Top Players at B2G Elite 7on7

There was a lot of talent on hand at the B2G Elite 7on7 tournament over the weekend. Here's a look at who caught our eye, including plenty of UCLA prospects...

We already profiled the standouts from the two teams who made it to the championship game, B2G 5 Star and Elite 760 in an earlier article, B2G takes home tourney title, so we won't profile those players in this article.

2014 Checklist

Rahshead Johnson, WR Long Beach Cabrillo (Calif.)- Johnson is incredibly quick, explosive and has developed a real edge to his game as well. He has the speed to be a deep threat, runs well after the catch and has the polish and hands to be a go to receiver as well. He played a lot of corner in this tournament as his Snoop Dogg team was shorthanded and looked very good on that side of the ball as well. The early Washington commitment is landing new offers almost daily but his early pledge to the Huskies looks solid.

Naijiel Hale, DB Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Hale has to be the toughest corner in the region and will just battle you on every play. He's so physical, is very strong and has excellent quickness. One of the most memorable plays in the tournament was when he lined up against a bigger David Williams and not only stoned him at the line of scrimmage, but threw him to the ground. Hale can get over-aggressive at times in press but his talent is obvious and his confidence is at an all time high.

Erik Brown, WR Fontana (Calif.) Summit- Brown simply does everything well and doesn't appear to have a discernible weakness in his game. He has plus size, speed, hands, route running ability and body control. He always comes ready to play and even with double digit offers, still plays with a chip on his shoulder, like he has something to prove. He played a lot of safety during the tournament and shows very good instincts on that side of the ball as well but his future is definitely at receiver. If there was a question about Brown, it was probably his top end speed, as it's tough to see on a 40 yard field but the receiver looked more explosive than in any other tournament and is definitely a national level recruit.

Shay Fields, WR Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Fields is one of the quickest receivers in the west and hits full speed after just a few yards. He shows good top end speed, catches everything with his hands and was able to get deep in every game he played in. Schools are definitely sleeping on Fields as he's a high level athlete and despite his size, projects as a very good slot receiver at the next level.

Darren Gardenhire, DB Long Beach Cabrillo (Calif.)- Gardenhire played safety, corner and receiver in this tournament and played all of them well. He's a natural safety and has the needed toughness and athleticism to play at the next level. Gardenhire has a strong frame and will be able to fill out down the line. If he can improve his ball hawking ability, he'll take his game to another level.

Marquis Wimberly, WR Victorville (Calif.) Victor Valley- Ground Zero has several talented receivers outside of Erik Brown and Wimberly had a strong tournament as well. He has the ability to be a dominant player in the secondary but shined at receiver over the weekend. He's a good sized kid who uses his body well to get open. He has solid hands and body control and although he's not a burner, he has deceptive speed and is able to run away from defenders.

D.J. Riggins, RB Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- It's almost becoming a broken record but every 7 on 7 tourney he plays in, Riggins is always one of the top players in the tournament. He's a great route runner at the running back position, catches everything thrown in his direction and always shows off a wide catch radius. Throw in his superior quickness and route running ability and there are few backs out west who can match his complete skill set.

Jamardre Cobb, LB Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian- Cobb is a prototype inside ‘backer who works hard on his game. His game is more about banging people with pads on but he has improved his cover skills and has a great work ethic off the field. Cobb has a great frame and is very strong. He just looks and plays the way a middle linebacker should play and showed why he's rated the top MLB in the West region.

Chase Forrest, QB Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Forrest makes the game look easy. He's so strong mechanically and there is no wasted motion in his delivery. He has a quick release, has plenty of zip on his passes and shows total command of running an offense. He's very poised as a signal caller and after alternating at quarterback for the Monarchs last season, will run the show this coming season and should put up big numbers.

Jeremy McNichols, ATH Lakewood (Calif.)- McNichols is one of the most under-rated and under-recruited players in the state. He has a solid frame, compact and strong and is built more like a running back than a receiver. He has very good speed, hands, does a great job adjusting to the ball and has great hand/eye coordination. He's a physical corner with very quick feet and plays extremely hard as well. Few players have the ability to be legitimate prospects on both sides of the ball but McNichols can play corner or receiver at the next level.

Quinn Smith, TE La Costa Canyon (Calif.)- Smith was the biggest tight end in the tournament and is a very intriguing athlete. He looks all of 6-5, 235 pounds and uses his size well. He bullied smaller linebackers and showed nice hands and body control going up for the ball in traffic. He actually has the frame to grow in to a tackle but has a nice skill set for the tight end position as well.

Justin Holmes, WR Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont- Holmes only worked out on Saturday but made an immediate impression. He's a big, physical receiver who is able to use his size to create separation. He has the speed to get deep, shows strong hands and is a very tough cover. He can be a little stiff in his route running but the upside is definitely there.

Coltin Gerhart, QB Norco (Calif.)- Gerhart showed a cannon for an arm and thew the tightest and most consistent spiral in the tournament. He was very accurate, made good decisions with the ball and showed great leadership skills. With as much heat as he put on the ball, his receivers had a hard time catching his passes at times but you never saw Gerhart get down on his teammates. The quarterback has a stocky frame and you can tell he loves the weight room. He has a thick upper body and looks like a fullback but he definitely has a quarterback skill set.

Demetric Woodard, DB Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- Woodard has added size and strength in the last year and improved his ball skills. He had multiple interceptions in the tournament and has definitely improved as a prospect. He needs to continue to work hard on his overall quickness and athleticism and if he can improve in those areas, he has a chance to be a next level player.

2015 Checklist

Desean Holmes, WR Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany- Holmes had an eye opening performance and you can make an argument that he's a top five receiver prospect in the state right now. Holmes will be compared to teammate and USC signee Steven Mitchell but might actually be further along at the same stage. He has elite speed and was able to run by not just a corner but even a safety playing over the top. Holmes has two more years to refine his game but he's already pretty polished right now playing in a pass happy Alemany offense and his upside is off the charts.

Josh Rosen, QB Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Rosen has big time physical tools and could be the top quarterback in the SoCal region. He has elite arm strength and can make every throw on the field. He can throw with tough, has accuracy on his deep balls and changes speeds like a college signal caller. He can make throws in very tight windows and has the frame that colleges drool over as well.

Kyahva Tezino, DB Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian- Tezino does a little of everything and is a very good looking player. He can play multiple positions on either side of the ball and it still remains to be seen what his best college position will be. He's already a well built athlete and pushing 200 pounds. He has good speed and toughness and a high level football IQ. Safety could be his meal ticket in college but he'll strong looks at running back as well.

Taeon Mason, DB Pasadena (Calif.) Muir- Mason was one of several talented underclassmen who played for Team Div I and he has a nice upside for sure. He can play receiver and that's actually where we've heard some buzz about him but he was strong in the secondary all tournament long. He's an athletic playmaker with the ability to play corner but the play making skills to play safety to fully take advantage of his high level range and ball skills.

Trevor Howard, LB Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian-Howard played tight end and defensive end at Oaks but looked very good at linebacker in this event. Howard has a big frame, looking all of 6-3, and almost 200 pounds. He's strong and will only get stronger as he continues to mature and fill out. He moves easily and made plays roaming sideline to sideline. He shows good lateral mobility, was physical with the tight ends and is definitely a player worth watching closely this coming season.

Kameron Powell, DB Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- Powell plays safety and is a pretty intriguing kid. Right now, he has more of a corner frame but if he continues to grow, he'll project very well at the free safety spot. He runs well, plays with toughness and has an edge to him. He's around the ball and has a lot of intangibles you're looking for to be a leader in the secondary.

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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