July 9, 2007
The talented shined at adidas tournament
This past weekend on the campus of UCLA, adidas held a passing league tournament with an impressive cast of talent. The event headlined three outstanding quarterbacks who have D-I talent. A couple of pretty special tight ends, of course there wide receivers too and defensive backs.
The biggest surprise of the tournament to everybody but themselves was tournament champion, Poway, Calif., high school.
Poway coach Damian Gonzalez brought up a well coached and highly disciplined team that didn't beat themselves.
They went undefeated the whole tournament and earned the right to participate in the National Tournament to be held on July 18th and July 19th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
If there was any doubt about the ability of Poway four-star tight end Ryan Deehan (6-4, 230, 4.8).
Whenever Poway needed a play during the two-day tournament, more than likely it was Deehan who would get the call. Not only does Deehan run nice routes and possesses soft hands, he also has strong hands as several times defenders tried to strip the big tight end of the ball only to fail.
Deehan showcased the talent that earned him offers from the likes of Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Maryland, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Boise State and UCLA.
Another player to keep an eye on from Poway is safety/wide receiver Jared Relyea (6-3, 205, 4.6). He's a guy with a good senior season should wind up with some offers.
Oregon State bound quarterback Ryan Katz (6-2, 194, 4.7) from Santa Monica, Calif., displayed why he is one of the fastest rising signal callers on the west coast.
Katz made a clutch throw on the last play of the game to prevail over Culver City, Calif., a school that has at least four D-I guys.
Over the two day period Katz showed off his strong arm, but also he would put the ball where only his receiver could get catch the ball. Plays like that indicate a smart quarterback.
Far from the finished product, Oregon State head coach Mike Riley picks up a player with a lot of upside.
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