B2G Elite Program Preview: Offense

Led by 2007 A-Game MVP Tate Forcier and the top four receivers on the West Coast, the 2008 B2G Elite Football Program kicks off on Thursday at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks with a strong group of offensive prospects expected to be on hand...

The ninth year of the B2G Elite Football Program begins tomorrow in Thousand Oaks at Cal Lutheran University, and the offensive prospects that will be on display feature some of the elite prospects in the country, including the top four receivers in the West.

The headliner at quarterback is Tate Forcier from San Diego Scripps Ranch. Forcier was named the MVP of the A-Game last year at B2G and he's back with designs on winning the award again. One of the top quarterbacks nationally, Forcier has had a big week, trimming his list down to 10 schools.

Jake Bernard from West Hills will be one of the sleepers to watch this weekend. A regular at the offseason B2G workouts, Bernard is a good sized kid at 6-4, 200.

The running backs are led by Tyler Gaffney, the top fullback in the West and a recent recipient of an offer from USC. Chris Brown from nearby Newbury Park came to B2G last summer as an unknown player just trying to get some run on varsity and turned a good showing there into a big junior season that earned him Ventura County Offensive Player of the Year honors. Brown committed to Utah earlier this month.

Coming down from the Bay Area is San Jose Valley Christian's Cameron Marshall. The speedster has a number of Pac-10 offers and is one of the fastest players in the state. From Central California comes Fresno Edison's Marquise Cooper who will join a number of Tiger teammates.

Alvin Clark from Basha in Chandler, Ariz, has great bloodlines, his cousin is former Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Daymeon Hughes, who is one of the great success stories from the B2G history.

The tight end collection features some solid prospects like Corona Santiago's Marlion Barnett, San Diego Scripps Ranch's J.T. Kerr and Fresno Edison's Nat Harrison. Barnett and Kerr have been all over the West the past few weeks at various camps and both are looking for big weekend at B2G.

Then there are the receivers, where the top four prospects in the West will all be on hand.

Last year was the coming out party for Shaquelle Evans, who came as a sophomore with little fanfare. After dominating all weekend, Evans burst onto the national scene and is now a Scout 100 member and a selection to the U.S. Army Game.

Two of his teammates in the game will be on hand as well, Fresno Edison's Rolando Jefferson and Los Angeles Cathedral's Randal Carroll. Jefferson is the biggest of the group, Carroll is the fastest while Evans has the most consistent hands.

Also coming will be USC commit Devon Flournoy from Van Nuys Birmingham. This will be Flournoy's first appearance at a camp this spring or summer and he's a player we're eager to see.

Kevin Cummings had a strong camp a year ago and though the Encino Crespi product is still waiting for the first offer to come in, he's been diligent in attending just about every camp he can.

Valley natives Ronald McCrory from West Hills Chaminade and James Flynn from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame will also be in attendance as well as Fresno Edison's Rashaun Shaffer and Montebello Cantwell Sacred Heart's Jeffrey Taylor. Tehvyn Brantley from North Carolina received his first offer this week, from Central Michigan and he'll bring his game from the other side of the country to compete.

Scout.com will provide exclusive coverage the first three days of B2G and the camp, which runs from June 26-29, culminates on Sunday, the 29th with the A-Game.


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