Preview of the B2G Camp

For the last eight years the B2G Camp has been one of the premier football events of the summer, always attracting top skill recruits, and this year is no exception. Many of UCLA's committed recruits will attend and some non-committed, including the #1 running back in the country...

The B2G Elite Football Program returns to its roots in Southern California this weekend, after its maiden voyage on a national scale.

Two weeks ago, B2G was in Illinois, but this weekend they will be back at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, for its eighth camp in SoCal.

QUARTERBACKS AND RUNNING BACKS

The headliner at the camp is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Darrell Scott, the top running back in the country and the #4 ranked player in the nation by Scout.com.

Last year, three of the top running backs in the country were there, Marc Tyler (USC), Chris Rainey (Florida) and Raymond Carter (UCLA), so its no surprise that B2G is drawing a back like Scott.

With offers from just about every major program in the country, Scott is easily the most decorated and sought after prospect at the camp, but he's not the only running back who'll be playing on Saturday's come the fall of 2008.

Averin Collier from Churchville (N.Y.) Chili HS is making the cross-country trip to show his skills off in the Golden State. Collier, 5-11, 195, is ranked 12th nationally and has four schools he's down to: Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Buffalo and Virginia.

Curtis McNeal was an early commit to USC, and he's one of the most explosive playmakers in the West, doing it all for Venice (Calif.) last year, which included a memorable performance in a loss to Oaks Christian that was nationally televised.

Jamal Womble, a power back from Arizona, came to the camp last year after his sophomore year and more than held his own and he's been one of the most productive players this spring, earning all-combine honors at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio as well as at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine.

"I'm just ready to show people I am one of the best and look forward to competing against all the great athletes that will be there," said Womble.

At quarterback, Santa Monica (Calif.) HS prospect Ryan Katz, fresh off of strong showings at the Oregon and Oregon State camps this week that netted him offers, will be one of the top passers there. Very few quarterbacks had a spring as good as Katz did, who went from being overlooked to the owner of almost double-digit offers.

"I'm really looking forward to the B2G Camp," said Katz. "It should be a good experience and I'm real excited to compete with some of the top guys in the area."

South Pasadena (Calif.) quarterback Jonathan Troast has done well this spring too, and he'll be there this weekend.

A pair of out-of-state prospects will be there in Alex Williams from Alexandria (La.) Holy Savior Menard Central and Bryan Williams from Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS

In a star-studded field of receivers at last year's B2G Elite Football Program, which included players like Zion Babb and Reggie Dunn, it was an underclassmen who burst onto the scene and left the camp as the MVP of the A-Game and a name to remember.

A year later, Kemonte Bateman is back to defend his MVP honors, ranked as a four-star receiver and the #2 receiver in the West, and will enter his senior year at Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw set to be the Cougars top pass-catcher before he takes his talents to Westwood and UCLA.

Bateman headlines a very talented group of receivers at B2G, which hosts three of the top four receivers in the West and the #3 tight end in the region.

Marvin Jones, an all-state underclass pick last year from Etiwanda (Calif.) has had an outstanding spring and summer, and has been the fastest rising prospect in the region, going from unranked in the region to the #25 player in the West and the #3 receiver.

Chris Polk has been a household name for a couple of years now, and the USC commit is right behind Jones in the receiver rankings in the region, ranked fourth. Polk is a four-star receiver by Scout.com.

Alonso Agwuenu, from Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala is another one of the Inland Empire's top receivers and he'll be attending the camp, ready to follow up on a strong showing at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

Jake Muasau, from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, Ariz., has also had a strong evaluation period and he's ready to show his mettle against several in-state prospects. Nebraska is the leader for Muasau.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Kevin Cummings is a prospect to watch in the class of 2009 and will be one of the top targets for the Celts this fall.

Other receivers to keep an eye on include Ahmere Owens from Muir and Los Altos' athlete Blake Tillis.

At tight end, Joseph Fauria, the four-star prospect from Crespi and the #3 tight end in the West, will be on hand to continue what was a very good evaluation period for him. Fauria is headed to South Bend to play at Notre Dame.

LINEBACKERS AND DEFENSIVE BACKS

Last year, it was the offense that featured the stars at the B2G Elite Football Program. This year, the defense is the owner of the big names, with several stud linebackers and one of the best collections of defensive back talent B2G has ever had.

How talented?

The top two cornerbacks in the West and the top two safeties in the West will be there along with two class of 2009 prospects who may well be the best players at their position in the region for their class. And several other highly regarded prospects will also be in the mix.

The headliner is Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey safety Rahim Moore, the #2 ranked safety in the country. Moore committed to UCLA in March over offers from Florida, Georgia, Auburn and USC and is the top defensive back prospect in the West. Moore is entering his third year as a starter for the Dons, and it was last summer that he really made a name for himself at B2G.

His future teammate at UCLA, Crespi of Encino safety E.J. Woods will also be there with several of his Celt teammates. Woods is a Scout.com Top 100 player and one of the more versatile defensive backs in the country.

Brandon Leslie, a three-star prospect from Edison will camp at B2G for the first time, and Leslie has had a strong spring and summer, bouncing back from a shoulder injury that robbed him of his junior season.

The top two corners in the region, Robert Golden from Edison HS in Fresno and Anthony Dye from Santiago HS in Corona will compete against each other again, following up their matchups at the L.A. Scout.com Combine, where they both were all-combine picks.

Several other strong cornerback prospects will be camping at B2G including Stanford-bound Steven Christian from Kennedy HS in Sacramento, A.J. Pickens from Don Lugo in Chino and Clint Floyd.

Some sleepers always emerge at B2G and a few of the guys we think fit that bill are Brenan Ghassemieh from Canyon HS in Anaheim, Ontario Colony teammates Daniel Simmons and Anthony Young, looking to follow in their teammate Omar Bolden's footsteps (he was one of the top players last year) and Jonathan Warzeka from Temescal Canyon.

Two players that will become household names in the next two years are Fresno Edison cornerback Cliff Harris and safety Tim McDonald Jr. Both potentially are the top players at their position next year in the West, both earning all-combine honors in Los Angeles in April. In fact, Harris was one of the top sophomores at any Scout Combine this year.

Another 2009 prospect to watch is Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven safety Gene Robinson. And another out-of-state prospect to keep an eye on is Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest defensive back Micah Fisher.

From the linebacker spot, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kaveinga leads the field and his future UCLA teammate Johnathan Franklin will also work with the linebackers, though Franklin will be a safety in college.

Dominic Bonetpels from Silverado in Victorville and Reuben Willis from Mayfair in Lakewood looked good at combines in the spring and will be looking to have strong showings at B2G as will Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest linebacker Graham Stoddard.

Scout.com will provide exclusive coverage the first two days of B2G and the camp, which runs from June 29-July 1st, which culminates on Sunday, the 1st with the A-Game.


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