Friday, April 12, 2013
Five storylines to watch: B2G Invitational
By Erik McKinney
The first annual B2G 7v7 Elite 16 Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and will feature 16 of the top passing league teams from Southern California. There will be some familiar faces out at Fullerton (Calif.) College this weekend, as well as others looking to play their way onto the scene. Big performances will determine who comes out victorious, but heading into the weekend, here are five storylines we'll be on the lookout for.
B2G’s to lose?
It’s B2G’s tournament, and with four teams in the field of 16, the program should be favored to capture its first 7-on-7 title of the spring. Wide receiver Daniel Kahn (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) put on a show at last weekend’s Passing Down tournament, and fellow wideout Trenton Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart) should be back on the field after missing the last event. Quarterback Brady White (Newhall, Calif./Hart) has been upping his performances each time out, so we’ll see if the Five Star team can click on all cylinders this weekend.
Tyler Hilinski’s next showing
Perhaps no Southern California quarterback has done more for his stock this spring than Tyler Hilinski (Upland, Calif./Upland). The 2015 quarterback took home MVP honors--along with a championship--at last weekend’s Passing Down tournament, and there has yet to be a weekend tournament where Hilinski hasn’t shone. Though the 6-foot-3 signal-caller doesn’t have an offer yet, he’s hearing from some big time programs across the country, including Alabama, Oklahoma and USC.
Snoop Dogg’s next standout
Naijiel Hale is one of several standouts on the Snoop Dogg All-Stars.
The Snoop Dogg All-Stars have put together a very impressive spring, taking home the title at the IMG West Regional last month. Each time out, it seems as though a different player jumps out. Whether it’s the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quartet of safety Jaleel Wadood, cornerback Naijiel Hale, linebacker Chandler Leniu or 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen, or the wide receiver tandem of Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) or Jeremy McNichols (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood), somebody from the Snoop Dogg All-Stars roster is always prepared to steal the show.
Team 4th Quarter Sports is made up of players from a variety of schools, but it will likely be the standouts from Los Angeles Salesian leading the way. Two players to keep an eye on are tight end Marquis Ware and linebacker Jamardre Cobb, both ESPN Watch List members looking to crack the ESPN 150 when it comes out next Thursday. But outside of those two, athletes Rodney Carr and 2015 Kyahva Tezino have made impacts this spring, and Tezino specifically -- with his ability on both sides of the ball -- will be one to watch this weekend.
San Diego vs. Los Angeles
It certainly won’t have the animosity of Thursday night’s baseball game between the Padres and Dodgers, but with three San Diego teams -- Elite 760 A, Elite 760 B and Team Elevate -- scheduled to make the trip north, there will certainly be some hometown pride on the line with the other 13 teams from the Los Angeles area. Two players to keep an eye on will be twins Alijah and Mikah Holder (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside), who hold offers from Arizona, Idaho and San Jose State.