B2G Elite Camp Day One Recap

Three UCLA commitments made appearances at the B2G Elite Camp in Thousand Oaks Friday, and looked very good. And a friend of theirs, a guy UCLA is recruiting for cornerback, worked out with the wide receivers and and had a very good performance on the first day...

The first day of the 2007 B2G Elite Football Program is in the books, and it was a hot day in Thousand Oaks on the campus of Cal Lutheran University.

A handful of the participants who were expected to show up were late arrivals on Friday because of previous obligations like summer school and passing league.

Still, those there on Friday morning got it going early.

The standout of the morning session was Santa Monica (Calif.) quarterback Ryan Katz, who is continuing his impressive spring and summer with another strong showing. Katz has a very smooth delivery and a flawless motion. He threw both the short and intermediate routes well and his deep passes looked good as well.

Class of 2009 prospect Tate Forcier showed up on Friday morning fresh off a whirlwind tour of Big Ten country and flashed his strong arm. Forcier has a cannon and the receivers struggled early catching his passes.

South Pasadena (Calif.) quarterback Jonathan Troast had a good showing in the early session as well.

Running backs who looked good were Jamal Womble from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, Ariz., Willie Youngblood from Muir HS in Pasadena and Dante Potter of Mission Hills HS in San Marcos, Calif.

From the receivers, Etiwanda (Calif.) receiver Marvin Jones showed why he is one of the elite prospects in the West in this class, catching just about every pass thrown to him. A class of 2009 receiver to keep an eye on is Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Kevin Cummings, who looked very good in his routes and in catching the ball. And another young one to watch is Brandon Taylor a freshman-to-be at Santa Monica, who more than held his own despite giving 3-4 years to most of the players he faced.

On the defensive side of the ball, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham linebacker Forrest Dabb looked very good in the drills and in the early one-on-ones, as did Norco (Calif.) linebacker Damion Whittington, who physically was the most impressive linebacker. Another player who performed admirably in the morning was Dominic Bonetpels from Silverado HS in Victorville.

In the secondary, a pair of committed prospects, Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Anthony Dye (UCLA) and Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy cornerback Steven Christian (Stanford) both performed like expected.

Averin Collier, the #12 running back nationally, chose to work with the defensive backs, and generally looked pretty good. Jake Muasau, a receiver with an offer from Nebraska on the offensive side of the ball, also did well working with the DBs.

But the surprise was the play of Ontario (Calif.) Colony teammates Anthony Young and Daniel Simmons, who both looked strong in the morning session as well as Muir teammates Austin Daniels and Marcus Thompson.

In the afternoon, the players seemed to be more comfortable with the drills, and with the heat, and took part in some 1-on-1's and 7-on-7.

More prospects began to filter in for the second half of the day, including Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw teammates Clint Floyd and Kemonte Bateman and Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety E.J. Woods.

Floyd probably had the best showing of anyone at the second practice, running precise routes and making some nice adjustments to underthrown passes. Floyd, who received his first offer last week from Arizona State, worked with the receivers solely on Friday but will work with the defensive backs on Saturday.

Bateman and Jones both looked very good in the 7-on-7, the pair scoring touchdowns on their respective drives, Jones catching a nicely thrown fade in the corner of the end zone from Forcier. Bateman caught his touchdown pass in traffic, ending a good second session for him.

Woods, a safety by nature, struggled a bit in the 1-on-1's playing cornerback, but looked much more comfortable playing safety in the 7-on-7. Dye and Christian again looked good in the afternoon.

The play of the afternoon was a touchdown from Louisiana native Alex Williams, who threw a deep ball that was deflected and caught for a touchdown by Kevin Cummings. Cummings then came back and caught a two-point conversion the next play.

Day two resumes in the morning and the afternoon will be marked by the B2G Fastest Man Competition. Last year, the highlight of the camp was the race between two of the fastest players in the country, Florida signee Chris Rainey and Oregon State signee Reggie Dunn.

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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