|Lester Williams (MVP)|
| Wide Receiver, Stockton (Calif.) Stagg |
Williams not only made the most plays on the day, but also showed the most perseverance. The Stagg-Stockton star fought off exhaustion, cramps and a thigh injury to burn his opponents on the field, including a long touchdown reception in the title game of the regional.
|Quarterback, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine
Last year's Best of the West M.V.P impressed again with his patience in the pocket, decision making and cannon. Carta-Samuels did get picked off twice in the championship game, but the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder still led Pro Sport to a deep run in the Nor Cal Regional and another shot at the Best of the West title in Fullerton.
|Quarterback, Novato (Calif.) San Marin
Wilkins showed off the best deep ball out of the quarterbacks and didn't hesitate to go for the long throw. He also quickly meshed with Simms, McCoy and the rest of Team Those Guys in one day.
|Quarterback, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
The sophomore Kearns also made his Passing Down debut and showed off one of the best zips out of the quarterbacks in the camp. Kearns went off in the first two games with a combined seven touchdown passes, including an impressive throw where he rifled his football between three defenders and still got the touchdown pass.
|Running Back, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
Despite his team missing out on a top four finish after their stunning quarterfinal exit, the highly-touted Mixon didn't disappoint. Mixon showed versatility as a running back and receiver and created match-up problems with his imposing 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame. Mixon, who holds nearly 40 different scholarship offers from the Bowl Championship Series ranks to the Mountain West, told Passing Down that he plans to make his college decision at the U.S Army All-American game.
|Athlete, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove
Don't let the 5-foot-7 frame fool you, Terrell emerged as the most versatile weapon in the camp. Team ASAP head coach Walt Saunders used Terrell in so many ways and the end result was the diminutive Terrell creating fits for defenses. Terrell showed patience in the pocket and a laser with his passes. His speed and size allowed him to sneak out of the backfield and surprise defenses on wheel routes. Finally, at wide receiver, Terrell burnt numerous of defenders and even showed off a 42" vertical jump during one jump ball sequence, and still hauled down the reception.
|Wide Receiver, Fresno (Calif.) Central
The 5-foot-8 Simms was a late addition to the party for Team Those Guys but became one of the biggest head turners on the day with his big plays. Simms has drawn some comparisons to former Grizzly and current Cal star Brendon Bigelow, who was also a Passing Down alum. Simms didn't disappoint, as he scored four touchdowns in five games, including a nice 40-yard reception in his first Passing Down game versus the defending champion Pro Sport where he sprinted past two defenders and caught the ball in the end zone.
Darrell Adams, WIDE RECEIVER, EBAL ELITE: A 6-foot-4, 215-pound sophomore who was Kearns' best security blanket and most physical specimen.
WAYNE BROOKS, QUARTERBACK, DIVERSE SPORTS: Brooks impressed with his ability to make the short throws and used Williams to his advantage in his team's title run.
WYATT DEMPS, WIDE RECEIVER, TEAM ASAP: The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Demps of Pleasant Grove played on a loaded ASAP squad and became a valuable possession target. Demps hauled in the tough middle grabs and also made some nice jumps for the football while using his size and vertical jump to his advantage. His squad ASAP clinched a spot in the Best of the West Finals on April 28 in Fullerton.
JaJuan Lawson, QUARTERBACK, TEAM SHIFT: Lawson impressed with his field vision, quick release and ability to locate a receiver right away.
RICKY MCCOY, TIGHT END, THOSE GUYS: McCoy, a former offensive tackle at Bullard-Fresno, is starting to grow into his tight end role after showing off his soft hands and becoming a reliable red zone target for the next man on this list.
DEJONTE O'NEIL, RUNNING BACK, THOSE GUYS: The 5-foot-6 O'Neil of Bullard-Fresno broke several ankles from his running back spot and showed off his ability to catch out of the backfield. He and McCoy could soon become the next highly recruited Bullard Knights, just like former Passing Down alum Ian Taubler of UCLA.
HUNTER RODRIGUES, QUARTERBACK, TEAM SAC ATTACK: Only a freshman right now, Rodrigues showed fast mobility and led his team to a spot in the Best of the West Finals.