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Lots of talent in Los Angeles

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It was a busy weekend in Los Angeles as B2G Sports and the 1925 All-Stars, an elite 7-on-7 squad, held workouts and many of the top Southern California players showed up at each of the events.
The weather did B2G no favors on Saturday as rain and chilly temperatures hit the Los Angeles area but that didn't stop the workout from being energetic and entertaining. It might have hindered the attendance numbers but B2G always has outstanding groups show up ready to work.
The top quarterback at B2G was Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Matt Morin, a strong-armed lefty who has an offer from Colorado and lots more interest. Morin, also a standout baseball player, has incredible zip on his passes and can sneak the ball into tight windows.
Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon's Jonathan Jerozal worked out in the 7-on-7 portion and was impressive as well. Jerozal threw for 3,048 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions and is still waiting for his first offer.
Los Angeles Venice's Gabriel Marks was the best wide receiver as he ran great routes, always found ways to get open and then caught pretty much everything thrown his way. SMU is still his lone offer but he said that UCLA has recently gotten much more involved with some other Pac-10 teams.
There might not be a player around more dedicated than Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end from Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney. He flies from Sacramento to Los Angeles every weekend for B2G workouts and he's quickly becoming one of the hottest names on the West Coast.
Cope-Fitzpatrick did not disappoint at Saturday's workout. Using his big frame to muscle linebackers or defensive backs trying to cover him, Cope-Fitzpatrick is deceptively fast and has outstanding hands. A few passes slipped through but the weather conditions were terrible so drops happened to everybody.
Other prospects who performed well at the B2G workout included Culver City, Calif., inside linebacker Khalil Pettway, Bakersfield (Calif.) Independence cornerback Jermaine Ervin, Inglewood, Calif., defensive back Devian Shelton and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame offensive tackle Robert Jackson, a 2013 prospect.
Also, keep an eye on Dejai Whitaker, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver from Los Angeles Crenshaw who's in the 2014 class.
On Sunday afternoon, the 1925 All-Stars held a tryout at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and many other top-notch players came out.
The wide receiver group was especially strong led by St. John Bosco's Bryce Treggs, Lakewood, Calif., recruit Malik Gilmore and Los Angeles Loyola's Kodi Whitfield, who doesn't have any offers yet but should definitely get some because he has great hands and was one of the best-looking prospects seen all weekend.
Treggs, who has offers from Cal, Notre Dame, Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and others, continued to show why he's considered one of the best receivers in the state of California. He made an especially nice catch tiptoeing on the sideline even though onlookers claimed he was out of bounds.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, a traditional Southern California power, was well-represented with Richard Smith, Josiah Blandin, Randall Goforth and Matthew Rowe in attendance.
Smith already has a few offers, Blandin and Goforth are high on Arizona State, and Rowe, a good-looking linebacker, is still waiting for his first offer.
Arguably the top cornerback in attendance was Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian standout Ishmael Adams, who has Washington and SMU offers and recently picked up another one from Arizona State.
Adams, a 5-foot-9 prospect, rushed for 1,006 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior season, but probably projects at cornerback. He is a physical, tough, hard-nosed prospect who doesn't shy away from going against the top wide receivers. Washington has a slight edge in his recruitment at this point, he said.
There is a chance for 2013 quarterback Troy Williams to be special. The Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne prospect threw for 2,597 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his sophomore season. Williams has excellent body control, throws a tight spiral every time and is usually right on target.
Another top quarterback was Corona (Calif.) Eleanor Roosevelt's Aaron Crone, who doesn't have any offers but is hearing from Boise State, Nevada, San Jose State, Fresno State and Iowa State early on.
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