John Houston, LB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Houston could be top linebacker prospect in the west right now. At 6-3, 200 pounds, Houston has a great frame and plenty of room to fill out. He's very athletic, covers a ton of ground and plays with a great motor. While some of his teammates looked almost disinterested most of the tournament, Houston played hard in every game and has a great motor. He's easily among the elite prospects in the loaded 2015 West Coast class.
Iman Marshall, DB, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- Marshall is one of the most versatile players in the west and looked good at corner, safety and receiver. Marshall has great football instincts, plays with a physical edge to him. He has a big frame but moves very well and has excellent ball skills. Like Houston, Marshall is also one of the elite prospects in the national 2015 class.
Josh Rosen, QB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Rosen led the Braves to the tournament championship in impressive fashion. He's very accurate on the short, intermediate and deep balls and as always, is very quick getting the ball out. Rosen is a smart, heady player as well with a great frame and a big upside. He has a chance to be the top signal caller in the 2015 class.
Ben Humphreys, ATH, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Humphreys cramped up late but had a great tournament on both sides of the ball. He's a physical mismatch at receiver and is able to just bully smaller defensive backs. At linebacker, he's a physical presence as well showing speed, range and toughness. Humphreys is smart, aggressive and has a motor. Look for a big junior year and the athlete should be a top recruit in the class of 2015.
Kyle Penniston, TE, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Penniston was impressive using his long frame and soft hands to make several big catches all day. He has a nice frame and plenty of room to add size. He can go up and get it in a crowd and takes contact very well. For a 6-5 receiver, he has very good body control and will be a tough matchup, especially in the red zone.
Matt Locher, LB, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Locher is a huge kid and looks all of 6-2, 250 pounds. He moves around well for a big man and looked pretty fluid dropping in to coverage. He's obviously more of a pads guy but in this setting, you could see enough athleticism to believe Locher is a definite BCS level player.
Jayln Harrison, DB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake- This was the first time seeing Harrison and he was impressive at both corner and receiver. He has good size, a strong body and a great feel for the game. He knows where to be on the field and showed a nice burst and closing speed at corner. He's a natural pass catcher at receiver and is definitely one to watch this coming season.
Dechaun Holiday, DB, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills- At 6-2, 195 pounds, Holiday has great size for a corner. He's more long than thick and is rangy enough to stay at corner, although a move to safety isn't out of the question either. Just looking at his frame though, you have to love his upside and he moves very well with good short area quickness as well. If he can play with more confidence and develop a mean streak to him, he has a chance to be a big time prospect.
K.J. Costello, QB, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita- At 6-5, 205 pounds, Costello looks more like a college sophomore than a HS sophomore. Physically, he looks very good, big live arm, accurate and made some big throws down the field. He was able to put the ball in tight spaces as well and showed a lot of poise for a young signal caller. Assuming just average development, look for Costello to be an elite national recruit by the time he's a senior.
Malik Henry, QB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake- Westlake rotated two quarterbacks most of the tournament but Henry is the one who jumped out to us. He can really spin the football, was smart and is still learning the offense. He has a nice, easy motion, doesn't need to wind up to get the ball down the field and has a very athletic frame as well. There's definitely some nice upside with Henry.
Brandon Burton, ATH, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Burton played safety and receiver and showed why he's already a national recruit. On a team with a handful of players going through the motions at the event, it was good to see a young player like Burton not get caught up in that and stay focused. He has an athletic build and will only get bigger and stronger in the coming years. Burton is very athletic as well, and his football instincts for a young player were eye opening.
Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Punte (Calif.) Bishop Amat- Vaughns, is a big receiver and looks about 6-2, 160 pounds. He's definitely intriguing as a prospect because of his length, athleticism and ability to catch the ball. He also plays in the secondary and is a very good looking athlete on both sides of the ball.
Trevon Sidney, ATH, La Punte (Calif.) Bishop Amat- The Lancers have some good young talent and Sidney is another player with a lot of ability. We had heard more about Sidney as a receiver prior to the event but he played primarily corner and looked very good. Sidney can run and is very quick. He did play receiver and made some plays there as well. He looks like a natural pass catcher and is already a smooth route runner.
D.J. Morgan, DB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Morgan had a great event playing safety while also getting some run at receiver as well. Morgan is tall and rangy, has very good ball skills and can cover a lot of ground in the secondary. Bosco's secondary was already loaded and when you now add Morgan to the mix, it's easily among the best in the region.