Thousand Oaks, Calif. – The BMOC 7on7 over the weekend at Oaks Christian High School was less a 7on7 tournament and more a cross-country showdown. At the event the 1925 all-stars coached by Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly represented California and played Team Georgia in a best of five series for state pride.
D.J. Smith was dominating at times as a cornerback.
Here are our top performers from the event that was won by the 1925 All-Stars to the tune of 3-1:
1. Troy Williams, QB, Harbor City (CA) Narbonne – The recent Washington pledge looked terrific throughout much of the afternoon, playing with a roster that primarily consisted of backups, and missing most of his star offensive threats, Williams made several big-time throws to lead his offense to an efficient day.
Perhaps Williams’ most impressive trait is his confidence in his arm. Time and time again on Saturday Williams put back-shoulder throws and covered goalline balls in spots that only his receivers could make the play, plays with very little margin for error. He also showed the ability to throw on the run with ease. Washington has gotten a good one.
2. D.J. Smith, CB, Marietta (GA) Walton (class of 2014) – Already with offers from the likes of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska and others, Smith looked well worth the attention. He has great size and extremely good instincts. Smith can sniff out routes, even on threats he isn’t directly covering, he has the size and strength to outmuscle receivers and he is simply a playmaker out of the defensive backfield.
3. Ardis Perez, LB, Junipero (CA) Serra – It’s unclear whether Perez projects as a safety or a linebacker on the next level. Truthfully he would be undersized at either position at only around 5-10 and 195 pounds but he certainly knows how to make plays. Perez was active all day from his underneath position just getting in throwing lanes, being opportunistic around the football and even making some plays on offense. Currently Perez has an offer from Idaho and is likely a small-school prospect but has a knack for making plays.
4. Evan Engram, TE, Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove – You’re not going to find a more sure-handed prospect than Evan Engram anywhere. He is one of those unique prospects that truly does catch everything he touches. Engram is a hybrid type of prospect that could project to either tight end or wide receiver but is an absolute possession monster. In the red zone and in short yardage situations he was an obvious safety net for his quarterback Eddie Printz.
5. Jordan Lasley, WR, Junipero (CA) Serra (Class of 2014) – With many of the big guns for the 1925 All-Stars absent for Saturday’s showdown, Lasley had a real opportunity to step up and he did in a big way. Lasley became the primary target for Williams throughout the day and made a ton of plays on both sides of the ball. The big target became a vertical threat but also showed the ability to catch the ball with strength in traffic. He’s just another name to remember on a talented roster at Serra High School.
6. Tyler Foreman, S, Encino (CA) Crespi – Foreman has a frame that you want out of a safety with length, plenty of size and room to grow but his most evident trait on Saturday was his ball-hawking skills. Foreman showed great range and when you combine his speed off of the hash with his lengthy frame, he becomes a very unique weapon on defense. Foreman continues to look like one of the best safeties in a great year for safeties on the west coast.
7. Tyren Jones, RB, Marietta (GA) Walton – Jones was one of the most productive players in the country as a junior running the football and he has a frame with some bulk to it. Those two factors together don’t typically equate to a natural receiver but Jones is absolutely that. He runs routes with comfort, attacks the ball in the air and catches with his hands. Jones proves in the 7on7 game that he can be as much of a big play threat as a receiver on the next level as he can as a rusher.
8. JaBrian Blackwell, WR, Encino (CA) Crespi – Diminutive is an understatement when it comes to Blackwell but he was an extremely effective threat on both sides of the ball on Saturday. He snatches the ball more authoritatively than any other prospect, he is tremendous in space and he even showed some defensive value at cornerback. Blackwell likely projects as a slot receiver on the next level that can be used situationally in a number of packages.
News and notes
- Though four-star safety Tyler Foreman isn’t ready to name any favorites on the recruiting trail, he does have a few schools that he says he communicates with on a nearly daily basis. Those schools consist of UCLA, Minnesota, Cal and Utah. Foreman doesn’t plan on making his decision until after his senior season.
- 2014 cornerback D.J. Smith has been landing all kinds of elite offers this spring including one from his favorite program of Florida. Smith noted that he has always been a Gators fan and has Florida, Georgia and South Carolina listed as his favorites at this early stage in his recruitment. Smith said that the main priority in his college decision will be the opportunity for early playing time.
- Three-star safety Brandon Arnold has been adding several major offers over the course of the spring and he currently lists Cal and Michigan State as the schools at the top of his list. Arnold is also hoping a UCLA offer may join his list and a Friday strong performance at the Bruin prospect camp could have helped that cause.
- Three-star wide receiver Tyree Harris has been spending a lot of time at Wake Forest lately and currently has Wake in his top three along with Cincinnati and Mississippi State. Though he has considered making a commitment recently, he wants to try to earn a UCLA offer on Sunday to add a west coast option. After a Friday visit to the UCLA campus, Harris fell in love with what he saw and an offer would immediately insert the Bruins into his top tier.
- Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra running back Anterio Bateman was on hand on Saturday watching from the sideline. Despite a strong sophomore campaign and flashes of lots of talent during an injury-shortened junior season, Bateman is still waiting on his first offer. Saturday Bateman competed in the San Jose State prospect camp and feels that his first offer could be coming from the Spartans. After injuring his ankle during the fall, Bateman places himself at 95% healthy and thinks Oregon State, Utah State and Utah are a few of the schools anxious to see more.