Passing Down Recap: Offensive Players

The 7-on-7 team, Body By Tra, rolled to another 7-on-7 tournament win, beating a loaded field in the Passing Down Best of the West on Sunday. Here's a look at the top offensive players from Sunday's action...

Passing Down brought together 12 teams from all over the state with four teams each representing Southern California, Northern California and Central California. In the end, BBT was the best of the best knocking off B2G 5 Star in the final 22-6.

Here's a look at the top offensive players from the tournament, we'll look at the top defensive players later in the week.

2014 Checklist

Joe Mixon, RB Oakley (Calif.) Freedom- It's not often you can call a player ranked the No. 34 prospect in the nation underrated but that may be the case with Mixon. He was simply incredible on both sides of the ball and could be a 4 star recruit, at the least, at running back, receiver and safety. He was the most dominant receiver in this event and it wasn't close. He made spectacular catches throughout the event and showed great top end speed running by defensive backs all day. He battled through a sore foot and never left the field showing a high level motor and competitiveness you don't always see from the big name athletes.

Trevor Wright, WR Upland (Calif.)- Stanely Norman earned MVP honors for BBT but it could have easily gone to Wright. He was the go to guy all tournament and made play after play. Wright has great hands and a huge catch radius. He has a strong, powerful frame and can absorb contact while still making a catch. He runs well and is a very smart receiver understanding how to get open, when to sit in coverage and where the open spots in a zone are. There is no doubt Wright is one of the most under-recruited players in the state but he can definitely play at the next level.

Donovan Walker, WR Chino Hills (Calif.)- With Erik Brown out this weekend, Walker carried the load for Ground Zero and was very productive. Walker can play out wide or in the slot, has very good hands and shows explosiveness getting in and out of his breaks. Walker also has good size at about 6-1, 175 pounds and uses it well to create space.

Jordan Lasley, WR Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Lasley had another strong tournament and was able to get deep for B2G whenever they dialed it up. He has impressed all spring and is poised for a breakout season this fall. Lasley always had the physical tools in terms of the size, speed and hands you're looking for in a college prospect and is now becoming more consistent and productive.

C.J. Spencer, QB Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum- Spencer was the triggerman for the loaded TMP team that just ran out of gas at the end of the tournament. Spencer has a strong, down field arm and can also throw with some touch. He was very accurate early on in the tournament and made quick decisions with the football. He has a solid frame and moves around very well. He's more of a gamer who excels in pads but impressed in the 7 on 7 environment as well.

Eban Jackson, QB Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Jackson had a solid showing for one of the surprise teams in the tournament, Team FCA. Jackson made some big throws down the field and his release was short and tight. Jackson has always had a big arm and if he can gain more consistency and continue to improve his decision making, he should have a big year at Narbonne after transferring last winter from Long Beach Poly.

Malik Beachum, WR American Canyon (Calif.)- Beachum was solid on both sides of the ball but we really liked him at receiver. He'll be a slot receiver in college and shows very good quickness, body control and hand-eye coordination. He catches anything thrown around him and does a great job adjusting to the ball in the air.

Kevin Hayes, WR Bakersfield (Calif.)- Hayes first catches your attention with his great receiver frame but he can do more than just fill out a jersey. He's a very athletic player who moves around like a basketball player and has strong hands. He has been very productive since his sophomore year for one of the state's top programs and is definitely a next level recruit.

D.J. Young, WR Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Young is just a football player, best way to describe him. He doesn't have great size and isn't particularly fast but he knows how to get open, he has very sure hands and always seems to make the big plays for his GameChangers squad.

Dvonte McKneely, WR Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Any time BBT needed a big third down play, it seemed like it was McKneely making the play for them. He plays in the slot and flashes very good hands and quickness and better than average top end speed as well. Coming from Centennial, you know you're getting a player with toughness and that's McKneely but he has plenty of athleticism and talent as well.

Darrell Cloy, TE La Habra (Calif.)- This was the most active we've seen Cloy during the 7 on 7 circuit as he was very solid. He's a big body who can get off the line and has strong hands. He had several catches in the red zone for B2G and is becoming a real weapon. Cloy doesn't mind the physical contact and actually seems to relish it.

2015 Checklist

Tyler Hilinski, QB Upland (Calif.)- Hilinski has had a very good spring for BBT and was almost flawless in this tournament. He's a smart, cerebral quarterback, makes quick decisions and is very accurate. He can throw deep or check down and never looks rattled. He has a nice frame that he'll be able to grow in to and is already about 6-3.5, 190 pounds. We've said it before but the one thing we'd like to see Hilinski do is tighten up his release a bit as it's a bit long but he has time to do it and he's definitely a national recruit.

Kyle Kearns, QB Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill- Kearns is yet another talented 2015 quarterback prospect to add to the list of sure fire Div I signal callers out west. He has very good field awareness and pocket presence. He's solid mechanically and showed off a quick release and the ball jumps out of his hand. Kearns was very accurate most of the day and can put the ball in to tight windows. He looks about 6-2 and with two more years to develop, has a very solid upside to him.

Trent Irwin, WR Newhall (Calif.) Hart- It was business as usual for Irwin as he worked the slot, caught everything thrown near him and took a beating going over the middle but never flinched and never complains. It sounds like a broken record but Irwin is one of the most consistent players in the state, you know exactly what you're going to get from him every time out and he always comes ready to play.

Joseph Jones (2016), WR Upland (Calif.)- Jones is just a freshman but is already flashing next level ability. At 6-2, 175 pounds, Jones can go up and get it and had several highlight reel catches including an end zone fade where he jumped over elite corner Jonathan Lockett in the championship final. With his frame, athleticism and body control, it's scary to think where Jones could be as a prospect in a few years.

Brady White, QB Newhall (Calif.) Hart- Everything we said about Irwin can be said for Hart as well. He's very steady and does everything well. He throws one of the tightest balls you'll see and his deep balls are very accurate as well. He's patient in the pocket and mature as a passer in that he throws the ball on time and allows his receivers to clear and get open. He's very smart, his arm strength has increased noticeably in the last year and he's a very good prospect.

Jaylinn Hawkins, WR Buena Park (Calif.)- Hawkins has flashed dynamic playmaking skills all spring and was impressive once again at Passing Down. Hawkins is probably more quick than fast, but he can flash on the field, has very good balance and body control and will go up and get the ball over a defender.

Darrell Adams, WR Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill- This was my first time seeing Adams and he was probably the most impressive looking player in the event. He looks all of 6-3, 210 pounds and is absolutely jacked. He worked out at receiver and also played corner but you have to think as he continues to grow, he could develop in to an outside linebacker or even a defensive end. He showed good hands and has good straight line speed but does need to continue to work on his overall flexibility.

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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