Junior WR Kemonte Bateman

In football recruiting, while we're focusing on the 2007 class, you have to recognize it when a younger prospect really stands out, and such was the case with Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw junior-to-be receiver Kemonte Bateman at the recent B2G Elite Camp. Bateman talked to us about his early recruitment...

In a field full of talented seniors at the B2G Elite Football Program, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw rising junior receiver Kemonte Bateman (6-0, 175) fared very well and proved to be one of the elite prospects at the camp.

Bateman bounced back from a scary moment on the first morning of practice, making a diving catch and taking a cleat right above the eye, which required stitches. That came after the early portion of the practice when Bateman was showing that he was going to be one to watch. He showed a very good burst off the line, good route-running ability and then very good hands, beating just about every defensive back he faced.

While it is still very early for Bateman to even begin to narrow down his schools, or for that matter, hear from them, it hasn't stopped a couple of schools to begin showing their interest.

"I've gotten letters already from Tennessee and UCLA," said Bateman. "I don't have any offers, but I'm sure they'll come next year."

Bateman said his top five early on are USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Miami. "USC and UCLA are my top schools," said Bateman.

Bateman was the Cougars' second leading receiver last year, behind Tyquan Knox, and he admitted that his stats weren't spectacular.

But his teammate, and future UCLA running back Raymond Carter, is already letting people know about the prospects of Bateman. Carter said, "Kemonte Bateman is going to be the guy to watch. He's a nice receiver and he's going to be real good for us this season."

Bateman is being trained under the tutelage of former UCLA receiver Eric Scott, Crenshaw's offensive coordinator, and with Scott's intensity and attention to detail, it was no wonder why Bateman looked very polished in his receiving ability.

"Coach Scott makes you work hard and doesn't let you slack," said Bateman. "He's a strict coach, but it makes you better."

Bateman came back from the injury to have another strong performance in Saturday's practice and walked away with MVP honors at the A-Game. He scored the first touchdown of the game, a 30-yard strike from Evan Mozzochi.

Academically, Bateman said he had a 2.5, but was working on bringing it up to prepare for college.

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