Passing Down: Best of CenCal Elite 7on7

Joe Mixon

Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon stole the show on both sides of the ball in Elk Grove. Whether it was leaping over defenders for one of his six touchdowns or chasing down jump balls for one of his tournament leading eight picks, Mixon was a beast. Check inside to see who else tops the best of the Passing Down Central California Elite 7on7 Regional…

Joe Mixon (MVP)
Running Back, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
Mixon looked near flawless for TMP Elite, which earned him most valuable player honors. The highly-touted running back with over 40 scholarship offers was a mismatch wherever he lined up on the field. He not only showed off soft hands and out-jumped defensive backs, he burned defenses after the catch and made the most plays out of anyone on the field. Along with making game changing plays on offense, Mixon used his vertical jump to haul down eight interceptions and took two of them back for touchdowns.

Taylor Peterson
Quarterback, Granite Bay (Calif.)
From backup quarterback of state champions to a near most valuable player performance at Elk Grove, Peterson began his day with leading a powerful Grizzly offense to 78 combined points in their first two games and a near upset of TMP Elite in the CenCal Regional finals. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect delivered the best quarterback performance of the camp with his decision making, accuracy and zip.

Kyle Kearns
Quarterback, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Kearns followed his breakout performance at Passing Down NorCal Regional in Livermore with an even stronger day in Elk Grove. Once again, Kearns averaged 2-4 touchdowns per game, but this time, EBAL elite clinched a Best of the West appearance behind the strong arm of the 2015 prospect.

Marc Ellis
Wide Receiver, Granite Bay (Calif.)
The 6-foot, 170-pound Ellis may have appeared to be undersized at wide receiver, but the 2014 prospect became Peterson's top receiving option thanks to his smooth route running and soft hands. Ellis became a top touchdown machine for Team Grizzlies.

Darrell Adams
Wide Receiver, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
The freakish 6-foot-4, 215-pound Adams impressed with his routes and physical strength. Only a sophomore, he was a matchup nightmare for defensive backs with his size and strength.

Jaz Thind
Wide Receiver, Bakersfield (Calif.) Frontier
Thind, who also plays basketball for Frontier, became the top jump ball option and red zone target for Bakersfield Elite.

D.J. Calhoun
Linebacker, Cerrito (Calif.)
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound behemoth also wowed the Elk Grove spectators with his closing speed, coverage ability and hands. Calhoun made quarterbacks second-guess at throwing it down the middle with his presence and reaction to the ball. He also made one interception, then busted out a smooth running back-like juke during the playoffs. Calhoun is currently armed with 13 scholarship offers ranging from Utah State, Boise State, USC and UCLA among others.

Michael Lazarus
Linebacker, Berkeley (Calif.)
Combined with Calhoun, there is not a more intimidating pair of linebackers you will see in a 7-on-7 setting. The four-star prospect didn't have to show much Elk Grove to prove he was one of the top playmakers on the field.

Adarius Pickett
Cornerback, Cerrito (Calif.)
The 6-foot, 190-pound cover corner impressed with his long arms, physical strength, plus speed to blanket wide receivers. Not much was thrown his way but when a wideout caught a pass his direction, Pickett quickly closed in on the receiver and gave up few yards. Pickett holds 10 offers including Purdue and Stanford.

T.J. Horton
Cornerback, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound 2015 prospect comes from a long lineage of defensive backs through not only Edison, but through the Johnny Sears and Cliff Harris family tree. The young cousin of both former college football stars, Horton made his presence known with his ability to jam at the line and long reach to grab picks. After a slow start by DB Guru, Horton ignited his squad with a huge-pick six in their game after starting 0-2 in pool play.

Isaiah Langley
Cornerback, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
While Kearns and Adams picked defenses apart, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Langly ensured not too many quarterbacks would pick apart EBAL Elite's defense. The 2015 prospect was the top shut down man for his squad thanks to his ability to stick with receivers and his soft hands to get interceptions.

Malik Beachum
Cornerback, American Canyon (Calif.)
Beachum looked like the smallest TMP Elite player at 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, but he proved to be just as physical and fast. He earned top defensive honors at the Passing Down NorCal Regional in March with Team Shift, and he put on another show with his press ability and nose for the football.

Dallas Wood
Cornerback, Bakersfield (Calif.)
Wood provided a blanket in the Bakersfield Elite secondary with his coverage ability and became the top ball-hawk for his team. His play on defense helped key a top four finish out of the Bako boys.

Nautica Fleming
Cornerback, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
The San Jose State commit brought a physical nature at the line when going toe-to-toe with wide receivers. Living up to the DB Guru, he rarely allowed big plays on his side.

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