Players from all over California met up at Fullerton College on Sunday for the Passing Down Best of the West 7-on-7 tournament. Teams that recorded top finishes at each of the regional tournaments were invited to Sunday's event, and that talent didn't disappoint.
When the dust settled, Body By Tra came away with the championship trophy and RecruitingNation walked away with five significant lessons learned.
1. Don't call it an upset
Inland Empire-based Body by Tra lived up to its No. 1 seeding Sunday afternoon, beating B2G Five Star in the final round to capture the Passing Down "Best of the West" tournament championship. Despite losing the battle in terms of collective scholarship offers, Body by Tra has now beaten B2G's highly touted group in each of their head-to-head matchups.
Class of 2015 athlete Stanley Norman (Culver City, Calif./Culver City) was the event's MVP, leading his team to an undefeated day. Body by Tra also took down Bay Area-based TMP Elite Stars, which featured ESPN 150 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito).
"We played with no mental mistakes," Norman said. "We stayed composed as a team. A lot of times teams try to get in our heads and knock us off our game. We let that happen in the beginning, but we've learned how to play with the big target on our backs."
2. Bragging rights go South