B2G Tournament Targets

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. -- The B2G Sports Passing Tournament consistent of over a dozen teams Monday to help close out a big opening weekend for the seven-on-seven passing circuit. The majority of USC targets in the tournament played for B2G Five Star and Team 19.

Javon McKinley | Corona (Calif.) | Wide Receiver | 2016
Corona Centennial wide out Javon McKinley has a relatively quiet B2G Sports passing tournament Monday, seeing more than his fair share of double teams. McKinley is quickly approaching double digit scholarship offers from some big name schools, and with that notoriety comes the attention of defenders. To his credit, McKinley stayed patient and didn’t let teams get into his head with a lot of grabbing and holding off the line. As teams start to see how much of a threat sophomore Joseph Lewis is on the opposite side of the field, things will open up more for McKinley this spring.

SCOOP: On the recruiting front, USC remains in good standing with McKinley. While he is still looking for scholarship offers from some other big name schools, McKinley’s detailed break down of USC’s academic support demonstrates how much weight he wants his degree to hold after college. McKinley grew up following USC football as well, so he has a well-rounded admiration for the Trojan brand.

Joseph Lewis | Los Angeles (Calif.) | Wide Receiver | 2017
Hawkins School wide receiver Joseph Lewis exploded onto this seen in his second game of the B2G Sports tournament Monday. Lewis consistently beat Team 19 deep for scores during the day’s most anticipated match up. Lewis has the size and speed to be considered right along side the best players in the 2016 class. In fact, Lewis is very comparable to his B2G Five Star teammate Javon McKinley physically. Like McKinley, Lewis has very strong hands and tracks the ball exceptionally well in the air. Only 15-years-old, Lewis should have multiple scholarship offers before the start of his junior season. He can make the physical catch across the middle or blow the top off of the defense.

Jack Jones | Long Beach (Calif.) | Wide Receiver | 2016
Although everyone watching B2G Five Star came to see Javon McKinley and stayed to see Joseph Lewis, Long Beach Poly wide out Jack Jones had his own strong showing Monday at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano. Jones played almost exclusively in the slot, working a lot of bench routes and seam routes off of motion. Jones killed Team 19 in the day’s most entertaining showing making some clutch catches right down the hash marks. It was a good performance considering Jones had only practices with B2G twice before the tournament.

SCOOP: Jones grew up a Trojan fan and said Monday that USC will always remain in consideration as a college destination because he considers himself a Trojan. Having said that, Jones, like Iman Marshall last year, will not officially visit any school in California. He has no plans on making an early commitment and will announce his college decision next February.

Michael Pittman | Westlake Village (Calif.) | Wide Receiver | 2016
Oaks Christian junior Michael Pittman is one of the few wide receivers who is truly big. A legit 6-foot-4, Pittman doesn’t have quite the length of an Equanimeous St. Brown, but he plays more physically off the jam and creates better separation with his body. The only issue with his performance Monday was a tendency to cut his routes short and sometimes not give consistent effort on every snap. Pittman didn’t have any amazing plays Monday, but athletically, there is a lot of physical potential there to mold at the next level.

SCOOP: Pittman is committed to UCLA, but that pledge is incredibly soft. Monday Pittman stated he won’t truly be set for any school until he signs in February. At this point, sources are already anticipating he will de-commit from UCLA at some point during the season, if not sooner. USC will be a contender, but odds are that the Trojans will just be one of a handful of schools vying for his attention come January.

Terrell Bynum | Anaheim (Calif.) | Wide Receiver | 2017
The Servite and Team 19 wide out didn’t have quite the day his sophomore counterpart Joseph Lewis did, but Bynum was one of the most explosive receivers for Team 19 Monday before sitting with a leg cramp. Bynum had a big one-handed grab early in the tournament, but he also was consistent catching the routine pass underneath coverage. Right now he may have the best combination of technique and speed in the 2017 class.

Khalil Tate | Gardena (Calif.) | Athlete | 2016
Khalil Tate played both quarterback and receiver for Team 19 Monday, although he never seemed to play enough of either position to evaluate his performance. He did hit on some nice deep passes against B2G Five Star early in the day, but rotating with two other quarterbacks, the best passer on his team Monday was Calabasas sophomore Tristan Gebbia. Granted, passing tournaments are not going to play toward a dual threat quarterbacks strengths in any setting. The most we can glean from Tate's ability to run from Monday's performance is his ability to past defenders while playing wide out. Yet physically, Tate may be better served playing running back or even safety when he is not throwing the football.

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