Day Two of the B2G Elite Camp

The intensity level picked up Saturday, with new players showing up, and UCLA's committed recruits -- like wide receiver Kemonte Bateman, who is trying to repeat as the camp MVP -- stepped up against some future Pac-10 competition...

With one day of the 2007 B2G Elite Football Program under their belts, the camp participants returned to the field at Cal Lutheran University early, the heat already starting to pick up and the intensity doing the same.

Several more expected participants arrived late Friday night, ready to perform on Saturday, including a pair of four-star commits, Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Robert Golden (Arizona) and Redlands (Calif.) East Valley receiver Chris Polk (USC) as well as Golden's Edison teammates Brandon Leslie, a three-star safety who remains uncommitted and 2009 prospects Cliff Harris (cornerback) and Tim McDonald Jr., (safety). A strong contingent from Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan also came in time for Saturday's practice.

Early on, the position groups did various cone drills, showing much more polish than a ragged effort on Friday. With more campers there, it was much easier for each player to get more amped. Some guys "switched shirts', going from defense to offense and vice versa. Jake Muasau, a receiver from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, Ariz., returned to offense after working with the DBs on Friday and Anthony Dye, the #9 ranked cornerback nationally by Scout.com, moved to the other side of the ball for what he called, "a little bit of fun."

Following the positional drills, 1-on-1's took place, the quarterbacks splitting up, some with running backs and linebackers, others with receivers and defensive backs.

Most of the action was in the receiver/and defensive back group, thanks largely in part to the elite prospects at each respective spot.

With the West's #4-ranked receiver Polk joining their group, #2 Kemonte Bateman and #3 Marvin Jones turned it on. And with Golden and the #2 safety in E.J. Woods, the defensive backs got riled up.

Bateman continued to make the B2G his personal playground. Picking up where he left off a year, ago, Bateman again was a matchup nightmare for the DBs. His future teammate Woods, a safety, couldn't stop him, nor could any of the other cornerbacks. When Golden matched up, Bateman got the better of him on a stop-and-go route to leave Golden. All that was missing was the catch, Bateman mishandling the ball.

Polk looked fresh and since he's physically so strong, corners had a difficult time jamming him at the line of scrimmage. He has good hands and can cut on a dime. He made a very nice diving catch, keeping the ball from hitting the ground, then struck a pose on his side and flashed a big smile, to the delight of his receiver coach.

Little Quinell Atkins (5-5) made several nice plays, cutting well on stop-and-go routes and catching a couple of nice deep passes.

Clint Floyd, Bateman's Crenshaw counterpart, had his second strong practice in a row, running crisp routes, catching every pass and working in sync with Tate Forcier. It was clear that the receivers were getting the better of the DBs all morning.

Ryan Katz and Forcier were the best two quarterbacks in the morning but Jonathan Troast continued his good weekend, throwing nice passes and threading the needle on numerous occasions.

Down with the linebackers and running backs, Dante Potter from Mission Hills threw some nice moves on the backers, though for the most part, the backers got the better. Forrest Dabb continued his strong showing in the morning. The final one-on-one was Damion Whittington sticking Jamal Womble then knocking the ball away, while Womble pleaded for a flag.

The play of the morning came courtesy of Musuau, who made an acrobatic catch at the two-yard line, dragging his foot before heading out of bounds despite great coverage from Tim McDonald Jr.

In the afternoon, the highlight was the B2G Fastest Man Competition. A year ago, two of the top players in the country, Florida Gator Chris Rainey and Oregon State Beaver Reggie Dunn staged a memorable 2-of-3 race, Dunn edging Rainey the first time, then Rainey convincingly winning the next two. So the hype was there.

Jonathan Warzeka, a versatile prospect from Temescal Canyon in Lake Elsinore beat every person who challenged him, winning the 2007 B2G Fastest Man Competition.

When they returned to the drills, the defensive backs were still smarting from an embarrassing performance in the morning and promptly shut down the offense for the majority of practice.

In the weeks leading up to B2G, Golden and Bateman exchanged numerous messages challenging the other, and while Bateman got the better of the two in the morning, Golden took his aggression out on the quarterbacks, picking off three passes in the afternoon. And his teammate Harris, who'll play opposite him this fall, one-upped him, picking off four throws.

Whittington and Dabb had good afternoons as did the Colony teammates Daniel Simmons and Anthony Young, Muir cornerback Eugene Daniels and Canyon cornerback Brenan Ghassemiah.

Tomorrow, B2G resumes in the morning with a brief workout before the final performance, the A-Game, which begins at 1 p.m. at Mt. Clef Stadium at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.

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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