Passing Down 7-on-7 Notebook

Nearly 150 playes participated in the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Northern California Regional Saturday, and not only did we see some talent, but we got the inside scoop on many recruits...

Team Bakersfield Burr ran through the field as the only unbeaten squad with a 5-0 record before falling to Team Central Cal Boys (Fresno, Ca) in the final. Burr had beaten Central Cal – their only loss of the day – in round robin play earlier in the day.

Team California Strength (San Ramon, Ca) and Team Pitt Playmakers were both 4-0 before falling to Central Cal and Burr, respectively, in the semifinals. Team Sac Attack, Team Sac Town Elite, Team Ukiah, and Team Diverse Sports (Stockton, Ca) qualified for the quarterfinals. Team NorCal Football Club, Team Pro Sport (San Jose, Ca), and Team Yellow Jacket (Hilmar, Ca) lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Central Cal quarterback Mike Baker out of Fresno Central was named tournament MVP.

Eight and Counting…

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Bryce Treggs picked up his eighth and latest offer from Washington recently. The Huskies join Arizona State, California, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, San Jose State, Stanford, and UCLA in offering the four-star prospect.

Treggs says he's intrigued by the UW offer since his former quarterback Keith Price plays in Seattle. The Cal, Cardinal, and Irish offers also standout. The Bears, he says, because his father played there, Stanford because of the education, and the Irish because of the tradition.

He's attending Stanford's junior day next weekend, and he will be at Cal's junior day the following Saturday. Treggs will also compete at the New Level/Badger 7-on-7 in Las Vegas, the USC Nike Camp in April, and the Stanford Nike Camp in May. He plans to make a decision before his senior season.

Cal Connection

Besides his father being a Golden Bear, Treggs is also looking at Cal more closely because of his newfound friendship with Zach Kline. The three-star quarterback contacted Treggs about being on his Team California Strength along with another Cal legacy, Dalis Bruce, who's father played at Berkeley in the mid 80s.

Kline, who verbally committed to Cal last fall, is solid on his pledge was doing everything in his power to recruit Treggs and Bruce over the weekend. Kline and Bruce will attend Cal's junior day as well. While Bruce currently doesn't have an offer from the Bears, he says that's where he is leaning.

All-State Game

Along with Treggs, Kline, and Baker, Woodland (Calif.) wide receiver Dalen Jones was one of four players that competed on Saturday that have been selected to play in the inaugural California All-State Game powered by Quicktwitch.

Jones is a two-way standout that is being recruited by many as an athlete. He holds offers from Northern Arizona, Sacramento State, and Washington State. He says he's favoring the Cougars along with Fresno State and Oregon, which he says is like a "dream school."

Stock Rising

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard tight end Ian Taubler played quarterback and defensive end as freshman and sophomore in his first two years of varsity football. While some teams will still purse him as d-end, he has fully transitioned into one of the top tight end prospects in the West.

Last season, in a down year for the Knights, Taubler was forced to play some offensive line with teammate Stephon McCray injured. But when at tight end, the Bullard quarterbacks couldn't get him the ball. It was a different story on Saturday playing with Team Central Cal. Baker hit Taubler consistently sometimes in double or triple coverage.

The three-star prospect holds offers from Fresno State and Yale, where his brother Kerr plays. Arizona is showing strong interest, he says, along with Cal, where he'll visit next month for junior day. Taubler will continue his 7-on-7 run with Central Cal in Las Vegas on March 19 and 20.

Signal Callers

Mike Baker picked up his first offer from San Diego State last summer, but he is waiting on a few Pac-12 programs. Arizona and Utah are recruiting him the hardest. Arizona State, Miami, and Washington are also among the other schools he's considering. He says if one of his favorites offers early, he may commit this spring.

He will lead Team Central Cal in the Badger Las Vegas 7-on-7 next month. As well, he will compete at the Elite 11 Regional Camp in Berkeley and possibly the Stanford Nike Camp. Both are in May.

Rocklin (Calif.) quarterback Jake Rodrigues displayed his strong arm on Saturday. It's easy to see why schools such as Oregon and USC are recruiting him. The Ducks spread offense standouts to him because he plays in a similar offense. Trojans assistant coach Clay Helton is recruiting him, Rodrigues says, and USC could be close to offering. Boise State and Washington are also showing interest.

He plans to compete at the Elite Regional Camp in Berkeley and the Stanford Nike Camp as well as camps at Oregon, USC, and Washington.

Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview quarterback Tyler Ferguson has grown three inches since last spring. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect picked up his first offer earlier this month from San Jose State. He says he would like to hear more from the Pac-12. Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington are schools that standout to him.

Pittsburgh (Calif.) quarterback Malik Watson entered Saturday's event a relative unknown. But after leading Team Pitt Playmakers to the semifinals, he had many in attendance mentioning his name in the same breath as Kline, Baker, and Rodrigues.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound signal caller played in only seven games last season after taking over the starting position after Pittsburgh started 0-4. He won his first five games before losing the final regular season game and opening playoff game. He passed for over 1,100 yards and six touchdowns in 2010.

He says Arizona, Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington State are showing interest. Watson would like to hear from Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, and Washington as well. He plans to attend the Elite 11 Regional Camp and camps at Cal and Stanford.

Pro Sport

Team Pro Sport coached by A.J. Rangel won the inaugural Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 last year in Fresno. Rangel's young team struggled offensively on Saturday, but it wasn't short on talent.

San Jose (Calif.) Leland safety Chris Santini is one of the more impressive athletes in the Golden State. He has the size to play linebacker or fullback/h-back but the skills to play cornerback or wide receiver. He's hearing from Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Penn State, San Jose State, and Washington. He was going to attend the Golden Bears' junior day but a scheduling conflict nixed those plans. Instead, he plans to visit Berkeley later this month. Santini will also compete at the Stanford Nike Camp for the consecutive year.

Cleveland Wallace out of San Jose Oak Ridge was another one of Rangel's standouts. The 6-foot, 160-pound athlete can play wideout or defensive back. He says Kansas State, Oregon, San Jose State, UCLA, and Washington are contacting him.

Santini, Wallace, and Pro Sport look to rebound next month in Vegas.

Not to be Overlooked

Bakersfield Frontier defensive back/wide receiver B.J. Nard is an impressive looking athlete. At 6-foot and 180 pounds, he has a college ready body to play on either side of the ball. He says he is hearing from Boise State, Duke, USC, and Washington.

When former NFL great George Atkinson is one of the team coaches there is going to be some buzz in the air and some quality secondary play. Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove cornerback Desmond Lewis picked off a few passes for Atkinson's Team Diverse Sports on Saturday while locking down his share of receivers. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect is hearing from Stanford and UCLA among others and plans to attend the Stanford Nike Camp.

Hanford (Calif.) wide receiver Brayden Sanchez was an all-state selection as a sophomore, which was one of the reasons many teams keyed on him last season as a junior. On Saturday, he showed he could play with the best in the state, as he was open on nearly every play. Like Kendall Brock last year, Sanchez is a talented athlete flying under the radar. He will compete next month at the Vegas 7-on-7.

2013 Prospects

Bakersfield Stockdale running back Deon Martin (5-9, 190) will be one of the top prospects in the 2013 class. The 2010 all-state selection is favoring one school, he says. He grew up watching USC, and the Trojans are atop his list.

Pleasant Grove running back Isaiah Saunders is the younger brother of Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Saunders. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back plans to compete in the Las Vegas 7-on-7 next month, and he will attend Fresno State's camp in June.

Stay with for more coverage on the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7, including the All-Passing Down Team coming tomorrow.

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