B2G Elite Program: Day One Recap

The first day of the B2G Elite Football Program is in the books and it was clearly dominated by the defense, though the offense made some amends from a rough morning session with a much better showing in the afternoon...

With a group of defensive backs that featured the top-ranked cornerback in the country, the top two safeties in the West, and several more top-end prospects, it was a surprise to no one that the defense dominated Day One of the B2G Elite Football Program.

From the 1-on-1s to the 7-on-7, the defense held the upper hand all morning long and were it not for a better showing by the offense in the evening, it might have been a disaster of a day in all for the offense.

Led by a defensive back unit that included Fresno Edison teammates Cliff Harris and T.J. McDonald, the top corner and safety in the West respectively, the defense held it down all morning.

In fact, the lone bright spot for the offense in the morning was when Shaquelle Evans, the West's top receiver, outjumped and outdueled Harris on a beautifully thrown ball by Tate Forcier for a score.

But Harris would win the next one on one, staying with Evans stride for stride, and ripping the ball away from him on a catch.

Harris only had the one reception for Evans be a downside for his day. The premier corner nationally, picked off his the first attempted on him on the day, making a quick break on the ball, after disguising his coverage, and taking it back.

We've seen Harris ever since he was midway through his sophomore year, at two Scout Combines, two B2G's and the Badger/New Level Pass Camp and every time we see him, he pretty much establishes himself as the best player there.

McDonald had some nice breakups, especially on a pass intended for Laurence Gibson from Arizona. Gibson had the position after taking a bullet of a pass from Jake Bernard, but McDonald got there in time to break up the pass.

His fellow USC commit Chris Metcalf, who's played linebacker for Compton but will move to safety at USC, had a couple of nice plays himself, picking off a pass.

Corona Santiago cornerback duo Sean Martin and Sean Murray, both had very good morning sessions, Murray probably the more consistent of the two.

Byron Moore, the UCLA commit, made a couple of very good breakups, but was rarely changed. On two consecutive passes, Moore was playing 15 yards off the ball, and the tight ends ran quick outs, drawing the ire of the coaches for not trying to challenge the DBs. The next pass, Moore almost picked it off, but settled for a breakup.

Chris Washington, the Utah native, started off slow but got into a rhythym and showed what impressed us in Las Vegas, getting good breaks on the ball and playing physically. Watching Washington on film, you can see he loves to lay out receivers, and on a couple of occasions, had to hold up.

Crenshaw cornerback Marcus Andrews also had some good moments along with Edison safety Tevin McDonald and Clovis West safety Nate Fellner.

From the linebackers, Ace Ward from Notre Dame, Lucky Radley from Crespi and Nick Bruce from Taft made some good plays.

On the offensive side of the ball, it wasn't a total disaster of a day, with some good showings by Forcier and Bernard. James Boyd, who committed to USC on Thursday to play defensive end, came late in the morning and got going quickly, throwing some nice fade routes. Forcier has a cannon for an arm, that is known, and most of the receivers and tight ends were trying to match up with him.

Marlion Barnett was probably the most consistent tight end, while Gibson had his moments. At receiver, Evans stood out as did Jeffrey Taylor from Cantwell Sacred Heart. Ronald McCrory and James Flynn, while both a bit on the smaller side, both ran crisp routes and caught the balls thrown to them, but some quarterback inconsistency hurt the receivers.

From the running backs, Cameron Marshall from San Jose Valley Christian looked excellent in the early morning drills. He's got quick feet and burst and catches the ball very well out of the backfield. Brennan Clay, a 2010 prospect from San Diego Scripps Ranch, physically, looks like a star-in-the-making and he didn't disappoint.

Chris Brown from nearby Newbury Park, worked with the running backs on Day One with plans to switch to the secondary for Day Two and he looked good in the drills. Jontell Reedom and Terhon O'Neal also had some good flashes.

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