Linemen Impress at B2G Camp

The B2G Elite Camp featured an impressive group of linemen, headlined by Dorsey offensive lineman Jordan Simmons and Lakewood defensive lineman Todd Barr...

After a handful of weak offensive line crops in Southern California, that should change in the Classes of 2012 and 2013, as demonstrated by the strong group featured in the first B2G Elite Camp to include linemen.

"It has been tremendous," said Courtney Morgan, the former Michigan Wolverine who oversees the linemen. "It's really good for the big guys to get a chance to go up against guys just as big, strong and fast as them. A lot of times they may see one player per year who is their size and equal to their talent. For them to get every rep here against someone just as good as them, just as big as them, is huge for when they get back to school."

The headliner was 2012 standout Jordan Simmons from Los Angeles Dorsey, a physical behemoth who already has offers from USC, UCLA and Washington among others before his junior season.

Jordan Simmons was named the top offensive lineman at the camp.
"Talent-wise, I don't think you'll find a guy in the country as talented as Jordan," Morgan said. "The sky is the limit for Jordan. He's huge and he's only 15 years old. If Jordan keeps working and stays on his path, he could be one of those rare true freshmen that go to college and play (immediately)."

Another top performer was Orange Lutheran's John Lopez, a 2013 prospect who was offered by the Bruins last month despite having never played at the varsity level. Lopez showed very good technique and footwork to complement his natural size.

"There's a lot of talented guys, both talented and also young," Morgan said. "John, he's going to be a player."

Brent Walker of Norco, a 2011 prospect with offers from UCLA, Arizona State and Colorado State, also stood out.

"Brent is going to be an unbelievable tackle," Morgan said. "I think he's a national guy He's been dominating some good talent."

Lakewoods' Todd Barr led the way for the big guys on the defensive side of the ball.

The four-star defensive tackle walked away with the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award after a very impressive showing during the three-day camp at Cal Luthern University in Thousand Oaks. Barr more than held his own during the one-one drills against some very talented offensive linemen.

Barr isn't the biggest defensive lineman, but he has good technique, is a very intense competitor and never gives up on a play.

Barr currently has double digit offers and is being recruited by most of the Pac-10. He recently received offers from Miami and Florida.

The camp also featured a trio of talented defensive ends in Charles Burks, Reggie Coates and Steve Dillon.

Edison standout Charles Burks showed great strength and quickness off the ball during the defensive line drills. Later in the camp, Burks made the move to linebacker, a position that he may transition to on the next level, and looked comfortable dropping back into coverage.

Rated by Scout as a three-star defensive end, Burks proved that he has the versatility to play either defensive end or outside linebacker in college.

Reggie Coates from Crespi High School also drew praise from B2G defensive line coach Bernard Riley. The three-star lineman is working his way back from a knee injury that he suffered near the end of his junior season and continues to make good progress.

Coates currently has five offers and is another player that has played defensive end in high school but is being recruited by several colleges as a linebacker.

Palmdale defensive lineman Steve Dillon was the most physically impressive of the group. Standing 6-3, 260-pounds, he has the size and strength that college coaches look for in a defensive end.

- Kevin Carden and Dan Greenspan contributed to this report.

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