Here's a look at some of the standouts from the event out of the 2014 class and we'll look at the guys from the 2015 and even 2016 class in a later article.
Juju Smith, ATH, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- Forget all his physical tools, the one thing you have to love about Smith is he plays hard, not just every game, but every snap. He doesn't take a play off and he was going both ways at receiver and safety every game. In an early matchup with Gardena (Calif.) Serra featuring 20 legitimate Div I players on the field, Smith was easily the most dominant player in the game. He looked great at receiver showing better hands than we've seen in the past, downfield speed and the ability to jump over defensive backs whenever he wanted to. He showed good range at safety as well, covers a ton of ground and plays as physical as you can in a shirts and shorts environment.
Jaleel Wadood, ATH, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- On a team loaded with talent, Wadood is the unquestioned leader for the Braves. Every time Bosco needed a big play on either side of the ball, Wadood delivered. He had several picks from his safety position and as we've said countless times, his football instincts and IQ are off the charts. He has an incredible feel of where to be on the field and anticipates the play happening better than any player in the west. He was also a major weapon on offense scoring several touchdowns on deep balls and being a safety net anytime the Braves needed a play.
Shay Fields, WR, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Not sure if Edison keeps stats on this, but if there was a record kept for most touchdowns scored in this tournament, Fields might have broken it. He was simply unstoppable and scored in a variety of ways. He scored on deep balls, short routes where he showed his ability to run after the catch and on quick slants and fades in the end zone. Fields has great quickness, catches the ball very well and should have a monster senior year.
Chase Forrest, QB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Forest always shines in a team environment where he knows his receivers and what they're going to do. He anticipates very well and throws a very catchable ball. He makes quick decisions and was very accurate most of the day. The championship game against Bosco was tough simply because his receivers were blanketed most of the game but Forrest is someone who definitely has next level ability.
Naijiel Hale, DB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- You can probably count on one hand how many times Hale was tested on Saturday. In fact there was one game we watched where the quarterback didn't even look his side one time. Hale is a physical corner who's more quick than fast and has strong cover skills. He has added weight and strength to his game in the last year and just needs to continue to improve his top end speed to take his game to another level.
Daniel Khan, WR, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame- Khan is a very tough cover because of his quickness and route running. He has great hands, can get open against anyone and is the closest thing you'll see at the HS level to Wes Welker. He doesn't have great size but has the talent to play at the next level and someone will get a steal.
Koa Farmer, DB, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame- Farmer looked huge at Edison and looks more like a linebacker than a safety right now. At about 6-2, 215 pounds, Farmer still moved very well and is an imposing figure on the field. He cramped up a bit in one game but played well on both sides of the ball. He has good straight line speed, is very strong and plays hard. He's becoming more of a leader for ND as well and has a very intriguing upside to him because of his size/speed.
Dante Pettis, DB, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra- Pettis has a nice upside to him and had a very good tournament. He has good size for a corner at almost 6-1, 175 pounds, runs very well and was locking up some of the top receivers in the tournament. Pettis is a three sport athlete and put up big marks in track last year but showed he can definitely play football and is a promising prospect.
Adoree Jackson, DB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Many of the Cavs players looked a little disinterested early in the day and to the surprise of many, Serra went 1-2 in pool play and didn't qualify for the championship bracket. To their credit, Serra rolled through the Silver division and won the consolation bracket and Jackson was a big reason. He's one of the most dynamic players in the country and when focused, is at a different level than everyone else on the field athletically. He looked good as always at corner and made several big plays at receiver, which is where he wants to play at the next level.
Dwight Williams, LB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Williams has played a lot of 7 on 7 this spring/summer and definitely looks like he's ready for the pads to come on. He almost looked bored at times and only played in about half the games. When he's motivated, Williams is a real talent and is one of the most athletic linebackers in the region. At 6-1, 201 pounds, the question with Williams is does he need to bulk up to stay at linebacker or improve his overall athleticism and move to safety in college?
Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Lockett looked good early on but re-aggravated a groin injury he has had most of the spring in the third game of pool play and had to sit out the rest of the tournament. Overall, it was a good spring and summer for Lockett and he has clearly established himself as one of the top corners in the West.
Barry Ware, WR, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- it was a rough start for Ware as he didn't play the opener after missing a workout Friday and was only targeted about three times in game No. 2. He came on later in the event and his size and hands make him a tough cover when motivated. He doesn't have elite speed and needs work on his route running but he has very strong hands, a powerful body and will catch the ball through contact.
Chandler Leniu, LB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Leniu is a physical linebacker with good instincts. He's very tough and loves contact. He's more of a downhill, pads guy who kills the run but he has shown a lot of improvement playing in space and some college will be very happy with Leniu.
Jalen Greene, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Greene didn't throw as consistent a spiral as we've seen in the past but he still had an overall solid tournament. He's a strong leader and did his best to keep his teammates engaged as best as he could. He played very well in the consolation bracket spreading the ball around and threw some very nice deep balls with touch and accuracy.
Demetric Woodard, DB, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- Woodard had a solid tournament and has improved quite a bit since his junior year. He's bigger than a year ago, is instinctive and very fundamentally sound. He's not an elite athlete but is improving in that area as well.
Jordan Lasley, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Lasley was one of the premier route runners in the event. He dropped a few balls we know he would like to have back but had an overall strong day. He runs very well but it's his overall quickness and ability to get in and out of his breaks that separates him from other receivers.
Fred Warner, LB, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills- Warner has probably played more 7 on 7 than just about anyone and always looks good. He's a big athlete who moves very well, covers a lot of ground and is always physical. He's so smooth on the field and his transition to linebacker this past spring has been one of the biggest stories of the off-season.
Uchenna Nwosu, LB, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Nwosu is a good looking athlete and moves around very well. He has safety size but will be able to bulk up and play linebacker in college and that's where he played in the tournament. He looks about 10 pounds heavier than he did last season but played well in space and showed a great motor as well.
Dashawn Gordon, WR, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Gordon has great quickness, catches the ball well and is more polished than given credit for. He's a solid route runner who can embarrass a corner and is easily among the most under-recruited players in the state.
Demonte King, DB, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- King is a headhunter and plays with a definite edge. He's one of the hardest hitting safeties in the west and has that enforcer mentality you want from in a college safety. King has good size and shows good range and it's head scratching why his recruitment hasn't taken off like his talent would dictate.
Darrell Cloy, TE, La Habra (Calif.)- Cloy looked good Saturday, physically and in his performance. He said he was 6-3, 225 pounds but he looked bigger than that and has worked very hard in the weight room. He showed good hands and was the featured player in La Habra's offense. He runs well enough, uses his body well to create separation and is fearless going over the middle.