Impressive day for the Monarchs. They were without JT Daniels, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Bru McCoy (and with Solomon Tuliaupupu in limited action) yet they beat rival St. John Bosco in the finals to take the title in a loaded field.
Here are a few thoughts from the day:
* One of my surprises of the event is the fact that Bosco lost. They had lost earlier in the day to Paraclete in addition to the Mater Dei loss, but I still come away thinking Bosco is the team to beat in the 2017 season. We saw Re-al Mitchell alternate with D.J. Uiagalelei, and they offer such contrasting styles. Re-al is more of a running dual threat while D.J. is big and tall with a strong arm. I liked Josh Delgado and Devon Cooley in their receiver group, Jude Wolfe is a really big tight end option, and Chris Steele continues to impress me when I see him. If there’s a UCLA commit i would like to target, it’s him.
* I loved what I saw from Max Williams today. The Serra corner really showed well, especially in his match-up with USC commit Andre Hunt, who just had a hard time shaking Max in coverage. I do like Hunt’s speed, and he’s got a good QB throwing to him in Brevin White, along with one of the best offensive coaches around in Dean Herrington. Bryan Addison had a pick-6 for Serra against J.T. Shrout from Hart (the Cal commit and another guy I liked today).
* Kayvon Thibodeaux was at tight end more than defense in the games I watched but I did like the look of him and Bo Calvert as bookend OLB’s in the Oaks defense.
* Tanner McKee has gotten polished this year for Centennial and it would be interesting to see where his recruitment would be if he wasn’t planning on taking a mission immediately after high school. There were other good QB’s there today, in addition to the ones already listed there was Jack Tuttle and Bryce Young, but McKee was the best of the bunch. With things not being clear on the USC QB front for the class of 2018 you have to wonder if McKee would be getting more of a look from the Trojans if he was planning to be on a college campus next fall.