offensive side of the ball might be his ultimate meal ticket.

Chase Forrest, QB Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Forrest is an impressive looking quarterback and a definite Div I prospect. He saw part time action last year for the Monarchs but will run the show this season. Forrest has a plus arm, makes good decisions and can really spin it. He's solid mechanically and his accuracy should continue to improve with repetition.

Tai Tiedamann, QB Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- Tiedemann has a cannon and had arguably the strongest arm in the tournament. He can fit the ball in to small windows because of his arm strength but showed off some nice touch on a few fade balls as well. Tiedemann has good size and his frame will fill out. If he can improve his accuracy and decision making, he ha a chance to develop in to a legitimate prospect.

Josh Fuglsang, TE Panorama City (Calif.) St. Genevieve- Fuglsang was a revelation this past weekend and looks like one of the most versatile players in the state. He plays several positions for his H.S team and probably projects best as an H-Back or fullback type at the next level. He has a very strong body, great hands and plenty of toughness.

Michael Sewell, WR Palmdale (Calif.) Highland- Sewell looks the part of a big play receiver and delivered this weekend. He doesn't have great down field speed but can run past guys and is a plus athlete. He's a polished route runner, has a strong body that he used to get off press coverage and showed strong hands as well.

Mikah Holder, WR Oceanside (Calif.)- Holder was hobbled with a sore leg but still made some dynamic plays. The receiver has very good quickness getting off the line, runs great routes and catches everything with his hands, away from his body.

Tim Hernandez, WR Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe- Hernandez was a player we were told to watch out for prior to the tournament and he didn't disappoint. No one could cover Hernandez and if official stats were taken, the receiver may have led the tournament in catches. He runs well, has great hands and drew some Wes Welker comparisons from onlookers.

Ajene Harris, WR Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw- We've only seen Harris play quarterback in the past but he was very impressive at receiver and corner. Being a quarterback, it shouldn't be surprising that he understands route running but he really impressed with his overall athleticism and ability to make big plays.

Jeff Farrar, WR Upland (Calif.)- We've spotlighted Farrar at safety in the past but he had a big weekend at receiver. The athlete made catches down the field and worked the middle of the field as well. He's a versatile athlete who will have the ability to play on either side of the ball in college depending on what the bigger need for said team will be.

2015 Checklist

Brady White, QB Newhall (Calif.) Hart- White was the unofficial MVP of the tournament and had another steady weekend. White was especially affective on the deep balls and was hitting his receivers in stride all weekend. He made big throws in the clutch and has a rare poise and calmness to him well beyond his years.

Tyler Hilinski, QB Upland (Calif.)- Hilinski and White have been battling in the finals of a tournament almost every weekend it seems. This was another strong event for Hilinski who showed off his strong, accurate arm and quick decision making.

Joseph Jones, (2016) WR Upland (Calif.)- Jones is just a freshman but is making clutch ‘Moss' like catches look routine now. He's so big and athletic and has great timing in jump ball situations. Jones is already a red zone weapon and with two more years left to grow and learn the position, he has a chance to develop in to a national prospect.

Trent Irwin, WR Newhall (Calif.) Hart- It was another typical weekend for Irwin catching everything thrown in his direction. It really is amazing to watch as Irwin is one of the few pass catchers who doesn't wear gloves yet has the fewest drops of any pass catcher every tournament. He understands how to get open and is extremely clutch.

Malik Roberson, RB Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Roberson is a lightning quick running back who is filling out, especially in his upper body. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, can make a defender miss in the open field and has great top end speed. Look for a huge year from Roberson this coming season.

John Arzola, WR Oceanside (Calif.)- Arzola played in the slot and was open all day long. He's very quick off the snap, has a nice wiggle to him and showed a great burst getting in and out of his breaks.

Anthony Taele, TE El Camino (Calif.)- Taele lines up at tight end but has a fullback body and that's probably his best position down the line. He's physically strong, can get separation and has very soft hands.

Greyson Bankhead, WR Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Bankhead makes this list for the second week in a row after a standout showing at the Passing Down tourney a week ago. Bankhead moved all over the field for BBT but did the most damage in the slot. He's undersized but has a burst and was very sure handed.

Jeremy Calhoun, RB Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- Calhoun was a threat out of the backfield for the winning B2G squad and proved to be a great security blanket for Brady White. Calhoun runs the wheel route very well and made several impressive diving catches all weekend.

Dakota Miller, (2016) QB Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza- Miller is an intriguing lefty who showed some nice promise for a young signal caller. He never looked rattled, made good decisions with the ball and has some arm talent to him as well. With three years to develop, if Miller continues to grow, and looking at his parents, that looks very likely, he has a chance to be a serious prospect down the road.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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