The B2G Elite Football Camp at UCLA featured several of the top offensive linemen on the West Coast, and Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi proved to be one of the very best.
"It's awesome being around these guys, the top guys," Poutasi said. "It really feels like I am one of them. Like Brandon Fanaika, he is my cousin and we always talk about playing at the same school. So it's pretty fun out here."
Poutasi and Fanaika are two highly touted big men and would be a big boost to any schools offensive line class. The pair often lean on each other during the recruiting process but aren't necessarily a "package deal."
"We could go to the same school, but I think after we make our decision we will be satisfied where ever we go," Poutasi explained.
The four-star offensive tackle currently has 17 offers from schools across the country, and doesn't plan to trim his list to a top five until after the football season, but he did reveal two schools that will likely make the cut.
"I really like Utah. I am pretty sure they are going to be in my top five," he said. "UCLA will be in there too."
So what makes these two schools stand out?
"Their coaching staffs. I like Utah because I love it out there," he said. "UCLA, of course, because of the academics."
While playing in the NFL is a big goal for Poutasi, he is also looking for a school that will prepare him for a career after football, which he hopes will be in the broadcasting booth.
"I am looking for playing time and academics, something I can fall back on. Also, if they have my major, broadcast communications," he said. "I want to be on ESPN and be a host on Sports Center."
McDaniel Gets Big Local Offer
"It means a lot to me because once you get a USC offer you're a legit athlete," McDaniel said. "You are one of the top athletes in the country."
The 6-1, 220-pound RB/LB showed that he was certainly one of the top athletes in California with a strong performance at USC's Rising Stars Camp.
While some schools are recruiting the two-way star as a running back, McDaniel played on the defensive side of the ball while at USC, and was offered as a middle linebacker.
"It felt good and I learn a lot from Coach Barry," McDaniel said. "He's a smart man."
With Scott Starr and Jabari Ruffin already committed, adding a player like McDaniel would give the Trojans another strong linebacker class, to go along with the 2011 haul that included three Army All-Americans.
McDaniel knows what he is looking for in a school and wants to take all of his visits before making a final decision.
"Tradition, stability and they have to have a good business program," he said. "I know that playing time isn't going to be given to you so I went to see how I fit into a team's system."
Marks Names Top Three
Venice (CA) wide receiver Gabriel Marks has been one of the most productive skill players in California this off-season, making big plays and clutch catches at every event he has attended.
Marks has been tirelessly working on his game and used the B2G Elite Camp as a way to gauge his progress.
"I love to come out here every year before the season to see where I am at," he said. "It lets me know how I am comparing to the top dudes. I love the competition."
The four-star wide receiver currently has seven offers and said that SMU, Utah and UCLA are his top three schools.
SMU: "It's a really great school because they show how much they want me. Coach Junes and Coach Klemm are really great guys and the offense is perfect for me. I could catch a lot of balls."
Utah: "They got Norm Chow. He is one of the best offensive coordinators and runs a pro-style offense. I could play in the slot and catch a lot of balls at Utah."
UCLA: "UCLA is the home school so they always have to be in the hunt. We will see what they do this year. Hopefully they have a good year so they can stick around… They are definitely a school that I grew up watching as a young kid."
- Temecula (CA) Chaparral quarterback Matt Morin currently has offers from Arizona State, San Diego State and Colorado and spoke very highly about the Sun Devlis and Aztecs. Morin also raved about his recent visits to USC and UCLA, and said that USC is currently his top school, despite not having an offer.
- Esperanza offensive lineman Carl Hulick was one of the lesser-known recruits that participated in the B2G Elite Football Camp this past weekend, but he certainly opened eyes with his impressive play on the line. Hulick worked out at center and won the majority of his one-on-one battles by playing with good pad level and showed a nasty streak. Hulick received an offer from SMU shortly after the B2G Camp.
- The two newest members of the Crosstown Rivalry, Raymond Ford (UCLA) and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (USC), were representing their new schools at the B2G Camp. Cope-Fitzpatrick committed to USC as a tight end and Ford will play cornerback for the Bruins.
- 2013 Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame Kelly Hilinski has been hearing from USC, Oregon, Oklahoma and UCLA. "I'm looking for tradition and competition," Hilinski said. "I want to win a national championship, that's what it's all about."
Jeremiah Poutasi was one of the top linemen at the B2G Elite Football Camp.