Cali-Florida Passing League

Some UCLA recruits showed their talent at the Cali-Florida passing league in Santa Barbara, with Hart High School, led by quarterback Matt Moore, taking the championship...

Hart High, led by 6-4 SR QB Matt Moore, beat Mission Viejo in the championship of the Cali-Florida Passing League on Saturday.

Here are some of the standout players in the tournament - with particular attention to those UCLA is recruiting. This is in no way a comprehensive list, just some prospects that I saw that stood out.

THE ELITE:

Lorenzo Booker, SR RB, 5-11, 180, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. This is a passing league, so you wouldn't expect a running back to have enough opportunity to be dominant, but Booker is such a freak that he did anyway. I don't think I've ever seen a running back come close to breaking runs in a passing league. After all, the defenders don't have to tackle - JUST TOUCH HIM - and they struggled to do that. He juked defenders one after another and is just spectacularly quick and fast.

Matt Moore, SR QB, 6-4, 185, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Moore didn't play quarterback last year, sitting behind Kyle Matter, and UCLA is understandably waiting until this fall to actually scout him playing in games. But it's plainly evident that Matt Moore is a big-time quarterback prospect. It took him a little to get going on Friday, and he still looks raw in his mechanics and footwork, but there are just too many things he has that you just can't teach. He has good size, good quickness, and a cannon for an arm. And not only does he have some smoke on his throws, they're beautiful, tight spiral darts, and very accurate. This is a kid who can really throw - threading needles, taking some off of it when he needs to, showing great touch, throwing really well on the run - and an all-around great, natural instinct for it all. I think it's very likely that Moore is going to have a huge year at Hart, one to rival or surpass the senior years of his predecessors, Kyle Boller and Kyle Matter, and be thought of as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the country when it's all over. In fact, there were some scouts at the passing league this weekend that already conceded that he is one of the top ten QB prospects in the country. A recruiting update on Moore is coming soon.

Ben Olson, SR QB, 6-5, 205, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High. T.O. got upset early and didn't make the semi-finals on Saturday. Olson, though, looked great, showing his very strong arm and his polished mechanics. He throws a very accurate ball and finds his secondary receivers very well. He had a little trouble underthrowing on out patterns and forces throws into coverage. He also doesn't roll out much in the T.O. offense, which doesn't seem to take advantage of his athleticism. But it's clear how good Olson is.

THE SENIOR STANDOUTS:

Jerrod Page, SR WR/DB, 6-1, 190, San Leandro (Calif.) High. When I first watched Page, I wrote a note that basically said, "Runs just okay." But over the course of two days he so dominated his opponents that you just have to chalk him up to being a great all-around football player. While he isn't particularly fast and looks a little stiff, he is so strong and has good skills that he can physically dominate. As a WR, there weren't many defenders who could stay with him physically. On defense, he lined up as a corner, but looks more suited as a safety. It's unclear as to where he would play, but he's definitely a football player.

Jesse Taylor, TE/DE, 6-3, 235, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Taylor showed great leadership qualities this weekend, being the clear-cut leader of the Chaminade team. He looked good on offense as a TE. While he might not be really fast, he has decent quickness, good hands, and has a knack for getting open. He played middle linebacker on defense for the passing league, but doesn't have the quickness for it. But overall, Taylor turned in a good performance.

Evan Nunez, DB/WR, 6-3, 190, Venice (Calif.) High. Nunez is almost completely unknown, having played at Palisades last year. He had great size and played with some considerable swagger and toughness. He looked most at home on the DB side, looking like a great free safety prospect.

David Frazeur, WR/DB, 6-2, 180, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High. Frazeur got hurt early on Saturday and didn't play in half the tournament, but in the two games I saw that he did play in, he was among the best wide receivers in the tournament. He runs extremely well, fluid and with quick feet. He also showed a great ability for getting the ball from a defender. I've heard that Frazeur is on UCLA's list to watch.

Delaney Walker, WR/?, 6-2, 200, Pomona (Calif.) High. This is a kid that physically looks like he should already be in college. Physically, he actually resembles Tab Perry. He runs well for his size, and, while I've been told he's fast, I didn't see him enough to really be able to tell. He's definitely, though, a D-1 college player, no matter what side of the ball he ends up on. I also have it from good sources that Walker has had a past of some off-the-field problems which sidelined him for most of his junior year, but he's trying to stay on the straight and narrow.

Wale Forrester, RB/DB, 5-10, 190, Venice (Calif.) High. In my opinion, among the top two or three running backs at the passing league. Forrester has a nice body, built well for his size, good quickness, speed and hands. On defense, he had great flexibility in coverage, as well as a nice burst. I know he's on UCLA's to-watch list.

Keith Howell, WR/DB, 6-0, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Howell played both WR and DB this weekend, and looked good at both. He's fairly stiff, not a fluid athlete, but he gets things done, and looked particularly good in pass coverage, having good instincts on when to break. He had some nice break-ups on the last day that helped seal Hart's victory.

David Stanton, LB, 6-3, 200, Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real. A complete unknown, just someone who caught my eye, Stanton has a big body and moved and ran really well for his size. He also looked like he could put on at least 25 pounds of muscle even while slimming down some. He defended some WRs and had the quicks and flexibility to stay with them.

Dave Anderson, WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High. Just a player, no matter what side of the ball he's on. Anderson is a tough-nosed kid with good quickness and speed, who seems to get every ball thrown his way. He might not be at UCLA's level, but he looks like he's at least a Pac-10 player, more than likely as a corner.

STANDOUT JUNIORS:

Whitney Lewis, WR, 6-2, 200, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. Dropped a few passes early on, but then settled down, got down to business and looked like he should - like one of the best WR prospects in California regardless of class. He's just so big, and smooth, with nice moves and ability to run nice routes, that he's dominant on this level and an obvious big target in the rising junior class.

Steve Smith, WR/DB, 6-0, 175, Reseda (Calif.) Taft. Smith doesn't look like much physically, but this is one of the best naturally talented athletes you will see in the next few years in Southern California. He's not really very fast, but he's very quick, very smart, and just incredibly naturally coordinated. He wins every ball without size or speed, but just with his superior coordination.

Dennis Dixon, QB, 6-3, 165, San Leandro (Calif.) High. Probably the best discovery of the tournament, in my opinion. Dixon doesn't look much like a football player. In fact, he looks like a basketball player who got lost and wandered out to the football field. He's tall, almost 6-4, and very skinny, with long, skinny arms and legs. But he was probably the primary reason (along with some considerable help from Jerrod Page) why San Leandro made it to the semi-finals in this loaded passing league. He has a great arm, a nice, natural throwing motion, and throws a very nice, accurate ball. He's also very athletic, with great feet and quickness. If this weekend was any indication, he should rack up some considerable yards this year as a junior and be considered one of the best in California next year. Hopefully he can put on some weight.

B.J. Vickers, 6-3, 200, WR/DB/LB, Venice (Calif.) High. A big kid who looks cerebral in wire-framed glasses, Vickers is a big, fluid athlete who looked good on both offense and defense. He ran great routes, with nice moves, and had good quickness on defense.

Grant Powers, 6-2, 200, LB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Franklin. A kid with a great body who looked good on defense and offense as a wide receiver, Powers has nice quickness and instincts.

A photo gallery of the passing league is coming soon…

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