Team Central Cal Boys won the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 NorCal Regional in San Ramon on Feb. 12, Team Bakersfield Burr won the regional in Newport on April 16, and Team TU Squad was victorious in Rocklin on May 7. The three champions automatically qualified for the Best in the West tournament that will take place at Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA in mid July.
Also qualifying for berths were California Strength and Team Pitt Playmakers in San Ramon and Team SVG All-Stars, Team Big Picture Athletics, Team 4th Quarter Sports, and Team Pride N Skills in Newport, and Team California Strength II, Team Solano Seven, and Team Pro Sport in Rocklin.
The top three finishers in the "Six at Six" will complete the BOTW field. With top 2012 quarterbacks Zach Kline, Mike Baker, Malik Watson, Tyler Ferguson, and Myles Carr among others having already qualified for BOTW, signal callers Nick Arbuckle and Jonathon Jerozal are looking to join that elite group on Saturday.
Arbuckle will lead Team SoCal Elite, which looks to be the early favorite on paper. It will have a loaded receiving corps with receivers Malik Gilmore, Jake Maulhardt, and Darius Powe leading the way.
But the top prospect at the camp might be 2013 QB Khari McGee. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore will lead Team Central Valley All-Stars. The CV All-Stars didn't fare well in Rocklin, but McGee wasn't throwing the rock in that tournament. His top targets will be a pair of underclassmen as well – 2013 WR/RB Rasean Jones and 2014 WR Tyrone Smith.
Jerozal is easily the most accomplished prep passer that will compete on Saturday. He's thrown for over 5,000 yards in his high school career. He'll lead Team SCV Elite that will feature top targets RB Edmund Darko and WR Julian Brooks.
Flying under the recruiting radar is QB Taylor Cohan. The 6-foot-3 signal caller will lead Team Coast from Northern California. Team 559 came a few points away from qualifying for BOTW in Newport. They return for a second chance and are led by 2013 QB Corbin Quinonez. Team Hawks out of Bakersfield rounds out the six-team field
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