Preview of B2G Camp: Running Backs

The top running backs in California, and one from Florida, headline the list of ballcarriers at the 2006 Beyond 2000 Elite Football Program, which begins this Friday in Thousand Oaks. Raymond Carter, Marc Tyler, and Chris Rainey are just a few of the big names scheduled to attend...

When the B2G Elite Football Program begins its workouts this Friday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the running back group will be as star-studded a crew as any position there.

Three of the top running backs in the nation will be there, all three having given commitments. Marc Tyler from nearby Oaks Christian in Westlake Village committed to USC last week. Chris Rainey, from Lakeland, Fla., committed to in-state Florida while Raymond Carter from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles will stay in the city and play at UCLA. Those three are the headliners at B2G.

But they're not the only future college running backs who will be there.

Other running backs who are holding offers include Curtis Shaw from Lincoln High in Stockton, Brandon Johnson from Dominguez High in Compton, James Davis from Monrovia and Malachi Lewis from Rio Mesa in Oxnard.

For each of the backs, it's an opportunity to compete in a competitive environment while also get a chance to meet other highly touted ball-carriers.

"I haven't been to any camps, so I'm going to go out there and just have fun and show what I can do," said Tyler, Scout.com's No. 2 ranked running back. "I didn't even know if I was going until a few days ago, but my dad and I talked and thought this would be a good camp. I talked to the guys who did the camp and told them I was going."

The "guys" who run the camp are Henry Bell and Ron Allen, both former college defensive backs; Bell at Purdue and Allen at UCLA. This is the seventh year of B2G and may be their most impressive group of running backs.

Bell met Rainey at the Scout.com Combine in Boca Raton and invited him to come out to California to participate in the camp. It was an offer Rainey didn't want to pass up.

"That's part of the reason I'm going," said Rainey. "I've never been to California so when they said that they have a camp for me to go to in California, I was going."

Rainey will also have a chance to bring a little bit of Sunshine State swagger with him.

"I'm going to show them a little bit of Florida, show them how we do it in Florida," said Rainey. "This is my last camp because when I get back, we'll start practicing."

Carter attended the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and was the top running back there. He gave a commitment to UCLA in March and is using this camp as an opportunity to workout with some close family members as well as see what other running backs can do.

"Brandon Johnson is my cousin and he'll be there," said Carter. "Really, I just want to show my ability at running back and I just wanted to do it because it's football-involved. Whenever I can play football, I will."

Carter will also get a chance to see several of the CIF Southern Section running backs he won't get to play being a part of the City Section, such as Tyler, Johnson and Davis, not to mention the defensive players who will be there.

"I want to go up against a lot of guys because I won't see them again. I want to see what they're like. A lot of them, I wont see them again until college," said Carter.

Carter won't be the only Crenshaw player there as fellow Cougar Steve Stepter will work with the defensive backs and receiver Javon Crowder will also be there.

Davis was chosen to the all-combine team along with Carter at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine, and he's relishing the opportunity to work with the best in the West. This won't be his first experience with Rainey, as they both worked together at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio this past January.

"I heard all of the big names that were going to be there," said Davis. "Guys like Marc Tyler and Chris Rainey. You see that competition and you want to be a part of that. I'm looking forward to working with the best."

Davis will be joined by a couple of Monrovia teammates, fellow running back Tyler Thompson, quarterback David Potts and tight end Eric Brooks.

Lewis knew that only the best of the best would be invited, and when he realized how elite B2G was, he wanted to be a part of the action.

"When they explained to me that it was only the top 65 players and then they named some of the players, it sounded good," said Lewis. "It's also pretty close by. I'm looking forward to it. I'll work out with the running backs, but if I can, I'll work some with the receivers and the linebackers."

Lewis, though primarily a running back, is 6-4, 210, and could play one of those three positions in college.

Other running backs scheduled to attend are Pasadena (Calif.) Muir's Willie Youngblood, Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena's Jamal Womble and Compton (Calif.) Dominguez's Trea'von Durden.

Former Antelope Valley (Calif.) star and UCLA running back Jermaine Lewis will be coaching the running backs at B2G. Lewis and Allen were teammates at UCLA in the 1990's.

Scout.com will provide exclusive coverage the first three days of B2G and the camp, which runs from June 22-25, culminates on Sunday, the 25th with the A-Game.


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