Passing Down 7v7 Evaluations

Here's a look at some of the players who caught our eye at the Passing Down 7 on 7...

*Murrieta Valley (Calif.) wide receiver Aaron Young is a tall, lanky 6-4 athlete who earned MVP honors for the winning BBT squad. He's not just tall, he's a plus athlete who has very good body control, leaping ability and the timing to go up and make a catch at it's high point in traffic. He runs well for a tall receiver, shows a nice burst out of his breaks and is definitely a legit Div I prospect.

*Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill defensive back Mike Bell may have took home MVP honors had his Ground Zero squad been able to knock off BBT in the final. At 6-3, Bell played corner the entire tournament and looked very good. He's a smooth athlete that can run and has the size to just engulf most receivers. He'll be able transition to safety with ease at the next level or could stick at corner if he continues to work on his top end speed.

*Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin continues to amaze in every 7 on7 he plays in and we've been watching him do it since he was just a freshman. He's not only the most natural route runner and pass catcher in the region, but one of the best we've seen in the last decade. He made some of the best catches of the day look routine and has worked hard on his speed and overall athleticism in the last few years to the point where he now has the talent to play for any school out West.

*Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman receiver Cordell Broadus made the road trip to SoCal and had a very good day. Like Irwin, Broadus is a natural pass catcher with great hands and has improved his athleticism over the last year as well. He continues to grow and looks all of 6-3 and is still filling out. He's definitely justifying some of the national offers he's holding and his upside is very intriguing.

*Upland (Calif.) receiver Malik Yoakum was one of the revelations of the tournament. No one could cover him as the receiver flashed superior quickness getting in and out of his breaks, soft hands and the ability to run away from a defense after the catch.

*Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Stanley Norman always competes hard but sometimes can get too emotional on the field and do as much talking as playing. On Sunday, at least in the games we watched, he just played the game and was very good. While most two-way players are usually superior on one side of the ball, Norman is equally dominant at receiver and corner. He has also grown at least an inch and put on 10 pounds since last season while looking even quicker and more explosive.

*Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala corner Malik Psalms has good size at 6-2, long arms, runs very well and played with a nice, aggressive edge to him. He's a pure cover corner and has the athleticism to make a smooth transition to the next level.

*La Habra (Calif.) Whittier Christian tight end Noah Evans is a big bodied pass catcher and looks about 6-4, 240 pounds. He was a very tough cover all day using his body to create separation and does a very nice catching the ball in traffic.

*Pasadena (Calif.) Muir Desean Holmes is both quick and fast and has been beating double teams all-spring. He explodes off the line and then has the top end speed to run past a safety over the top. He catches the ball very well and is easily among the top five receivers in the region.

*Upland (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski does a very nice job of anticipating his throws and throwing with great accuracy. He's a clutch performer who never looks rattled, is very poised and is a natural leader who can rally a team.

*Newhall (Calif.) Hart quarterback Brady White throws one of the tightest balls around, is very accurate and has the arm strength to get the ball in to some tight windows. He's also very clutch and his dual with Hilinski in a 2nd round game was one of the best games of the tournament.

*Mission Vieo (Calif.) Tesoro receiver Jake Smeltzer is always good for at least one acrobatic catch every other game or so and he made a handful on Sunday. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he has very good size and his ability to jump over a corner and make big plays down the field separates him from other receivers.

*La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat receiver Tyler Vaughns (2016) is one of the top sophomores in the state. He can play on either side of the ball but really excelled at receiver at Passing Down. He's a smooth athlete with good hands and runs very well after the catch.

*Newbury Park (Calif.) cornerback Darnay Holmes (2017) is a great looking prospect who will be a national recruit in three years. He's only a freshman but already has explosive speed, has a solid frame, shows natural cover skills and competes at a very high level as well.

*Etiwanda (Calif.) linebacker Khaylan Thomas played physical, showed good range and nice ball skills with multiple interceptions on Sunday. He looked good playing in space and more fluid than he did in Vegas just two weeks ago.

*Etiwanda (Calif.) defensive back Treyjohn Butler (2016) is another young corner with every physical tool you could want. He has an athletic frame at about 5-10, 185 pounds, long arms, very quick feet and great top end speed. He clocked a 10.7-100m as a freshman and shows it on the football field with his ability to run with the fastest receivers.

*LB Poly (Calif.) defensive back Iman Marshall was his usual ‘lock down' self at corner but also impressed at receiver. He showed good speed getting down the field and caught the ball very well. Defense is still his meal ticket and he's one of the most physical corners you'll ever see.

*Anaheim (Calif.) Servite corner Maurice Davison will get knocked for his size at 5-8, but his quick feet, toughness and ability to play the ball in the air allows him to play much bigger than his HT. He's a bulldog on the field and plays with an edge to him and wasn't giving opposing receivers any space at all while he was on them.

*Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Brandon Burton (2016) is a special player on both sides of the ball. He's a natural at safety, with good speed, range, instincts and is very physical. He's also a heck of a receiver and shows strong hands and is a polished route runner. He always plays hard and is a very competitive kid.

*Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back C.J. Pollard (2016) is yet another Cavalier player who has a chance to be a national recruit when he's a senior. Pollard has a long, lanky frame, is an aggressive kid and loves contact. He runs well and can cover a lot of ground in the secondary.

*Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods has an athletic frame at about 6-3, 200 pounds and was easily among the most athletic linebackers in the tournament. He covers like a safety but has a linebacker frame and doesn't look close to being physically mature just yet. He's definitely someone to keep a close eye on the rest of the spring and summer.

*Poway (Calif.) quarterback Tate Martell (2017) was playing on a team made up largely of freshman and sophomores and they still rolled in to the quarterfinals. Martell is going to need to put on some size but he's extremely smart, especially for a young quarterback and has an advanced feel for the position and where to go with the ball. He's very accurate and throws with great anticipation and timing.

*Rialto (Calif.) Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa (2016) is a rangy ‘backer who looks a lot bigger than his listed 6-1, 215 pounds. He's a very aggressive kid, plays with an edge and was knocking over anyone who came across his zone. He plays well in space and as he matures, has a chance to be one of the region's top ‘backers.

*We said it after seeing him in Las Vegas but Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive back Marvell Tell has gotten significantly bigger in the last year. He's almost 6-3, 190 pounds and is always around the ball. He's a natural leader of a defense and always comes to play. When you combine his natural athleticism with where his frame is going, it's no wonder he's such a coveted prospect.

*Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Oasis athlete Noah Jefferson was easily the biggest player in attendance. He looked all of 6-5, 250 pounds and projects as a defensive lineman in college but was a very tough cover as a tight end. In fact, he didn't just play tight end, he lined up wide as a big receiver and looked like a natural catching passes as well.


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