St. John Bosco is loaded with talent

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco had their prospect day on Thursday with almost 50 colleges in attendance.

St. John Bosco is one of the most loaded programs in the country with 11 players currently holding scholarship offers. They have to be considered the team to beat in the always loaded Pac 5 division and college coaches from all over the country were out watching practice.

Just a few of the programs we saw included Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arizona, USC, California, Washington, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Utah, Nevada, BYU, Colorado, Stanford, San Jose State, Air Force and Navy.

Here's a few quick notes from the afternoon practice along with some recruiting nuggets.

*In terms of scholarship offers, mammoth OL Damien Mama is the top prospect on the team. He weighed in at 6-4, 352 pounds at the SoCal NIKE Camp last month but moves incredibly well for a big man. In fact, we've been saying Mama will have to move to guard in college but he actually shows the feet and lateral mobility to possibly get a serious look at right tackle as well.

*Jaleel Wadood has put on about 20 pounds since last season and looks very good. He'll play safety for Bosco simply because he makes so many more plays at the position and it would be a waste to play him anywhere else. He should see a lot of time running the ball on offense as well and Oregon has actually offered him for the offensive side of the ball.

*Corner Naijiel Hale had a great spring and looked good on Thursday. He's among the most physical corners in the region but also shows good feet, instincts and ball skills.

*Just a sophomore, Josh Rosen could be the top quarterback in Southern CA this fall. He's physically matured, added size and arm strength and throws a very catchable ball. He's great mechanically and as he continues to improves his consistency, has as much potential as any quarterback in the West.

*Remember the name D.J. Morgan. Just a freshman, Morgan looks close to 6-2, is athletic and made some very acrobatic catches at receiver. He missed most of his freshman season with a shoulder injury but should have a big year this coming fall.

*Malik Dorton is another Braves player who has hit the weigh room hard and looks good physically. He's a hybrid defensive end-outside linebacker and is one of the elite pass rushers in the region. He'll likely play defensive end at the next level and will need to continue to bulk up and add strength but is capable of doing so.

*Shay Fields will have a big season and should be the No. 1 target for Rosen this year. He's a deep threat down the field, runs great routes and explodes in and out of his breaks. Fields catches the ball well with his hands, rather than his body and is strong after the catch as well.

*Linebacker Chandler Leniu created a nice buzz among a lot of the coaches in attendance. The knock on Leniu has been his size, or more accurately his height. He's in that 5-11-6-0 range but is very strong and physically tough. He moves well, is a big hitter and has worked hard to improve his overall athleticism.

*Chandler Hawkins will man the other corner spot opposite Hale and gives the Braves two very good cover men. Hawkins has good size, long arms and has really developed well over the last year.

*Jacob Tuioti-Mariner is the last of the Braves holding a scholarship and the buzz is that list will grow quickly in the coming weeks. Tuioti-Mariner is a good looking defensive end, about 6-2-6-3, 250 pounds and has a nice upside to him.

*Another impressive freshman to watch is defensive back Traveon Beck. Beck looks about 5-9, 155 pounds with very good quickness. He'll play behind Hale and Hawkins this year but will see time in the nickel and has definite Div I ability.

*James Scurlock is another sophomore defensive back who flashed some impressive athleticism. Scurlock looked about 5-9, 160 pounds with a solid frame and caught the ball well when he was working out with the receivers for a bit.

Recruiting notes:

*Vanderbilt has offered Rosen and Morgan. The offer for Morgan is his first but in this day and age where we're seeing more and more freshman picking up early offers, don't be surprised if that list grows rapidly.

-Rosen will visit Cal this weekend while in the Bay Area for the Elite 11 Regional camp and don't be surprised if they offer.

*Utah and Nevada offered Hale after practice and he said he feels USC could be very close as well.

*San Jose State offered Wadood and Leniu and could be close to offering Tuioti-Mariner as well. Nevada also offered Leniu and USC was watching him closely as well.

*Notre Dame was watching Mama closely at practice and the big lineman said the Irish are on his short list. He has yet to narrow his list down to 10 or 15 schools but Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, Florida and Florida State will all likely make the cut.

*Tuioti-Mariner landed an offer from Arizona joining earlier offers from Fresno State and Hawaii. San Jose State could be close as well.

*Cal Poly offered Hawkins after practice, which is offer No. 2 for him joining San Jose State.

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
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