Skyline (Wash.) quarterback Jake Heaps was the top passer there, and the most consistent through the weekend. Heaps throws the short and intermediate routes very well, and has excellent touch on his deep throws. He and teammate Kasen Williams have a real good chemistry and it was noticeable, but Heaps does a better job than anyone of avoiding locking on to a receiver and he quickly goes through his reads. Heaps does a good job finding an open seam and of going to his second and third reads.
Jesse Scroggins from Lakewood (Calif.) struggled a bit with accuracy the first day but it all came together for him on day two, allowing him to lead his team to the title and earn Camp MVP honors. Scroggins has a real strong arm and is confident in it, not afraid to try and thread the needle with his passes. As he continues to work on his accuracy, he'll be a bigtime prospect because the arm strength is there.
Dallas Lloyd from Pleasant Grove and Alex Hart from Jordan helped lead their Utah team to the finals where they lost to Scroggins. Both have good arms, but accuracy is their calling cards. Lloyd is bigger than Hart by a little, but both have D-I bodies and should both have their pick of offers when it's all said and done.
Brett Nottingham from Danville (Calif.) Monta Vista was right behind Scroggins in quarterbacks who catapulted themselves. Nottingham throws a really good deep ball and he's got a strong arm as well. He was able to put the ball into some tight places and did a good job going through his progressions.
Ryan Kasdorf from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame and Bryan Bennett from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, Serra League rivals, are two of the better quarterbacks in the Southland but both struggled to get into a rhythm and each struggled with accuracy. With so many quarterbacks per team, and guys trying to get reps, it was difficult to get the timing down and Kasdorf and Bennett both suffered from the lack of rhythm. Bennett flashed the strong-arm he's graced with but forced things a bit too much. Kasdorf also had issues with his timing.
Peter Thomas from El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla has a real nice, fluid throwing motion and good feet. His arm strength is excellent and his touch is good. Thomas throws with some good zip too. Nick Hirschman from Los Gatos (Calif.) split time with Thomas and is similar in many of the same areas but is physically thicker and looks like he could play linebacker.
Sean Mannion from Foothill HS in Pleasanton has one of the better deep-balls of any of the NorCal quarterbacks and he showed it during the weekend. His team struggled to catch a lot of passes and at times, he was more confident in dumping it to the running backs because they were catching the ball more consistently, but his arm strength is a quality.
Tyler Shreve has all the makings of a pure athlete. The Redlands (Calif.) East Valley quarterback threw pretty well on the day, but when he wasn't playing quarterback, he was getting reps playing receiver and linebacker and he's got really good hands as a receiver. He doesn't lack confidence either, going for the big throw on numerous occasions.
Brandon Connette from Corona (Calif.) Santiago is more a classic spread quarterback who likes to run, so the 7on7 setting meant he had to throw exclusively and he had good chemistry with two Santiago teammates also playing receiver. Connette's decision making was an issue during the fall, but he looked much more stout during the weekend, not forcing his throws and letting the offense flow.
Marcus McDade from St. Mary's in Stockton was one of the surprises of the weekend. Having to wait behind Oregon State-signee Cody Vaz, McDade got a chance to throw a lot this weekend and looked pretty solid in all facets of the game. The Rams offense shouldn't skip a beat with McDade running it.
Kyle Boehm is a 2011 quarterback from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose who will be one to watch for next year. He's got good pocket presence, throws the short and intermediate routes well and doesn't make many bad reads or throws.
Moorpark (Calif.) quarterback Brian Blechen had a pretty good day too on Saturday, really tightening things up in his mechanics and his accuracy as the day went on.
Austin Hinder from Steamboat Springs (Colo.) had a rough first day. He struggled to hit the open receivers, overthrowing or underthrowing too many to count. But on Sunday, he showed why he's got double-digit offers, looking much more polished.
Playing running back in a 7-on-7 competition is like playing center, you see the ball, but not much. Most of the backs were used as safety valves, but a few made bigtime plays to let folks know they were there.
James McConico from Compton was probably used the most of any back here. And for good reason. When McConico was thrown the ball, his quickness allowed him to make defenders miss and he cuts so quickly, that on several occasions, linebackers reached for air. McConico has pretty good hands, but was most dangerous in the open field. He also played a lot of linebacker, not hesitating to mix it up with the opposing backs himself.
Harvey Langi is a name to jot down for the 2011 class. He's a powerful looking back, who didn't really get to use that power in this setting, but got to use his speed and athleticism. The South Jordan (Utah) Bingham running back was a big part of Utah's success in getting to the finals. In pads, he's probably a load to bring down, standing 6-1, 210 as only a sophomore.
Dillon Baxter was one of the few running backs who had a chance to get the ball thrown to him and scored a few times. The USC commit from San Diego Mission Bay can play running back or receiver and is cat-quick, that he could turn a short pass into a big gain. Baxter is an excellent athlete that should be utilized in many ways in college. His fellow USC commit D.J. Morgan from Woodland Hills Taft shared time with him on Team B2G and when he got the ball thrown his way, made some plays as well.
San Diego Scripps Ranch's Brennan Clay, Newbury Park's Cameron Roberson, San Jose Piedmont Hills' Derek Stewart and Fontana Kaiser's Anthony Brown all have loads of talent, and each looked good in the drills, but tended to be ignored by the quarterbacks, who typically looked deep every play.
Kasen Williams is one of the elite receivers in the country and he's only a sophomore. Already boasting eight offers from around the country, Williams and Skyline (Wash.) teammate Jake Heaps had the same chemistry that got them to the finals in this event a year ago. There may not be a better QB-WR combo in the country, definitely not on the West Coast, than Heaps and Williams. He's physical, deceptively fast and catches just about everything. He'll be one of the premier recruits in the class of 2011.
Kenny Stills probably had the best weekend of any of the receivers, constantly getting behind the secondary and getting open, becoming a favorite target of his teams receivers. One of the top playmakers on the West Coast, he cemented his status as a National 300 guy. Stills is quick off the line, runs precise routes, then blows by the defender and catches the ball well with his hands.
Right behind him was Sean Linton from Helix HS in La Mesa. Linton was under-utilized on Day One, but on Day Two, he was the man for Team AIGA, helping them win the tournament by being Jesse Scroggins' main receiver. Big, physical and fast, Linton constantly got open and was at his best around the goalline, catching several rifles from Scroggins on slants. His teammate at Helix, Levine Toilolo, earned the nickname "Red Zone" last year in Las Vegas, and Linton followed suit a year later. Expect him to see his stock increase as his film goes out.
Paul Richardson from Los Alamitos (Calif.), made some nice catches in traffic and looks considerably bigger from when we saw him last spring at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles. The UCLA commit is another polished route-runner who's not afraid to go up and get the ball.
Kenneth Scott from Ontario (Calif.) Colony is a National 100 guy and showed why himself making some real difficult grabs against defenders. Like Richardson, Scott looks like he's put on substantially more weight and he continues to polish his route running and show he's one of the West's top receivers.
Josh Harper didn't get the ball thrown his way much but the Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's receiver showed why Cody Vaz threw it to him so much during the season when it did come his way, using good body position and ability to get open. He's much more physical than his size would lead you to believe. The same could be said for Etiwanda (Calif.) receiver Bobby Ratliff, who's another physical receiver that corners had a hard time trying to body up. Ratliff uses his hands well to catch.
Anthony Jefferson from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral is a two-way threat who had some nice plays as a receiver, but had a couple of drops that stunted his offense. Still, when he made the catches, he did a nice job in the open field.
One of the revelations of the weekend was Christian Wesley from Central Kitsap in Washington. We saw Wesley last September when they played Manti Te'o and Punahou in Seattle and he was the lone bright spot. Despite playing in relative obscurity, Wesley showed that he's a receiver who should be followed. He stands 6-5, has pretty good speed that can keep him at receiver, is very physical, can jump and is a consistent pass-catcher.
Jamaal Kearse from Lakes in Washington was the third receiver for the Evergreen State team and still got plenty of passes thrown his way. Kearse, physically, is very impressive, even better looking than his brother, Jermaine, an Army All-American who played as a true frosh at Washington. He looks more physically suited for safety, though, at least to these eyes.
Kevin Anderson from Lakewood was one of Scroggins' other targets, the Lancers teammates hooking up numerous times. Anderson is a smaller, slot type receiver but he'll go across the middle to make a catch. John Timu from Long Beach Jordan also made some nice grabs to help out Scroggins and these two plus Linton made for a long day for opposing DBs on Sunday.
Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt receiver Tyler Slavin was another receiver who impressed when the ball came his way. Slavin is still a little slight, but he's got good speed and is a fine route-runner. Troy Ware from Vista also was a nice, big target who looks substantially larger from when we saw him in the spring of 2008. Ware has good size and is pretty fluid as a runner.
Brando Tessar from Chaminade HS was a guy who impressed us last spring at the Scout.com Combine, an excellent athlete who tested off-the-charts but can also bring it between the lines. Tessar became one of his teams go-to-guys throughout the weekend. He's fast and has great concentration when it comes to catching the ball.
Poppy Livers from St. Francis in Mountain View became the go-to-guy for Team ProSports, catching everything thrown his way and Andrew Berg of Los Gatos also did a nice job of being a second option for the same squad.
Xavier Grimble from Las Vegas didn't have to go far to show his talent, but he came out and on Day One, proved that he's one of the elite tight ends nationally. He'll catch everything, he's a mismatch nightmare for linebackers and he's deceptively quick. He looks like a tight end who can play with his hand down or lined up in the slot. He's similar to Zach Ertz who's headed to Stanford, but may be even more athletic. Grimble just got finished with the state championships in basketball a few days before but came out and played and stood out.
Utah had a pair of tight ends who really stood out in Jordunn Mattinson from Spanish Fork and Bryan Dale Sampson from Pleasant Grove. Neither hesitated to catch the ball in traffic, and both made a couple of real tough grabs, helping their squad to the finals.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a name to remember for the class of 2011. He's already got a handful of offers and its easy to see why. The Gig Harbor (Wash.) prospect stands 6-7, 245, runs really well and has the size you drool over. He's very similar to Levine Toilolo, in fact, he's probably thicker than Toilolo and he runs just as well.
Chris Martin was probably the best all-around player there, and there is a reason that he's one of the top 10 players nationally. Martin is a linebacker by trade, but he more than held his own as a tight end, and showed that if he focused solely on offense, he'd be a top 5 tight end nationally. Martin is that good.
Tyler Perry and Pierce Richardson are both gifted tight ends, who are better suited to play with the pads on because of the physical nature of their games. Richardson didn't see a whole lot of passes come his way, but Perry is a guy who when the ball did come his way, has nice, soft hands. But both are maulers and classic tight ends.