San Jose-based Team Pro Sport won the inaugural Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 passing tournament last year in Fresno. In 2011, Passing Down will host four regional tournaments starting in San Ramon on Saturday. The top teams in each regional will be invited to compete in the first annual Best in the West tournament during the summer.
Team Pro Sport returns to defend it 2010 title. Future Cal Bear Kyle Boehm led Pro Sport to the championship last year, but without the four-star quarterback services, Coach A.J. Rangel will turn to Boehm’s successor at Archbishop Mitty – Andrew Barna. S Chris Santini, LB Shane Smith, DB Teddy Efantino, and WR/DB Jaren Vallner are a few other standouts for Pro Sport.
Their main competition might be Team California Strength led by 2012 Cal quarterback commit Zach Kline and four-star wide receiver Bryce Treggs. Kline headlines the quarterback field, and Treggs is the highest rated prospect that will compete in the tournament. They will be lethal combination to contend with on Saturday.
Speaking of lethal combinations, Fresno (Calif.) Central quarterback Mike Baker and wide receiver Shakiem Barbell are fresh off their performance at the Team USA combine tryout in Austin on Jan. 28 and 29. Baker will also have all-state receiver Deontay Greenberry and three-star tight end Ian Taubler to throw to for Team Central Cal Boys.
Kline and Baker are both rated three-stars, according to Scout.com. The other three-star signal caller joining them this weekend is Jake Rodrigues out of Rocklin (Calif.). His Team Sac Attack squad will certainly have an entertaining early matchup with Team Sac Town Elite led by Taylor Miller-Wing. Sophomore quarterback Miller-Wing is the heir apparent to all-everything Dano Graves at Folsom (Calif.).
One of the Golden State’s top sophomores in 2010 was Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale running back Deon Martin. Martin rushed for 1,900 yards and 23 touchdowns while earning sophomore state player of the year honors. He will be one of the weapons for Team Bakersfield Burr quarterbacked by Ridgeview’s Tyler Ferguson.
Team NorCal Football Club was a late entry to the tournament. Hardy Nickerson Jr. is one of the top linebackers in the Golden State and headlines their squad. Team Diverse Sports out of Stockton has 2013 prospect Zack Greenlee quarterbacking its squad. In addition, competing Saturday are teams led by Hilmar (Calif.) quarterback Andrew Olson, Pittsburgh (Calif.) quarterback Malik Watson, and Ukiah (Calif.) quarterback Trevor Taylor.
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