B2G Recap: Day One and Two

The receivers have their way one day, the cornerbacks the next during the first two days at the B2G Elite Football Program in Thousand Oaks, and prospects on both sides are getting their shots on...

The summer heat in Thousand Oaks always turns the first few days of the B2G Elite Football Program into the Survival of the Fittest.

There was no time wasted on Day One when the players took the field. And the day had to belong to the offense, who, when in the drills, generally had their way with the defense.

Several of the quarterbacks had good days, like Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti passer T.J. Jordan, Santa Barbara (Calif.) R.J. Rosborough and Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) quarterback Greg Watson.

Watson is an intriguing player, because while his height keeps him from getting much attention as a quarterback, he has good feet, throws the ball really well, and does a good job reading the defense.

Offered earlier this spring as a cornerback by Oregon, Watsom knows that defense is his likely destination in college, but that's not stopping him from working as a passer during the camps.

Jordan had a good first two, looking really sharp, and he's one of those under-the-radar guys to watch.

Lucky Radley from Agoura (Calif.), was the primary standout running back on the day, choosing to focus on offense this weekend.

The receivers really raised their games during the afternoon session. DeShawn Beck from Los Angeles Jordan, back for his third year, had a nice day, routinely getting open and slipping past the corners.

Curtis Smith is a big, 6-6, receiver from Compton (Calif.) Centennial, doing his first ever camp, in fact, he's heading into his first season ever playing football. A basketball player, Smith is giving football a try, and while he looks pretty raw, you can see he has a future.

Deche Milburn has got to be one of our all-stars for this week. The former Arizona receiver who's back in Texas, has been at every stop on our SoCal Camp Tour, including UCLA, USC and now B2G and we'd be hardpressed to remember a dropped pass. He's looked very good all week, getting open each and every time and making just about every catch.

North Carolina receiver Tehvyn Brantley continues his busy camp circuit, and also looked good, as he has for most of the spring. Brandon Graves, from nearby Encino (Calif.) Crespi has also been busy with camps and he's had a good two days.

Defensively, probably the most physically impressive player there is Visalia (Calif.) Redwood linebacker Taylor George. He stands about 6-4, 230, and can move. He may be best suited to play defensive end in college, but physically, that shouldn't be a problem. He moves well in coverage, sideline to sideline.

The other linebacker who caught our eye was Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti linebacker Cody Berry, who doesn't have the same physical dimensions as George, but is just as fluid as a backer.

The secondary was where the standouts really were, specifically on Saturday.

Ron Allen, who co-runs B2G with Henry Bell, told us back in January that Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Joshua Shaw would be an elite prospect when it was all said and done. He's right, and it's easy to see why. Shaw continues to get better in coverage, staying with his man, and while physically, he looks best suited for safety, he's a tough matchup for the receiver.

Shaquille Richardson from Los Alamitos (Calif.), only went a little on Friday but went fullbore on Saturday and had several nice breakups.

Bryan Douglas from Narbonne in Harbor City, had a great 7on7, making a nice breakup, then making two plays later, a great break on the ball, which he took back for six.

Two plays later, Elijah Mitchell from Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Oasis, did the same thing, picking off a pass and taking it back to the house.

A name to keep an eye on is James Grace from Inglewood, a two-way player, who was at his best playing in the secondary. Built like a safety, where he projects in college, Grace wouldn't let his receiver off the line of scrimmage, showed good recovery and quick hands, breaking up several passes.

Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Thierry Nguema and safety Tre Sayles also had good days on Friday, before having to leave for passing league.

The camp concludes on Sunday with the A-Game, which will take place in the afternoon at Cal Lutheran University.


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