After losing in the finals of the SoCal Regional of the Passing Down 7v7, Ground Zero still qualified for Best of the West.
Then they started 0-2 in pool play, before getting hot at the right time and winning the tournament, beating Big Blue out of San Jose in the championship game.
Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill cornerback Mike Bell earned MVP honors and anchored the secondary for Ground Zero, headed by Armond Hawkins, and along with Chacho Ulloa from Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Rialto (Calif.) Carter's Lokeni Toailoa, who were stout at linebacker all day, helped Ground Zero top Frat Boyz Revolution in the semifinals.
Damian Alloway was their main offensive weapon and nearly won MVP honors himself before the nod went to Bell.
On the recruiting front, Bell said he's closing in on his first offer. "I think San Jose State and San Diego State seem to be the closest right now," said Bell. "Schools like me as a DB in general, either corner or safety. I can play both and I love both positions."
-Fresno (Calif.) Clovis 2016 receiver J.J. Wills visited UCLA unofficially during the spring and took in the Bruins' Spring Game on Saturday. The son of former UCLA running back Shawn Wills, the younger Wills said UCLA is his dream school, but that he's also hearing from Utah and Wyoming. Wills plans to camp with Utah and UCLA this summer.
-Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 safety Micah Croom is a four-star already in the 2016 class and Utah has already offered him. UCLA coaches Kennedy Polamalu and Demetrice Martin came by Poly and Stanford also came by the school. Notre Dame is also expected to come by this week. With Iman Marshall, the West's top prospect, also there, Croom said he expects a number of schools to visit in the coming weeks.
-Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian athlete Justice Shelton-Mosley has seven offers, with Cal being the most recent offer for him. Shelton-Mosley visited USC on Saturday unofficially then was at UCLA's Spring Game on Saturday evening. Shelton-Mosley said he thinks Boston College and UCLA could be the next closest to offer, having visited UCLA unofficially two weeks ago. The Bruins like Shelton-Mosley as a receiver. Fresno State is also of interest to Shelton-Mosley and he thinks they could be close to offering too. His father, Anthony Mosley, played for the Bulldogs in the 80's.
-Henderson (Nev.) Liberty defensive end Noah Jefferson got his first offer this past week from San Diego State. In addition, Jefferson is hearing consistently from USC, Arizona State, Washington, Cal and UCLA. San Diego State offered Jefferson as a defensive tackle and he said he'd like to play 3-tech in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3. The 6-6, 282-pounder had Wisconsin and Utah State by the school last week and this week, Arizona, Arizona State and USC will be by.
-Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian safety Damion Wright has two offers, from Azusa Pacific and Morehouse as a quarterback, but a number of FBS schools like him as a defensive back. Wright said a bunch of Pac-12, ACC and SEC schools are expected to watch him in the next month. He plans to camp with UCLA this summer.
-Upland (Calif.) safety/linebacker Josh Woods had to sit out the 2013 season because of CIF transfer rules, but based on his sophomore film and his camp film, three Pac-12 schools have already offered Woods. Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State have all offered Woods. Yale is interested in the 4.0 student and Woods said that many schools said they want to see him in person or their camps since he didn't have junior film.