Several players stood out on Thursday night, including Scout 100 receiver Jordan Payton, the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian prospect, who's committed to USC. Payton has been up-and-down all spring, but on Thursday night, showed why he's one of the premier receivers nationally, with a number of big plays, including one that mimicked Reggie Bush against Fresno State. Payton has tremendous body control, and showed it numerous times.
Defensively, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams played the best of any of Team 1925's defensive backs, intercepting a pass in their first game against Prodigy that set the tone for that game. In their final pool play game against Team Alliance, he had three breakups.
Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams, a 2013 prospect, also had a solid day for 1925.
Carson (Calif.) receiver Darreus Rogers has done nothing but solidify his status all spring as a top four receiver in the West, with a number of big catches for Gridiron Football.
West Covina (Calif.) safety Chris Solomon had an exceptional evening for Gridiron and his teammate Justen Meaders, who played for Team Bodybytra, also had a good day playing linebacker, showing the move there from his natural defensive end will be easier than expected.
Two 2015 quarterbacks that caught our eye were Josh Rosen, who will be a freshman at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Tyler Hilinksi, who will be a freshman at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, for Team Alliance and Gridiron, respectively.
Probably the best day for a quarterback went to Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview's Tyler Ferguson, who flashed the strong arm we were impressed with at the Stanford Elite 11 Camp. Ferguson is an under-the-radar passer, but with good size (6-3) and arm strength, shouldn't be a secret for much longer. He played with a young DB Guru team, who was missing three Scout 300 prospects, Shaquille Thompson, Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry, but still went 2-1 on the day.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra teammates Raymond Ford (Gridiron) and Thomas Brown (Team 4th Quarter) both looked very good on Thursday, particularly the newest Cav, Brown, who was one of the best linebacker performers there.
South Gate (Calif.) South East running back Robert Lewis was splitting out into the slot, and showed the speed and moves that has him nearing double-digit offers, despite his commitment to SMU.Scott Kennedy, Brandon Huffman and Kevin Carden contributed to this report