Cody Vaz from Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's, teamed with Josh Moten from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne and Beverly Hills (Calif.) passer Dex Lucci to lead CaliTwo to the title. Vaz has shown tremendous strides since we saw him last spring at the Scout Combine. Like Heaps, Vaz was at his best in the short and intermediate routes. Moten had a very good day as well, reminding us of former Corona Centennial quarterback Matt Scott in his delivery and motion. Lucci also looked solid and poised, particularly in the intermediate routes.
Austyn Carta-Samuels had the rare opportunity to throw the ball, his San Jose Bellarmine Prep relies on the ground most of the time, and throw some very nice deep passes. Joe Southwick, another NorCal quarterback (Danville San Ramon Valley), also showed some very good zip on the ball and made some good throws.
Playing running back in a 7-on-7 competition is like playing center, you see the ball, but not much. Most of the backs were used as safety valves, but a few made bigtime plays to let folks know they were there.
Cierre Wood, the top running back on the West Coast, looked good when the ball was in his hands. He's got very good speed and moves, and good hands. Physically, he still looks like he can add more weight.
Dasarte Yarnway was one of the few running backs who had a chance to get the ball thrown to him and scored around six touchdowns on the day. Yarnway is compact and powerful in his running style.
Fresno Edison's Marquise Cooper, Newbury Park's Chris Brown and Saugus' Ryan Zirbel all have loads of talent, and each looked good in the drills, but tended to be ignored by the quarterbacks, who typically looked deep every play. A surprise was Marcus McDaniel from Sacramento Christian Brothers, who made several key plays, including a move on a CaliOne linebacker that he sprung for the go-ahead touchdown in the semifinals.
El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge receiver Brett Thompson, after Simone, was probably the most consistent receiver on the day. Thompson has good size and strength and was tough to defend. He did a good job getting behind the linebackers and shaking DBs.
The surprise at receiver was Corona Centennial's Gershun Harris, who was the top receiver for CaliTwo, who won the event. Harris does a nice job muscling DBs, and not getting pressed. He did a better job getting behind the secondary and flashed very soft hands. He's a physical player, he looks like a strong safety or WILL. Jemari Roberts from Long Beach Wilson also did well, running good routes, catching the tough pass and showing quickness off the line. Crespi's Kevin Cummings looks much more fluid running and he too did an exceptional job making the tough catch.
Fresno Edison's Rashaun Schaefer is an intimidating presence and had a good first game before being sideline later in the day with an injury. When he went down, Spencer Hagan, a tall, rangy receiver from Sacramento and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's James Flynn became the primary targets, and both made some good plays. Hagan's size (he's around 6-4) was an advantage on a few of the "jump ball" passes. Randall Carroll played receiver and running back for CaliOne, and the future Trojan probably looked at his best when coming out of the backfield. Carroll is ridiculously quick, though, and was tough to lock up.
Rolando Jefferson, the #2 WR in the West, showed why he's thought of so highly. He's gets great separation, threw some good fakes and beat jams at the line of scrimmage. He's got some of the best hands of any receiver around, and on one touchdown reception, completely froze the corner before waltzing into the end zone. His teammate Cliff Harris is the top cornerback in the West, and while Harris was the standout defender, he had a couple of touchdowns playing receiver.
David Quiroga from Chino Hills Ayala was one of the more productive receivers in California last year, and physically he looks a lot bigger and stronger. He got sick on Sunday though and wasn't at full strength. Another receiver we liked was West Hills Chaminade's Ronald McCrory, who also could play corner.
It's rare you can attract all of the top players at one position, but this camp brought the four top tight ends in the state together: Carson's Morrell Presley, La Mesa Helix's Levine Toilolo, Danville Monte Vista's Zach Ertz and Corona Santiago's Marlion Barnett.
Stanford has commitments from Toilolo and Ertz and Jim Harbaugh has to be pleased with the tandem he's bringing in. Toilolo earned the name "Red Zone" by scouting director Scott Kennedy. He's 6-7 but runs like a receiver. Toilolo caught everything, low passes, high passes, and was tough to catch with the ball in his hands. Ertz was very physical, and made it tough for linebackers to jam him. The two may have been the best pass-catchers of any position there. Both ran exceptionally well.
Presley got banged up and sat out much of the second part of the day, but in the morning, looked every bit the confident, physical receiver we saw last spring at the Scout Combine. He caught everything thrown to him.
Barnett was a player we were eager to see again, having watched him in the fall. He runs so fluidly and is a big target. He looks like he could be a bigger, physical receiver too, lined up in the slot. Barnett had several occasions where he'd slip behind the linebackers or the secondary and be wide open, but wouldn't get the ball thrown to him. And he's added about 15 more pounds to his frame since basketball season ended. He looks like he could easily get to 6-4, 245.
Nat Harrison is a defensive end for Fresno Edison, and he'll play there in college, but he looked good in the few chances he had the ball thrown to him working at tight end.