Passing Down held its second Jr Elite 7-on-7 regional in Fontana last Saturday at Ralph Lewis Sports Complex. Nearly 200 of Southern California’s future high school players competed to earn a spot in the first annual Jr Best of the West finals. Here is a small list of Scout.com’s future stars…
Darion Green (Class of 2020)
The 5-foot-11, 155-pound defensive standout led Team Zorts to the championship with his outstanding play. This kid has a high school ready build and the mantra to compete at the next level. He recorded just under 10 interceptions last season as an 8th grader He will play freshman football at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei as a cornerback. Moreover, he says he will continue his elite 7-on-7 career with SoCal powerhouse Ground Zero -- that won the 2016 Passing Down Best of the West championship in April.
Rodney Robinson (Class of 2020)
The 5-foot-9, 145-pound athlete scored 16 touchdowns as an 8th grader. He plays both sides of the ball. He will play his high school ball at San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon as a wideout and defensive back.
Cooper Meek (Class of 2021)
The 6-foot-3, 165-pound signal caller played on a national championship team in middle school. He will repeat 8th grade next season and will be part of the 2021 class. He already has the size and arm to play at the next level which could be Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.
Zachary Thannum (Class of 2020)
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wideout will play his high school ball at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon. He has a solid frame to add bulk and size to play slot at the next level.
Brody McKinnon (Class of 2021)
Of all the athletes that competed on Saturday, McKinnon has the highest ceiling. The 5-foot-9, 140-pounder just exited 7th grade and plays tight end exclusively. He could grow another into the position or become a standout slot receiver. He didn’t drop a ball on Saturday, and he will likely play at Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa High School.
Lavon Bunkley (Class of 2020)
The two-way standout will play at Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra High School next season. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound wide receiver/safety is a solid prospect on either side of the ball.