Passing Down Recruiting Notebook

Mar. 30 -- The Passing Down 7v7 tournament tour hit Southern California over the weekend. You won't find a better, more organized event anywhere and there was a ton of talent on display. Here's a look at some of the top players we saw and the latest on their recruitment...

*Patrick O'Brien, QB, San Juan Hills (Calif.)- O'Brien, who was the QB MVP at the Opening Regional Camp in Los Angeles had another strong showing Sunday. He's a big, strong kid with a live, accurate arm and throws with touch and timing. He'll take a visit to USC this coming Saturday and Arizona State April 7. O'Brien is still waiting for his first scholarship offer to roll in but he's definitely a BCS level prospect.

*Tate Martell, '17, QB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman- Martell never disappoints and he was on point all day once again. A lot of people will point to his size as a concern but you definitely can't question his arm strength. Martell was throwing lasers on Sunday and his overall feel for the position, touch on the deep ball and accuracy and timing on all his throws was exceptional. USC is in a very good spot with Martell right now but don't expect a decision any time soon. He'll go through the process, take a few more unofficial visits and more than likely wait until the spring following his junior season to pull the trigger.

*C.J. Pollard, DB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Few players compete at a higher level than Pollard. He always plays like he's trying to earn respect and he has done a great job doing just that all spring. He bounced between corner and safety and looked very good at both spots. He's a physical player and uses his long arms to disrupt a WR at the line and has the speed to turn and run with just about anyone. He visited ASU last week and said he spent a good 4-5 hours on campus and loved it there. He was able to meet with all the coaches including Coach Graham and it sounds like the Sun Devils have the best shot of anyone to beat out long time leader USC.

*Jaylon Redd, '17, DB, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- Redd had a strong tourney and didn't give up a catch in the games we saw him play. He can play on either side of the ball but has played more corner this spring and it sounds like that's where colleges prefer him as well. He landed an offer from USC earlier in the month while attending spring practice and called it a huge one for him because of the tradition and prestige of the school. He visited UCLA a few weeks ago and is hoping to get to ASU and Washington in April. Redd said he plans to go through the process and has no plans for an early decision but the four Pac 12 schools mentioned are all doing well with him at the moment.

*Curtis Robinson, ATH, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- If there was an overall MVP of the tourney, it would have to be Robinson. Even though his team was knocked off in the semi's, no one did more to impress, on both sides of the ball, than Robinson. He was arguably one of the 2-3 best WRs at the event and legitimately could play the position at the next level. At 6-3, he's surprisingly polished, has strong hands, runs well and physically can use his size to create separation. He looked very good at safety as well and his upside at linebacker is off the charts. Robinson will visit Stanford this weekend for Junior Day and the visit could go a long way in determining where the athlete ends up. He's coming off a solid visit to Notre Dame and UCLA is a big factor here as well.

*Armani Rogers, QB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hamilton- Rogers is a big, athletic quarterback and threw the ball well on Sunday. This was the second time we've seen Rogers in a 7v7 setting in the last few weeks ago and he's making nice progress in his decision making and being more decisive. He has very good arm strength and there is definitely a lot of upside to him. Rogers gave an early commitment to California and said although schools continue to recruit him, he's very solid in his decision and isn't looking around at all. He plans to visit Cal later in the spring and is on track to be an early graduate as well.

*Chacho Ulloa, DB, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Ulloa is a versatile safety prospect who has greatly improved his overall athleticism in the last year. He's a smart, instinctive player and always played with toughness. His improved speed and range has made him a lot more versatile and more valuable as a prospect. Ulloa will visit ASU on Tuesday and is hoping to get out to California, Stanford and Washington State later in the spring/summer as well.

*Trevon Sidney (Pictured Above), WR, Las Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat- We've been a fan of Sidney's since first seeing him in game action as a sophomore and Sunday may have been the best we've seen him play in a long time. He was the go to guy for BBT on a team that also featured Tyler Vaughns and Dylan Crawford and was virtually un-coverable all day. He ran the best routes of any WR at the event, adjusts very well to the ball and catches it as well as anyone you'll see. Recruiting has taken a back seat for now as Sidney has been focusing on baseball (said he could double sport in college) but is still hopeful of getting to USC and UCLA for spring practice. He added the recent offer from Michigan was definitely intriguing and he's hopeful of visiting the Wolverines as well.

*David Long, ATH, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola- Long can play corner or receiver but we really like him as a corner. He has very good feet, a smooth backpedal and closes very quickly on the ball. He's a tough kid as well and always competes. You don't see him coasting or taking plays off like a lot of other highly rated players. Long will visit UCLA this weekend and Michigan and Washington are two other schools on him hard as well. Long said he's not close to cutting his list down and wants to take his visits during the fall before making a decision.

*Damian Alloway, WR, Fontana (Calif.) Summit- Alloway is an explosive slot receiver with a quick get off and the ability to get deep. He nearly made his college choice last week with four of his Ground Zero teammates but backed out a few days before saying he just wasn't ready. Cal and UCLA are his top two choices and Alloway said had he decided, he would have picked the Bears. The WR said Cal's offense and their need for slot receivers has them currently on top but he didn't want to make a decision until he was 100% ready and since he planned on taking more visits after deciding, he felt it was best to hold off until later in the summer.

*Jacob Colacion, LB, La Habra (Calif.)- Colacion is among the top 'backers in the state and had another solid showing on Sunday. He's a good athlete who runs well, is physical with receivers and tight ends and has a high football IQ. He recently visited Nevada and was offered a scholarship by the Wolfpack. Colacion has also visited Fresno State and could take trips later this spring/summer to Arizona State and Washington State.

*Jack Jones, ATH, LB Poly (Calif.)- Jones was the top corner in the event and cemented his status as the top corner in the west region. He's easily a top five WR in the region as well but the more we watch him, the more his size and overall skill set looks better suited for the defensive side of the ball. Jones came out with a top five a few weeks back but is now saying he's open to everyone and not close to narrowing his list. He also the said the plan is to still take all his visits and wait until Signing Day before committing. He did say he'll visit UCLA in mid-April and could check out a few more schools with his B2G squad when they travel to Chicago and Miami later this summer.

*Malik Street, '17, DB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- The Braves have a loaded secondary with six players likely headed for the next level. Street is a good looking young safety and has been a huge part of Ground Zero's success all spring. He doesn't have much film to go on right now so his recruitment has been a little slow to get going. He did visit USC last week and called the Trojans his childhood favorite. Former Trojan Dion Bailey is Street's step brother so there's definitely a connection. He'll camp with USC and UCLA and would like to get out to Washington as well.

*Dylan Crawford, WR, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita- Crawford looks good physically, at least an inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than last summer. He didn't have as many opportunities to shine Sunday, playing with 3-4 other high level WRs but his talent level is obvious to see. This weekend Crawford will take a visit to Stanford for Junior Day and the Cardinal have a very real shot. His close friend and teammate K.J. Costello just committed there last week and Crawford said he's very intrigued by the idea of the two playing together in college. Michigan and USC are two other schools very high on his list.

*Thomas Graham, '17, DB, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt- Few defensive players in the West Coast '17 class have as much upside as Graham. He has a long, athletic frame, runs very well, plays with plenty of toughness and physicality and always competes at a high level. USC is the childhood favorite and his older sister Jasmyne will run track for the Trojans next fall. USC has yet to offer however and ASU (family is from Arizona) looks like the currently leader among the schools that have offered the talented corner.

*Javon McKinley, WR, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- McKinley isn't featured in 7v7 play nearly as much as he is on his Husky squad but still manages to impact the game. When targeted, he catches everything thrown his way and showed nice down field speed and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Recruiting wise, McKinley said he'll make his decision at the Army AA Game in January but would like to take all of his official visits beforehand. USC is the childhood favorite but Stanford, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Washington and Miami are just a few schools in the running as well.


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