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Saturday was a historic day in the Bay Area as Brandon Younger and West Coast Preps brought the first-ever installment of the Routes vs. Coverage Showcase, which included combine testing, 1-on-1 competition and a 7-on-7 tournament. Here are some takeaways from the event.
More takeaways, notes and stories on athletes from the event will be posted throughout the week.
Flax details commitment
Mountain View senior receiver Austin Flax made monster news just one day before the Routes vs. Coverage Showcase unfolded.
Flax, one of the top athletes in the region in the 2021 class, announced he will play college football at the FCS level when he committed to Drake University in Iowa on Friday.
“It’s kind of just a lot of pressure off my shoulders,” Flax said. “It makes it so that now I don’t have to worry about sending my film out to coaches or anything. I’m locked in to Drake. I can just focus on my season now and make sure it’s the best it can be.”
The Mountain View star has been a dominant force in all three phases during his time as a Spartan, particularly during his junior year in 2019. Flax finished with 849 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, 330 kick return yards, three interceptions and 25 punts for 790 yards.
Now, after one more season of high school, Flax is off to play in the Division I ranks at a school he knew was the right place for him before he even visited campus.
“I think just the mix of the coaches are great,” Flax said. “I’ve talked to pretty much their whole staff. They’re just all wonderful. I got to see the campus, too. It was a good area. I just felt like the football and the academics together just made it a perfect fit for me.”
Top 2023 prospect named Offensive MVP
Valley Christian sophomore Jurrion Dickey showed why he’s tabbed as a top-flight recruit in the 2023 recruiting class.
Dickey, a consensus four-star prospect, recorded a one-handed touchdown grab and consistently found the end zone throughout the course of the 7-on-7 tournament as he keyed his team’s run to a perfect 5-0 record and a title.
“It feels good,” DIckey said. “My Mom wanted it real bad. I had to ball out for her.
Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State and San Jose State have all offered Dickey.
As a freshman, Dickey wasted no time in garnering the spotlight in the loaded West Catholic Athletic League, posting a team-high 541 receiving yards in Valley Christian’s 11-2 campaign that featured a tie atop the WCAL standings and a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section.
“I would say my coaches at Valley and then my brothers and my Mom pushing me (have helped me be successful),” Dickey said.
Menlo-Atherton DB garners Defensive MVP honors
There was no getting past Menlo-Atherton senior defensive back A’marion McCoy.
McCoy’s defensive impact for Bag Talk keyed the way to its undefeated 5-0 mark while becoming the first championship team in the history of the RVC Showcase.
“It’s an honor first off,” McCoy said. “It’s an honor to be MVP anywhere, at any showcase you go to. It’s good. I think I played well. I’ve been working out a lot, working out with coach Shaq and Mr. Eric Washington. All the workouts he’s putting together is helping me a lot in different ways, in ways on the field and off the field, so they’re helping me all together.”
No recruiting interest has rolled in for McCoy yet, but his focus remains on a special season for Menlo-Atherton.
“Win. Win as many games as we can,” McCoy said. “Pick the team first. Mine will come later. I’m worried about my team first. Going undefeated and then winning CCS if we have a season.”
All eight quarterbacks in attendance at the RVC Showcase made high level throws in the 7-on-7 tournament.
The eight signal-callers – comprised of Les Callen (Freedom), George Davisson (Berean Christian), Asher Haynes (Heritage), Brady Huchingson (Acalanes), Adrian Lopez (Buhach Colony), Damian Mejia (Soledad), Josh Perry (St. Francis) and Shaun Smith (Livermore) – delivered in every which way, showing their ability to make a variety of different throws throughout the entire afternoon while displaying excellent leadership.
Smith, who ran a 4.75 40-yard dash, currently boasts two offers from Lewis and Clark and Whittier and lifted Livermore to its first winning season in 2019 during the MaxPreps era (which dates back to 2004) when it compiled a 6-5 record.
Huchingson – a member of the Xclusive Speed top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps – produced one of the best seasons across California last year, tossing for 2,646 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions, all while also rushing for seven scores in Acalanes’ 9-3 season in 2019. His 2,646 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes both ranked No. 62 in the state, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.
Huchingson’s teammate, Les Callen, put forth a similar performance as Huchingson on Saturday and was not afraid to make any throw, as the duo helped their team to a second place finish.
Earby, Yates impress again
Another Menlo-Atherton defensive back, Jeremiah Earby, dazzled yet again at another showcase this offseason.
Earby, following multiple signature efforts over the past few months, hauled in multiple interceptions and broke up a number of passes in tournament play. His impressive offseason follows a sophomore campaign in which he registered 22 tackles.
Another top performer was Leland senior tight end Corbin Yates, whose crisp route running and overall capabilities could not be stopped.
Just like his performance Saturday, Yates was dominant as a junior, notching 493 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries while he and Leland appeared in the CCS Division V championship game.
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