With so many teams in attendance at both the Pylon 7-on-7 and the B2G 7-on-7, we didn’t get a chance to see everyone in attendance. So, keep in mind that this isn’t an all-inclusive list, but rather a list of the best players we had a chance to watch.
Joseph Lewis, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins
Lewis has a college ready body right at a rock solid 6-foot-2 and almost 200 pounds. He uses his size well and is a physical receiver who has the speed to get separation and is great with the ball in the air. He has strong hands and is able to catch in traffic, through contact. He’s also young for his grade and will be a 17 year old freshman in college so he still has plenty of room for growth and development. As he continues to refine his route running and his overall fluidity, his game will rise to another level and there is no doubt he’s one of the elite prospects in the country. Lewis said Arizona State, Nebraska and Oklahoma are recruiting him hardest and local schools UCLA and USC are heavily involved as well.
Bryan Thompson, WR, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Thompson doesn’t have the same kind of national rep as some of the other receivers out West but he can play. He has an athletic body, very good speed and was running past defensive backs all day. He routinely came down with the ball in jump ball situations and shows a very nice burst out of his breaks and can explode up the field. He’s a high level Div I recruit. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington and UNLV have offered Thompson.
Taariq Johnson, TE, Buena Park (Calif.)
Johnson is more like a big receiver but has the kind of frame to grow in to a hybrid tight end/h-back. He runs well and had no problem getting open all day, both in the intermediate routes and getting down the field. He has put on some good weight in the last year and will be a tough matchup for a linebacker or safety to handle at the next level. Johnson has double digit offers and said Arizona, Maryland and Nebraska are recruiting him the hardest.
Tyler Lytle, QB, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Lytle a big, strong quarterback who looks to have grown and put on some good weight in the last year. He looked all of 6-5 pushing 6-6 and a solid 210 pounds. He throws a very nice ball and showed timing and anticipation in the game we saw. He can move safeties around with his eyes and played with a nice calmness, never looking rattled in the pocket. He’ll take several visits this spring including California, Fresno State, Hawaii, Oregon State and Temple. He hasn’t named a leader but the Bears could be in a good spot right now.
Robbie Blosser, QB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian
Quarterbacks are always judged by winning and so far this winter, no one has won more than Robbie Blosser. Blosser has led his Rize Up squad to back to back tournament championships and has shown command, poise and the ability to come through in the clutch. Rize Up has a very nice collection of offensive weapons and Blosser does a good job spreading the ball around and keeping everyone happy. He has a tireless work ethic off the field and has worked hard on his game and his body and has matured quite a bit in the last year. He's playing with a lot of confidence right now and it's showing on the field. North Texas has offered and Blosser plans to camp with Cal, Duke, Northwestern and Stanford.
Osiris St. Brown, WR, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
St. Brown has made a nice jump from last season and looks stronger, quicker and more explosive. He always had exceptional hands and catches the ball as well as anyone out West. He’s now able to get separation and runs better after the catch. He’s extremely polished and has the look of a No. 1 WR who could play early at the next level. St. Brown’s older brother Equanimeous is at Notre Dame and the Irish will be a big factor in his recruitment. Local schools UCLA and USC as well as Cal and Stanford are also heavily in the mix. Watch out for Michigan as well.
Jamire Calvin, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
We haven't seen too many receivers this winter any smoother or more polished than Jamire Calvin. Calvin had no problems getting open in the games we saw and has made a nice jump in his overall athleticism in the last year. The athlete shows a nice burst, can explode in and out of his breaks, has the speed to run past a secondary and has very soft hands as well. Calvin has visited Cal and said he’ll likely visit Oregon if they offer. Nebraska and Washington State are coming after Calvin hard as well.
Brian Casteel, WR, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
Casteel is an intriguing athlete who played solely at receiver over the weekend but could end up as a safety in college as well. He’s a little bigger than we expected but he has some unique qualities that stand out from other athletes. He’s a powerful runner who is an advanced route runner and has some of the strongest hands we’ve seen. He catches everything near him and is very good in jump ball situations. What side of the ball he plays on could be determined by how much bigger he gets in college but he’s a very talented player. Arizona, Nevada and Washington State have all offered and UCLA is heavily recruiting him as well.
Jimmy Jaggers, TE, Roseville (Calif.)
Jaggers is your traditional tight end who can be affective in both the run and passing game. He has a huge frame and will have no problem packing on as much weight as the college he chooses desires. He’s also very good in the passing game with soft hands, an advanced route runner and shows the ability to catch through traffic and hang on to the football while taking a hit. He’ll never need to leave the field in college and projects as that rare tight end who can be physical and be more than just a big receiver. Jaggers has double digit offers and said Colorado, UCLA and Washington are recruiting him hardest.
Stephen Carr, RB, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
Running backs don’t usually play too big of a factor in 7v7 events but Carr is a unique talent. He was used often out of the backfield and not just in short swing routes but down the field as well. Carr is a big, physical back who was made for the pads. He’s a very strong kid who runs with power but he has good speed as well and as he showed over the weekend, soft hands out of the backfield. Carr remains a soft commitment to USC but will take his trips.
Zak Simon, WR, Temecula Valley (Calif.)
Simon is easily among the most under-rated receivers out West and really impressed over the weekend. He does everything well and combines a nice burst off the line, the speed to run past a corner, great body control and concentration and very strong hands. He’s a well built 6-foot-0, 175 pounds with an athletic frame and has very good film as well. No one has offered yet but this is a kid who can easily play at the Pac-12 level
Jalen Hall (’18), WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins
Hall has tremendous size, pushing 6-foot-4 with long arms and huge hands. On a loaded Hawkins squad, Hall was his League’s Offensive Player of the Year and is just too big and strong for most opposing corners to hang with. He can get off the line and shows very good quickness for a big receiver. He high points the ball very well and will be a huge weapon in the red zone from day one in college. Hall already has offers from schools all over the country including most of the Pac-12 plus Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame and Tennessee to name a few.
Cameron McDonald, (’18), WR, Long Beach Poly
McDonald is a physical specimen who looks all of 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. He’s a huge target and could stay at receiver or depending on how much bigger he gets, could grow in to a hybrid tight end/h-back. McDonald can run too and make plays down the field or in the intermediate game. He shows strong hands and can catch the ball away from his body. With two years to develop, McDonald has a chance to emerge as a national recruit by the time he’s a senior. Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington State have all offered.
C.J. Parks (’18), WR, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
The No. 1 thing all receivers need to be able to do is catch the football. That might sound obvious but go watch any 7v7 tournament and you’ll see almost as many drops as catches. Parks has tremendous hands and a wide catch radius. He does a nice job extending himself and catching the ball away from his body, making it tough for a DB to knock the ball away. Parks is also an advanced route runner and can turn a corner around and has no problems getting open. He’s an ideal slot receiver and should put up big numbers this coming season.
Chase Williams (’18), WR, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
Williams is a high end talent and will be a national recruit when he’s a senior. At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, he’s a high level athlete with speed, hands and body control. He can jump over a defensive back and shows very good timing on jump balls. He runs well after the catch, has some wiggle to him in the open field and is a physical player as well. Washington has jumped in and offered and Williams is a player that should have double digits before his junior season is over.
Brevin White (’18), QB, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
White, who played at Alemany before transferring recently to Chaminade has all the tools needed to excel at the next level. He's about as polished as they come and shows poise and maturity beyond his years. His older brother Brady White is at Arizona State and the younger White may have even more upside and a bigger frame. He's a tough kid who will stand in and take a hit without flinching and shows the arm strength to make every throw on the field. ASU, Washington and Washington State have all offered.
Jack Tuttle (’18), San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Tuttle has matured and progressed very well over the last couple of years and is emerging as one of the top sophomore QBs in the state. He’s an easy 6-3, pushing 6-4 with the frame to add plenty of good weight. He throws a very nice, catchable ball and is already advanced in terms of being decisive and throwing on time with anticipation. San Diego State has offered and we expect that list to grow over the coming year.
Jason Miller (’18), QB, Murrieta Mesa (Calif.)
Miller is a big, strong signal caller who can get the ball down the field. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, it was hard to believe he was only a sophomore as he looks more like a college sophomore and had a very good day throwing the ball. He has a live, accurate arm, shows nice touch on the deep ball and a good overall pocket sense and feel for getting the ball out on time.
Ryan Hilinski (’19) QB, Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
Hilinski is the youngest brother of a family of quarterbacks and although we don’t want to start a family squabble, he looks to have the most upside in the group. At 6-foot-3 with a solid frame, Hilinski just looks the part and has the arm strength to fit the ball in to small windows. He shows nice touch on the deep ball, a tight release and will be someone to watch very closely this spring.