Passing Down 7on7: Top performers
FONTANA, Calif. -- The Passing Down 7on7 Tournament took place Sunday, and many top performers from Southern California were in attendance. Here is a look at some top players who participated in the event.
PASSING DOWN 7on7 TOURNAMENT: TOP PERFORMERS
Lockett does not have exceptional size or physical prowess, but he's so smooth and capable at cornerback and that's why UCLAClick 1. CB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Here to view this Link., WashingtonClick 1. CB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Here to view this Link., Notre DameClick 1. CB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Here to view this Link. and OregonClick 1. CB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Here to view this Link. lead his early list. He's fundamentally sound, has great vision and never gets tricked by any receivers on the outside. The Mater Dei recruit had numerous deep balls knocked down against top-notch receivers because he was stride for stride the whole time. He showed off a nasty, competitive streak, too, which was good to see.
Riggins did it again. He has shown over and over this spring that he's an outstanding pass catcher coming out of the backfield and has the hands of a skilled wide receiver. It's a real head scratcher that numerous Pac-12 teams have not offered, but that could change soon with UtahClick 2. RB D.J. Riggins, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian Here to view this Link., Oregon StateClick 2. RB D.J. Riggins, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian Here to view this Link. and UCLAClick 2. RB D.J. Riggins, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian Here to view this Link. showing more interest. He has good junior film so he's proven he can do it with pads on, and Riggins has been consistently one of the better running backs in California this offseason.
3. QB Marcus McMaryion, Dinuba, Calif.
The B2G coaches were keeping count of how many completed passes McMaryion threw in a row, and when it hit 10 the count stopped. The Dinuba quarterback kept delivering strikes all around the field, and it wasn't just long bombs -- although he did some of that, too. McMaryion threw a nice lofty pass to the back of the end zone, he sneaked passes between defenders and even hit a back-shoulder throw. His motion is a little awkward, but McMaryion gets the ball where it needs to go.
4. WR Marquis Wimberly, Victorville (Calif.) Victor Valley
Wimberly was completely off the radar before Sunday, but after teaming with Ground Zero the exposure should pick up soon. The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect has chiseled muscles and looks super athletic. He's not especially fast out of his breaks, but that will come with more training. Early in the day Wimberly registered numerous touchdown catches, and then he killed it again during the playoffs. With more tournaments, Wimberly could become a nice-looking prospect.
Kaaya did not have many opportunities to show off his arm last season because four-star RB Terrell NewbyClick 5. QB Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Here to view this Link. had so many carries, but the West Hills Chaminade quarterback is proving to be one of the top signal callers in California. He continues to get bigger, and he has nice zip and control of his passes. There are no technical issues with his motion, and it's easy to see he's a smart player who understands the game. MiamiClick 5. QB Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Here to view this Link. has offered and the Hurricanes are probably in front, but others are coming hard as well. StanfordClick 5. QB Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Here to view this Link., Arizona StateClick 5. QB Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Here to view this Link. and Oklahoma StateClick 5. QB Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Here to view this Link. should be watched.
Ground Zero's top receiver, Erik BrownClick 6. WR Donovan Walker, Chino Hills, Calif. Here to view this Link., was given the day off after a track meet on Saturday, but it didn't affect the offense because Walker made many nice catches. He's a tough matchup because he's rangy and athletic with long arms and soft hands. Walker is another prospect who has emerged in a big way this offseason, and with more exposure he could get Pac-12 offers. CaliforniaClick 6. WR Donovan Walker, Chino Hills, Calif. Here to view this Link. and StanfordClick 6. WR Donovan Walker, Chino Hills, Calif. Here to view this Link. are in the mix, and others could be on the way.
Warner has outstanding size, toughness and athleticism, and because he's so long and rangy he can cover a lot of ground without any problem. Any pass thrown across the middle was usually knocked down by Warner, who could also drop back in coverage and defend receivers. After a recent unofficial visit, Warner committed to BYUClick 7. LB Fred Warner, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills Here to view this Link. and it should be considered a major steal because he's a Pac-12-caliber player.
Beggs' 7on7 coach, former USCClick 8. S Randy Beggs, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta Here to view this Link. and NFL player Chris Claiborne, said there is no "Hollywood" about his game, and that's a big compliment. The Vista Murrieta recruit would run through a brick wall to make a play, and he had one of the nicest catches of the day, avoiding a collision but holding onto the ball. He's fearless and aggressive, the type of kid who would do anything to win.
Plattenburg was excellent during the season and has continued it into the 7on7 circuit. He has the look of a cornerback in the SEC with fast-twitch muscles and a chiseled frame who can move, be athletic and make plays. He's good on both sides of the ball but is probably better at cornerback, where he can use his physical play and athleticism to make things happen. Cal and WashingtonClick 9. DB John Plattenburg, Corona (Calif.) CentennialHere to view this Link. are showing lots more interest.
Houston still has a baby face -- he's a 2015 prospect -- and he's soft-spoken, but he could be a big-time player in the coming years. He plays at Serra -- arguably the top team in the state next season after coming off a state championship last year - so exposure will not be a problem. He's learning a lot from Dwight Williams and, with his outstanding size and range of motion, Houston could get a lot more offers. UCLAClick 10. LB John Houston, Gardena (Calif.) Serra Here to view this Link. was the first to offer recently.
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