Blake Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago- Barnett looked great and in fact, after seeing him at the SoCal NIKE Camp and the Elite 11 Regional Camp in L.A, this was the best we've seen him throw. The ball was exploding out of his hand, he was incredibly accurate and threw the tightest ball in the camp. It was a testament to his competitiveness and desire to work, that Barnett even attended the camp after already locking in his spot to the Elite 11 Finals. We've said it many times before but physically, no quarterback has as much upside as Barnett and if he continues to improve at the rate he has been over the last year, he's going to be a very special player in college.
Beau Bisharat, Carmichal (Calif.) Jesuit- Bisharat is an under the radar prospect who may have surprised some with his MVP performance but it was definitely well deserved. He's a big back, very powerful runner and can get down the field. He excelled in the pass protection drills and showed very good hands coming out of the backfield as well. He looks like a good fit in a one-back offense or even as a fullback for those teams that still run a two back set.
J.J. Koski, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley- Koski has been tearing up the 7v7 circuit all spring and had another big showing on Sunday. In a lot of ways, he's very similar to receiver Trent Irwin in terms of his size, speed, smooth route running ability and hands. He's faster than given credit for and was blowing by opposing defensive backs all day.
Dru Samia, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley- Samia opened up a lot of eyes and looks like a natural at right tackle. He has a great frame at about 6-5, 290 pounds and showed above average feet and athleticism, strength and a serious mean streak. Samia is the kind of lineman who plays through the whistle and is looking to physically overwhelm his opponent and he didn't lose a single one on one rep that we saw on Sunday.
Kahlil McKenzie, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- We knew McKenzie was good but he wowed onlookers with his strength and ability to man handle even the strongest offensive linemen. At 6-4, 330 pounds, he has an NFL body right now, powerful hands and very well could end up the top defensive tackle in the country by the end of the summer, as well as the top overall prospect in the West.
Jeremiah Ieremia, Hurricane (Utah)- Ieremia impressed at the Socal NIKE Camp and had another strong showing in Oakland. The NIKE LB coaches described him as ‘intense yet under control at all times.' He's a cerebral kid who loves to be coached and was dominant in both the pass rush drills and playing in space. He has the frame to play inside or outside in college and is among the most versatile ‘backers in the region.
Dehlon Preston, Fresno (Calif.) Central- In what was a solid group of defensive backs, Preston had the best day of anyone. Although just 5-9, the talented cover corner had the quickest feet and showed excellent quickness breaking on the ball. He plays with near flawless technique, is aggressive in press coverage and showed the speed to run with anyone.