It's always hard to evaluate players in a 7v7 setting simply because it's such a different game than it is with the pads on. You could also watch a team play one game and not see a particular player do anything but then blow up the next game. So rather than try and rank these guys, here's a list of players who caught our eye when we had a chance to check them out.
Again, this isn't necessarily a list of who had the best day, just the guys we were able to see and understand, there's no way we could watch every player in the event.
J.T. Daniels ('19)- Daniels was most impressive kid I saw and he's only an 8th grader. Daniels will attend Mater Dei next fall and has a great chance to step in and win the starting job for the Monarchs. He has a very live arm, quickest release of the day, was accurate to all three levels and very decisive in his reads.
Max Gilliam, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)- Gilliam has a strong, athletic frame and you can tell he has been working hard in the weight room. In the two full games we saw, Gilliam was very accurate on the deeper routes but missed a few balls on the touch/fade passes. He's an athletic quarterback who runs very well, something you can't showcase in a 7v7 setting. He has made a ton of strides in the last year and as he continues to develop, should see his recruitment pick up a bit as well.
Tristan Gebbia, ('17) Calabasas (Calif.)- Gebbia, who played for Team 19, was one of four quarterbacks on the team and had to split reps but was the most effective. The junior is very solid mechanically with an effortless release and the ability to make all the throws.
Andrew Kanatsky, Etiwanda (Calif.)- Kanatsky played for Team M&D, which might have been the most impressive team in the tournament that no one will talk about it. They don't have a ton of big name players but went undefeated and Kanatsky was a big reason why. No quarterback did a better job getting through his reads and progressions and he threw some of the deeper outs and posts on an absolute rope. There wasn't a more accurate QB either and he's definitely a player worth watching over the coming spring and summer.
Brevin White, ('18) Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany- The younger brother of former Hart and Arizona State signee Brady White, Brevin projects as a high Div I prospect as well. He already has a bigger frame than his older brother and has an advanced feel for the position in terms of throwing the ball on time and with anticipation. He can go through his progressions, spins the football very well and showed very nice touch on the deeper throws.
Joseph Lewis, ('17) Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins- Lewis (Pictured above) is a big bodied receiver who showed a lot more athleticism and down field speed than expected. He was able get deep at will and was running past corners and safeties all day long. He had his coming out party against a strong Team 19 squad scoring three touchdowns on three deep balls. Throughout the event, he also showed he's a solid pass catcher who will go over the middle and can make the tough grabs in traffic.
Jack Jones, LB Poly (Calif.)- Jones looks at least 10 pounds heavier from last season, mostly in his upper body but still has his same high level burst and quickness. He can get deep and run past a defender but his most impressive skill set will be his ability to run after the catch. He's an explosive kid and although he dropped a few balls, his hands won't be an issue.
Terrell Bynum, ('17) Anaheim (Calif.) Servite- Bynum cramped up and had to sit out the last two games but was easily among the best players of the day in the first two games he played in. He flashed a great burst in and out of his breaks, is already a polished route runner and has downfield speed. He catches everything, has excellent body control and just needs to continue to fill out and get stronger to take his game to another level.
Brandon Burton, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- We have Burton ranked among the safeties and still feel that's where his upside is highest but he had a great day at receiver Monday. While he may not have the same high level athleticism as some of the other receivers out West, Burton catches the ball as good as anyone, has a high understanding of how to play the position and just knows how to get open. He's a smooth route runner and uses his body well to create separation and catches the ball very well in traffic. He shows great timing on jump ball situations and really competed hard all day long.
Jeremiah Lorick, Hesperia (Calif.) Oak Hills- Lorick dinged up a shoulder at the end of the day but was the star for the M&D squad early on. He projects as your prototype slot receiver, very quick off the ball, runs a great route, catches everything and then has the speed to run away from defenders after the catch.
Kevin Howell, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)- Howell is another slot WR and was easily among our favorite players to watch. He might have been the quickest WR getting off the line and so was good after the catch, a couple of times he had touchdowns taken away when it appeared a defender had touched him when they actually whiffed on him. He has very good film at corner and could play on either side of the ball in college.
Josh Keith, Fontana (Calif.) Summit- With his copper colored hair, at first glance Keith looked a lot like California signee Jaylinn Hawkins. He was a tough cover all day showing the athleticism to get open, the body control to catch a wide variety of balls no matter where they were thrown and very good hands. He's an under the radar kid who who sat our the first five games of his junior season after transferring in to Summit but there is no doubt he can play at the next level.
Javon McKinley, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- No one was better with the pads on last season than McKinley. Physically he looks great, right at 6-2 and a solid 200 pounds. He wasn't the featured receiver for his B2G squad on Monday but still made plays when targeted. At times, Mckinley fought the ball a little but has shown in the past he has very strong hands and continues to improve his top end speed as well.
Michael Pittman, Ventura (Calif.) Oaks Christian- After watching Pittman Monday, he definitely looks like a player who projects best on the defensive side of the ball. He worked out at WR and looked a little stiff in his routes and doesn't flash a great burst out of his breaks or the fluidity you want to see in a pass catcher. At 6-4, 205 pounds and still growing in to his body, he does look like a high level outside linebacker or even a defensive end down the line in a 4-3 scheme as he continues to fill out in his body. There has been way too many Anthony Barr comparisons over the last year or so but Pittman looks like as close to a carbon copy as we've seen in a similar stage in his development.
Keyshawn Johnson, ('17), Calabasas (Calif.) By his own admission, Johnson looked a little tired from playing multiple games on Sunday but still had his moments. Right now, he has two elite skill traits that translate well to the next level- he catches the ball as naturally as anyone you'll see and is already a very advanced route runner. Johnson needs to continue to tighten his body and work on his overall athleticism but he has a lot better top end speed than we saw a year ago and more explosiveness out of his breaks as well.