Battle At The Beach

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat wide out Tyler Vaughns will be one of several top underclassmen receivers taking part in the Battle At The Beach Saturday at Edison High School in Huntington Beach.

The Battle at the Beach passing league tournament annually hosts to some of Southern California's top high school football programs.

Played at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, the event is now in its 16th season. Twenty teams are playing in the tournament Saturday, with several Trojan targets participating.

POOL A: Serra, St. John Bosco, Corona Centennial and Los Alamitos
POOL B: Santa Margarita, Upland, Mission Hills and Glendora
POOL C: Alemany, Valencia, J. Serra and La Habra
POOL D: Mater Dei, Westlake, Bishop Amat and Canyon Country
POOL E: Edison, Hart, Notre Dame and Narbonne

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Pool A - Serra has a tremendous deep threat in senior Deontay Burnett, who USC assistant coaches have lobbied as a potential scholarship offer recipient. At 6-foot, 150-pounds, Burnett is slight, but a productive receiver considering he had to share time with a stacked roster of upperclassmen last year. Brandon Burton already has a scholarship offer from USC as a junior. Burton has been evaluated as a wide out for the past two years, but now he is beginning to play more and more safety on the passing circuit. Junior safety C.J. Pollard is also a recruiting target for the Trojans. He is the son of USC great Marvin Pollard. This will be CJ's first year starting for Serra.

St. John Bosco is led by UCLA quarterback commit Josh Rosen, who displayed fantastic physical attributes at the Elite 11 last week, but was somewhat average in tournament play. Bosco's season will depend a lot on its underclassmen. Running back Sean McGrew is a huge asset for the Braves under the lights, while cornerback Traveon Beck and safety D.J. Morgan are names to watch.

Cornona Centennial has wide outs Javon McKinley and Grayson Bankhead, who is currently committed to Cal. Both recently camped at USC, and while McKinley is just a junior, his 6-foot-2 frame and speed have earned mention among the elite group of receivers for 2016. Los Alamitos hasn't had a USC recruiting target for a while, but the Griffins also have two underclassmen in defensive back Schuyler Whitehead and linebacker Matt Locher who could end up on USC's radar for 2016.

Pool B - Santa Margarita is led by the big junior quarterback K.J. Costello. The Eagles tend to be a physical program led by outstanding line play, although defensive end Ricky Wade is expected to play tight end at the event. Wade never camped at USC, and his reps as a receiver have been limited, but at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, he is a better athlete than he gets credit for. Wade played tight end at the Dana Hills Air Strike in June, so he should play some tight end Saturday as well.

Upland, a passing circuit juggernaut, has defensive backs Kameron Powell, Elijah Jones and Tatum Slack. Powell is a potential safety target for USC, although he remains committed to Washington State and has had little communication with USC since making that pledge. Upland also field linebacker Josh Woods and possibly the state's top 2017 prospect in running back Nathan Tilford.

Mission Hills seems to be pumping out talent from the North Coast of San Diego annually for the Battle At The Beach. Cornerback Dechaun Holiday was up and down performance wise at The Opening this week. Against faster receivers, he got taken deep a few times, which leads some to believe he will be a safety in college.

Pool C - Although wide out Desean Holmes will be out with an ankle injury, recent USC scholarship offer recipient Dominic Davis will be on hand for Alemany. Davis is lightning fast, running a 10.5 100-meters in track this past spring. He should play running back, wide out and cornerback in Saturday's tournament. Valencia has junior wide out JayJay Wilson, who could be a player for USC targets this fall. Wilson wants to play safety in college, but may be growing out of that position.

Pool D - Mater Dei junior wide out Andre Collins is a player to watch. The 6-foot-3 wide out is raw, but still boasts growth potential. Mater Dei also has linebacker Ben Humphreys, who was a standout at The Opening last week. Humphreys had a great showing at last year's BATB. Humphreys will team up with junior Curtis Robinson on defense and offense Saturday. Westlake has top junior quarterback Malik Henry, who has a scholarship offer from USC. While Henry isn't a big quarterback like Costello, he has just as big of an arm.

Bishop Amat has two Trojans scholarship offer recipients expected to participate Saturday. Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns have both been stand out players this summer. Vaughns is beginning to become a national name with his performances at IMG and USC Rising Stars. The two phenom underclassmen play on different seven-on-seven teams, so this will be one of the first big events they share the field.

Pool E - This pool is probably the least relevant to USC fans, although the Hart show of Brady White and Trent Irwin is always fun to watch. Wide out C.J .Sanders is now at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, but also committed to the University of Notre Dame in May. Sanders was one of the top 10 finalists in the SPARQ competition in Beaverton (Ore.) last week.

Narbonne is a team full of good underclassmen talent. Wide receiver Vincent Heard and linebacker Lawson Hall both had good days at the Air Strike tournament in Dana Hills. Heard in particular made some big plays down field, drawing some comparisons to former four-star wide out Bryce Treggs now at Cal.

Stay tuned to Scout.com for video, interviews, photos and analysis from the Battle At The Beach passing tournament, plus live updates as the games are played.



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