SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Passing Down 7on7 Best of the West finals was held at Righetti High on Sunday. Despite some of the top teams like 1925, B2G Scorch and the Frat Boyz missing the event, there was still an abundance of talent on the field. Here's a look at the top performers:
Passing Down 7on7 Best of the West Finals Top Performers
The 2015 quarterback already has an offer from Fresno StateClick QB Josh Rosen, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John BoscoHere to view this Link., and he has not even played meaningful varsity minutes yet. That's because Rosen is cerebral, poised, has an outstanding arm and throws a great ball. If he continues to play so well - there's no reason to think it won't happen - then the St. John Bosco prospect could be one of the top quarterbacks in the West in two years. There's no reason to think he couldn't be a Pac-12 quarterback.
Palma was impressive last weekend at the Oakland NIKE Camp and once again at the Passing Down event playing tight end and linebacker. The Mission Oak prospect caught a really nice pass in the corner of the end zone at tight end and then made numerous plays at linebacker. He looks comfortable at both positions, which makes him even more attractive to college coaches. Palma has four offers so far but is hearing from CaliforniaClick LB/TE Kevin Palma, Tulare (Calif.) Mission OakHere to view this Link., StanfordClick LB/TE Kevin Palma, Tulare (Calif.) Mission OakHere to view this Link., USCClick LB/TE Kevin Palma, Tulare (Calif.) Mission OakHere to view this Link. and others as his recruitment picks up even more.
QB Jared Goff, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
The Cal commit had probably the strongest arm at the entire event, and he has such a fluid release he can toss it all over the field with ease. He's tall and has great mechanics which make his passes look even prettier. Goff was throwing a lot of deep passes into the wind, so he threw a few too many interceptions; but the Marin Catholic prospect has proven multiple times that he's one of the best quarterbacks in the West this recruiting cycle. He had outstanding stats in his junior year, too, so making bad decisions really isn't a part of his game.
Carta-Samuels first emerged on the scene at the IMG Madden 7on7 in Southern California earlier this spring and was impressive once again in Central California on Sunday. He has a great frame - big, strong, sturdy - and he does a great job of scanning the field, finding the open player and delivering the ball on target. The 2014 prospect already has a lot of strength and was one of the best-looking recruits at the event. His brother, Austyn, plays at VanderbiltClick QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine PrepHere to view this Link. and that could be significant moving forward.
WR/DB Arlandis Hinton, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Hinton sometimes plays with 1925 but switched to Pride & Skillz for Sunday's action and he was a welcomed addition. The St. John Bosco recruit was productive on both sides of the ball but especially at wide receiver where he carved up defenders, especially across the middle. He has a surprising burst of speed which makes him dangerous and he's a smart player. Numerous times, Hinton and Rosen hooked up for valuable yardage.
LB John Houston, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Houston could be one of the next really special players out of Serra. This was the first time we had seen Houston in action and the 2015 prospect was undoubtedly impressive. His 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame for such a young recruit is stunning. He has muscles everywhere, moves well, looks comfortable at linebacker and looks like he could level opponents with pads on. Plus, Houston speaks intelligently about having to keep his academics in order, so he has all the makings of a special player down the line.
Parker thinks an offer from UCLAClick WR/DB Bill Parker, Los Angeles (Calif.) FairfaxHere to view this Link. could be close, and it wouldn't be a major surprise if the Fairfax prospect landed one before his senior season. At wide receiver, Parker got open many times because he's fast and crafty with his route running to set up cornerbacks. On defense, Parker is really active and has great feet. He also does a nice job of keeping his eyes on the quarterback and the receiver at the same time to make a play on the ball.
DB Patrick Enewally, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr
Enewally was one of the most physical, best-looking recruits at the Passing Down event and he made a bunch of good plays as well. He's strong and tough-looking and with pads on he could be a player who unloads on prospects when they dare come across the middle. The Gahr standout looked outstanding at the 1925 workout earlier this spring and has been impressive multiple times we've seen him.
QB Zack Greenlee, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Greenlee looked frustrated at a 7-on-7 in Las Vegas earlier this spring but really bounced back at the Oakland Elite 11 and NIKE Camp this past weekend. The Stockton Lincoln recruit was solid again on a team with limited offensive talent, so Greenlee stepped up in many ways to move the offense down the field. There's no doubt he has a strong arm - he sometimes tries to force things because of it - but can deliver passes all over the field. With some good performances this summer, Greenlee could definitely add some offers.
DB Troy Banks, Bakersfield (Calif.) Frontier
Banks was unknown heading into this tournament, but the 2014 prospect quickly made a name for himself, especially at cornerback. The Bakersfield Frontier standout is well-developed physically, is solid in coverage and athletic. Plus, he can play wide receiver - he caught a nice touchdown pass - but his primary position would probably be corner if he doesn't grow into a safety.
WR/DB Jordan Lasley, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
The 2014 prospect could play receiver or defensive back because he's long, fluid and can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. He's instinctive, too, which means even if he's a step behind or trailing a play, Lasley can get back really quickly and go after the ball. The Gardena Serra prospect was best at cornerback during Sunday's action, and with another year of seasoning he could be one of the top players in Southern California.
Adam Gorney is the West Coast Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow him on Twitter @adamgorney.
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